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AUGUST 2015

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UPDATE PROGRAM INFORMATON FOR IMP WEBSITE

Ensure your program is listed on Get Connected, Volunteer Iowa's new database for organizations in the state to connect with potential volunteers. This portal allows organizations in Iowa  to post opportunities for volunteers, as well as allows volunteers to connect with those organizations by searching for, and signing up for those opportunities. Get Connected will be linked from the IMP website as a resource for community members to find your program. Click here to register. 
 
Are you listed in MENTOR’s free database and referral service, The Mentoring Connector? MENTOR and its national recruitment campaign partners like the NBA, and the White House send thousands of potential volunteers to our mentoring database to find local opportunities to mentor. Submit your program for listing now to make sure you can be found!

 

IMP AmeriCorps VISTA members, Tatiana Christian and Michelle Jones will be following up with programs to assist with registration on these sites.
 
 


 

COACHES' CHALLENGE

The 2015 Coaches' Challenge is officially underway!! This friendly competition among high school and college coaches is an awareness and recruitment campaign to connect caring adults with youth.  The campaign will run from August 1st  to November 30th .Football coaches from the four largest colleges in the state have signed on in support. All high school football coaches have received an invitation to participate.

It's easy for IMP mentoring programs to get involved: 
 

Data will be collected from mentoring programs on the 30th of each month from September to November using the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015LocalCoaches Final results will be announced on December 12th.  All mentor inquires submitted during the challenge will count towards the score and all referrals received from IMP will be counted by IMP.
Let’s score a touchdown for Iowa’s youth!

 

 
 

Lieutenant Governors Support Quality Mentoring


Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds sponsored a policy resolution supporting quality youth mentoring which was passed at the recent National Lieutenant Governors Association meeting. The resolution, developed in collaboration with the Iowa Mentoring Partnership and MENTOR, acknowledges that “mentoring is beneficial to the youth of America because it encourages educational achievement and aspirations, reduces juvenile delinquency, improves life outcomes, and strengthens communities.”  Lieutenant Governors play a key role as state officials and their policy position is a critical testimonial to the importance of investments in youth mentoring.  We are grateful to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds for her leadership in bringing national attention to the importance of mentoring as a key youth development strategy. More.
 
 
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CALENDAR


Aug 1 Coaches Challenge Kickoff

August 12 Webinar: Finish Strong: Address the Attendance Gap for Teens

August 17 Registration starts for 2016 National Mentoring Summit

Aug 20 Noon Collaborative Webinar: College Access Mentoring: Preparing your Students for Graduation and Beyond

Aug 30 First Coaches Challenge Report Due
 
 

RESOURCES


Understanding How Youth Become Civically Engaged

The Many Invisible Forces: Why Mentoring “Best Practices” Are Sometimes Not Enough

Top 25 Movie Mentoring Moments

 

Attendance Awareness Month/Mentoring Week Toolkit


Utilize the resources from MENTOR during Attendance Awareness Month in September to bring attention to mentoring's positive impact on school attendance and academic achievement. The week of September 14 is designated as Mentoring Effect & Attendance Week! Download MENTOR's campaign toolkit and join the conversation by sharing our social media messages and graphics!

MENTOR’s Director of Knowledge Management will be speaking on mentoring’s effect on school attendance during the August 12 Attendance Awareness Month webinar: Finish Strong: Address the Attendance Gap for Teens
. Register now.

 
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