MAY 2016

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Join the May 12 Peer Share Call for a discussion regarding ongoing training for mentors. Program staff are needed to share their program's training. Please contact Sarah Walker at


We are currently seeking new members to provide leadership for the Iowa Mentoring Partnership providers by serving on the advisory board for a two year term starting in July. Two members wrap up their terms of service this year. We thank Kathy Schwartzhoff  for her three years of board service and leadership as board chair and Gigi Inness for her three years of service and leadership as secretary.  

The provider board provides input and feedback to the IMP from local mentoring programs. Board membership is an opportunity for leadership, development, and networking for members who serve as liaisons to the mentoring field to represent, promote, and help advance the organization’s mission on a regional basis.  

Please consider applying here. The continuing board members are listed below if you would like to contact them or the IMP for more information.  

Katie Orlando,
Region: East Central

Lisa Green,
Region: Central

Sarah Walker,
Region:  Southeast

Jayne Wilhelm,
Region: Northwest

National Mentoring Program Survey 2016

During July and early August, the IMP is participating with MENTOR in the National Mentoring Program Survey, designed to gather information about the agencies that run mentoring programs and the details of those programs and the youth they serve. Certified mentoring programs in Iowa will be required to complete the survey as the quarter one report for 2016-17.

The information gathered in this survey will play a vital role in supporting and expanding the mentoring movement in the following ways:

  • Improve the ability to raise public awareness about mentoring and increase investment in mentoring by the public and private sectors.
  • Better understand the needs and challenges of the field so that we can provide relevant tools, resources, and technical assistance.
  • Identify gaps in the services offered in communities, as well as underserved populations, so that we might more effectively close the mentoring gap.
  • Support new research projects and rigorous evaluations that can demonstrate the impact of mentoring on both policy goals and the lives of individual children.

Not only will the information be of value at the national and state level, but also beneficial to local programs directly by providing information that will help MENTOR and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership tailor services, support, and training more directly to your needs.

MENTOR will release the preliminary results at the 2017 National Mentoring Summit and publish a national report in 2017.


Chris and Daniel love to exercise together and have challenged each other to become more physically fit, which is just one of the many benefits that have resulted from the match.  “While I grew up an only child, I now feel like I have someone to call a brother.  My Little Brother’s family have made me feel like I’m part of family. Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters also helped make Muscatine feel like home,” says Chris. Read more...


The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) continues to provide technical assistance, training, and reviews of mentoring research and resources for mentoring practitioners. In support of providing more access to mentoring-related insights, opinions, and fresh information that can strengthen programs and build a true community, the NMRC has launched a new blog! This blog features frequent posts from seasoned mentoring practitioners and shares updates on new trends and innovations in the field from established technical assistance providers and researchers. Join the conversation now!


MAY 5 IDPH Sustainability Series 1pm
Developing Your Fundraising Plan

MAY 5 My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Webinar Series, noon
Best Practices for Designing and Running Effective Mentoring Services for Boys and Young Men of Color

MAY 10   2016 IMP Recertification Applications DUE

May 11
IDPH Sustainability Series, 1 pm
Corporate and Foundation Giving

MAY 12 IMP Peer Share Call: Ongoing Mentor Training

MAY 19 Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series, noon
Mentoring in Rural Communities: Traveling the Distance to Facilitate Your Program



Since the PSA featuring President Obama mentoring NBA Player Steph Curry aired on April 16, the Mentoring Connector has seen nearly 19,000 searches that resulted in over 2,300 volunteer inquiries. nationwide.  

The IMP has seen increases in inquiries to Iowa programs since this video aired which directs people to  Please respond to the inquiries in a timely fashion. If your program isn't registered on the Mentoring Connector, don't miss out on this huge awareness campaign.  

o to The entire process takes very little time. Assistance is also available at .



The Afterschool Alliance created an informative webinar on how to explain STEM to the general public. You can view the first part here and register for the second part taking place on May 3rd. 


3rd: The Success Code: STEM Programs for Adolescent Refugees. Des Moines. 

5th: Applications due for STEM Summer camp at Upper Iowa University. Fayette. 

6th: Registration deadline for the coding workshop with Jewels Academy. The actual event is on the 14th. Des Moines.

10th: Fast Physics: Teaching STEM on the Track  with NASCAR Des Moines. 

14th: Discover 4-H STEM: Great Plains Zoomobile,  grades K-4, with live animals, Sioux City.

30th: ISU Extension offering summer STEM camps in Muscatine Co. Registration Muscatine.


If you’re reading this, not only does it mean you’re amazing and we want to use your amazing-ness to help promote STEM among IMP mentoring programs. Don’t worry, this isn’t as intense as it sounds. Responsibilities include:

1.    Hosting  STEM calls every other month which consists of choosing a date/time, topic, speakers and sharing the call information through the IMP.

2.    Adding STEM Resources to the IMP Wiggio such as activities for mentors/mentees or any STEM events

3.    Being a contact person for programs about incorporating STEM 

As a leader in STEM, you’ll help other programs to provide youth with the tools to explore their creativity, find new interests while giving them relevant 21st Century skills. 

If you’re interested in becoming a STEM leader for the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, please contact


Growth Mindset for Mentors Toolkit
This online resource applies the principles of Growth Mindset to mentoring relationships and shows mentors how to guide their mentees in developing perseverance, self-reflection, and positive decision-making by cultivating a growth mindset

Mentoring Central