MAY 2015

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Programs up for recertification this year are listed below. The recertification application is  available on our website and linked here.  Applications are due by May 29. 
You will notice some revisions in the application which more specifically address best practices from the Elements of Effective Practice. Additionally, risk management standards are included. You do NOT need to resubmit your plan.  However, programs will not be recommended for full certification if all portions of their risk management plan are not on file with the IMP.

BBBS of Clinton
BBBS of East Central Iowa
BBBS of Johnson County
BBBS of Mississippi Valley
BBBS of the Midlands
Bridges Mentoring Program, Osage
Caring Connections…Mentor A Child
Children of Promise - Linn County
Children of Promise - Johnson County
Children of Promise Youth Leadership Program - Linn County
Community!Youth Concepts - MAP
Davenport Community Schools - STAARS
Delaware County (Helping Services for Northeast Iowa)
Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation
Fort Dodge Schools – Bridges Mentoring Program
Fort Dodge Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparents  VNS DSM
Foster Grandparents Council Bluffs
Heart of Iowa BBBS
Henry County Extension
Job Foundation
JUMP for Kids (Journey Up Mentoring of Pella)
Kids with a Connection
Lamoni SAFE Coalition
LSI- Beloit
Mentor Dubuque
Mentoring Affects Youth (M.A.Y.)
New Opportunities - Carroll County Mentoring
New Opportunities - Sac County Mentoring
New Opportunities: Audubon County
North Fayette Community School District
One on One Mentoring Program - Forest City
One on One Mentoring Program - West Fork
One to One Mentoring- Mason City
RSVP Rotary Club of Rock Valley
Siblings By Choice
TeamMates of Harlan
TeamMates of Sidney
YMCA Kinship
Youth Experiencing Success




Michelle Jones began her AmeriCorps VISTA service with IMP on April 20th, helping with outreach and communications.  She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and brings experience working with nonprofits and holds a  Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Wesleyan University  and a Master of Arts from Northeastern State University, both in communications. She also brings experience working with nonprofits.   Michelle says, “ I am very happy to be working with the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. I love being able to help the organization promote mentoring in Iowa.”



Programs shared new ideas in the Q3 report. Some good ideas for recruitment, training, and collaborations are shared here. Email if you would  like to learn more about any of these ideas.

  • I have started reading more materials geared towards adolescent children: "What's Happening to my Body", "The Secret Lives of Girls" and"Stop Walking on Eggshells".
  • We are working to implement e-mentoring. We will work on getting a few matches signed up over the summer when the few changes to the system are made and this school year has ended. The matches chosen are excited to learn more about it.
  • We are expanding our summer programming and adding another after-school program.
  • I've started walking each morning and afternoon. I put on my sneakers, get up from my desk and make 3-4 laps around my building. It helps me mentally to get away from work for a few minutes and MOVE!
  • Staff attended a training on "Self-harm and Coping" and "Mental Health First Aid". We are ordering new SAFE books for staff and will have a training on this. It may change our application questions.
  • I have attempted to attend more training, and have encouraged mentors to do the same. The Marijuana workshop allowed mentors the opportunity to better understand the threats connected to the drug, thus helping them better discuss its dangers with their mentees.
  • Adjusted job descriptions so it is one person's primary job to focus on volunteer recruitment, for the first time.
  • Meeting with regional STEM committee
  • This past quarter we have partnered with local agencies for professional growth. We were given the opportunity to attend local trainings hosted by Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and the University of Northern Iowa. This has allowed staff to further their knowledge and skill set surrounding child safety.
  • We completed a collaborative grant with the Milton R Owen Nature Center in Osage Iowa through the Foundation for Enhancement of Mitchell County. This new programing called Bridges: Creating Pathways to Nature will allow mentors and mentees the opportunity to explore areas of nature.
  • We started a check out system. We received a grant to purchase supplies like bikes, basketballs, crafts, etc. and a shed for our matches to use. We are just launching it now and seems to be a big hit!
  • We did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis with our staff.
  • We have revamped our entire screening process to ensure consistency in the screening and training of our mentors, mentees, and families.
  • Mentoring staff met with a Juvenile Court Officer to better understand the legal ramifications for youth who are caught using marijuana. It was a great conversation & partnership!
  • Sending anniversary cards to our matches at rematch time.
  • We have standardized our goal setting program with each match.
  • We held a  workshop on hygiene for the mentees. It was informational and fun.
  • Creating a recruitment display photo board.
  • Going to start a quarterly program newsletter to share information.
  • Revised the application process for our mentors. Trained our volunteers with ipads. New recruitment strategies are being implemented. New website and increase in social media presence.
  • We are now using a google form survey to get mentor hours reported in a more timely fashion.
  • We started handing out mentor recruitment cards to our new mentors at the time of their match, asking them to share them with friends/family/co-workers who they think would make a good mentor.
  • We started e-mentoring! We only have one match using the program, but we're very excited about the possibilities.
  • We are in the works to develop a summer youth volunteer program and all the middle school mentees will be invited to take part in the project.
  • As Director, I began attending a Citizen's Academy in our community. It takes place once a week and is giving me many contacts and ideas for future trainings.
  • This quarter we hosted a free will donation movie afternoon to bring great awareness to the program. We also put together a short video of the program since it began. We plan to use this video for other presentations in the future.
  • We are working on training more on ACE's/TIC
  • We have reached out to a new funding base by working to expand our program into a nearby county. Through our diversification of funding we will be able to sustain ourselves next year.
  • I am updating the presentation that I take out to groups in the county that targets the mentoring program.

May 25  Memorial Day ICVS/IMP office closed

May 29  Recertification Applications Due



May 6 Volunteer Management Training Series

May 20 Leaders in Volunteerism Conference  in Cedar Rapids  

May 21 Including and Welcoming LGBTQ Youth in Mentoring Programs
National Collaborative Webinar





The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released its FY15 grant solicitations for youth mentoring. The grant categories fall into two focus areas:

  1. Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative Three categories: National, Multi-state, and a new category called “Collaborative Mentoring Programs”

  2. Mentoring for Youth: Underserved Populations Three categories: Youth with disabilities, Youth in foster care, and Youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ)
Application deadline is June 23.



Nominate someone for the Iowa Character Awards by May 13.




The 4th edition of Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring is set to be released later this year. Take a look at how the new edition was developed here.




Looking to strengthen your mentoring program? No-cost technical assistance and quality mentoring resources are available through The National Mentoring Resource Center, a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR. The IMP is a proud technical assistance provider on this project! Take advantage of this new tool helping youth mentoring programs improve their quality and effectiveness.


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