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The Quarter 2 report is  available now and due January 30 at midnight. Completing quarterly reports is a requirement of certification. Please note the deadline and plan accordingly. Thank you.


The IMP and National Mentoring Partnership offer many resources and opportunities to celebrate National Mentoring Month (NMM). The purpose of NMM is to focus attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.
NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:

1)  Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
2 ) Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
3)  Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring
The National mentoring Month Toolkit  includes social media messages, sample PSAs, media and public official outreach ideas, and theme and messaging. Utilize these resources provided by the professional communications staff at MENTOR has made it convenient for us to have a unified voice using common language in promoting mentoring.
The governor's certificates for mentor recognition are expected in our office this week and will be mailed as soon as they are received. There was a glitch with the printing which has delayed them being sent to programs.
The National Mentoring Month PSAs are available for download in Hi-Definition. The videos are available for your use here. They have been sent to TV markets across the state. Stations don’t always confirm the airing of PSAs. However, we have received  one confirmation;  KCRG in Cedar Rapids will air them beginning this week.


7:30 am-9:15 am Volunteer Iowa breakfast, legislative dining room, Capitol 
Open to all legislators and Volunteer Iowa programs. IMP programs are encouraged to attend.  9:00 am  program

9:30 am-10:30 am Legislative Advocacy 

10:30 am-1:00 pm Iowa Mentoring Partnership tabling, Capitol rotunda 

2:00 pm Excellence in Mentoring Awards Ceremony, Capitol rotunda


  • training webinar regarding advocacy will be held on January 8
  • IMP Day at the Capitol Handbook is a useful resource whether or not you are attending on January 22.


The highest honor for mentors in the state, The Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be presented to the following individuals on January 22 at 2 pm at the state Capitol:

Carol Groen, New Opportunities Sac County, Sac City
Chris Storms, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County, Muscatine
Keith Bress, Tiger Mentoring, Spencer
Sloane Morrow, Storm Lake TeamMates, Storm Lake
Tom Cameron, Mentoring Advantage Program, Des Moines

They will be recognized for excellence in the areas of advocacy and leadership, innovation, impact, and commitment.  Congratulations to the 2015 winners. Thank you to all programs who nominated mentors.



After four, action-packed quarters, the national
Coaches’ Challenge ends with a final score of 10,285 individuals who answered the challenge to sign up to be volunteer mentors! The Challenge started in August and this year and additional 1,000 fans stepped up compared to last year’s total. With the Big 12 Conference endorsement and all of the conference football coaches participating, along with college and high school football coaches from across the country, the campaign gained new fans, engagement and exposure this year!
 We thank the Big 12 Conference, other states who participate in the Coaches’ Challenge and the mentoring programs throughout Iowa who really push hard to make a difference in the lives of youth every day.
As a way to bridge the mentoring gap, and in keeping with the spirit of the annual Coaches’ Challenge Iowa and Kansas continued their friendly competition to see which state could recruit thmost new mentors during the college football season. Kansas won the challenge this year, but the real winners are the 3948 youth who were matched with mentors.




The IMP is collecting stories of adults telling about the people in their lives who offered encouragement, shared their experiences and knowledge and listened to them.  Please help us by emailing a story to about a mentor who made a difference in your life.  The Harvard Mentoring Project has been collecting mentoring stories of well-known individuals.  Stories and videos of famous mentor/mentee pairs are here.   





January 5 Quarterly report collection begins

January 8  Day at the Capitol Webinar, 3 pm

January 8   I Am A Mentor Day
Share mentor stories to recruit new mentors.

January 15  Thank Your Mentor Day
Honor those people who made a lasting impact on your life

January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Highlight the importance of mentoring and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by encouraging mentor pairs to serve together.

January 22  Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol

January 28-30  National Mentoring Summit

Sessions will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing

January 30 Quarterly report due by midnight





Volunteer Iowa is seeking nominations for 50 Faces of Volunteers, a weekly recognition spotlighting Iowans who have served 50 or more hours in the past year. Please consider submitting an outstanding mentor to highlight.  Volunteers will be featured in the Volunteer Iowa blog and social media. In addition, Volunteer Iowa will provide you with a template certificate and news release to further promote your nominee. Submit your nomination here by Jan. 30, 2015. 





Leveraging Mentoring to Support Black Male Achievement
National Collaborative Webinar
January 15, 12 PM -1:15
Shawn Dove, manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, as well as  representatives from MENTOR for a conversation exploring how the mentoring field can support black male achievement. Register here.

Des Moines
March 30 and 31





The Youth Leadership Award is presented  annually during the Risky Business Conference (April 28, 2015)  to an Iowa youth (ages 14-18) who has consistently: participated in youth/adult partnerships; demonstrated positive peer role modeling; communicated effectively; participated in service to their community; spoken on behalf of youth; served in a leadership role in their school and/or community.

Nomination forms are due March 6.


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