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As an affiliate Mentoring Partnership of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the IMP invites you to a unique opportunity to get an in-depth first-look at the updated Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ 4th Edition. As you are aware, the Elements are widely accepted as the national and global standards for quality youth mentoring and help to ensure that as the mentoring field grows, programs remain safe and effective and produce positive outcomes for the young people involved.

MENTOR’s Director of Knowledge Management, Mike Garringer, as well as co-authors Janis Kupersmidt and Rebecca Stelter from innovation Research and Training (iRT), and Jean Rhodes from the MENTOR/University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring (CEBM), will deliver a comprehensive overview of the 4th Edition of the Elements during two webinars in September. These informational webinars will include explanations of new content, a review of the updated Benchmarks and Enhancements, and recommendations for implementing these best practices in a variety of program contexts.

Please register for one of the following webinars (content will be the same in each webinar):
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about what the research is telling us about effective mentoring programs, and engage in a dialogue about quality mentoring practices with mentoring researchers and programs! . Learn more.



The Iowa Department of Public Health AmeriCorps Mentoring Program is a new statewide initiative through the Division of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse. Previously known as the Youth Mentoring Grant,  this new opportunity will provide funding  to youth-serving mentoring programs to host AmeriCorps members. This program focuses on building capacity and sustainability for mentoring programs statewide. Up to thirty AmeriCorps members will be placed at mentoring programs across Iowa to help strengthen programs in the areas of building community partnerships, mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor/mentee or parent training, curriculum development and sustainability planning. This new grant opportunity will provide further reach to support to more mentoring programs to serve more mentor/mentee matches in more communities across the state. Please watch for a notice in the next few weeks from IDPH when they release the RFP to accept applications from mentoring programs to participate in the new opportunity. Site notification from IDPH and member recruitment are expected to begin for specific sites on November 1 with members enrolled by November 30.

Several mentoring programs have previously utilized national service members to strengthen their programs.
Christy Jenkins, Prevention Director at New Opportunities, Inc. in Carroll and former Provider Board chair says,  “We have been fortunate enough to have two different AmeriCorps members over the past year and a half.  Their service has been an invaluable asset for our mentoring programming. They have assisted us in developing and implementing sustainability practices including two new fundraisers and developing STEM programming for our mentoring programs.  We firmly believe without the support of our AmeriCorps members we would not have been able to give due diligence to even begin these ventures while upholding quality programming and support for our existing programs.”



One easy way for all programs to use the Coaches' Challenge recruitment and awareness campaign for your program is TEAM JERSEY DAY on  OCTOBER 16th!   Ask individuals, local businesses, and schools in your area to support their favoritie team by wearing their favorite jersey in support of your mentoring program. 

Other ways IMP programs can get involved:


Over 90 mentoring professionals in Iowa are receiving timely mentoring news and engaging with their colleagues through regular updates on the IMP Wiggio page . This tool that is available to all staff of all certified programs to share ideas and resources with each other as well as receive updates from the IMP in between monthly newsletters. Recent topics posted have included tools for mentee/parents, supporting LGBTQ youth, and info on the upcoming webinar on the new edition of the Elements of Effective Practice. Don’t miss out on this great networking tool until we see each other at the Nonprofit Summit in November

Attendance Awareness Month/Mentoring Week Toolkit 

Download MENTOR's campaign toolkit and join the conversation on mentoring's role in improved school attendance during the week of Sept 14. If you missed the Attendance Awareness Month webinar: Finish Strong: Address the Attendance Gap for Teens, watch it here. The mentoring portion with MENTOR's Mike Garringer starts at 40:16 in the recording.


The IMP participated in the Iowa Governor's STEM  dvisory Council's STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 23. IMP AmeriCorps VISTA member Tatiana Christian talked with fairgoers and exhibitors about STEM mentoring and volunteering and provided information about the statewide volunteer database, GET CONNECTED.  More about STEM DAY here.


Attendance Awareness Month

Sept 16: NE regional meeting: Marketing and Promotion, 11 am
9 S. Main St, Fayette or Skype,

Sept 16: Mentoring Effect and Attendance Awareness Twitter Chat 2pm

Sept 17:
Collaborative Webinar: Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches: Strategies for Mentoring Oroganizations and Professionals 12pm

Sept 24th & 28th: Webinar: Introduction to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring 4th Edition 10am

Sept 30:  Coaches Challenge Report Due

November 9-10:
Iowa Non-Profit Summit with a multitude of sessions beneficial to mentoring program staff.  REGISTRATION details available in mid-Sept



LinkedIn is featuring user stories that demonstrate the transformative potential of mentoring relationships both in the workplace and in communities between adults and young people.  In addition, LinkedIn members are now able to access MENTOR’s national database of mentoring programs, the Mentoring Connector, directly from the LinkedIn platform to search for opportunities to pay it forward by becoming a mentor to a young person through a quality local mentoring program.
Share your personal mentoring story on LinkedIn and share this effort with your own networks!


Mentor Training: Youth Mental Health First Aid  teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges among adolescents.  Participants learn to support youth with signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five step action plan.
Find a course near you. Upcoming sessions in Ames and Waterloo still have openings. 

Breaking the Silence is a new documentary produced in partnership by two leading abuse prevention organizations, RAINN and Darkness to Light and TLC. The documentary shines a light on the challenging journey faced by those affected by child sexual abuse as well as useful information about where people can turn for help.




Wells Fargo Foundation grants due Oct. 15

IDPH mentoring grants posted here when RFP released

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