JULY 2015

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The Quarter 4 report is available here and due before July 31 at midnight.  These reports are required for certification with the IMP.  Thank you for providing this valuable information in a timely manner.


We welcome Tatiana Christian, the new STEM Mentoring AmeriCorps VISTA, to the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. She will be working to promote STEM mentoring and volunteering in collaboration with the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Million Women Mentors Iowa. She will also support mentoring programs that want to incorporate STEM programming.  She moved to Des Moines from Philadelphia. After volunteering at several technology related events in Philly, Tatiana wanted to pursue another avenue to work in STEM related activities. Armored with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Film, Tatiana is hopeful that this service year with AmeriCorps will provide her with an opportunity to involve underrepresented and marginalized communities in STEM and provide them with guidance in fostering their interest in STEM. You may contact Tatiana at

Join the IMP's Wiggio group to communicate with mentoring colleagues. If you are unfamiliar with WIGGIO, it is a shared online space where we envision IMP members asking and answering program questions, posting resources, and sharing suggestions.  You will not only be able to share links and documents but Wiggio also gives you a variety of mechanisms to communicate directly on or from the group page.  Each mentoring program should have received an invitation from Please send a message to this email if there are others who would like to join. The platform is designed to be easy and straightforward to use. Click here for a brief introduction to Wiggio.

The Iowa Nonprofit Summit provides high-quality and relevant training for nonprofit leaders who are focused on successfully operating a nonprofit program: capacity building, excellence in nonprofit and volunteer management, leadership development, financial and board management, and many other topics. Mentoring specific training is provided as a benefit of your IMP certification. 
  • Save the Dates – this biennial conference will take place November 9 and 10 at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa.  An electronic Save the Date postcard you can share with your colleagues can be downloaded at
  • CALL FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTERS – If you can provide high-quality training that is appropriate for Mentoring, Volunteer Management and/or Nonprofit professionals, we invite you to submit a workshop proposal.  Download the workshop Call for Session Presenters at deadline is noon on July 10.  PLEASE FORWARD to others or email if you have ideas for presenters.
  • STAY IN THE LOOP – For the latest conference news, follow #IAnpsummit online, or visit, where you can view basic conference information and join our e-mail list to get information delivered right to your InBox.


As an affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the IMP is proud to be a technical assistance provider for The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a project of The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and MENTOR. This youth mentoring resource is no-cost for programs and aims to strengthen mentoring quality and effectiveness.
Programs may receive assistance in any of the areas of the Elements of Effective Practice.
Some recent examples of technical assistance provided to mentoring programs include: the development of and revision of mentoring training materials; guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and strategies; sustainability planning; and review of mentor screening processes. Learn more about technical assistance here


The Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge is friendly competition among football coaches and between states with a shared goal to connect more caring adults and young people through quality mentoring relationships. Coaches from Big Ten and Big 12 universities, as well as coaches from colleges and high schools across the country are challenging their fans to join the team and be a mentor!

In Iowa, we have the support of the Iowa Football Coaches Association, The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the four largest university coaching staffs.  Coach Rick Fox( Drake) has come alongside Coach Kirk Ferentz (UI), Coach Paul Rhodes (ISU), and Coach Mark Farley (UNI)  to promote mentoring in Iowa during the campaign.

IMP will be hosting a webinar on July 21st at 2pm on the Coaches' Challenge and how local mentoring  organizations can get involved. Click Here to Register
 whether you are new to the Coaches' Challenge or a veteran of previous campaigns. Don't miss out on utilizing the tools of this national campaign to promote mentoring.


July 2    Quarter 4 report opens
July 10  Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis with Robert  Putnam
9 am at Drake University
July 16  Collaborative Webinar: Innovative Recruitment, Noon
July 21  Coaches Challenge Webinar     2 pm

July 31  Q4 report  due



AT&T Corporate Giving Program



Is your organization or school looking for creative ways to engage your young people's parents and families? An all-new website from Search Institute,, is a great resource for parents.

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The Perseverance Process: Strategies for Strengthening Academic Motivation and Persistence

Volunteer Recruitment Webinar and Resources


National Afterschool Alliance and Iowa Afterschool Alliance is gathering information on the unique challenges reaching and serving children and families in rural communities. If you serve in a rural area, please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey for them by July 15:  “The Landscape of Afterschool Programs in Rural Communities”.  
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