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The Quarter 2 report for FY 2015-16 is available here and due at the end of the month. Additional questions besides program data include counties your program serves, child abuse and adult abuse registry checks used, feedback on the Nonprofit Summit and Peer Share Calls, and Who Mentored You? Thank you for giving these additional questions some thought.


January 2016 marks another exciting month for mentoring, with opportunities to spread the message on the benefits and impact of mentoring youth. Join us in celebrating these relationships in real life.
  1. It can help you connect/reconnect with potential funders. "January is National Mentoring Month and I wanted to let you know about what we're doing . . ."
  2. It provides a newsworthy reason to contact local reporters/editors. "January is National Mentoring Month and I wonder if you'd be interested in covering a story about one of our mentors and mentees as a way to raise awareness of the impact of mentors and the need for many more in our local area . . . We have one story in particular that is compelling . . ."
  3. It's a way to connect with existing mentors and encourage referrals of friends and family members. "January is National Mentoring Month and as a way to help reduce the number of kids on our waitlist, I hope you'll encourage friends and family members to become mentors . . ."
  4. It provides a great reason to ask for freebies for match activities (e.g., museum passes, theater tickets, tours, etc.) "January is National Mentoring Month and you might support the campaign with the donation of tickets so that our mentors might treat their mentees to a once-in-a-lifetime experience . . ."
  5. It provides a chance for local recognition by town officials. "January is National Mentoring Month and we hope you'll issue an official proclamation..."  
  • IMP NMM Peer Sharing Call recording
  • National Collaborative NMM recording featuring IMP and Teammates
  • National Mentoring Month Website
  • The National Mentoring Month Toolkit
    • Custom graphics for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
    • Digital & Print-Ready Thank You Cards
    • Print-Ready Campaign Posters


January 14: I Am a Mentor Day is a great opportunity to encourage others to share stories of why mentoring has been meaningful to them on this date

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service provides an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of mentoring. Use the day to honor mentors in your community, recruit new mentors, provide training to mentoring programs or encourage mentor pairs to serve together in real life. #MentorIRL

January 21: Thank Your Mentor Day Were you lucky enough to have a mentor influence your life? This week we’re reflecting on the ways we have all benefited from a mentor. Be sure to thank your mentor today onThank Your Mentor Day! Honor them for all they did for you in real life.

February 3: Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol



Thank you for making the time to join colleagues from across the state at the capitol on February 3 at 11:45 a.m. to educate our state leaders about the importance of youth mentoring as a positive youth development strategy. Our collective voice amplifies a powerful message. As a program of Volunteer Iowa, the Iowa Mentoring Partnership advocates for support of mentoring programs across the state through policies that:
  • Expand Iowa's existing volunteer base, including establishing a state employee volunteer policy
  • Support the infrastructure needed for quality service opportunities and programs
  • Build the culture and climate for service in Iowa
2016 EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING AWARDS CEREMONY honoring outstanding mentors from across the state will be held February 3 at 1:30 pm at the state capitol building.  Your presence at this event demonstrates the strength of the mentoring programs serving our youth in Iowa. Whether or not you nominated a mentor, the entire partnership of mentoring programs is elevated during this statewide recognition ceremony. 

Register here to attend. Bring mentors, mentees, board members and other supporters of youth mentoring!

(Above image: Features students from Coon Rapids Bayard High School, Carroll County Mentoring, with Senator Mark Segebart) 

Volunteer Iowa Calls on Iowans to Serve Communities Year-Round

A new federal study shows that 33.3 percent of Iowans volunteered through an organization and 71.6 percent helped their neighbors last year.
The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released in December by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), shows that service to others continues to be a priority in Iowa, where the volunteer rate is 8 percent higher than the national average and volunteer retention is over 72 percent.
“Iowans have a clear culture of service and volunteerism. We want Iowans to think about volunteering year round and make a resolution to commit to 50 hours of service in 2016,” stated Adam Lounsbury, executive director of Volunteer Iowa. “We know that 50 hours is a tipping point for maximizing impact both to the individual who volunteers and the recipient of their service.”

Share this call to service with your community. More information



The final score is in for the 2015 Coaches Mentoring Challenge!    An impressive 9, 289 fans from across the country were recruited to become mentors, including 1,149 Iowans! Big thanks to all partners, including the Big Ten Conference for their endorsement.Thank you to everyone who participated in the campaign for helping us score a touchdown for Iowa youth. Go Team Iowa!Read the full campaign recap.



January 1  IMP Quarter 2 Report Available

January 7 Iowa Mentoring Month Proclamation Signing, State Capitol, 3:30 pm

January 14 Peer Sharing Call
: Self Care
, 2 pm

January 14 I Am A Mentor Day

January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 21 Collaborative Webinar: Assuring Your Financial Future: Strategies to Sustain Your Program, 12 pm 

January 21
Thank Your Mentor Day

January 27-29 National Mentoring Summit

January 29 IMP Quarterly Report Due


February 3  Volunteer Iowa/IMP Day at the Capitol 11:45 am

February 3  Excellence in Mentoring Awards, 1:30 pm


As a mentoring professional, you spend all of your time helping others. Start of the New Year with the resolve to take care of yourself too!  Start by making the time to join the Peer Share Call on January 14th. Topic: Self Care.


Recently, Sgt. Bluff-Luton fifth grade students Cori Griebel and Sophie Loffswold interviewed Iowa State student Alicia O’Donnell, who shared her interest in chemical engineering with the elementary  ELP classes.

SciGirls is a fun resource to share with your mentees. It's a new show for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls.

For future STEM calls, what topics are you interested in learning about that could help you create a STEM mentoring program? Please e-mail Tatiana Christian at with any ideas. 



Jan 9: FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. You can find a local kickoff here

Jan 9, 16, 23, 30:
Winter STEM Days at Sawmill Museum, Clinton.

Jan 12, 19, 26: 
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  Four-week program for ages 5-7.

Jan 18:
Registration opens for SciGirls Summer Camps,  Science Center, Des Moines, June and August 2016.

Jan 22:
Space Out at the Putnam Museum,  Davenport. 


Handbooks, Curriculum, Manuals from the National Mentoring Resource Center

Four Trends in Fundraising

Rethinking How Students Succeed




Fundraising is a perennial topic of interest for mentoring programs. Join the collaborative webinar on January 21:  Assuring Your Financial Future: Strategies to Sustain Your Program



The National Mentoring Resource Center has launched a brand new blog! This blog will feature frequent posts from seasoned mentoring practitioners and share updates on new trends and innovations in the field from established technical assistance providers and researchers. Join the conversation now!


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