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On January 22, the Iowa Mentoring Partnership held our annual Day at the Capitol to promote mentoring as a positive youth development strategy.  Nearly 20 programs participated by hosting tables, meeting with legislators and attending the Excellence in Mentoring Awards ceremony.

Jayne Wilhelm, from Sac County Mentoring shared the following:  
Senator Segebart spent quite a bit of time with us giving the girls a tour of the Senate and talked to us about how bills are decided; how voting works, and how budgets are being worked on now. He is from a community not too far from us and has been instrumental in the past as a County Supervisor supporting youth initiatives. The mentor and girls had a great day! They talked about it all the way back to Sac City!  Carley got selfies with the Governor and Lt. Governor. They are very proud of the Proclamation signed by the Governor! And the capitol tour was great!   Many very nice memories were created that day!

Mentor Carol Groen and youth from the Sac County Mentoring with Senator Mark Segebart.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds presented the Excellence in Mentoring Awards to five outstanding mentors. All of the award winners were accompanied by their mentees which highlighted the power of the mentoring relationship.  Some of the mentees had never been to the capitol and were excited about the opportunity to tour and meet elected officials. ICVS Commissioner, Representative Kevin Koester;  ICVS Executive Director Adam Lounsbury, IMP Provider Board Chair Christy Jenkins, representatives from congressional offices and  IMP programs were on hand in the crowd of 100 attendees.

(l-r) Chris Storms, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County, Muscatine; Carol Groen, New Opportunities Sac County, Sac City;  Keith Bress, Tiger Mentoring, Spencer; Governor Terry Branstad; Sloane Morrow, Storm Lake TeamMates, Storm Lake; Lt Governor Kim Reynolds; and Tom Cameron, Mentoring Advantage Program, Des Moines.


National Mentoring Summit 

IMP staff Chad Driscoll and Mary Sheka attended the National Mentoring Summit in Washington D.C. along with Volunteer Iowa Commissioner and Clinton schools mentoring program director Jerry Drake.  We attended a daylong train the trainer session on SAFE training, talked to our congressional delegation about mentoring as a positive youth development strategy, and received many updates on national initiatives which we will share with you in upcoming months and at the spring conference on March 30 and 31st.

Please enjoy an inspirational video from the Summit. More information here.

MENTOR CEO David Shapiro will be the keynote speaker at our spring conference.


Why We Do What We Do 


So many great successes and ideas are shared in quarterly reports. Here are just a couple to remind us why we do what we do. More stories on our website.

A young lady has not been attending school for many weeks and her lunch buddy/mentor who meets with her once weekly at lunch time, contacted her at home and re-engaged her to come to school! This week was literally the first time in weeks this student has been to school and it is all because of her mentor

A boy that has been waiting for almost two years became matched with an awesome mentor. His life story was a bit frightening to many mentor applicants. Seeing this boy with his new mentor together at a recent event was very heartwarming. The youth made a new friend his age at the event and seemed gleeful to be in a positive group of youth and adults.

A young male mentee had been aggressively acting out and making poor choices, but after a period of time the school, family, and Job Foundation staff person sat down together to discuss his progress.  The behavioral specialist said “Frankly, he is the biggest turn-around case I’ve ever seen,” Mom listed three factors she believes contributed to the change in her son’s behavior. She listed The Job Foundation first. We are encouraged to see first hand that quality relationships, lessons, and mentoring really can make a difference in a child's life.


PROGRAM NEWS: Program Recertification 

A reminder that IMP certifications are for valid for two years.  Because we have been receiving inquiries about 2015 recertifications the list is provided below. Application materials will be out this spring and will be due mid May. The following programs are up for recertification this year:

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
Orchard Place
RSVP Rotary Club of Rock Valley
Siblings By Choice
TeamMates of Harlan
TeamMates of Sidney
Tiger Mentoring Program
YMCA Kinship
Youth Experiencing Success




The 2014-15 provider board met on January 22. The stated objectives of the provider board are to expand the opportunity for local mentoring programs to provide input and feedback to the Iowa Mentoring Partnership (IMP), to provide opportunities for leadership, development and networking for members of the board, and to develop a group of liaisons to the mentoring field who will represent, promote, and help advance the organization’s mission on a regional basis.Minutes from the January 22 meeting are here.


The IMP is currently recruiting for an IMP AmeriCorps Vista member to serve as a marketing and training coordinator helping to promote and support quality youth mentoring programs across the state. 
VISTA service is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and training while making a difference in the community. Members must be 18 years old and have a bachelor's degree and commit to one year of service.  A small living allowance is provided and the member is eligible for an education stipend at the end of service. The application is open now and hiring must be completed by February 23, with service beginning mid-April. 

Please share this opportunity with your networks.



February 11  11am-1 pm
NE Regional Meeting: Measuring tools, surveys, and progress reports
Helping Services,  9 South Main Street, Fayette
Contact Kathy Schwartzhoff at to attend in person or by SKYPE.


February 19 Noon
Collaborative Webinar series: Using Research to Inform Your Mentoring Program
ncorporating research into a mentoring program’s practices is a constant balancing act for many practitioners between factors such as day-to-day workload, the availability relevant research, and questions about when and how to apply research and measure the impact. Register here.

March 30 and March 31 
IMP Spring Conference
Des Moines





Excellence in Summer Learning and Founder's Awards

Applications Deadline: February 13, 2015

The Excellence in Summer Learning Award and NSLA's new Founder's Award recognize summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people. Just by submitting an application, your program will receive feedback outlining its strengths and areas for improvement.    Please visit their website for more information.


Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

Application Deadline: May 21, 2015

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.

Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Click here for more information and to apply!

The Awesome Foundation Grants 

"The Awesome Foundation is open to all people and organizations. There are no prerequisites to apply (beyond, of course, being awesome)."  Visit their website to learn more and apply.


Brinker International Grants 

Brinker International's goal is to Make People Feel Special, and they aim to do so by giving money to projects focused on health, social services, arts and education, and diversity. Visit their website to apply!.


Child & Adult Care Food Program

The federal "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" program provides meals and snacks for school-age youth in afterschool programs. Find out more by visiting the Iowa Department of Education website.   


Iowa Grants Guide Online

The Iowa Grants Guide is a web-based directory of Iowa grant-making organizations. Program information only is provided; grant applications are not. Click here for the Iowa Grants Guide Federal Funds Search Engine

Click here to search federal grant opportunities with a tool that lets you filter results by topic, such as Afterschool, Positive Youth Development, or Service Learning.  



Youth Recognition Opportunities

The Peace First Prize celebrates young people leading change in their schools and communities. Applications and nominations are open now and will be accepted through March 30th, 2015. Anyone who nominates or applies before our early application deadline of February 6th, 2015 will be entered into a raffle for the chance to donate $100 to the peacemaking organization of their choice.

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.


March 30-31, 2015
Des Moines

Details will be sent in a separate message mid-February. 


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