JUNE 2016

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Experienced program staff will offer their tips and insights about  pursuing grant opportunities during the June IMP Peer Share call on Thursday, June 9 at 2 pm. Register here.

National Mentoring Program Survey 2016

A reminder that the IMP Quarterly report released on July 1 will be the National Mentoring Program Survey. (See below for FAQs about the survey). It is imperative that all IMP certified programs complete the report. Look for the survey in the JULY newsletter.

The information gathered in this survey will play a vital role in supporting and expanding the mentoring movement, chiefly by helping:

  • Improve our ability to raise public awareness about mentoring and increase investment in mentoring by the public and private sectors.
  • Better understand the needs and challenges of the field so that we can provide relevant tools, resources, and technical assistance.
  • Identify gaps in the services offered in communities, as well as underserved populations, so that we might more effectively close the mentoring gap.
  • Support new research projects and rigorous evaluations that can demonstrate the impact of mentoring on both policy goals and the lives of individual children.

Not only will the information be of value at the national and state level, but also beneficial to your program directly by providing information that will help MENTOR and the IMP tailor services, support, and training more directly to your needs.

MENTOR will release the preliminary results at the 2017 National Mentoring Summit and publish a national report in 2017.

Training Opportunities

SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness)
Tuesday, June 28th
Child Saving Institute | 4545 Dodge St. Omaha, NE

RSVP to info@mmpomaha. org

Strengthen screening practices for mentors with this intensive training that helps evaluate current procedures and practices with approaches and tools offered.

Whitney Mastin, Midland Mentoring Partnership
Mary Sheka, Iowa Mentoring Partnership

Rural mentoring programs often face unique challenges that compound the everyday obstacles of facilitating an effective mentoring program. How can practitioners recruit and retain mentors when mentees live over an hour away. How can programs engage matches in activities when there aren't easily accessible community events?
Watch the May Collaborative Webinar here for ideas about serving rural communities. Of particular interest are strategies from the Gunnison Valley program starting at :45:30.




“We have had a wonderful relationship with Liliana and think of her as our own daughter,” says Larry Randolph who mentors with this wife Jeanne through the Shenandoah Schools M.A.Y. Mentoring Program.

The Randolphs were matched with Liliana Rodriguez when Liliana was in second grade. When they met, Liliana did not speak much English. Larry and Jeanne supported her education and helped her improve her English through various activities, such as educational computer games.

“We were able to help her at an early age when she needed more attention and later we helped with college and became a refuge for her on an occasional weekend to come to our lake home and hang out and study,” says Larry.  Read more...



June 9  IMP Peer Share Call: Grant Writing,  2 pm

June 14 ICVS Commission Meeting

June 16 Collaborative Webinar: Building Future Leaders Through STEM Mentoring , Noon

June 23  NE Regional Meeting: Fall Recruitment,  10:30 am-12:30 pm All are welcome to attend or join remotely. Contact Kathy Schwartzhoff,

June 28 SAFE training, Omaha,
9 am-4:30 pm, RSVP to, No charge



Resources for coding and making with youth; a good place to start if you're looking for web development opportunities for your mentees.

STEM Career Mentoring Toolkit; a guide to help support mentees as they explore a potential career in STEM. 

Eduporium sells toolkits that could be useful for any STEM related activities. They range from low cost to several hundred dollars. 


8-12th: Fashion & Interior Design STEM Lab – For Girls . Fashion design using computer-aided design software. Waterloo.

12th: Nature STEM Camp. Hands-on experiments to learn about the interconnectedness of organisms in a natural community Sioux City. 

13-17th: Introduction to Robotics  Programming, design, and problem solving skills in an exciting and fun environment. Cedar Falls.

15th: Registration deadline for bugs and spiders camp (actual dates: 20-24th) via 4-H. Muscatine. 

20th: Registration for July classes with
Imagination Iowa ends. Cedar Rapids.

20-24th: Beginner Rocket Camp  Science of flight and propulsion. Waterloo.

Clarke Nursing Cadets Grades 6-9. Exposure to various nursing specialties.  Dubuque. 

22-25th: Build a Solar Town with five small solar powered houses, learn basic circuitry to wire them. Urbandale.

Introduction to Robotics for Girls  Campers will form teams to design and build Lego EV3 robots. Waterloo. 

Youth Exploring Science YES! Camp Grades 8-10 will explore a variety of science disciplines and career fields through hands-on activities. Mason City. 


Host a Town Hall on Underage Drinking. $500 stipends available

ICVS Training Feedback

If you were unable to attend on of the Volunteer Iowa regional trainings held in April, your feedback on trainings is appreciated. Please complete this five minute survey.