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Quarterly reports are due TODAY at midnight. Please complete here. Thank you for all of your data and feedback.


Here are a few of the end of the year and match closure stories shared by programs. More great stories and ideas here.

The end of year picnic theme was "Let's Rodeo". One of our advisory board members brought his horse for horse rides and all his gear for photo shoots. We had a great time with a "cowboy" picnic and all kinds of fun games. Everyone had a blast! For the first time I also invited mentors that were not matched yet with a student, and students that were not matched with a mentor - and they ended up finding their own adult mentor!

We hosted an end of the year picnic for all three programs together. In the past, we have done something individually. It was nice to have everyone together. An agency Board Member who is a former mentor commented that the participation at this event and others is heartwarming!

A mentee had been involved in the school-based mentoring program in Delaware County for one year.  She was pulled out of school by her parents after numerous issues occurred at school and her parents decided to home-school her. The mentor still wanted to continue to mentor the child and the match converted to community based. Together they worked on the mentee’s social skills, the mentee gradually improved in the social development and is looking forward to going back to the classroom setting as a second grader in the fall of 2014.
We were thrilled to celebrate four Littles graduating from high school this year. The matches have been together for multiple years. This was a huge accomplishment not only for the Littles but for their Bigs as well. Three of the Littles plan to pursue degrees at Hawkeye Community College, Kirkwood and University of Iowa and one Little plans to begin his career in the Cedar Valley.
Big Brother Ron and Little Brother Seth were matched in October 2009. Seth was enrolled in the program by his mother, Michelle, right after his parents divorced. During their time together Ron and Seth participated in a variety of activities from riding bikes to working on lawn mowers and cars to ice fishing. Seth just graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He currently has a job and a car and plans on joining the military.
In May we had two Little SIsters turn 18 - one was matched for 11.5 years the other 8.5!! One graduated with her class and the other is set to graduate after summer classes, the first in her family to graduate from high school.
J is a student who enrolled at West High in the fall. J’s mom had recently died and J had moved in with his cousin, her husband, and their young girls. At the beginning of the year J was skipping school, getting into legal trouble, was rude to teachers & was failing most of his classes. J was matched with a mentor in November who he met with regularly. His GPA improved each trimester. J’s guardian called the AMP Coordinator  to thank us for matching J with a mentor. J's guardian was very proud of J for his improvement in his grades and said that J was starting to become like part of their family & that they weren’t having problems with J at home or school anymore.


All programs must submit risk management plans and follow up required materials by September 1st.  The following programs still need to submit materials. Thank you.

Clinton Schools
Bridges Osage
JUMP Pella
I Have a Dream
Everybody Wins
Mentor Iowa
TeamMates of Harlan
TeamMates of Sidney
Volunteers For Youth
Connections Foster Grandparents
Fort Dodge Bridges
Dubuque YMCA
Plains Mental Health



OCTOBER 7, 2014
Fall IMP Conference  in Des Moines

Our fall training will be held in collaboration with our Volunteer Centers across the state. If you don't have a Volunteer Center in your area to help you recruit and manage volunteers, be thinking community partners you would like to invite to the conference.  The Nonprofit Summit is not being held this year.


There are two big mentoring initiatives that are being promoted on the national level, Million Women Mentors and My Brother's Keeper. Take a couple of minutes to make sure your program is listed when interested mentors search for an opportunity.

My Brothers Keeper is being promoted on MENTOR's website. Update your profile here.

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds has signed on to recruit mentors for Million Women Mentors. The search for that will be through the Volunteer Solutions page. We have added all programs to Volunteer Solutions. You are encouraged to customize your post and  may do so here.  Use the password icvs14 and favorite color red if you would like to change your information.


The 2014 Coaches Challenge begins today!  Don't miss this opportunity for mentor recruitment.   The entire Big 12 conference has endorsed the Coaches Challenge as well as Coach Ferentz, Coach Rhoads and Coach Farley.  Use the influence of these coaches and your local coaches to bring attention to your program and draw new mentors.
If you weren't able to participate in the webinar, slides are here.  A toolkit with a letter to local coaches, posters, logos and a press release is here.
Start keeping tabs on your monthly recruitment.  Our first reporting date is September 10 for recruitment numbers for the month of August.  


The second annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign is coming up this September with the third week in the month (September 15-21, 2014) designated as The Mentoring Effect & Attendance Week.

The Attendance Awareness Month toolkit for Mentoring Partnerships includes key messaging, sample social media content, and tips on how to get involved not only during “Mentoring Effect Week”, but the entire month of September. As we all know, mentoring has a BIG impact on academic achievement for students and supports healthy communities. We encourage you to
download the toolkit from the MENTOR website and participate with us in supporting the concept of school every day. And don’t forget to pin your organization to the Attendance Awareness Action MAP to showcase your participation along with campaign supporters across the nation. Together, we can help increase interest and engagement in school for America’s youth.


Aug 1 Quarterly reports due by midnight.

Aug 1 Coaches Challenge Kickoff

Aug 21 Mentor Webinar

Sept 1 All Risk Management Materials Due


Wells Fargo
The first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.Funding amounts: In 2013 Wells Fargo gave $275 million to 18,500 nonprofits nationwide.Grant application deadline: October 15. 

Grant description: Giving priorities include education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and arts and culture with an emphasis in youth development.Funding amounts: $5,000 or more.Grant application deadline: April 1 – 30; August 1 - 30. IMP has STEM resources that you can easily incorporate into your program. 

In areas of affordable housing, health and safety, education and youth development, human services, and civic support.Funding amounts: $2,000 to $20,000. Grant application deadline: October 15, February 15, and June 15



​Tackling the Stigma: Mentoring Youth With Mental Health Needs

Think this population doesn’t apply to your mentoring program? Join us to learn more about what mental health disorders can look like in young people and how you might be overlooking crucial signs, as well as ways to support mentors whose mentees may be facing some of these issues. In our conversation, we will feature experts and practitioners in the field of mental health and mentoring, including Jennifer Kriebl, National Director of the YMCA Reach & Rise program. We will be discussing best practice examples, research, and resources to tackle the stigma associated with mentoring youth who have mental health needs. Bring your questions and concerns!
Thursday, August 21, 2014 noon

Register here.
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