MARCH 2016

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Rescheduled National Mentoring Month Events

Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol will be held on March 15th at 11:45 am.  The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from IMP certified programs to serve as mentoring advocates by educating their legislators on the essential of youth mentoring programs in strengthening families, communities, and the state of Iowa. All attendees should register for this event, including those who registered for the previously scheduled Day at the Capitol on February 3rd. Click here to register. Also, don't forget to check out the Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol Facebook event page for more information.

The 2016 EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING AWARDS CEREMONY will be held on April 13th at 10.00 am with the Governor Hall of Fame Awards. You are encouraged to attend the ceremony to honor exemplary mentors from across the state. Your attendance shows the strength of support for mentoring programs. The governor and lieutenant governor have been invited to award this highest honor for mentors in Iowa. Registration for this event is not required. Go to the Excellence in Mentoring Awards Facebook event page



The March 10 Peer Share call topic is Working With Challenging Matches.  Experienced program staff members from Iowa mentoring programs will serve on a panel for this call and will share how they would handle difficult match coaching/support scenarios to get the match back on track.  We are looking for scenarios to pose to the panel on the call. You are encouraged to send any difficult match scenarios that your agency is feeling challenged by to Katie Orlando at for inclusion on the call.  Register for the call here and forward to all staff members.


The Iowa Mentoring Partnership's certification, based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, is valid for two years. An updated recertification form will be available on April 1 and will be due on May 10 for the following programs due for recertification in 2016:

Allamakee Mentoring Program

BBBS of Central Iowa

BBBS of Muscatine County

BBBS of Northeast Iowa – Black Hawk

BBBS of Northeast Iowa-Bremer

BBBS of Siouxland

Building Bridges Through Mentoring

Clinton Community Schools (Study Connection)

Dubuque Community School District

Dubuque YMCA Reach and Rise

Everybody Wins! Iowa

Great River Area Youth Mentoring
Independence Community Schools

Job Foundation

Johnston Youth Mentoring Program - Johnston Community Schools

Links to LNX2

Mentor Iowa

Mentoring with HEART

MY Club

North Fayette Valley Mentoring
One on One Mentoring - Garner

One to One Mentoring Project – Cerro Gordo

Orchard Place

RSVP of North Central Iowa

Star Mentoring

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

TeamMates of Council Bluffs

TeamMates of Storm Lake

TeamMates of Waterloo

TeamMates of Missouri Valley

Tiger Mentoring Program
Youth & Shelter Services – GRIP Mentoring

Please contact Mary Sheka at or 515-725-3187 with questions.


A Life Transformed

Zach Smith is a man who walks the walk. As the CEO of ManUp Iowa, he not only directs the program in West Des Moines but also serves as a mentor. As a former social worker, Zach has seen firsthand the positive effects of mentoring and the unique need for strong male mentors. Zach is a mentoring advocate and backs up his call to action with his own powerful mentoring story. Click here for the rest of the story. If you would like to feature a match story from your program, please contact Michelle Jones at


The February IMP STEM call featured AmeriCorps VISTA Anna Zumbahlen who has developed a resource of STEM activities for mentoring programs. If you have any questions, you can reach Anna at 

Learn about:
  • Overcoming mentors anxieties about math and science
  • Motivating kids about math and science
  • Providing reflection exercises  and develop critical thinking
IMP was represented at  STEM Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 18th.  Million Women Mentors - Iowa and the STEM Advisory Council posted pictures of the event on their Facebook. 

Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools are working to get elementary school-aged students engaged with STEM subjects in a whole new way with the National Science Foundation STEM-C Trinect Project.


March 10,  2 pm Peer Sharing Call: Working with Challenging Matches
Register here and share with all program staff

March 15, 11:45 am  Volunteer Iowa/Iowa Mentoring Partnership Day at the Capitol

March 17, 10:30 am NE Regional Call: Closure/training, end of year surveys;  any IMP program may join the call. More info:

March 17, 12 pm Collaborative Webinar: Career-Focused Mentoring: A Pathway for 21st Century Opportunities-


April 5 (tent), Volunteer Iowa Regional Professional Development, Waterloo

April 14, Volunteer Iowa Regional Professional Development, Sioux City

April 18, Volunteer Iowa Regional Professional Development, Ottumwa



Volunteer Iowa Regional Professional Development

Please save the date for our FREE 2016 Spring regional training dates for professional development, networking and other learning opportunities.  These gatherings are open to all ICVS programs.  The day will include training on the Elements of Effective Practice, using data for financial sustainability and telling your story, and adult learning principles to plan effective trainings along with networking and lunch. More details to follow with registration information:

·        Waterloo – April 5 (tentative)

·        Sioux City – April 14

·        Ottumwa – April 18

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Essential training for meeting the needs of mentees.

FREE one day training offered in DSM on April 26 or April 27. Open to mentoring staff and mentors.

Register here




There are many deserving mentors and mentees for these awards. The mentoring movement should have a presence at these events. Nominate today!

Honor exceptional volunteers with the
Governor's Volunteer AwardsNominations due April 4

Honor Afterschool Program Champions. Nominations due March 14.

Honor your young mentors with the Youth of the Year Award and Scholarship! Nominations are due March 21st at 4.30 pm. Send your applications to Community Youth Concepts 1446 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy Des Moines, IA 50314


The IMP Northwest Regional Group met in February. The group discussed various topics of interest such as collecting data, fundraising and challenges with recruiting male mentors. The group shared fundraising activities that their program has found successful.  

The group also discussed promoting mentoring as a regional group and will hope to do that this spring for Volunteer Month in April. We also heard from AmeriCorps Vista Anna Zumbahlen about the AmeriCorps Vista program and her STEM activities in Sac County Mentoring.

The group also received IMP updates of upcoming activities, etc. The group will gather again at the Volunteer Iowa regional professional development on April 14 in Sioux City.

To connect with this group, contact IMP provider board member Jayne Wilhelm, Sac County Mentoring at


3rd: Wildlife Conservation Speakers at Blank Park Zoo. Wally Van Sickle, wildlife biologist and conservationist. Des Moines.

4th: Gizmos & Gadgets: Engineering is Elementary at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. Iowa City. 

4th: Applications due for Jewels Academy Spring Reconnect Young Emerging Scientists. There will be two STEM workshops on both March 12th and 19th. Des Moines.

5th: Explorers Jr: Rockin Robots at the Putnam Museum. Davenport. 

5th & 19th: Open Coding Club for Teens with Imagination Iowa at Geonetric. Cedar Rapids. 

6th: Putnam Explorers at the Putnam Museum. 1:30 to 3:30. Davenport.

15th: Application deadline for Young Engineers & Scientists Program at CBiRC (Center for Biorenewable Chemicals). Ames.

16th: Girls in STEM Festival at the Iowa Lakes Community College. Esterville.

25th: STEM Family Free Night at the Iowa Children's Museum. Coralville. 



March 10 FREE WEBINAR: Mobilizing Your Board to Raise More Money

Assuring Your Financial Future: Strategies to Sustain Your Program
Dr. Susan Weinberger from Mentor Consulting Group and Jerry Dash from VIP Mentoring, Inc.

View the slides, recording and resources from this webinar.



Why Mentors Matter from "Our Kids" author, Robert Putnam


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