WINOOSKI, VT -- Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, recently announced that former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin as its spokesperson for National Mentoring Month festivities in Vermont in January 2015. Throughout the month of January, Mobius, Kunin, and mentoring supporters throughout the state will work together to honor the more than 150 adult-to-youth mentoring programs and 2,500 volunteer mentors in Vermont, and raise awareness of the need for additional volunteers.
"We know, from experience, that a caring and consistent adult mentor can change a child's life," said Kunin. "A trusting mentoring relationship improves the chances for life long success and happiness. I am a supporter of Mobius because its goal is to establish mentoring programs statewide for children in elementary school all the way through high school graduation."
Later in January, Mobius, Kunin and a wide variety of mentoring supporters will partner with state legislators for a celebration at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. More information about this event will be available in the coming weeks.
Mobius' month-long festivities will commence in Burlington on Tuesday, Jan. 6 with its annual Benefit Bake for Mentoring, hosted by American Flatbread. Throughout the night, Flatbread will donate a portion of the proceeds from every flatbread sold to Mobius, in support of the local youth mentoring community.
In addition to these two events, Mobius and mentoring programs around the state are organizing a wide variety of activities throughout the month of January to promote the mentoring cause, including mentor recognition events, mentor pair activities, and benefit dinners at local restaurants. For more information on National Mentoring Month events in Vermont, visit Mobius' Redstone Mentoring Events Calendar at www.mobiusmentors.org/mentoring-events-calendar.
Mobius' Vermont Mentoring Month campaign is made possible by support from Gold Sponsor Redstone Commercial Group, and Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal. National Mentoring Month, now in its 14th year, is a national campaign held each January to thank current mentors and recruit new volunteers. The campaign is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, and MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), with support from the Highland Street Foundation.
About Mentoring: According to the "Mentoring Effect," a study released in 2014 by MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), one in three youth in Vermont will enter adulthood without having a formal or informal mentoring relationship with a caring adult. Adult-to-youth mentoring is a proven strategy for encouraging positive youth development. Based on an abundance of national research, having a mentor can enhance a young person's learning skills and help build resiliency and self-control. Youth with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to develop positive relationships with peers and adults, and to grow up to become productive members of society.
About Mobius: Now in its third year as Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, Mobius supports more than 150 adult-to-youth mentoring program sites that support 2,500 mentor pairs throughout the state. Mobius partners with the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Vermont Agency of Human Services to provide around $300,000 in funding each year for mentoring programs across Vermont. Mobius also offers technical support to programs, maintains an online program directory and referral system for volunteers, manages a quality-based program management database, raises public awareness of mentoring, and works with programs to lead statewide mentoring initiatives. For more information about Mobius, and mentoring programs and initiatives in Vermont, visit www.mobiusmentors.org.