MONTPELIER, VT -- Mobius, Vermont's Mentoring Partnership, will host a celebratory gathering at the Statehouse in Montpelier to highlight National Mentoring Month festivities in Vermont on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This recognition event will honor the more than 150 adult-to-youth mentoring programs around the state, and will feature remarks by 2015 Spokesperson Madeleine Kunin, a public Vermont Mentoring Month proclamation signing by Gov. Peter Shumlin, and the reading of a Vermont Mentoring Month resolution sponsored by Rep. Leigh Dakin (Windsor-3-1) of the Vermont House of Representatives.

"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."

As a part of the event, Kunin and the participating legislators will publicly recognize adult mentors, youth mentees, and mentoring supporters in attendance. Mentors and mentees will also be treated to lunch in the statehouse cafeteria, and complimentary tours of the Vermont Statehouse.

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, please 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 second 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.

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