Vermont Male Mentors Mysteriously Disappear

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Vermont Male Mentors Mysteriously Disappear

Sun, 04/27/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is hosting the sixth annual “Mentors Make A Difference” conference on Monday, May 5, from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Burlington. The Conference is open to adults and youth 13 years of age or older.
The Conference attracts 400 to 500 youth and adult participants, offering over 30 workshops serving Vermont youth and service providers from the mentoring community. Through a dynamic program designed for youth and adults alike, Vermont’s mentoring community will attend workshops to share ideas and strategies, improve and promote mentor programs, and strengthen team-building skills while exploring life principles.
The conference is a rare opportunity for youth and adults to work together in an unconventional setting at a time when the guidance of a caring adult, in an endless variety of forums, improves student grades, school attendance, career options, and family relationships. Mentoring has also proven to prevent drug and alcohol initiation.
“Mentors Make a Difference” celebrates the many cooperative efforts that contribute to the foundation of Vermont communities, recognizing that mentoring has grown to be especially important in a challenging world. Youth will discover life skills with workshops like McGyverisms for Adventurers with the International Maritime & Wilderness Network; The Tao of Rusty Dewees with actor Rusty D.; Digital Storytelling with Carley Stevens-McLaughlin, author of Public Faces, Private Places, Mask Making with artist Maggie Sherman; and more.
Workshops for adults are designed to help start, maintain, or enhance a mentor program, and cover concepts such as budgeting, “Train the Trainer,” grant writing, leadership styles, e-mentoring, and personality profiling. Seminars include The Art of Public Relations with Kelliher Samets Volk, Personnel Issues with Downs Rachlin Martin, Budgeting for Nonprofits with Asterista & Associates, Making Policy Happen with Senator Jeffords' Human Resources Coordinator and many, many more.
Governor James Douglas and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will also speak.
The Vermont Mentoring Partnership is a clearinghouse for training, funding, referrals certification, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance to the Vermont mentoring community. The full conference brochure and schedule may be viewed on the Vermont Mentoring Partnership website (www.vtmentoring.org).