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Vermont Mentoring Symposium 2018

Please use this form to register for the 2018 Vermont Mentoring Symposium that will be held on Monday, June 4, 2018 (9:00am-5:00pm) at the State Complex (103 S. Main St.) Waterbury. For more information go to:

(If the registration fee is a prohibitive amount please contact to find a solution that will enable you to attend.)

This year's schedule of events will include (subject to minor changes):

9:00-9:30 - Registration
9:30-9:40 - Welcome: Ken Schatz (Commissioner of DCF)
9:40-10:00 - State of Mentoring in Vermont and Who is in the Room? (Chad Butt, E.D. of Mobius)
10:00-10:45 - Keynote Address: David Shapiro (CEO of MENTOR)
11:00-12:30 - Workshop Session 1
12:30-1:15 - Lunch
1:30-3:00 - Workshop Session 2
3:15-4:45 - Large Group Facilitated Discussions
4:45-5:00 - Closing

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All sandwiches, unless otherwise specified, will include lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Meals will also include a bag of chips and a cold drink.

Workshop Session 1

Neurodiversity in Mentoring
Creating a better awareness and understanding of the neurodiverse community we live in and how to best support neurodiversity mentees and mentors.

Fundraising: You Can Do It!
This workshop will focus on helping you feel comfortable and confident as a fundraiser for your program. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the basics of fundraising methods and theory, learn about the most cost-effective types of fundraising for your needs, and get some basic tools that you can use right away.

Post-Secondary Opportunities Besides College (Post-Secondary Track)
This workshop will explore the post-secondary opportunities for youth in Vermont besides four-year college. What the options are, how youth can access them, and why they are important.

Please pick the workshop you plan to attend during the morning session (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).
Workshop Session 2

Adverse Childhood Experiences
This workshop is an introduction into the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences. It will include the viewing of the film
Resilience and a short panel discussion. 

How to Make Your Mentoring Program Successful
This workshop is meant for newer program staff. With limited staff time it can be hard to figure out where to focus your efforts. We will discuss what areas of your mentoring program are the most important to ensure your program will be successful.

College Access and Support (Post-Secondary Track)
How to best support mentees that wish to pursue college and help them be successful once enrolled.

Please pick the workshop you plan to attend during the afternoon session (1:30-3:00 p.m.).
Large Group Facilitated Discussion

Life After High School (Post-Secondary Track)
How can mentoring programs in Vermont collaborate to better support mentees in their post-high school plans?

ACEs: What Do We Do Now?
What is/should the role of mentoring programs in Vermont be in combating Adverse Childhood Experiences and providing trauma informed care?
*If you intend to attend this session and are not familiar with ACEs, we highly encourage you to attend the Adverse Childhood Experience workshop.

Please pick the large group facilitated discussion you would like to attend from 3:15 to 4:45.