Educational Institutions

Virginia Mentoring Partnership

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.vamentoring.org

Mission Statement

Virginia Mentoring Partnership is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to provide training and support to mentors and mentoring programs across Virginia. Today, VMP promotes effective mentoring in Virginia by increasing the capacity of mentoring programs, developing new programs, and advocating for resources to support the mentoring field. Mission Statement: To provide training and technical assistance to mentors and mentoring programs to increase the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for Virginia's youth. VMP is a backbone organization working to build the capacity of the mentoring field in Virginia to fulfill the vision that every child who needs a mentor can have one. VMP supports volunteers and mentoring program staff members by providing education and best-practices training, technical assistance consulting customized to the specific needs of a program, a quality assurance process that helps organizations align with national best practice standards, and adds physical human resources by placing AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers with mentoring programs across Virginia to recruit and train volunteers to follow mentoring best practices. Volunteer mentors and program staff turn to VMP because of the reputation we've built over the last 20 years, through referrals, and through the National Mentoring Resource Center, because we are the only organization in Virginia positioned to train and support programs so that they, in-turn, can impact the children they serve.Located on the 3rd floor of the Science Museum of Virginia, VMP's office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. While VMP conducts many consultations with mentoring program partners on-site, the VMP office also includes a training area that can accommodate up to 25 people, with private individual offices for VMP staff to facilitate one-on- one technical assistance consultation, conference calls, and webinars.

Main Programs

  1. Mentoring Program Capacity Building
  2. Stakeholder Engagement
  3. Data Collection & Knowledge Management
  4. Public Awareness & Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

VMP is a state-wide organization that has provided training and technical assistance in every region of the Commonwealth since our founding in 1993. VMP's continues to provide training and technical assistance to existing mentoring programs in Central Virginia, primarily in Richmond. As part of VMP's Strategic Plan, our efforts to support the development of new mentoring programs are targeted in geographic areas where there is a youth population in great need of mentoring but few, if any, existing programs. These include Southwest Virginia, Southern Virginia, the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Ms Elizabeth Bass

Keywords

Self-reported

VMP, mentor, mentoring, positive youth development, education, volunteerism, program development, program evaluation, role models, tutoring, children and youth, STEM, quality improvement process

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EIN

54-1814823

 Number

8232628963

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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VMP coordinates a successful AmeriCorps /VISTA program, providing 19 full-time Mentoring Coordinators to mentoring programs across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VMP has an Affiliate Membership network that includes 70 programs representing more than 15,000 mentors and 15,000 mentees in the Commonwealth. VMP also started offering a continuous improvement process for mentoring programs called Quality-Based Membership. In 2014, four mentoring programs graduated to Partner Member level, after successfully completing the process. Another 14 mentoring programs will go through the quality improvement process in 2015 and 2016. Goals for the current year include supporting the development of new mentoring programs in areas of high need, engaging with existing programs through Affiliate Membership and Americorps VISTA, and improving the quality of mentoring programs through Quality-Based Membership. In the fall of 2014, VMP launched a new series of events called Mentoring Matters to educate and engage our current stakeholders, volunteers and Board of Directors as well as create new champions who understand that mentoring is essential to success of youth in Virginia.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Mentoring Program Capacity Building

VMP supports the development of new mentoring programs in areas of high need, interest and capacity. Services include: Mapping areas of high need, interest and capacityReaching out to & convening potential partners including school districts, public and private partners, and volunteer groupsProviding training and technical assistance on how to start a mentoring program using the Elements of Effective PracticeProviding mentor training VMP builds the capacity of existing mentoring programs. Services include: Placing full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members in mentoring programs around the stateProviding a continuous improvement process for mentoring programs (Quality-Based Membership)Providing training and consultation to program staff on how to manage, operate and evaluate a mentoring program using the Elements of Effective Practice and recent research on mentoring.Providing mentor training.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

250,000

Program 2

Stakeholder Engagement

VMP engages a wide variety of public and private stakeholders to increase both the number of volunteer mentors as well as financial resources (both in-kind and direct) for the local mentoring field. Services include:Referals of potential volunteers and parents/guardians seeking a mentor for their childOutreach presentations to groups interested in collaborating with existing mentoring programsHosting the annual Virginia Mentoring Awards Event

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

50,000

Program 3

Data Collection & Knowledge Management

VMP collects data on a regular basis on the prevalence and quality of mentoring to describe the impact of mentoring in the broader community and identify gaps in the range of services needed. Services include:Maintaining Affiliate Membership dataConducting the State of Mentoring surveyPublishing the State of Mentoring in Virginia Report

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

30,000

Program 4

Public Awareness & Advocacy

VMP expands public and private investment in mentoring by positioning mentoring as a key positive youth development strategy and through advocating for supportive mentoring policies. Services include:Participating in National Mentoring Month media campaign & regularly communicating with stakeholders thorugh e-ewsletters, social media, website and special eventsPrioritizing issues of concern for the mentoring field and developing a cohesive public policy agendaCoordinating visits to the Virginia General AssemblyMobilizing our network around federal advocacy efforts for mentoring

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

10,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

VMP is a state-wide organization that has provided training and technical assistance in every region of the Commonwealth since our founding in 1993. VMP's continues to provide training and technical assistance to existing mentoring programs in Central Virginia, primarily in Richmond. As part of VMP's Strategic Plan, our efforts to support the development of new mentoring programs are targeted in geographic areas where there is a youth population in great need of mentoring but few, if any, existing programs. These include Southwest Virginia, Southern Virginia, the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay.

Funding Needs

Our most pressing financial needs include: A balanced budget and replenishing our reserves. Our most pressing programmatic needs are: Awareness & Investment in Mentoring: To meet our mission and bring mentoring to scale, the field needs increased public awareness of the need and benefits of mentoring, deeper stakeholder engagement, and greater resource allocation to mentoring programs. VMP must position mentoring as a "must-have" rather than "nice-to-have" intervention for youth and needs partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to do the same.

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VIRGINIA MENTORING PARTNERSHIP
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Virginia Mentoring Partnership

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Elizabeth Bass

BIO

Elizabeth Bass, MSW joined the Virginia Mentoring Partnership staff in June 2013. She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years, with an emphasis on volunteer training and management, community outreach, and collegiate civic engagement. Elizabeth is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a Masters in Social Work. Elizabeth worked for two years in Charlottesville as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. As an MSW student at VCU, she interned with Communities in Schools and the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. During the summer of 2002, Elizabeth worked as a Fellow in the Department of Planning and Budget, Health and Human Services as a part of the Governor's Fellows Program. In 2003, Elizabeth returned to Charlottesville and joined the team at Madison House, a non-profit organization that serves as the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia, of which she is an alumna. She held numerous roles at Madison House, including Director of Programs and Associate Director for six years, working closely with student leaders and community partners. From 2009-2013, she served as Executive Director, responsible for the overall management of the organization, its professional staff, budget, fundraising, communications, strategic relations with the University and the community while serving as the primary liaison to the Board of Directors. Elizabeth was a member of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2015. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for Children, Youth and Family Services in Charlottesville, a Class Trustee for the University of Virginia, and a member of the Future Fund, an initiative of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Each summer, she volunteers as a counselor with Special Love, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings. Elizabeth lives in Chesterfield County with her husband Will and her son Henry.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Virginia Mentoring Partnership (VMP) has led the mentoring movement in Virginia for more than 20 years. During this time, we have helped thousands of people channel their energy and concern for young people into mentoring programs that provide caring support to youth in some of our most at-risk communities. Research shows that the benefits youth receive from mentoring are greater in programs with strong infrastructure and the ability to sustain long-term relationships. That is why VMP exists, to make sure mentoring programs have access to high-quality training and educational resources based on the Elements of Effective Practice, the mentoring field's best practices for building strong programs and supporting successful matches."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Hannah Huber

American Office

Term: Jan 2015 - June 2017

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