CMP News & Announcements

Spring 2020 News

Featuring Low Cost Volunteer Screening Available During the Covid-19 Crisis

During the Covid-19 crisis, screening mentors can be much more difficult, because LiveScan and other screening process must be done in person. Be A Mentor is offering a low-cost, remote volunteer screening opportunity through Secure Volunteer.

  • Total cost $40 - no additional rolling fee - no additional report fee to get the results
  • Easy process from computer or mobile device
  • More thorough than CA DOJ/FBI Reports
  • Ongoing monitoring for subsequent arrests
  • Volunteers can pay by debit/credit card -  OR - Agency can be billed

For more information, please click on the link below.

https://beamentor.org/BAMCorporate/CMPBackgroudClearance.pdf

Changes in Program Actitives During Covid-19 Outbreak

The Leadership Team of the California Mentoring Partnership hopes that you and yours stay safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic! We also understand that the way programs do business, including the methods used by mentors and mentees to stay in touch, will change because of the requirements of social distancing. During this trying time, CMP will continue to update California Mentoring programs with tips sheets and strategies that will address the changing face of youth mentoring in our state. Please go to our resources page for pertinent documents under: "National Resources." https://www.camentoringpartnership.org/resources

Opportunity for Free Virtual Mentoring Via icouldbe.org

During the Coronavirus Outbreak, many programs are looking for ways that their matches can meet virtually. One possibility is to enlist the services of icouldbe.org. This organization provides the technology for mentors and mentees to communicate online, and icouldbe.org monitors the communications --and they do so at no cost. Matches can connect by email, and mentees can also choose to complete an interactive online curriculum, while aided by their mentor. The curriculum takes them on a quest, chosen by the mentee. In the future, the organization is going to add video conferencing. Mentees must be 13 or older and have access to the Internet and a device.  Participating programs manage their own screening and matching. To find out more, please go to icouldbe.org to review their services.  For a comprehensive overview, check out this PDF: https://www.icouldbe.org/standard/public/docs/Overview_iCouldBe_Website_20200228.pdf

Note on icouldbe.org on 4.02.2020 A California mentoring program contacted us and said that they had recently been in touch with icouldbe.org -- this organization was asked to fill out a form, and then they were told that Icouldbe could only serve a limited number of mentoring programs. Upon further research we found this statement about their services: "Based upon external funding the program will be available initially to a limited number of participants through the end of June, 2020 (and through the summer if needed)."

Addressing the Impact of Corona Virus oyn Older Foster Youth:  A Virtual Town Hall

On March 19, the United States Children’s Bureau and Think of Us hosted a Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster Youth. During this meeting, Dr. Jerry Milner addressed the impact of coronavirus on older foster youth, and he answered questions from attendees. Dr. Milner pointed out that he is working with a number of states to ensure that critical youth needs are getting met. Go to https://www.thinkof-us.org/town-hall and see Dr. Miller summarize key strategies, and for a list of the top 10 needs of foster youth during the pandemic.

New Grant Opportunity -- Due May 26, 2020

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently put out a request for proposal entitled: Comprehensive Ant-Gang Programs for Youth. There will be up to 19 grants awarded, with maximums of $500,000 per grantee in Category 1: Intervention; and $230,000 per grantee in category 2: Supprestion. Services must be provided over a thee-year period. Responses to the grant are due on May 26, 2020. CMP is interested in collaborating with mentoring organizations. CMP can help with grant writing and program design; we can also provide training and support during the implementation of services. To read more, please go to: https://www.camentoringpartnership.org/funding-corner

National Mentoring Month Activities

January is National Mentoring Month! Below are some of the state and national celebrations and themes happening statewide and nationally.

January, 2020- Golden Bears of Mentoring Awards.  Check out our 2019 awardees and send in your nominations for 2020!

January, 2020 - California Virtual Hill Day. Our CA effort to mobilize and raise awareness for the power of mentoring with your elected officials and decision makers. Click here for the toolkit: CMP NMM Virtual Hill Day

January 14, 2020 - Big Brothers Big Sisters NMM State Proclamation

January 17, 2020 - International Mentoring Day. A day of international conversation on social media where photos, videos, and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.

January 20, 2020 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.

January 29 - January 31, 2020 - MENTOR National Mentoring Summit

January 30, 2020 - #ThankYourMentor Day

We know that many of you have scheduled local activities to bring attention to the powerful impacts of mentoring, and we'd like to hear about them.  Email us at californiamentoringpartnership@gmail.com with your events and we'll post them on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to CMP and other California mentoring programs.