Mentoring has become closely connected to the ICVS' mission of increasing volunteerism in Iowa and is particularly integral to goal #2 of the ICVS State Service Plan: Increasing the number of volunteers serving with youth. Mentoring has also become a priority area for the ICVS' federal funding agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service.
IDPH recognizes the preventative nature of high-quality mentoring programs. Funding opportunities currently provide the most concrete opportunity for collaboration between the IDPH and the Iowa Mentoring Partnership. Mentoring programs that apply for grants offered by the IDPH must first become a certified mentoring program with the partnership.
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For nearly 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
The Iowa Mentoring Partnership is committed to mobilizing Iowans to fulfill the first of the Five Promises (Caring Adults) by supporting high-quality mentoring programs that bring positive role models and mentors into the lives of our youngest Iowans in need. By building upon the collective power of communities to make a positive impact in every child's life, America's Promise is working to ensure that each of the Five Promises for children and youth are met. The Five Promises include: 1) Caring Adults 2) Safe Places 3) Healthy Start 4) Marketable Skills and 5) Opportunities to Serve.
The Iowa Mentoring Partnership is joining forces with Million Women Mentors (MWM). The national program’s goal is to provide one million mentors in STEM related fields to get more young girls into STEM. Our goal here in Iowa is to get at least 5,000 male and female volunteers to serve as mentors to girls and young adult women in all 99 counties who are excited and interested in persuing both STEM education and careers.