The Vermont Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is a non-profit organization that
has been focusing on "improving the quality and capacity of mentoring
throughout Vermont" since 1992. Ultimately, the vision of the Vermont
Mentoring Partnership is to improve the lives of Vermont youth through
quality mentoring relationships.
The VMP strategic plan articulates the overall vision for mentoring in
Vermont and includes the short-term and long-term strategies to help
achieve its goal. The VMP was developed through an in-depth planning
process, initiated in 1999, designed to identify and assess the most
critical needs facing the mentoring community and to develop a strategic
plan of action to impact those needs. The first step in this process was
to bring service providers and state leaders together in a series of
meetings over the period of a year to identify priorities and reach
consensus on the implementation strategies used to reach its vision. The
outcome of these meetings validated the fact that the current capacity of
pre-existent mentor programs in Vermont was not sufficient to meet the
need for mentoring relationships. It became clear that formalizing and
strengthening a statewide infrastructure was critical if Vermont youth
were going to receive the support they needed from safe supportive, mentor
relationships. Five key needs were identified:
- The need for increased public awareness and coordinated recruitment of
- The need for technical assistance and training.
- The need for funding and resources for mentoring programs.
- The insurance of quality mentoring programs and a system to maintain
integrity and safety.
- Collection and access to statewide information about mentoring and
The Vermont Mentoring Partnership was created to fill these needs.