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Overview of Kansas Mentors
Transcript of Overview of Kansas Mentors
What is Kansas
Launched in 2006 by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Coach Bill Snyder
Not a mentoring program- a statewide mentoring partnership:
Serves as a resource center
Connects existing programs with one another
Helps communities start programs
Focus on high quality mentoring services
Raise awareness about mentoring
How does it work?
Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC)
One of three programs
Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)
Fiscal Agent for KVC
CNCS provides funding to the KVC
What exactly do we do?
Two Major Focus Areas
1.) Ensuring young Kansans
receive high quality mentoring
2.) Recruit more Kansans to get
involved in mentoring!!
Quality Mentoring System (QMS)
Gold Star Program
Recognizes mentoring programs across
the state who have committed to
maintaining a high set of standards to
mentoring is taking place.
How does KM "recruit"?
Training and TA Support
TA provided to any mentoring program who partners with KM
Campaign among college football
coaches in the Big 12 and Big Ten
rallying new volunteers for
National Mentoring Month
Who do we serve?
KM By the Numbers:
Partners with 175 mentoring programs who represent all 105 Kansas counties
Over 100,000 youth served in mentoring relationships annually
Awarded over $800,000 in grants since 2006
Offers Background Check Grant funding for Gold Star programs to offset KBI costs (over $130,000 in funds the last 3-years)
6-time reigning champion of the Coaches' Challenge
"ALL KANSAS CHILDREN DESERVE A BRIGHT,
SUCCESSFUL FUTURE. WE'RE COMMITTED TO
MAKING THIS DREAM A REALITY THROUGH
-COACH BILL SNYDER
CHAIR KANSAS MENTORS
Cheri Faunce, Director
Kansas Mentors is a program of the Kansas Volunteer Commission and is housed within the Kansas State Department of Education.
Developed by Kansas Mentors
and its Council of Mentors, Gold
Star standards reflect guidelines
set forth in MENTOR: The National
Mentoring Partnership's Elements
of Effective Practice™ (EEP)
Why complete Gold Star?
Programs who go through the Gold Star process will:
Participate in a FREE, nationally studied process
Receive FREE training and technical assistance
Demonstrate program's commitment to excellence to potential mentors, funders, parents and community partners
Identify current practice areas that could be more effective
Be eligible for more funding opportunities
Participate in the State Employee Mentoring Program
State Employee Mentoring Program
State of Kansas Employee
Executive Order 08-10 allows full-time employees in the Executive Branch of the State of Kansas to spend up to
of work time
mentoring with any program who is part of Kansas Mentors' Gold Star Program.
Coaches' Challenge Impact
During the last six years of the
Coaches' Challenge participating
states have recruited over