Mobius, the Mentoring Movement, expanded its Board of Directors recently, welcoming five new members including Burlington resident Joe Speidel. Joe is Director of Local Government and Community Relations, at the University of Vermont where his goal is to strengthen relationships between the University and the local community, local government representatives and organizations. He brings a deep understanding of the local educational community and expertise in public relations, fundraising, and event planning.Mentoring involves pairing a volunteer adult with a child. The pairs spend an hour or two together every week and develop trusting relationships by exploring common interests. Programs screen volunteers, match mentors with children on their waiting lists, and provide ongoing training and support for mentors.Mobius, whose mission is to develop a culture of mentoring in our community, recruits these mentors and refers them to one of 20 school or community based mentoring programs within Chittenden County. Mobius is about to begin their second year of an HHS grant which is focused on finding mentors for children with parents in prison.To learn more about mentoring opportunities at mentoring programs in your community, please contact Mobius, the Mentoring Movement at (802) 658-1888 or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail).