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DMT Wins Bid for CCF National Resource Center Contract

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October 2008 – Dare Mighty Things‘ partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services will continue for five more years (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2013) with a new contract to serve as the Compassion Capital Fund’s National Resource Center (NRC). DMT has served as the NRC since its inception in 2002. With this award, DMT will continue to provide capacity-building and program-related training and technical assistance products and services to grantees of CCF’s three programs: Demonstration, CEY, and Targeted Capacity Building. DMT will also provide coordination and oversight, performance assessment, and onsite support to the CCF Federal program staff.

Dare Mighty Things featured at White House Event

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December 2008 – Representatives of Dare Mighty Things, Inc., a social service consulting firm located in Portsmouth, NH and Arlington, VA., were invited to speak this week at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives event, Models and Strategies Day: Proven Approaches for Investment in Frontline Nonprofits. The event was held to provide an opportunity for more than 100 Foundation leaders to explore innovative models that have proven successful for funding, evaluating, and extending the impact of community-based non-profits choosing to engage critical societal needs.

David Van Patten, president of Dare Mighty Things, Inc. presented Techniques for Ensuring Success in New Ventures, covering a range of issues from Application Assessment to Sustainability Training. Dawn Pilkington, program director with Dare Mighty Things, Inc., sharing best practices of capacity building intermediaries, also addressed the group of government officials, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, and faith-based and community leaders.

The pair also participated in the Compassion in Action Roundtable held as part of the full-day event. Addressing the issues of Strengthening Compassion: Building the Capacity of Frontline Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Van Patten and Pilkington featured their work in a number of initiatives including Dare Mighty Things’ work in support of the Compassion Capital FundMentoring Children of Prisoners and Access to Recovery.

Over the past eight years, the Federal government has invested billions in strategies designed to harness the creativity and personal touch of small- and mid-sized nonprofits to address the full spectrum of social challenges. An expansive array of models have been designed, tested and refined – many of which have proven highly effective in tapping and growing the distinctive strengths of grassroots organizations, while also mitigating their weaknesses. The work of the FBCI has included projects focused on specific areas of need, as well as capacity-building initiatives relevant to any social service nonprofit. Dare Mighty Things, Inc. has been called to assist in the design, implementation and growth of several such projects.

DMT announces two new mentoring contracts

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May 2010 – Dare Mighty Things (DMT) is pleased to announce two new contracts that showcase mentoring relationships. DMT’s strengths in program development, scaling, and technology infused solutions are well suited to the challenges that Big Brothers Big Sisters North Texas (BBBSNT) and iMentor have brought forward. The creative Learning Solutions team at DMT is uniquely qualified to provide the curriculum and technology based solutions needed for these two contracts.

DMT will team with BBBSNT to pilot an effective approach to prevent and reduce crime in Dallas County, funded through the Caruth Foundation. BBBSNT will mentor 1,000 youth at three critical junctures: elementary school students who have failed their 3rdgrade standardized tests, truant middle school students, and adjudicated adolescents. DMT will provide performance management services, and will assist BBBSNT in creating a scalable, replicable model for preventing and reducing crime in Texas and beyond.

In addition, DMT will begin work with iMentor to create a user manual for their iMentor Interactive (iMi) platform. iMi is a custom web-based system for mentoring programs that allows mentors and mentees to stay in touch through social networking and email, and enables case managers to track interactions and evaluate outcomes.

Additional information about BBBSNT and iMentor is available online.

Dare Mighty Things Joins MENTOR as National Partner in January National Mentoring Summit

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December 2010 – Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (DMT) joins major, national youth serving organizations in the first ever, National Mentoring Summit to be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., January 25, 2011. The summit will bring together influential mentoring stakeholders from the public and private sectors to chart the mentoring field’s future, expand its circle of influence, and focus the power of mentoring on a set of measurable outcomes.

The summit will be hosted by MENTOR, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and partner organizations. The day-long discussion will bring together America’s foremost mentoring researchers, benefactors, policy makers and mentoring practitioners for workshops and information sharing.

The event will also provide the culminating moment for the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, which is the national media campaign to raise awareness about mentoring produced by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Thousands of programs in all 50 states participate in National Mentoring Month events.

DMT President, David Van Patten is happy to add the National Mentoring Summit to the list of efforts that DMT undertakes to strengthen the quality of youth mentoring. Van Patten and DMT have been committed to supporting mentoring as a primary strategy in positive youth development and have been innovators in the youth development arena for two decades. Van Patten’s commitment to mentoring reaches beyond just supporting the summit in January, he also serves as Vice-Chair for MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council.

The theme for this summit, “Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth through Mentoring” will coincide with the emphasis youth serving organizations are placing on improving the graduation rate of high-school students and deterring youth engagement in the juvenile justice system.

DMT joins other founding summit partners such as America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, College Success Foundation, Communities In Schools, Dare Mighty Things, Inc., Mentoring USA, National Alliance of Faith and Justice, National CARES Mentoring Movement, National Assembly, National Dropout Prevention Center, Point of Light Institute/HandsOn Network and United Way Worldwide.

In addition, Congressional mentoring champions who have signed on as Honorary Host Committee members are: Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), Sen. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

“Twenty years ago, MENTOR was created as a catalyst to grow the mentoring movement in the United States, and today, mentoring is a large and vital field with more than 5,000 programs serving three million young people,” said MENTOR’s President and CEO Dr. Larry Wright. “This National Mentoring Summit will give mentoring stakeholders the opportunity to come together so we can continue our combined effort to serve the 15 million children who are still waiting for quality mentors.”

Summit participants will include representatives invited from MENTOR’s network of affiliated Mentoring Partnerships and from founding partner networks and local National Mentoring Month partners.

For more information, contact MENTOR at summit@mentoring.org. For more information about academic achievement through mentoring, visit mentoring.org.

City Year New Hampshire Receives the Gift of Training

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January 2011 – Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (DMT), headquartered in Portsmouth, NH is gearing up to provide City Year New Hampshire (CYNH) with custom training aimed at maintaining strong and productive relationships between corps members and students, corps members and teachers, and corps members and CYNH staff. City Year corps members are 17 – 24 year olds who volunteer for a year of full-time community service as school-based tutors and mentors, role models for the Saturday service program called Young Heroes, and as Civic Engagement Team members coordinating and planning service days in partnership with local schools, organizations, and businesses.

David Van Patten, President of DMT, serves as a board member with CYNH and is happy to volunteer the subject matter expertise of his team to help CYNH better meet the needs of local youth. DMT’s experience with youth serving organizations includes the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, STARBASE, the Amachi Mentoring Coalition, the DeVos Urban Leadership Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Caregiver’s Choice, MatchPoint, the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, YouthBuild USA, and LA Team Mentoring to name just a few. A solid track record with youth serving organizations and twenty years’ experience ranging from full program design and implementation to the development of research reports, business plans, program models, operational tools, and training and technical assistance programs have combined to create a the perfect opportunity for CYNH to take advantage of DMT as a local community resource.

“CYNH is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with experts in the field of training development to better serve students, schools, and communities in New Hampshire,” stated Bobby Kessling, Program and Service Director and Mary Elyse Farah, Senior Program Manager for CYNH. “This training will benefit both the service we provide in five elementary schools in Manchester and through our state-wide, Saturday service-learning program Young Heroes. In addition to the practical benefit of the training, it is a pleasure to work with an organization whose mission is so aligned with our own.” This small-scale pro-bono instructional design project offers DMT a chance to give back to the local community while offering CYNH a high quality training product. DMT Analyst, Jacqueline Bessette, has volunteered to lead this effort and will develop and provide training for corps members in January of 2011.

Dare Mighty Things is a management consulting firm established in 1991, that specializes in the development and implementation of large-scale programs that impact vulnerable populations. They work with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create programs that empower those who struggle against adversity to become more fulfilled, more self-confident, and more productive citizens. To learn more about Dare Mighty Things clients, initiatives, and team, visit our website at www.daremightythings.com. To learn more about City Year New Hampshire and find ways to get involved, visit www.cityyear.org/newhampshire.

DMT Joins First Lady at National Mentoring Summit

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January 2011 – Dare Mighty Things, Inc. (DMT) joined major, national youth serving organizations in the first ever, National Mentoring Summit held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday January 25, 2011. The summit brought together influential mentoring stakeholders from the public and private sectors to chart the mentoring field’s future.

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama provided the keynote address and announced The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, an initiative led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to encourage U.S. companies to launch a mentoring program, expand existing employee mentoring programs or provide resources to support local mentoring programs that help youth gain leadership skills, achieve their educational goals and increase their confidence. United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Patrick Corvington participated in a panel discussion following the First Lady’s remarks about the administration’s work to use mentoring as a tool to improve educational outcomes and reduce juvenile delinquency. The panel was moderated by Director of the White House’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Joshua DuBois.

Companies already stepping up to The Corporate Mentoring Challenge are Bank of America, Deloitte, Viacom, Comcast, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and AT&T. They are committing within the next year to either continue building on existing mentoring programs through expansion, launching new programs or developing new tools and resources for mentors.

DMT President, David Van Patten is pleased to add the National Mentoring Summit to the list of efforts that DMT undertakes to strengthen the quality of youth mentoring. Van Patten and DMT have been committed to supporting mentoring as a primary strategy in positive youth development and have been innovators in the youth development arena for two decades. “Mentoring has proven to be an effective tool to produce positive outcomes for youth and adults alike, we especially urge New Hampshire companies to answer the First Lady’s call by signing on to The Corporate Mentoring Challenge.” encourages Van Patten. DMT’s commitment to mentoring reaches beyond just supporting the summit in January, Van Patten also serves as Vice-Chair for MENTOR’s Research and Policy Council.

The National Mentoring Summit was hosted by MENTOR, CNCS, the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Founding Partners for the Summit are America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, City Year, College Success Foundation, Communities In Schools, Dare Mighty Things, Inc, Mentoring USA, National Alliance of Faith and Justice, National Dropout Prevention Center, National Collaboration for Youth, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Points of Light Institute and United Way Worldwide.

Dare Mighty Things is a management consulting firm with offices in Portsmouth, NH; Arlington, VA; and New York, NY that specializes in the development and implementation of large-scale programs that impact vulnerable populations. They work with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create programs that empower those who struggle against adversity to become more fulfilled, more self-confident, and more self-sufficient. To learn more about Dare Mighty Things clients, initiatives, and team, visit our website at www.daremightythings.com. For more information about academic achievement through mentoring, and The Corporate Mentoring Challenge visit www.mentoring.org

Dare Mighty Things Team Awarded Federal Grant

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February 2011 – Dare Mighty Things (DMT), Public Private Ventures (P/PV), and ICF International (ICF) have been issued a grant by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to support training opportunities for high school dropouts and young adult offenders (age 18 to 24), nationwide. DMT, in collaboration with these partners, will join efforts with federal and state correctional agencies, local workforce investment boards, and community-based service providers to offer a proven array of academic, employment, and other re-entry-focused strategies designed to transform the lives of program participants.

The P/PV-DMT-ICF team will build a system of comprehensive services for at-risk and high-risk young adults to ensure long-term success. The program will support sub-awardees as they focus on diverting young adults from criminal activity and helping those young adults acquire the academic and pre-employment skills needed for employment success. Of particular focus will be helping sub-awardees understand and integrate within the growing world of the “green” economy.

Project activities include designing, building, and maintaining a virtual community of practice to support practitioners, as well as providing training and technical assistance. Identifying and promoting best practices will support sub-awardees in their direct work with program participants and help improve long-term outcomes to reduce poverty and crime, improve employment opportunities, and assure successful integration to local communities and economies.

This project continues DMT’s twenty-year history of supporting our nation’s vulnerable populations through program design, launch, and support.

Van Patten Provides Support to Portsmouth Community Nonprofit

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May 2011 – Dare Mighty Things president David Van Patten lends his expertise to the community in many ways, including as the current vice president of the Cross Roads House Board of Directors. Van Patten is slated to take over as president of the Cross Roads House Board of Directors in July of this year. Cross Roads House has been providing secure, transitional shelter to individuals and families in the seacoast area since 1982. As the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire, their need for operating revenue is great.

On Saturday, May 9, 2011 the Van Pattens, attended the 9th Annual Benefit by the Sea event which raised over $220,000 for the organization. These funds will provide operating revenue that allow for basic services, such as a clean bead, warm meals, and the support of case managers. Additionally, event proceeds will help Cross Roads House provide for six to eight additional families later in the year with the completion of their facility reconstruction project.

For more information about the 9th Annual Benefit by the Sea, visit the Cross Roads House website or read more on Fosters.com.

Van Patten Provides Support to Portsmouth Community Nonprofit

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May 2011 – Dare Mighty Things president David Van Patten lends his expertise to the community in many ways, including as the current vice president of the Cross Roads House Board of Directors. Van Patten is slated to take over as president of the Cross Roads House Board of Directors in July of this year. Cross Roads House has been providing secure, transitional shelter to individuals and families in the seacoast area since 1982. As the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire, their need for operating revenue is great.

On Saturday, May 9, 2011 the Van Pattens, attended the 9th Annual Benefit by the Sea event which raised over $220,000 for the organization. These funds will provide operating revenue that allow for basic services, such as a clean bead, warm meals, and the support of case managers. Additionally, event proceeds will help Cross Roads House provide for six to eight additional families later in the year with the completion of their facility reconstruction project.

For more information about the 9th Annual Benefit by the Sea, visit the Cross Roads House website or read more on Fosters.com.

Free Mentor Training Available to All

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September 2011 – A valuable new training resource for mentors is now available to the public on the The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM) website. Dare Mighty Things (DMT) developed the TCAM Online Training Series for Mentors and Mentoring Program Staff, which includes six online training modules for mentors intended to be used in combination with in-person mentor training provided by mentoring programs, as well as two online modules for mentoring program staff about designing and delivering in-person mentor training.

The content of the training series is informed by mentoring research and best practice, the expertise of the TCAM Leadership Team, and TCAM’s experience providing technical assistance to OJJDP mentoring grantees. Each module is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes, and individuals may opt to complete one or more of the six modules.

This effort to help support mentor training at hundreds of mentoring programs was made possible by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In 2009 and 2010, OJJDP awarded grants to more than 100 programs to focus mentoring efforts on reducing juvenile delinquency. To support mentoring programs, the agency established TCAM as a central point for resources, training opportunities, and consultation to grantees. The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring is run through a partnership between Dare Mighty Things, Inc. and the Education Development Center (EDC).

The team at DMT is excited that this valuable resource is now available to the public. All organizations with mentoring programs are encouraged to access the resources at http://advancementoring.org/online-training.