Become a Mentee

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring matches children one-on-one with a carefully screened and vetted community volunteer, according to personality and common interests. Mentoring pairs spend about two hours together each week, doing things together such as:

hiking        walking       bicycling       skiing       snowboarding

play games       make art       do crafts       volunteer in the community

read books       cooking       baking        fishing       visit a museum

These are some of the many possibilities. Mentees and mentors come up with ideas for activities together, following the child’s interests and curiosity in trying new things. They may have a snack together, plan and cook a meal, attend a concert, etc.

As the child grows, activities naturally evolve to include career explorations, skill building and future planning.

Mentoring happens outside of school hours. Mentors and caregivers will schedule pick-up/drop-off plans together, as well as check in about activity and travel plans.

Benefits of mentoring:

  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Improved attitude about school
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Stronger relationships with family members, teachers, and friends
  • Develop healthy relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Increased high school graduation rates and lower drop out rates
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
  • Higher educational aspirations and college enrollment rates

(Reference: MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)

A mentor is:

  • A volunteer community member who enjoys spending time with children
  • Carefully screened and vetted (background checks include state and federal criminal and abuse databases, driving record, personal reference checks)
  • Provided with an orientation, plus on-going training and support
  • Another caring adult who offers “unconditional positive regard” for your child
  • Part of the web of support to nurture and encourage your child to thrive

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring is perfect for a child who:

  • Enjoys and could benefit from more one-on-one time with an attentive adult
  • May be experiencing instability or stress in school or at home
  • Feels disconnected from peers
  • Wants to have fun and try new things outside of home and school

For more information or to sign up your child, please contact us:

Phone: 802-552-0249

Email: info@girlsboyzfirst.org

Girls/Boyz First Mentoring
73 Main St #29
Montpelier, VT 05602