Girls/Boyz First Mentoring and Everybody Wins! Vermont came together to pool our talents and resources to do good at the Do Good Fest, held at National Life in Montpelier this past weekend.
We stayed busy helping dozens of kids and older youth customize their own origami bookmarks and pick a free book to take home. Such a fun way to get the word out about our mentoring programs in central Vermont!
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring is a community-based mentoring program that matches youth aged 8-18 with adult volunteers to meet for 1-2 hours each week to do free or low-cost activities such as walking, baking, playing games, and visiting museums. For more info visit our website: www.girlsboysfirst.org
Everybody Wins! is a school-based mentoring program that matches elementary-aged youth with adult volunteers, one-on-one to meet for 1 hours each week during the school year to read books, play games and enjoy language and literature. For more info, visit: www.everybodywinsvermont.org
In both programs, mentees often see improved confidence, increased interest and success in school, and improved relationships with family and peers.
Join the fun, feel the reward of giving back to the community, and become a mentor today!
It felt so amazing to gather in Hubbard Park for an Ice Cream Social with mentors, mentees and families!
We played with big bubbles and balloon animals, had a game of Bocce going, and gave away free books for summer reading. (Thank you, Bear Pond Books!)
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us.
Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Please gather your friends and family to dine out at Three Penny Taproom on Thursday, May 19th to support children in Vermont and Girls/Boyz First Mentoring.
We’re thrilled to have the support of Three Penny, who will donate a portion of proceeds to help children connect and thrive.
Studies show that children with a mentor are more likely to have strong relationships with peers and adults, make healthy lifestyle choices, and graduate high school. By connecting with a caring adult mentor, who serves as healthy role model and encouraging guide, children access recreational and career opportunities they would not otherwise have.
Raising healthy children
strengthens our community
By supporting Girls/Boyz First Mentoring, you help Vermont children increase self-esteem, build confidence, explore new ideas, make connections, gain skills and pursue promising careers. When our children thrive, our community thrives.
We hope to see you on May 19th!
Rugged Ridge Forest owner, Josh Seidman, gave us a tour of his sugarworks in Worcester over the weekend.
It was amazing to make our own sugar on snow from syrup that came from the trees and land we were standing on. And, of course, we paired the gooey sweet amazing yumminess with sour pickles!
We learned all about his wood-fired, large-scale operation that uses firewood harvested from his woods and specialized machinery for vacuum extraction of sap and equipment cleaning. Lots of factors impact the color of syrup, such as time of year, pH, boiling temperature, and duration of the boil. Then we made our own sugar on snow by boiling syrup to 234 degrees Fahrenheit!
And of course we fit in a visit with the farm animals–two draft horses, many chickens, and the best dog on the planet.
Best dog in the world!
Photos from a mentoring pair enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend with a visit to the river.
Extreme gratitude goes out to the voters of East Montpelier, Middlesex, Worcester and Montpelier for supporting mentoring in your communities! We are so grateful for these partnerships that help nurture our children and build vibrant communities.
For information on how to become a mentor or a mentee:
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Program Director, Kim Smith, joined other mentoring programs around the state to have a conversation with David Goodman about the importance of mentoring for children in Vermont.
One of our mentoring pairs is featured, talking about their experiences getting to know each other five years ago, and how their relationship has grown and their lives have changed because of mentoring, before and during the pandemic.
You can listen to the full podcast on the VTDigger website:
Vermont Conversation: Mentors and youth tackle challenges together
Vermont mentoring programs joined forces during the 2022 Capitol Hill Day today to speak to Vermont legislators about the critical role mentoring programs play in wrap-around services that help youth survive and thrive.
With support from MENTOR National and Mentor Vermont, Girls/Boyz First Mentoring joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, the DREAM Program and other mentoring programs from around the state for a day of virtual meetings with staffers from the offices of Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Essential federal funding for mentoring in Vermont comes through a single line item in the federal budget through an OJJDP grant (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention). This year and next, we hope to see an expansion over previous funding levels to help mentoring programs better serve children and communities in need during and after the Covid19 pandemic.
Vermont Mentoring Programs met with Sander’s Senior Policy Advisor on Education and Children and Outreach Representatives
Recent surveys show:
*1 in 3 children grow up without a mentor in their lives
*Only 39% of youth report that they have an adult they can turn to when feeling stressed
*Mentoring is one of few prevention and intervention strategies that address multiple risk and protective factors simultaneously
* There is strong bipartisan public support for mentoring: 83% of Americans support mentoring
We are so grateful to have legislators who are so supportive of mentoring, children and all the communities in our big little state!
Ezme and Garet pause for a selfie while working on college applications.
Springboarding from a foundation of friendship and trust, mentees and mentors spend time thinking about, planning and working towards goals for the post-high school years.
This mentor pair has been together for seven years!