In October, MENTOR Vermont invited mentees to share their experiences and insights with mentor program leaders at the 2022 Vermont Mentoring Symposium in Waterbury.
Program Director, Kim Smith, with Gracie and her mentor, Maribeth Domanski
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.
Thank You, Three Penny Taproom!
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.
This mentoring pair warms up with a snack after a windy rally at the statehouse in support of the people of Ukraine. A stranger offered her blanket when she overheard Gracie say she was cold. Maribeth and Gracie had a deep conversation about the impact of politics and war on everyday people around 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: