We’re Hiring a New Program Director

Based on best practices in the mentoring field, the Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Program Director promotes and coordinates Girls/Boyz First Mentoring — a program that supports youth in need of an extra caring and motivating adult. The GBF Program Director matches these youth with a mentor, an adult in the community, nurtures the relationship between the mentor and the youth (and their families), plans group events, and arranges enrichment opportunities for the youth.

The Director:
Recruits, screens, trains, matches, supervises and provides on-going support for all mentors including but not limited to quarterly group support meetings, phone/e-mail support and face to face meetings. The program coordinator regularly maintains the on-line mentor tracking system. She/he conducts a yearly mentor appreciation event to honor the program’s volunteer mentors.
Recruits and screens children and youth who might benefit from the mentor relationship, orients the mentee and their family to the program and maintains ongoing contact with the mentee and family during the mentoring relationship.
Develops, refines and evaluates programmatic content and activities. This includes, but is not limited to, group recreational and educational needs, community volunteer opportunities, in-service trainings for mentors, mentees and families, and program evaluation.
Leads fundraising for the Mentoring Program: Coordinates and completes grant applications and reports, communicates with major funders, maintains fundraising/application calendar, and collaborates with the Mentoring Advisory Board. Solicits community wide in-kind contributions.
Promotes mentoring throughout Montpelier and the Washington Central Supervisory Union through public speaking, print, radio and social networking venues. The Mentoring Program Director participates in broader community, regional and state wide mentoring networks and initiatives, including Mentor Vermont. Collaborates with local schools and other community organizations that are working directly with youth.
Reports to and is evaluated by WCFE Executive Director and Mentoring Advisory Board.

The Mentoring Program Director position is 0.75 FTE with flexibility and benefits. Position to begin August/September 2021. Interviews to begin in July. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience: $22-$25/hour, negotiable. Benefits: prorated contribution to Health Savings Account.
Paid employee leave time: holidays, vacation, sick days, personal days.

Email resume and letter of application to girlsboyzfirst@gmail.com

Girls/Boyz First provides opportunities to strengthen the Central Vermont community by building and supporting relationships between youth (and their families) and adult mentors. We provide our mentees with high-quality, long-term mentoring relationships that inspire, support and enable them to realize their full potential. In so doing, we prepare them for successful futures as productive, responsible and caring individuals. Since 1998, Girls/Boyz First has provided over 200 mentors to Central Vermont youth, ages 8-18. Our youth come from Montpelier, Middlesex, Worcester, Berlin, Calais and East Montpelier. Many GBF mentees are from families struggling with economic well-being as measured by their enrollment in school free lunch programs.

GBF Mentee, Sanela Bikic Receives Presidential Scholarship Nomination

Congratulations to Sanella Bikic, a graduating senior at Montpelier High School.  Sanela has been a mentee in Girls/Boyz First Mentoring since 2010. She is a Bosnian immigrant. Sanela has had the good fortune of having three mentors during this time, Amanda Payne, Alyssa Reed and her current mentor, Amy Cunningham.  Amy and Sanela began their mentoring relationship as a pair in Everybody Wins, a statewide reading mentoring program, and transferred into Girls/Boyz First in 2012.

“I am honored that all of my hard work has paid off”, said Sanela Bikic, who graduates from Montpelier High School this June.  This past January, Sanela was recognized, along with 30 other Vermont high school seniors in a ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse as a Presidential Scholar Nominee. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964, recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Sanela was nominated for this scholarship by her teachers at the Barre Tech Center, where she has participated in the medical professional program this year.

“My mentors helped me develop my communication skills, become more mature and learn how to go into the world ready for a job”, says Sanela.  “Through creative projects like sewing clothing for my American Girl Dolls, decorating my room, baking and various other art projects over the years, I developed a sense of myself as a creative person.  I figured out in high school that it is through my creativity that I learn best!”  Currently, when she is not in school, Sanela works at Rite Aid and the Gary Home.  She owns a car that she bought with her own money. Sanela’s short term goals include applying for and receiving her American citizenship and deciding on her post high school educational plans.  Sanela is exploring her long term goals to become an RN with a specialization in maternal child health. She is interested in possibly pursuing a career in public health.

Amy believes Sanela’s strengths lie in her innate wisdom (“she is an old soul”), her sense of compassion and fairness, her incredible organizational skills and her great sense of humor.  Amy hopes that Sanela finds a career where she can use her gifts to help others, that she continues to be creative, connected and happy, noticing life’s beauty along the way.

Vermont’s presidential scholarship nominees exemplify the strengths of Vermont’s education system, one of the best in the nation,” according to Vermont Secretary of Education, Dan French. “Our students have excelled in science, math, history and the arts, and a diverse range of CTE programs. I am very proud of their excellence and hard work and I wish them the best as they represent our state at the national level for this award.”

Girls/Boyz First is proud of Sanela and her successes and wish her all the best in her post high school plans.

GBF Mentoring celebrates our 18th year!

Mentor pairs and families gathered at the Vermont State House in May to celebrate each other and our program. Maple Jam, a Vermont a cappella group, provided us with musical entertainment and a delicious pot luck was shared by all.