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!
I’m so impressed by the dedication of our mentor pairs, connecting through thick and thin.
These two started mentoring together in the Everybody Wins! Vermont reading mentor program, then came to Girls/Boyz First Mentoring to continue their friendship beyond elementary school.
Despite the mentor moving out of town and having a baby, and then the onset of the pandemic, they continued to connect whenever and however they could.
This mentor and mentee dealed me in on an intense game of Uno! There’s an endless number of ways to have fun when mentoring, but the simplest, just being together, is the most powerful.
Changing lives with the gift of friendship.
Whether spending time baking together, hiking or just hanging out, mentoring gives children caring friendships and new opportunities to expand their world.
Over the summer, Girl/Boyz First mentor pairs were able to meet in person cautiously, and this fall we started hosting monthly group gatherings again, offering outdoor activities to keep our mentoring community safe. In the months ahead, we’ll focus our efforts on recruiting new mentors to reach more children in central Vermont.
Helping kids navigate our changing world.
As we move through this second year of the pandemic, our mentors have been a point of stability and positivity for our youth. The bonds formed between mentor and mentee bring joy, engagement and a positive outlook.
Mentoring makes a difference in the lives of our children and in our community.
We need you!
Please consider becoming a mentor or donating to Girls/Boyz First Mentoring to support youth during a time when they need it most.
For information about mentoring, click here.
Donate online here.
Or mail a check to us at:
Girls/Boyz First Mentoring
73 Main St #29
Montpelier, VT 05602
Making a difference, one friendship at a time.
Some mentees are just out for their first ski, others have skied before. All pairs enjoyed a beautiful sunny snow day in the mountains of Vermont.