Grantees: Mentoring

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Expansion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County (BBBSWC) is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). Established in 1904, BBBSA is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the country. BBBSWC have been providing quality one-to-one adult-to-child mentoring programs for youth age 6-18 throughout Windham County for the past 42 years. We currently serve 67 youth in site and community-based programs with a special focus placed on children with incarcerated parents; those at risk for juvenile justice involvement or truancy; children in foster care or residential placements, or who are living in poverty or undesirable circumstances.

Connecting Youth - Chittenden South Supervisory Union

Connecting Youth Mentoring

Connecting Youth (CY) in Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) has one of the largest school-based mentoring programs in Vermont, serving 147 5th–8th grade students in the towns of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, Williston and St. George.  Our existing program has a long distinguished history of promoting high quality one-to-one relationships between middle school students and caring adult volunteers, is often referred to as a model program and is a tremendous asset to our community.  This grant will allow Connecting Youth to expand our mentoring program to include a hybrid (school and community based) mentoring program for students in grades 9-12.

The Mentor Connector

Side-By-Side Mentoring Program

The Side-by-Side Mentoring Program is a collaborative between the Mentor Connector (MC) and the Rutland County Parent-Child Center (PCPCC) to provide one-on-one mentoring support to young parents, many of who do not have positive role models in their lives. This program works to stop the poverty cycle by helping teen parents to develop a responsive, responsible parenting style; stabilize the family unit; link the family to community-based services, and aid the parents to enhance their self-esteem.

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program (TTMP) has a clear goal: every student who wants a mentor has a mentor.  By January 2015, TTMP was providing 38 students with mentors through its community and Everybody Wins! programs, but still there were students without mentors.  Last spring, we piloted a peer-mentoring program to meet the demand. Fifteen high school students joined the program, and most of those matches continue in the current school year.  Peer-mentoring is a great fit for our TTMP and the school and helps fill the mentoring gap. TTMP needs additional staff—perhaps an AmeriCorps member—to continue the peer-mentoring program.

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program

Everybody Wins! at Twinfield Union School

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program (TTMP) has a clear goal: every student who wants a mentor gets a mentor. As of February 2017, TTMP is overseeing 63 one to one mentoring matches across our three programs. Despite this high participation rate, we still have students requesting a mentor. We would like to continue supporting our 18 weekly EW reading pairs, and expand and grow our program to create new Everybody Wins! reading matches for the 2017-2018 school year. We will specifically focus outreach efforts to recruit more male Everybody Wins! mentors.