Grantees: Mentoring

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Connecting Youth - Chittenden South Supervisory Union

Connecting Youth Mentoring

Connecting Youth (CY) has a long history of providing high quality mentoring in one of the largest school districts in the state. Serving 180 students grades 5-12 in Champlain Valley SD (CVSD), our outcomes exceed expectations annually and our staff are frequently sought to provide technical assistance & professional development for other programs. In 2017 we launched a community based high school program that alleviated pressure on other local community based programs and more importantly allowed us to apply our expertise in a new way to better meet students' needs.  As we enter the 2020 school year we are prepared to increase the FTE committed to the high school from 0.5 - 1.0, effectively doubling the size as envisioned in our original 5yr roll-out plan.

DREAM Program, Inc.

DREAM Expansion to the Northeast Kingdom

DREAM is seeking support to reach some of the most underserved children in Vermont, those living in the Northeast Kingdom (NEK). We are currently engaged in a feasibility study, exploring a variation to our model that will train high school students to mentor younger youth living in low-income housing. Our model will maintain the high-quality DREAM mentor experience while also expanding our mentor pool to reach children in the NEK, an area that has proven difficult to reach, with little easy access to college student mentors. We are seeking support to carry our study forward into implementation, including developing a service-learning curriculum for high school students and piloting the new model at a high school in the NEK.

Everybody Wins! Vermont

Everybody Wins! Vermont is the state's largest mentoring organization, with over 600 adult volunteers reading one-on-one weekly with children in 22 schools statewide. Mentor pairs meet during lunch time at the school to share books and literacy activities and to build positive relationships. Our Power Lunch program exposes children to topics and discussions they might not have otherwise, enhances children’s self-esteem, and expands their possibilities for academic and life success.  Research shows that children who enjoy reading and are surrounded by books at a young age gain an edge in school and life. Everybody Wins! mentors help make sure that more children have that opportunity.

King Street Center

Academic and Career Initiative

King Street Center is starting a new Academic & Career Initiative, to ensure all youth aging up through our programs are successful and supported as they pursue their chosen post-secondary academic and career path. We know that students in our community seek a higher level of access, experience, and education as they navigate their personal journey through high school and beyond. As King Street Center's primary population are youth born to New American families, living with low-income, we are determined to be that resource for these motivated teens and their families.

Mentor Connector

Positive Action Group Program

The Mentor Connector is expanding our Positive Action group mentoring program to serve 35 additional vulnerable youth with bi-weekly social-emotional skill-building tools and resources. The Positive Action Group Mentoring Program is one such program that utilizes two evidence-based interventions (group curriculum and one-on-one mentoring) as a multi-layered approach to enhance outcomes and provide sustainable, long-term support to youth. Bi-monthly meetings are established to 1) provide a platform for youth to discuss and learn tools to reduce stress, enhance refusal skills, and improve prosocial behavior and 2) an engaging group activity to expose youth to new activities and connect youth with each other.

Milton Community Youth Coalition


Milton Mentors

The Milton Community Youth Coalition is a prevention based organization serving the youth and families of Milton. At the core of our youth empowerment initiatives is our youth mentoring program, Milton Mentors. As we emerge from the pandemic, we believe youth mentorship has a critical role to play in supporting youth, fostering resilience and creating the social connections imperative for healthy youth and adolescent development. We are promoting greater access to youth mentorship in Milton through expansion of our community based program and peer based E-Mentoring programming and the addition of new E-Mentoring and STEM based programming opportunities for youth and adult volunteers.

Safer Society Foundation

New Circle Mentoring

New Circle provides one-on-one mentoring services to Vermont children from primary school through high school who have one or more parent/s who are incarcerated or who have a history of incarceration.  Mentors are carefully recruited, trained, and matched with mentees, and each match is supervised by a Clinical Director, a retired school counselor with decades of experience.  This is a long-term program, with a three-to-five-year minimum commitment by both mentors and mentees.  New Circle's goal is to support these children academically, psychologically, and emotionally so they can be successful in school and graduate from high school ready to pursue higher education or career training.

Steps to End Domestic Violence

Steps to End Domestic Violence Children's Program

Children who are exposed to domestic violence (DV) may experience lasting physical, mental and emotional damage, including difficulties with attachment, regressive behavior, anxiety and depression, poor school performance, developmental delays, physical and psychosomatic health problems, aggression and other conduct problems. Parents who have experienced intimate partner violence are much more likely to be able to provide their children emotional security and encourage their development if they receive trauma informed services and treatment. Our Children and Youth Program will offer supportive playgroups and 1:1 mentoring with the children of our service users; and parenting education and support groups for non-abusing parents.