Why It Matters

What does it mean to be a mentor? It means spending an hour a week with a child who needs or wants another caring adult in their life. It means being someone a young person can count on. Mentoring can make all the difference in the life of a child. It gives them a chance to make better choices, and it opens new worlds to them. It forms a friendship that changes two lives: the child and the mentor. Become a mentor; it'll change your community, and it'll change your life!

Resources & Links

January is National Mentoring Month!

A mentor is a caring, adult friend who devotes time to a young person. All mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths. There are 2500 local children (ages 6-21) who would benefit from having another caring, consistent adult in their lives. By volunteering just one hour a week, you can become a mentor and help close the mentoring gap.

Everybody Wins! Vermont
By creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children's prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools. Do you have an hour a week to invest in the life of a local student? If so, click here for more information.

The Lamoille Valley Mentoring Partnership (LVMP)
LVMP was formed by People In Partnership in 2001 to help provide young people with caring and supportive relationships by increasing the number of mentoring matches in their area.

The Mentor Connector
The Mentor Connector connects children aged 3-18 with a caring responsible adult who spends one on one time with them doing educational and recreational activities. Some matches meet in a school or site based program, others out in the community together. They serve youth in Rutland County and can be contacted through their website, or by calling 802-775-3434.

Mobius the Mentoring Movement
Mobius is a local non-profit that recruits mentors for kids and provides support for 14 programs and over 800 mentor pairs throughout Chittenden County. Their mission is to develop a culture of mentoring in our communities. Visit their website for information on types of mentoring programs and a listing of programs in Chittenden County.

Vermont Mentoring Partnerships
A network for the mentoring community in Vermont. Click here to find a mentoring program in your area.


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