Mentors needed for school Connecting Youth program

Shelburne Community School CY Mentor and music teacher, Diana Burritt, and her mentee, eighth-grader Kaytlyn Young, greet each other at the start of the school year. Burritt and Young are enjoying their third year together in the SCS CY Mentoring Program. Courtesy photo
Shelburne Community School CY Mentor and music teacher, Diana Burritt, and her mentee, eighth-grader Kaytlyn Young, greet each other at the start of the school year. Burritt and Young are enjoying their third year together in the SCS CY Mentoring Program. Courtesy photo

Shelburne Community School CY Mentor and music teacher, Diana Burritt, and her mentee, eighth-grader Kaytlyn Young, greet each other at the start of the school year. Burritt and Young are enjoying their third year together in the SCS CY Mentoring Program. Courtesy photoWould you enjoy sitting down with a ten-year-old friend and playing a card game? Do you have time during the school day to relax with a middle school student who enjoys having someone to talk with about her day? How about throwing a ball to an enthusiastic 12-year-old boy?

If you find yourself drawn to any of these activities, you may be ready to become a Connecting Youth mentor at Shelburne Community School. The CY Mentoring Program at SCS is looking for local community members to become volunteer mentors to students who would benefit from the friendship of an additional adult in their life. Mentors are paired with a fifth through eighth grader and meet weekly at the school, during the school day, for about 45 minutes. Snacks, games, crafts and other activities are provided.

An end-of-the-year survey of our mentors, students and school faculty found that youth in the program felt better about school, themselves, and truly enjoyed having a mentor. Mentors are provided with training and continual support by the mentor coordinator.

If you are interested in learning more or submitting an application, please contact Alice Brown, CY Mentoring Coordinator at Shelburne Community School at abrown@cssu.org or call 383-1126. CY Mentoring is a part of Connecting Youth in Chittenden South Supervisory Union. CY’s mission is to promote a culture that empowers youth to have the power and conviction to make healthy choices.

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