Local mentoring programs celebrate Mentor Appreciation Night

Mentors and program staff from Connecting Youth Mentoring at Shelburne Community School were joined by their CY colleagues and participants from eight other local programs at Mentor Appreciation Night. Front row, from left: Lois Lynch, Georgene Grover, Barbara Bloom, Alice Brown (CY mentoring coordinator at Shelburne Community School), Freda Nieters. Back row, from left: Linda Retchin, Pamela Blair, Paul Grover, Nancy Carlson (CY mentoring coordinator at Williston Central School), Becky Kingston (CY Williston mentor). Courtesy photo.

The Chittenden County Mentoring Network hosted an appreciation event for volunteer mentors at the Burlington International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 24. More than 80 local mentors and mentoring program staff gathered together to celebrate National Mentoring Month and network with their colleagues.

“I had a lot of fun meeting mentors from all around the area,” said Lois Lynch, a mentor through the Connecting Youth program at Shelburne Community School. “I learned so much about all the different mentoring programs – I had no idea there were so many different types of mentoring!”

Connecting Youth was one of nine programs from northwestern Vermont that participated in Mentor Appreciation Night. Other programs and organizations included the King Street Center, Howard Center, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, The DREAM Program, Essex FriendCHIPS, Milton Mentors!, the Grand Isle County Mentoring Program, and the M.O.V.E. Office from St. Michael’s College.

The CCMN is a network of adult-to-youth mentoring programs in northwestern Vermont, supporting more than 1,000 mentor pairs. Mobius is Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, a non-profit organization that provides support for 140 mentoring program sites and 2,300 mentor pairs across the state. For more information about mentoring programs in the CCMN, and throughout Vermont, visit www.mobiusmentors.org.

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