By Alice Brown
Would you enjoy sitting down with a 10-year-old friend and playing a card game? Do you have time during the school day to relax with a 5th or 6th grade student who enjoys having someone to talk to 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 community members to become volunteer mentors to students who would benefit from the friendship of an additional adult in their life. Mentor pairs meet weekly at the school, during the school day, for about 45 minutes. Our mentoring space provides snacks, games, crafts and other activities but is mostly a place for a friendship to develop. An end-of-the-year survey found that youth in the program felt better about school and themselves, and truly enjoyed having a mentor.
Adult mentors are provided with training and continual support by the mentor coordinator throughout the school year. The commitment is for one school year.
This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to come into the school, be engaged with our community, and truly make a difference in the life of one great kid.
CY Mentoring is a part of Connecting Youth in Champlain Valley School District. CY’s mission is to promote a culture that empowers youth to have the power and conviction to make healthy choices.
Alice Brown is the CY Mentoring Coordinator at Shelburne Community School. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 383-1207.