To the Editor:
The Connecting Youth Mentoring Program at Shelburne Community School is looking for community members to become volunteer mentors to students who would benefit from the friendship of an additional adult in their life.
Mentors and mentee 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, themselves, and truly enjoyed having a mentor.
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.
Adult mentors are provided 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!
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Alice Brown, CY Mentoring Coordinator at Shelburne Community School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 383-1176.
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, coordinator
SCS Connecting Youth Mentoring Program