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 middle school 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 (CY) mentor at Shelburne Community School (SCS).
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. A mentor room provides games, crafts, and other activities but is mostly a place for a friendship to develop. Adults are provided with training and support by the mentor coordinator.
An end-of-the-year survey of our mentors, students, and school faculty found that youth in the program felt better about school and themselves and truly enjoyed having a mentor. Statistics show that students who have an additional caring relationship in their lives are more likely to make healthy choices.
If you are interested in learning more or starting an application, please contact Alice Brown, CY mentoring coordinator at SCS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 383-1126. For further information, go to the SCS web page (www.scsvt.org) and check the Mentoring link under Support Services.
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. For more information about CY, visit us online at www.seewhy.info or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/connectingyouth.