Mentoring at UCS
Every child needs someone who believes in them. Mentoring provides children with the single greatest advantage they need to grow up successfully: friendship with a caring adult. Mentoring at UCS provides an opportunity for mentors and mentees to have a supported one-to-one relationship where children develop self confidence and assurance.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a compassionate, caring adult who makes the choice to devote their time to a young person. A mentor is invested in the success of a mentee by offering support, guidance, and encouragement. With a one hour a week commitment you can transform a life by helping a child establish goals, build a solid foundation of values, improve academic and life skills, all while developing their self esteem and confidence.
What is a lunchtime mentor?
A lunchtime mentor is a compassionate, caring adult who meets for lunch on a weekly basis with their mentee at the child’s school. This is a wonderful way to make a difference.
What is a Community Match?
Some mentors may not have the availability to accommodate a lunch time mentee meeting time due to full time day jobs. Entering into a community match provides the flexibility to meet on weekends or evenings and extend to activity options within the community.
Mentoring at UCS provides training prior to being matched with a mentee with additional trainings throughout the year. A designated Program Coordinator is in contact with both mentors and mentees and their families providing support and guidance.
Activities for everyone:
Once a month an optional free group activity is planned for our mentors and mentees. This allows for time spent together with a larger group. Activities include ice skating, attending plays, hiking, swimming, bowling and more.
Research demonstrates kids who receive mentoring are:
• 46 % less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 56% more likely to receive higher grades
Other benefits of a child having a mentor include:
• Positive thinking
• Increased self-confidence
• Reduction in anxiety
• Forging strong relationships with others
• Learning methods to cope with stress
Mentoring at UCS is looking for individuals who want to make a difference. You can open the doors to a whole new world.
“I support mentoring because children need positive influences and I care about my community.”…..Sam, Mentor
To learn more about Mentoring at UCS contact:
Bennington Mentoring Program Coordinator
100 Ledge Hill Drive
P.O. Box 588
Bennington, VT 05201
Northshire Mentoring Program Coordinator
5312 Main Street (Stephen Lundy Building)
P.O. Box 815
Manchester Center, VT 05255