MENTOR Vermont recently awarded 25 grants, totaling $348,735, to support youth mentoring programs throughout the state. The 2019-2020 Vermont Mentoring Grants will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

MENTOR Vermont awarded two grants to agencies that support youth mentoring programs in the Northeast Kingdom: a $44,850 grant to Everybody Wins! Vermont, a statewide mentoring agency that coordinates literacy mentoring programs at St. Johnsbury Elementary and Barton Graded School; and a grant of $22,200 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, which supports youth throughout Essex and Orleans counties.

“MENTOR Vermont has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and fully understands the value and importance of mentoring youth,” said Kimberley Diemond, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, which also supports youth in Chittenden and Windham counties.

The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible each year through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Vermont Department for Children and Families. The 2019-2020 grants will provide continuing support for established programs that demonstrate they meet best practices and help expand mentoring programming in underserved regions of the state.

All 2019-2020 grantees have committed to being partners in the Vermont K-12 Mentoring Initiative, a multi-year project, spearheaded by MENTOR Vermont, to establish the statewide program infrastructure needed to allow youth the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from elementary school until they successfully enter adulthood.

Additionally, grantees beyond their first two years of operation are required to demonstrate that they are meeting best practices through the Quality Mentoring System (a program assessment system developed by MENTOR Vermont and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership). Grantees will also continue to use common questions from the Vermont Mentoring Surveys to survey their mentors and mentees.

For more information about the Vermont Mentoring Grants and this year’s award recipients, please visit: www.mentorvt.org/vermont-mentoring-grants.

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