By Becky Day
The Charlotte Central School (CCS) is currently seeking adults from the community who would be interested in mentoring a fifth or sixth grader at our school. The program is school based and asks mentors to meet with a student for one hour a week. The schedule can be flexible Mondays through Fridays, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.
The Champlain Valley School District (CVSD) has a thriving program for youth in our schools called Connecting Youth. The mission of Connecting Youth Mentoring is to support youth in achieving their potential through close personal and supportive relationships with caring adults. All students can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Research findings from across the country tell us that mentoring gives young people the building blocks they need to navigate adolescence and lead healthy, productive lives. Through the mentoring process a child will have enhanced self-esteem and confidence and the ability to make positive choices with regard to substance use.
The adult mentor builds a trusting relationship with the student, which creates a stronger sense of community. Our mentors at CCS report that the gratification of watching a child grow socially and emotionally is unequaled in any other volunteer program. They look forward to being greeted by a smiling face and spending time each week with the students.
We hope to have new mentors start in January 2019. If you are interested please contact Becky Day, mentoring coordinator at CCS, by email or by phone at (802) 355-2870.