Location: Washington County
Website: Girls/Boyz First Mentoring
Numbers of Vermonters Impacted: 40
Date: July 6, 2016
Contributed by: VSECU
Girls/Boyz First (GBF) Mentoring is an established program serving central Vermont community youth, ages 8 to 18, in Montpelier and the WCSU school district towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester. The program offers local youth the companionship of a positive adult role model, enrichment through extra-curricular and cultural activities, academic and career guidance, and encouragement and overall emotional support as they develop into teens and young adults. In 2016, the program’s mentees’ high school graduation rate was 100%, with many mentees going on to become the first in their family to head to college.
GBF Mentoring received a $2,000 grant through VSECU’s VGives program. The funds will be used to support the 12 teenage mentees currently in the mentoring program and to develop a series of 6 to 10 small discussion group sessions featuring topics and speakers relevant to the teens like money management and financial literacy, mental health issues, college and job readiness skills, and stress management.
“This generous donation by VSECU will address teen group activities, an area of Girls/Boyz First Programing that has been lacking,” says Wendy Freundlich, program director of GBF. “Our activities attract the younger pairs in our program. By the time our mentees reach high school, they want to connect through activities that are relevant to their age and developmental needs: money, social life, post-secondary school choices and options and stress and time management. We are hoping our teen mentees and their mentors will participate in and enjoy a cozy and informative discussion group series.”