Program Coordinator for Watershed Mentoring, Marianne Hunkin, was able to represent Franklin County, Vermont at that National Mentoring Summit in January 2020 because of a scholarship provided by MENTOR Vermont. The summit gave Marianne an opportunity to connect with other mentoring programs in Vermont and across the nation. Many of the youth speakers encouraged adults in the mentoring community to think about how to incorporate youth voice in mentoring. The sessions that were provided covered important topics such as equity and inclusion, trauma-informed practices for mentoring, and supporting youth affected by the opioid epidemic. The knowledge gained during the Summit was invaluable. Marianne is excited about being able to share this knowledge with our dedicated mentors.
The Summit also gave mentoring programs the opportunity to represent Vermont youth on Capitol Hill. Marianne and several other representatives for Vermont mentoring programs were able to meet with staff members for Senator Sanders, Senator Leahy, and Congressman Welch.
The stories of Franklin County youth and the power of mentoring in their lives were well received in each meeting. We appreciate our representatives continued support for federal funding for youth mentoring programs!