Welcome to Watershed Mentoring
Watershed Mentoring is an adult-youth mentoring program serving school-age children throughout Franklin County. The mission of Watershed Mentoring is to enrich the lives of youth and adults by providing the opportunity to develop positive and caring relationships with fellow community members. It’s our goal that every child who needs a mentor will find a match and have the opportunity to make a friend for life.
“Children of promise” may need a little bit of a boost to succeed in school, develop positive friendships, try new sports, games, or creative activities. Mentoring helps kids feel more confident academically and socially.
The Community-based mentoring program serves all of Franklin County as well as transfers from Grand Isle County Mentoring. Mentors are matched with youth in the community who have been identified by teachers, counselors, service agencies, parents, or themselves as being able to benefit from an extra, positive adult in their life. Youth from 5-18 may be eligible to participate in the program. Mentors and mentees participate in age-appropriate activities from games to career exploration. This includes activities like a trip to a movie, visiting a museum, attending an event, or trying a new recipe.
Friends for Lunch at St. Albans City School:
Friends for Lunch serves SACS children in grades 1-3 who could benefit from another positive adult in their school world. Mentors join their mentees weekly for lunch and one-on-one time during recess. Activities include: playing board games, doing crafts, going for a walk, reading, cooking, exercising–the mentor and mentee decide together how to spend their time each week.
-THANK YOU DONORS-
A huge THANK YOU to our current funders and sponsors, the Luc Gates Foundation, the City of St. Albans, Mentor Vermont, the United Way of Northwest Vermont. We are also grateful to the members of 100 Women Who Care Franklin County Vermont.
Watershed Mentoring is a proud member of Mentor Vermont, an umbrella organization building capacity with mentoring programs across the state.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mentoring
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