January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize and thank the many volunteers who devote time sharing experiences and helping others to develop new perspectives. Windsor County Partners pairs adult volunteers with youngsters who thrive because of the mentoring relationship that they build over time. Whether engaged in the Windsor County-based PALS (Partners Always Lend Support) program or the Springfield-based Letís Do Lunch program, mentors provide children with a trustworthy friend, new-found confidence and additional skills to become healthy, responsible decision-makers.
Currently there are 27 children and their mentors in the PALS program and 25 mentors and students in the Letís Do Lunch program, yet many other children await a mentor. A waiting list of 20-25 is not unusual. It is estimated that in Vermont there are 12,000 youth who could potentially enhance their social skills, self-esteem and school performance, while reducing the likelihood of substance abuse and violent behavior if they had a mentor.
Did you have a mentor? Do you have a little time to give back to a youngster in your community?
You could become a mentor by contacting Windsor County Partners at 802-674-5101 or by visiting our website at www.wcpartners.org.
SARAH F. CARTER
Windsor County Partners
Mentors for Youth)
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