Celebrating Vermont Youth and Their Mentors in MontpelierFebruary 5, 2020 MENTOR Vermont, Mentoring Celebration, Mentoring Events, National Mentoring Month, Vermont Ambassadors of Mentoring
On January 22, MENTOR Vermont hosted nearly 200 youth mentees, volunteer mentors, and mentoring supporters from around the state for our annual Youth Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse in Montpelier. This free event marked the culmination of National Mentoring Month festivities in Vermont, and featured:
- The signing of a Mentoring Month proclamation by Governor Phil Scott
- Presentation of the 2020 Ambassadors of Mentoring Awards by Comcast (read more about this year’s honorees here)
- The reading of a Mentoring Day resolution and recognition on the House floor led by Representative Kate Webb (Chittenden-5-1)
Youth and their mentors participated in open activities throughout the morning (including button making, a photo booth, and open mic time to talk about why mentoring was important to them) and had the opportunity to have lunch with their local state legislators, before heading over to the Statehouse for the resolution and recognition in the House and free tours of the Statehouse. For a full overview of the day’s events, read the VTDigger recap article.
Mentors and mentees traveled to the event from as far north as Grand Isle, and as far south as Bennington, but the largest group came from the Mount Abraham Unified School District–more than 60 people from five different schools.
One of the MAUSD pairs, Zandra Cousino and Valkyrja from the Monkton Mentors program at Monkton Central School, were honored at the event by Comcast as “Ambassadors of Mentoring.” These new awards replaced the MENTOR of the Year Award, with the goal of highlighting a wider range of mentoring stories with the public and celebrating youth mentees for the leadership role they play in expanding the reach of mentoring programs in Vermont. Ambassador honorees were called up to the podium as mentor pairs, and were recognized for their service by Dennis Mathew, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region.
“We’re extremely proud to join MENTOR Vermont in recognizing these incredible mentor and mentee teams from across the Green Mountain State,” said Dennis.
The full list of Ambassadors and their mentoring programs is as follows: Angelique Parks and Darcie (Mentoring at United Counseling Service); Bonnie Ferro and Kada (King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies); Carolyn Grodinsky & Lillian (Girls/Boyz First Mentoring); Dorothy Sacca and Charlie (Grand Isle County Mentoring); Evan Leontis and Dylan (The Collaborative); Laura Page and Kadence (Windsor County Mentors); Lisa Rees and Ohana (Milton Mentors, Milton Community Youth Coalition); Nathaniel Klein and Tanner (Middlebury College Community Friends); Terri Weinstein and Tori (Twinfield Together Mentoring); and Zandra Cousino and Valkyrja (Monkton Mentors, Mt. Abraham Unified School District). Read the full nominations for each of the honored mentor matches, and enter a free raffle for prizes that ends on Sunday, February 9 by visiting the Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage.
“With the understanding that every mentoring relationship is unique, it was inspiring to be in a room full of mentors and mentees from around the state echoing just how important and special these relationships are,” said Bonnie.
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