Benji Thurber

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Benji Thurber

Communications Director, MENTOR Vermont

Program Areas of Expertise:
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Sustainability/Resource Development
  • Mentoring Program Evaluation
  • Recruiting Male Mentors
Mentoring Program Model Expertise:
  • Community-Based
  • School-Based
  • Site-Based

Benji graduated from Middlebury College in 2008, and received his Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature. Benji joined MENTOR Vermont as an AmeriCorps VISTA member (through the Vermont Youth Tomorrow program) in 2009, and helped recruit new mentors, promote public awareness of the mentoring cause, and expanded the Mentor Discount Card program for mentor pairs in Chittenden County.  Benji transitioned to a staff position with the organization in 2011, and worked collaboratively with mentoring programs and funders across the state to expand the organization from a regional partnership into a statewide one. 

In his current position as Communications Director, he manages communications and marketing for the organization, and works with mentoring agency staff to expand public awareness efforts across the state. He also works with the executive director to maintain and increase available funding both for mentoring program partners and MENTOR Vermont’s operations through various means, including grantwriting, targeted fundraising letters, and an annual appeal campaign.  He is also the administrator for the Vermont Mentoring Database, an online system that allows mentoring agencies to store program information on the MENTOR Vermont website, apply for grants, and manage information and outcome data for their mentoring matches.


If your Vermont-based mentoring agency is interested in receiving no-cost technical assistance from this provider, please contact Chad Butt ( and he can help you apply for support through the National Mentoring Resource Center. MENTOR Vermont is an affiliate of MENTOR National and an official Technical Assistance Provider of the NMRC, a project of MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.