COVID-19 Recommendations and Resources

COVID-19 Update on In-Person Mentoring:

Click HERE for information about the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Click HERE to view an overview of MENTOR Vermont’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About This Page:
MENTOR Vermont realizes that even as the recovery process continues, this is an uncertain time for everyone.

Below we have compiled recommendations for safe and effective mentoring during the pandemic, resources about COVID-19 and how to talk to youth about it, and resources/ideas for supporting families. We will continue to add to this list as more information becomes available.

1: Mentoring During the Pandemic

With the start of the school year and increasing case counts, youth mentoring programs across the state are working on safely continuing in-person mentoring and are in need of new mentors to help meet the increased need. Learn more about considerations your program may want to make when deciding how to approach the current reality by reviewing our updated Considerations for Mentoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

2: Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Vermont Department of Health Resource Page:

University of Vermont Health Network Resource Page:

Office of Governor Phil Scott: Press releases from the governor’s office, including details on the state’s efforts to address COVID-19.

Statewide Media Feeds with COVID-19 News:

3: Talking With Youth About COVID-19
4: Resources for the Families of Mentees

Latest Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (updated November 11, 2021):
As we continue to progress toward getting more of people in Vermont vaccinated, MENTOR Vermont would like to call attention to a few important updates and resources around the roll-out of the vaccine.

Anyone in Vermont (5 and older), regardless of residency, is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

For the most up-to-date information about the vaccine, and how/where to sign up, visit:

Other Resources:

5: Addressing Inaccurate/Racist Information

Stop AAPI HateMarch 2021 Update:
MENTOR Vermont condemns the murders of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women in Georgia in March 2021, and the thousands of other hate crimes targeting the AAPI community that have taken place across the country since the start of the pandemic. We join MENTOR National and our youth mentoring colleagues across the country in standing in solidarity with those standing up against AAPI Hate and reiterating the impact of mentoring relationships in helping to create a more just and equitable world.

We encourage you to read and share Stop AAPI Hate’s full report on the rise of AAPI hate crimes since last March by visiting

For other resources and trainings around the history of Anti-Asian racism in America, we encourage you to visit Launch Learning’s resource page.

Embracing an Antiracist Approach to Inaccurate Information About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
As our Vermont mentoring community works together to disrupt racist, inaccurate information about the coronavirus (information that is harmful to our mentees and mentors), below are three articles that offer helpful strategies and information.

6: Financial Resources for Programs

Past Funding:


7: COVID-19 Survey for Mentors and Mentees

The 2021 Vermont COVID-19 Response Mentoring Surveys


For 2021, the revised COVID-19 Response Surveys replaced the Vermont Mentoring Surveys of years past.

During the summer of 2020, through MENTOR Vermont’s federal grant from OJJDP, MENTOR Vermont was able to work with Amy Syvertsen, director of applied qualitative research at the Search Institute and member of the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board, to develop and implement COVID-19 Response Mentoring Surveys for mentors and mentees. The four OJJDP COVID-19 Response subgrantees administered this survey to mentors and mentees before the start of the 2020-2021 school-year. Based on the data that was gathered and the continuation of the pandemic through the 2020-2021 school-year, MENTOR Vermont decided to once again work with Amy Syvertsen to shorten and revise the original COVID-19 Response Surveys and provide them to the larger Vermont mentoring program community during the 2020-2021 grant year in lieu of the previous years’ Vermont Mentoring Surveys.

All 2020-2021 Vermont Mentoring Grantees were required to conduct the survey in full. Unlike in past years when MENTOR Vermont required programs to conduct the full Vermont Mentoring Surveys, or the Core Survey questions in addition to a program’s own survey, programs that received a 2020-2021 Vermont Mentoring Grant were required to run the full 2021 COVID-19 Response Surveys.  

Below you will find a toolkit, sample surveys, and some common questions answered. 


The toolkit is designed to help mentoring programs implement the surveys in a uniform and valid manner.

Click Here to Access the 2021 COVID-19 Response Survey Toolkit!
Click Here to Access the Detailed Survey Recommendations Guide!