Earlier this month, the Safer Society Foundation hosted an evening of professional development and fun for the dedicated mentors of the ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support program. Mentors and program staff members broke bread (pizza, actually!) together at the Safer Society headquarters in Brandon, VT.
The evening started off with an interactive balloon activity conducted by the Clinical Director, Dottie Neuberger. This activity, which has participants keep a balloon in the air while solving word problems, can be used as a fun way to connect with a mentee and work on team-building skills (not to mention, you’ll get a good laugh out of it!). The daughter of a staff member was able to participate in the balloon game, which allowed the mentors to observe a child’s reaction to the learned activity. After all, kids are who we are here for!
Shortly afterwards, Program Director Erika Linskey led a brainstorming session to assist in planning summer fun activities for their mentees. Stories were shared about some of the wonderful moments that have happened between mentors and mentees in the program so far. One mentor even spoke about how the relationship with her mentee is completely reciprocal and it has added so much to her own life. Others nodded in agreement.