To help spread awareness of mentoring, January has been recognized as “National Mentoring Month” by the United States Senate. On January 23rd, mentoring organizations from across Vermont gathered together at the state capital in Montpelier for the MENTOR Vermont’s Youth Mentoring Celebration.
During this event, we witnessed Governor Phil Scott sign the Mentoring Month Proclamation, which recognizes the important role mentors play in the lives of children in Vermont, and highlights the dedication of all Vermont mentoring organizations. Youth mentees then gathered in the Statehouse Chambers to witness the Mentoring Month Resolution introduced by Representative Kate Webb.
At the end of this month, several representatives from Vermont-based mentoring groups will gather at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC, where they will have access to more than 80 workshops that showcase program models, collaborations, and new ideas to strengthening the mentoring field. As the recipient of the 2020 Summit to DC Scholarship from Mentor VT, I am thrilled for the upcoming opportunity to attend this summit in January 2020 (Thank you, Mentor VT!).
Being a part of the mentoring celebration event this month has inspired me as we go forward into the new year and as New Circle Mentoring continues to grow.
Safer Society Foundation recently received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark! Connecting Community grant program. This grant will go toward expanding Safer Society’s New Circle Mentoring Program for children impacted by parental incarceration. This year, the goal is to double the number of children presently served by the program.
“With the support and guidance from their mentors, New Circle mentees build trusting relationships, make community connections, achieve academic goals, and explore fun activities.” Erika Linskey – Program Director
The Spark! Connecting Community grant program puts building and nurturing community front and center. The Foundation aims to support the work happening throughout Vermont’s 251 towns that builds social capital. These grants—where a small amount can make a big difference—are intended to light the spark that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy.
Safer Society Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Brandon, Vermont, since 1982. The organization’s mission is providing services and resources to prevent sexual and social violence and better the lives of people impacted by antisocial behavior. Earnings from the publications of Safer Society Press help fund the work of the Foundation in Vermont. The Press publishes books and videos that help build a society safe from sexual abuse and personal violence. To learn more about us, please visit us at www.safersociety.org or call us at 802-247-3132.
The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.
The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future.
Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.
Erika Linskey earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, taught elementary school in Colorado, and has maintained a life-long career in teaching and child advocacy. Now a Vermonter, Erika serves on her town’s school board and does volunteer work at her daughter’s elementary school. She has worked with the Safer Society team since 2015 developing new programs to help children of incarcerated parents. Erika’s position as the New Circle Mentoring Program Director has evolved from her desire to help children holistically, in all aspects of their lives.
In this episode, Mary Falcon, Safer Society Foundation Executive Director, and Erika Linskey:
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