SSF02: A Conversation with the New Circle Mentoring Program Clinical Director Dottie Neuberger

i Feb 27th No Comments by
Dottie Neuberger, Clinical Director, New Circle Mentoring

Dottie has six decades of experience as a high school, middle school, and elementary school counselor (through the Counseling Service of Addison County) and a community activist in Addison County.  She pioneered a peer-to-peer mentoring program at Middlebury High School, and served as a member of the board of directors of Youth Empowerment.  When Dottie found out that one in six children in Addison County didn’t have enough to eat, she organized the Friday Night Suppers at the Middlebury Congregational Church – which is now a program of the Middlebury Community Care Coalition.  In 2011, Dottie received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from her alma mater, Middlebury College.


In this episode, Mary Falcon, Safer Society Foundation Executive Director, and Dottie Nueberger:

  • Discuss why it is important that the New Circle Mentoring
    Program has a Clinical Director.
  • Explain how the Clinical Director supports the mentors and
    supervises the mentoring match.
  • Share with listeners some of the challenges that our mentees
    face and how the mentors and program activities help mentees build new
    skills.

SSF01: A Conversation with Director Erika Linskey about the New Circle Mentoring Program

i Jan 24th No Comments by
Erika Linskey, Director of New Circle Mentoring

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:

  • Discuss the New Circle Mentoring Program and the children and
    families it serves.
  • Explain how Safer Society’s partnership with the Counseling
    Service of Addison County led to New Circle’s unique team of program director
    and clinical director.
  • Share with listeners some of the stories that highlight the
    successes of the program.

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