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

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.

Dottie Neuberger, Clinical Director, New Circle Mentoring

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.

Comments 2

  1. Thank you so much for the work you are doing! And for sharing this podcast. I am a social worker in NY. I am starting a nonprofit that will aim to raise resiliency in at risk youth by providing exposure and skill sets to areas that they may not have had the opportunity to connect with otherwise. The plan is to work under a trauma informed lense and incrementally develop relationships with youth in local group homes, residential treatment centers and the foster care system.

    I love the idea of getting the mentees and mentors together for a social gathering. I will attempt to employ this in my work. I plan to be offering cooking lessons and the idea of having the youth prepare a meal for staff and/or visitors is a wonderful! You have inspired me! And validated that creating this program is needed. My question is how did you get your program off of the ground? Is your program grant funded? Do you find it hard to maintain the program financially? I’m just starting out and am in the exploratory phase of establishing the non profit. I have registered with the state.

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      Hi, Perryn,

      Thank you for your interest in our mentoring program!

      We are bringing your request to the attention of the New Circle Mentoring program director and she will be in touch with you directly instead of through our website.

      Thanks again,


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