GIC Mentor Program is looking to make more matches!

By Julia Connell
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Isiaha, mentor and mentee at the Grand Isle Elementary School. Every Wednesday before the start of school, Bob and Isiaha spend one hour together doing various activities; and this particular Wednesday morning, Isiaha wanted to finish his homework before the duo went outside to play. Bob and Isiaha are part of the Grand Isle County (GIC) Mentoring Program which is currently in its fifth year running. GIC Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program which matches children, ranging from grades K to 8, with adults in the community who have similar interests. The pairs meet once a week for one hour in the school at a mutually convenient time in order to develop a relationship. Both Bob and Isiaha admitted to being nervous before they met; but now the pair have been mentor partners for three years. It's easy to see that the bond between the pair is one of admiration and respect. Isiaha, talkative and full of energy, loves having someone to interact and spend time with and Bob stated that he too enjoys their weekly get-togethers. "I know lots of kids that want mentors like Bob here" Isiaha said, as he gave his mentor a pat on the back.
The GIC Mentoring Program is currently looking for more volunteers to work as mentors and there will be a training in October for new mentors. Every child who wants a mentor should have one! Mentoring doesn't require an expert; it only requires your time. Make a difference in a youth's life; be a mentor. If you would like more information, please contact Karen Browning, coordinator at 372-5239 or email gicmentoring@gmail.com

GIC Mentoring Trains 6 New Mentors and Launches New Website

The Grand Isle County Mentoring Program currently has 35 students matched in the Grand Isle Schools with community mentors. Six new mentors have just completed training and will be matched in the near future. The Grand Isle Mentoring Program has also recently launched a website at gicmentoring.org. Check it out! Mentoring is a school- based mentoring program, which matches community children with adults who have similar interests. They meet once a week for one hour in the school at a mutually convenient time. Children from all five island schools are involved in the program and range from grades K to 8. Now is the time to think about young people in our community who could benefit from an additional relationship with a caring adult. Every child who wants a mentor should have one! Mentoring has proven results for both the children and adults who care enough to make the commitment of just one hour a week. Young people who have a mentor are more likely to stay in school and go on to college, raise their life aspirations, stay away from drugs, seek teachers trust, help others and avoid fights and other violent behavior. A mentor is more likely to increase his or her appreciation for diversity, feel more productive at work, and develop core leadership and communication skills, and feel good for having positively influenced another life. Mentoring doesnt require an expert; it only requires your time. Make a difference in a youths life; be a mentor. If you would like more information, please contact Karen Browning, coordinator at 372-5239 or email gicmentoring@gmail.com






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