In September 2011 Milton Mentors started and quickly gained momentum, spreading enthusiasm to community members. While utilizing a strong partnership with Milton Elementary School, the program works to match 3rd – 5th graders in the community with reliable adult mentors. We currently have 13 total matches since our initial start with another 8 adults in the process of becoming mentors right now.
Matched pairs meet at least 4 hours a month (or 1 hour per week) and spend time exploring the community while building a friendship. Matches commit to at least a year of meeting, although many mentoring relationships last for much longer! The MCYC provides monthly events to help mentors provide meaningful opportunities to explore with their mentees. Some of examples of these include farms, museums, aquariums, and sporting events.
Mentoring continues to be one of the most successful methods of building a young person’s developmental assets. Through Milton Mentors!, the MCYC aims to increase young people’s connection to the community, create solid relationships with positive adult role models, and ultimately help young people become successful, healthy adults.Research shows young people with mentors are more likely to: • Stay in school
• Aspire to achieve better grades
• Go on to college
• Become more trusting & communicative
If you are 21 years of age or older, have 4 hours a month to give to a child, and are looking for a way to make a difference or give back, take the leap of faith and become a Milton Mentor today.
Mentees are waiting – apply to be a mentor today!
Milton Mentors Buddies!
New in 2014, Milton Mentors has its Buddy Program, matching high school juniors and seniors with elementary students in grades 3-5.
High school volunteers must complete an application and selection form and interview with program staff before taking part. The application includes questions about interests, aspirations, and academics in an effort to match like-minded students with similar interests. Volunteer hours do count towards MHS Service Learning credit, if needed.
What types of activities do pairs do?
Activities are determined by each pair and can include any range of activities including, but not limited to: homework help, playing board games, sports, and building reading skills.
How often and for how long do pairs meet? Is there supervision?
Once per week for a semester, pairs meet. After the initial semester in the relationship, they may choose to continue meeting and completing activities, but it is not required. MCYC and school staff supervise the initial semester meetings – pairs are able to go out into the community after this period.
Interested in being a buddy? High school students can download the application here.
For More Information Contact:Kelly Knight
Community Programs Coordinator (802) 893-1009 – kknight@Miltonyouth.org