County agencies awarded mentoring grants

Mentor Vermont recently awarded 25 grants, totaling $348,735, to support youth mentoring programs throughout the state.

The 2019-20 Vermont Mentoring Grants will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

Two grants were awarded to agencies that support youth living in Windham County: a grant of $22,200 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, which supports youth throughout the county through its Brattleboro office; and a grant of $2,480 to the Collaborative, to support its mentoring program at Flood Brook Elementary in Londonderry.

“Mentor Vermont has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and fully understands the value and importance of mentoring youth,” Kimberley Diemond, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont, said in a news release.

The agency also supports youth in Chittenden, Essex, and Orleans counties.

The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible each year through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

The 2019-20 grants will provide continuing support for established programs that demonstrate they meet best practices and help expand mentoring programming in under-served regions of the state.

For more information about mentoring programs and initiatives in Vermont, visit

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