FriendCHIPS Youth Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program that empowers 3rd-8th grade students in the Essex Westford School District to make healthy life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.
Building a relationship with a child, simply one hour at a time, can greatly improve a child’s life and your own! Research has proven that a relationship with a caring adult can help young children make healthy choices, improve self-esteem, and increase resiliency. Adults volunteer to spend one hour per week with a student at school, participating in activities together such as games, arts & crafts, sports, cooking and conversation.
FriendCHIPs will be continuing to foster connection between mentors and mentees by providing virtual services. It is important to have opportunities to share a connection with an important person in challenging times.
Find out more about mentoring in Vermont and the benefits of mentoring by visiting MENTOR, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.