WINDSOR, Vt. – Windsor County Partners, the 45-year-old countywide children and youth mentoring organization located in Windsor, Vt., is changing its name to better reflect its mission of mentoring.
“Windsor County Mentor’s mission for 45 years has been to create and support mentoring relationships between caring adult mentors and Windsor County children and youth, to help them thrive and be a part of building healthy Vermont communities. As we kick off our 45th year of programming and services, it’s time to more clearly say who we are and what we do,” said Bob Coates, executive director of Windsor County Mentors. “Partnership language historically used in conjunction with mentoring programs has given way today to talking directly about mentors, mentees, and mentorships. We are following in a similar direction as other mentoring organizations such as the statewide mentoring association, Mentor Vermont, by changing our name to better reflect the services we provide.”
Since its establishment in 1974, Windsor County Mentors has provided mentors for more than 1,500 children and youth across the county. Mentoring positively impacts children’s educational attainment, their ability to engage as community members, and their overall well-being. Research studies and school reports show that, for mentored children, their attendance at school improves, their relationships improve, and their confidence increases. They have shared experiences they would otherwise miss.