Monday, April 30, 2007

Mentor-Mentee blogging

One thing that we hope this blog will accomplish is to have our mentors and mentees join in blogging with us. If you search the internet and blogs you won't find many mentor-mentee blogs. True, there are some that have to do with mentoring in a business, but not much to be found for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

A couple of great examples though are the blogs and websites belonging to Cabrini Connections, a tutoring and mentoring program serving kids living in Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing project. Besides having a blog named Cabriniblog for the students and mentors and staff, they also recently added a blog for their Cabrini writing group.

One very interesting blog entry is from a man named Leo Hall who was a mentee way back in 1973! He writes about the effect his mentor had on him :

I now have 2 sons, and am a movie producer and director. Alot of what I do with people is what Dan used to do with me, and that is mentor them. Teach them how to make good decisions and trust and believe in themselves....
[and] I wanted to say this, keep your head up and never forget where you came from and the people that got you there.

So when you have a chance - check out some of these sites and if you want to know more about telling your story here on the Vermont Mentoring Blog send us an email at or contact Marie Gelineau at

Friday, April 27, 2007

Celebrate Earth Day, Green-up Day, Mentoring and Our Community

Free Event at the Commons
Springfield, Vermont
Saturday, May 5th, 2007 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited to help clean up the Commons in Springfield by planting, raking and painting the "warming Hut". There will be musical entertainment provided by local musician Brad Veysey and friends; grilled food for all; and fun activities for children and adults alike. Free T-Shirts will be handed out to all due to the generous support of the Springfield Savings and Loan, Chittenden Bank and Merchants Bank.

We hope you can come and help us celebrate our community as we work together.

Bring a vegetable to add to our salad if possible.

For more information please contact Vanessa Stern, Windsor County Partners at or (802) 674-5101
Marie Gelineau, Three River Valley Business Education Partnership at or (802) 885-8314

This event is sponsored by the Windsor/Windham Mentoring Collaborative with the generous support from the Vermont Community Fund and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Southern Vermont Mentoring

Hello Everyone-

This is our first post at Vermont Mentoring. This blog belongs to the mentoring program, Starfish Initiative, created by the Three River Valley Business-Education Partnership in Springfield, Vermont. We serve the following areas of Southeastern Vermont:

serving Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Westminster, Grafton, and Saxtons River

serving Chester, Londonderry, Andover, Cavendish, and Proctorsville

serving Springfield, Perkinsville, Weathersfield, and Baltimore

serving Ludlow and Mount Holly

We sponsor mentoring programs that help children realize their potential by partnering with local businesses and business people.

We are hoping that this blog will not only let everyone know what is going on in our programs and local area; but also that we can inspire some mentors and mentees to guest blog and tell us your experiences with mentoring. And who knows – maybe some of you will go on to start your own blogs!

In coming posts we’ll let you know what we have accomplished and hope to accomplish in the future. We have some events coming up that we want everyone to know about as well.

So welcome to our blog – we hope you will add us to your blog roll if you have one; subscribe to our posts using a service like Bloglines ; or just stop by now and then to see what is going on.

If you are a local mentor or mentee and would like to tell about your experiences with mentoring - please email us at and we can contact you about how to join in.

We also welcome your comments and suggestions, please click the COMMENTS link below. Note that our comments are moderate and you will not see your comment posted immediately.