Girls/Boyz First Mentoring is pleased to announce the award of a $12,500 grant from Mobius, Vermont’s statewide mentoring organization. We are grateful for the support for Mobius . This grant is crucial to the sustainability of Girls/Boyz First. With this grant, GBF is able to maintain the high level of success that our organization is known for. The adult mentors we match with youth, the cultural and educational enrichment activities we offer and the collaboration GBF has with families, schools and communities in central Vermont helps create successful outcomes for our kids.
Maribeth & Gracie — a mentoring win-win
Over nine years as a mentor pair, Maribeth and Gracie have experienced all sorts of fun times together. They’ve hiked the trails on Hunger Mountain and Stowe Pinnacle. Gracie has improved her swimming skills, and even conquered the highest dive platform at the Montpelier pool. What was Gracie’s favorite adventure? “Going on the ferry across Lake Champlain,” Gracie says. “On the other side, they had an ice cream shop with all sorts of weird flavors!”
Maribeth and Gracie have also proven that when it comes to mentoring, the benefits are mutual. Gracie loves riding horses, and she’s taught Maribeth a lot about their care and unique personalities. And when Maribeth sustained an injury that left her temporarily housebound, Gracie stepped up, with a little help from her dad. He drove Gracie to Maribeth’s house so they could spend time together.
The support Gracie gave to Maribeth played an important role in her recovery. And Maribeth helps Gracie navigate tough times, too. “The drama gets to me when I am having a bad day,” Gracie says. “And I will come to Marybeth and I’ll be like ‘Oh I am so mad!’ And we’ll talk it out. It just makes me feel better that I have someone else that I can talk to.”
Recently, Gracie has taken her interest in mentoring up a notch by becoming an ambassador for Mentor Vermont. “People are reaching out to me and asking me to do an interview or speak in front of groups,” Gracie says. “I think it can be a little bit of a different look for the mentoring program.”
And Maribeth stresses that no matter what your interests, mentoring can fit into your life. It’s so open ended,” she says. “We can decide if we want to be in my kitchen cooking or if we want to go to ECHO Museum or walk in the woods. We can chat on the phone or go to Rabble Rouser and have a cup of hot chocolate. It’s such a perfect win-win.”