Vermont Works for Women

Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program

  • Are you a good listener?

  • A compassionate presence?

  • A woman willing to support a woman transitioning from incarceration?

Learn more about the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program in this video:

2015 Mentor Training Schedule:

MER_logo_cymkAttendance at a four-week orientation/training program is required for all prospective mentors. Trainings occur at Mercy Connections, 255 South Champlain Street, Suite 8, Burlington, VT.  Join us for one of two upcoming training programs:

  • Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 25 and March 4   ♦   5:30-7:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27   ♦   5:30-7:30 pm

The Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program:

A mentor’s commitment includes:Navasia and mentor

  • A 12-month timeframe
  • Twelve hours of orientation and training before mentoring begins
  • A mentoring relationship that begins before or just after release from prison
  • Regular phone check-ins & weekly meetings during the first month of release
  • Periodic calls and meetings over the next 10-12 months
  • Attendance at monthly support groups with other mentors to share successes & strategies
  • Attendance at quarterly social gatherings with mentors & mentees

Common profile of a mentee:

  • Most jailed women in Vermont have committed low-level crimes related to their addictions
  • Many are serving sentences of six months or less
  • 90 percent have been victims of trauma, domestic violence, and have a history of substance abuse
  • 80 percent are mothers
  • 70 percent have high school diplomas
  • The majority are friendly, creative & determined to change their lives!

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