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 at our upcoming training sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Orientation to the Mentoring Program   ♦   5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Getting to Know the Women   ♦   5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 – The Impact of Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction   ♦   5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 9 – Becoming a Mentor   ♦   5:30-7:30 p.m.

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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