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Volunteer Spotlight: Bradford Program Coordinator Awarded Scholarship to Mentoring Summit

  • Nancy Jones



Valley News Correspondent
Saturday, December 08, 2018

Bradford, Vt. — Nancy Jones, program coordinator for the Bradford-based Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley, has received a scholarship from Mentor Vermont to attend the 2019 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.

The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley is a nonprofit community-based organization that was established in the Bradford area in 2005. It matches volunteer adults with youths between the ages of ages 10 and 18 who have applied to have a mentor. The pairs make a commitment to spend at least five hours per month engaged in wholesome, enriching activities for at least a year. Ideally, the relationship lasts through the teen’s high school graduation.

“I’m really grateful and excited to be part of this,” Jones said. “It will be wonderful to learn from the top professionals from around the country and to discover how my counterparts are successfully conducting their programs in other regions. I intend to come back with some great ideas for enhancing and growing our program.”

At The National Mentoring Summit, which takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Jones will be able to learn from youth mentoring professionals, researchers, Mentor Affiliates, philanthropic investors and government and civic leaders. The summit is aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country.

Jones was one of three scholarship recipients whose attendance at the summit was granted through Mentor Vermont, which supports 140 mentoring programs throughout the state. Chad Butt, executive director of Mentor Vermont, said that the organization distributes the scholarships to leaders from different regions and who run different types of mentoring programs.

For more information on the Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley or to volunteer, visit www.mentoringprojectuv.org.