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Watershed Mentoring-

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? How about a difference in the life of one child? Watershed mentoring, an initiative of Franklin County Caring Communities, pairs adults with school-aged children based on background and shared interests.

Why Mentor? Currently, about fifteen children in our community are waiting for a mentor. These youth are looking for positive role-models who they can share an hour or two a week with. Children who are mentored for a year or more do better in school, are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and develop better relationships with their peers.

Who Can Mentor? The Watershed Mentoring program has a screening process which includes a fingerprint-supported criminal background check, a driver’s record check and a child abuse/ sex offender registry check as well as proof of a valid driver’s license and auto insurance. Any potential mentor should be able to pass these to ensure the safety of the mentored youth. In addition to the screening process, applicants will complete an application and a questionnaire about interests, experiences and goals and attend a three hour training session. Any potential mentor should have a minimum of one year to mentor a child but longer mentor relationships are encouraged!

What can I do? The possibilities are abundant; sports activities such as baseball, frisbee, and martial arts, outdoor activities such as fishing, sledding, and canoeing and indoor activities such as arts & crafts, cooking and video games are all wonderful options.

How do I begin? If you have time in your life and room in your heart please reach out to the Watershed Mentoring Program by calling 802-527-5049, visiting their website at www.watershedmentoring.org or viewing their Facebook page by searching “Watershed Mentoring”.

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Unfortunately, Blue-Green Algae blooms have been detected in several sites in the Bay.  Currently, our park beaches are closed to swimming until further notice.  To see weekly updates of Blue-Green Algae monitoring of Lake Champlain, please click HERE.