King Street Center Mentoring Program

The King Street Center Mentoring program seeks mentors ready & able to build a friendship, broaden horizons and show commitment to an individual child. Each mentor is matched with an elementary or middle school student who is enrolled at King Street Center.

Typical adventures include a visit to a playground, conversation over hot chocolate, apple picking, baking, local hikes, attending a sporting event/concert together, visiting the library, or pursuing other shared interests. The pandemic has taught us how to stay connected even if we can’t be together! Gabriella has loads of tips of how to “get together” even when other things get in the way.

  • One-year (minimum) commitment
  • Mentors of kids age 5-10 should expect to spend two hours per week with your mentee.
  • Mentors of teens age 11-18 should expect to spend 4-6 per month, over 2-4 sessions that fit both of your schedules.
  • Must be 21 years +
  • Must pass criminal background check
  • If wanting to transport mentee, must show proof of automobile insurance & license

Please note, all mentors are required to submit an application and clear a criminal background check after being interviewed. Please complete the Mentor Application here. All volunteers, tutors, and mentors must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Contact Gabriella Tufo Strouse at gabriella@kingstreetcenter.org or call 802-862-6736 x105 (on-site) or 802-318-5928, (cell) for more information.

Current Mentors!

  • Tracking your monthly time and activities is important to the health of our program. Please complete your monthly survey here.
  • COVID-19 Guidelines (as of 11/21) found here.
  • Activity suggestions can be read/added here.
  • Scavenger Hunt fun can be found here!
  • Opportunity Fund Is there a special outing, activity, project that you and your mentee have been wishing to do? If the answer is yes, you two can request money through the Mentor Program’s “Opportunity Fund.” Apply here today!
  • Check out this video about Anxiety and Depression
    Mentor Philip Foy says, “I thought it was a great training and definitely worth the time to watch the recording. Paul was a wealth of knowledge and the participants’ stories/questions provided valuable opportunities to understand how to identify red flags, engage with mentees, and work with them to find solutions.”
Save the date:
Cochran’s Ski & Play Outing
Sunday, January 23, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Lift tickets are free / rental equipment free (limited number of rentals)
Mentoring Pairs can ski for free all season long, any day of the week
Form for sign up
(two tabs – first tab for 1/23, second tab ongoing sign up for the season)
“A Path Towards Better Conversation” with Kim Nolan
Tuesday, January 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Civility: A Path Towards Better Conversations with Kim Nolan

Drawing upon On Being public radio host Krista Tippett’s seminal Courageous Conversations Project, we will explore the six virtues foundational to civil conversations. We will examine how we “speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other” and pursue ways to create a more equitable and just community. How can we use conversations to bridge gaps in political, religious, or other strongly held values between ourselves and our mentees or others in our lives?

Catamount Outdoor Family Center’s Christian Allard invites mentoring pairs to come with him on guided snowshoeing tours on the trails at Catamount. Snowshoes will be provided free of charge for mentors and mentees. The dates that Christian is available are January 18th, 22nd, 25th and February 1st, 4th, 15th and 18th. Weekdays sessions will start at 3:30 pm and weekends sessions at 10:30 am. Please reach out to Gabriella for more details.

Trauma-Informed Mentoring with Clarity, Hope, and Empathy
Led by Alex Shevrin Venet
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
6-7:30 pm
Held virtually on Zoom, Free of cost
Workshop Description: How do we navigate sticky situations in our mentoring relationships in ways that meet our students with empathy and care? How can we maintain safe boundaries while also showing up for our mentees through hard times? In this workshop, presenter Alex Shevrin Venet will give an overview of how trauma may be impacting our mentees and highlight core principles of a trauma-informed approach to our relationships with them. Participants will engage in case scenarios to apply their learning and receive resources for further exploration.