OCP’s Mentor and Buddy Program has transitioned !
Empower UP!, Windsor Central Mentoring Program was formerly Ottauquechee Community Partnership (OCP) Mentor and Buddy Program, which has been providing mentors for WCSU students since the year 2000. We currently have programs in the Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock Union Middle and High School, Killington Elementary School, and the Barnard Academy. We ask for a one year commitment from all of our mentors. We have many matches that choose to continue through middle and high school. The program requires that mentoring matches meet for an hour or hour and a half each week during the academic year. Elementary level matches meet on the elementary school campus and read together, play games, shoot hoops in the gym, on the playground, or enjoy lunch together. Matches at WES and Barnard Academy are allowed to walk to specific public sites, following strict procedures. Middle and high school matches are able to leave the school campus and visit pre-approved sites in the Woodstock area.
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