OCP’s Mentor and Buddy Program

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Mentoring at a glance w bullets Nov 2013Introduction to Mentoring

OCP believes that every child needs positive and caring non-parent adults in their life to become thriving adults. Mentoring is a meaningful and effective way to impact young people and help put them on a trajectory towards success. Young people can often feel isolated, invisible, and without direction. A mentor is someone who lets a young person know that they matter. Our programs provide youth with the opportunity to foster a sense of personal worth and wellbeing. OCP believes that time spent with a young person is an investment in the future of our community. We should be working together to make sure that all youth feel valued, valuable, seen, and connected.

 

About OCP’s Mentor and Buddy Program

OCP’s Mentor and Buddy Programs have been providing mentors for WCSU students since 2000. We currently have programs the Woodstock Elementary School, Reading Elementary, and Woodstock Union Middle and High School and 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
  • Only requires an hour or hour and a half a week during the academic year
  • As a Buddy, you stay on the elementary school campus and are able to read, play games, play in the gym, on the playground or have lunch together.
  • As a Mentor, you and your mentee are able to leave the school campus and visit OCP’s Approved Sites all over the Woodstock Area.
  • The exact time and day of your weekly visit is to be decided during your discussion with the School Liaison, the mentee and their parent/guardians.
  • With the support of OCP’s staff, fellow mentors, and school liaisons, our mentors feel secure and assisted throughout their mentoring match. We host quarterly mentor teas open to all mentors. It’s a great way to meet other adults who mentor and share concerns and successes in a safe place.

Program Locations:

W.E.S Buddy Program

Year Started: 2011

Mentee Age Range: 2nd-6th grade

Length of Visit: 1 hour, 1 time a week

Visit Timeframe: During regular school hours, (8am-2:40pm)

Campus Policies: Matches can stay on the school premises or visit 4 local approved sites on foot

Activity Ideas: Have lunch together, play on the playground, sit down with a board game or cards in the library, draw in the art room, play basketball in the gym, walk to the public library

Other: Mentors are asked to sign-in to the Buddy Log Book located in the main office. The School Liaison/Counselor is on location daily.

 

Reading Buddy Program

Year Started: 2011

Mentee Age Range: 2nd-6th grade

Length of Visit: 1 hour, 1 time a week

Visit Timeframe: During regular school hours

Campus Policies: Matches stay on the school premises

Activity Ideas: Read in the library, play on the playground, do arts and crafts together, learn a new card or board game

Other: Mentors are asked to sign-in to the Buddy Log Book located in the main office. Buddies are asked to visit on the day of the week that the School Liaison/Counselor is present.

 

Barnard Buddy Program

Year Started: 2016

Mentee Age Range: 2nd-6th grade

Length of Visit: 1 hour, 1 time a week

Visit Timeframe: Regular school hours and after school from 3pm-4pm

Campus Policies: Stay within school campus which extends to the Barnard General Store, the Historical Society, library, Silver Lake picnic tables, and nature trails behind the school

Activity Ideas: Grab a hot coco at the general store, play on the playground, have a picnic lunch outside, learn a new card or board game together in the library

Other: If meeting during after school hours, sign the Buddy Sign Out/In notebook located in the main office. All Barnard Buddy matches will attend a monthly Community Outing on the last Friday of the month, 3:00pm-5:30pm. Mentors will pick up mentees at the school and transport them to the outing site. Pick up/drop off arrangements are made on a case by case basis involving parent input and permission.

 

WUHS/MS Mentoring Program

Year Started: 2000

Mentee Age Range: 7th-12th grade

Length of Visit: 1.5 hours

Visit Timeframe: During regular school hours and after school hours

Campus Policies: Matches are allowed to leave the school campus and visit approved sites, transportation of the mentee is provided by the mentor

Activity Ideas: Walk around town together, have a chat at Mon Vert over hot coco, paint or draw at Artistree, play pickleball at the Woodstock Inn Athletic Center, play pool or Scrabble in the Woodstock Inn game room…just to start!

Other: Please sign the log out/log in book located in the middle school’s main office. If you would like to take your mentee to an event or new location that is outside your normal meeting day and time, get the parent permission first. Has a Liaison Team where the School Liaison provides support for mentors and the office secretaries provide logistical support for mentors.

 

Become a Mentor or Buddy!

If you have an hour a week to spare, please consider spending this time building a friendship with a child. You can make a real difference in their life and the benefits are mutual.  If you’re interested in becoming a mentor:

  • Schedule an in-person interview with me
  • Complete the written application
  • We will schedule a background check for you, a 10 minute appointment that OCP pays for
  • Meet with the School Liaison at your desired program location and have a meeting with the potential mentee and the mentee’s parents
  • Provide scans of your current driver’s license, registration and car insurance policy, this will allow you to transport the mentee (if applicable)

Follow this link to apply online to become a mentor!