Congratulations to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s Mentoring Program, which was recently highlighted in the CFES Brilliant Pathways Summit.
“In rural schools where mentors can be harder to find … Heather Wilcox, principal at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School, created a peer mentoring program to ensure consistent meetings.
The newly expanded program at GMU, a partnership between the school and CFES, has Pre-K through 5th graders meeting weekly with mentors in grades 6 through 12. The students learn social and life skills through a series of activities, including a pen pal program with writing prompts and holiday cards.
‘It’s really about relationships,’ says Wilcox. ‘It’s changing lives.’ ”
Note: “Lunch with Mentors” photo above was taken in January 2020 (pre-COVID closures).