Mentor of the Year Award Voting Now Open Through January 6

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MENTOR Vermont Announces Nominees for Mentor of the Year Award
Voting Now Open Through January 6

Burlington, VT—MENTOR Vermont, in partnership with Comcast, today announced the nominees for its annual Vermont Mentor of the Year Award. Voting is now open and the public can read the full nominations for each candidate, and submit their vote for one of the eight nominees by visiting:

Voting is open now through Sunday, January 6, 2019, and will narrow the field down to three finalists. The final award winner will be determined by a selection committee of local mentoring supporters, and Comcast will present the award to the winning mentor at MENTOR Vermont’s annual Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

“Comcast believes in building tomorrow’s leaders and the positive influence a mentor can have on a child’s life,” said Daniel Glanville, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Impact for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. “We’re immensely proud to partner with MENTOR Vermont to recognize and honor the dedicated mentors from across the state who are inspiring youth in our communities.”

The nominees for the 2019 Vermont Mentor of the Year Award are:
Richard Baker (Grand Isle County Mentoring)
John Bossange (King Street Center’s Junior Senior Buddies)
Ben Hamblett (The Collaborative)
Susan Klaiber (Starksboro Mentoring Program and Mt. Abraham Mentors)
Tom Lehner (Girls/Boyz First Mentoring)
Donna Petterssen (Twinfield Together Mentoring Program)
Kasia Mira Sosnow (United Counseling Service/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington)
Kira Waldman (Middlebury College Community Friends)

All of the Mentor of the Year candidates were nominated by the coordinator of their mentoring program and are being recognized both for their service as a mentor and for other additional contributions to their individual programs.

The Vermont Mentor of the Year Award, presented by Comcast, is a part of MENTOR Vermont’s annual celebration of Vermont Mentoring Month each January. Throughout January 2019, MENTOR Vermont and mentoring programs around the state are organizing a wide variety of activities to promote the positive benefits of mentoring, including volunteer recognition events, mentor pair activities, and benefit dinners at local restaurants. The festivities culminate at the January 23rd statewide event that convenes more than 150 mentors, mentees, legislators, and supporters in Montpelier. For the latest updates, and finalized schedule for the 2019 Mentoring Celebration, visit in early January.

About Mentoring: According to the “Mentoring Effect,” a study released in 2014 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, one in three youth in Vermont will enter adulthood without having a formal or informal mentoring relationship with a caring adult. National studies by MENTOR and Big Brothers Big Sisters demonstrate that youth with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, and they are more likely to develop positive relationships with peers and adults and pursue college and other post-secondary opportunities. Based on the 2018 Vermont Mentoring Surveys, nearly 72 percent of middle and high school youth supported by mentoring programs in Vermont feel like they matter to people in their community, and more than 88 percent of mentors play a direct role in their mentee’s education.

About Comcast Corporation: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit for more information.

About MENTOR Vermont: MENTOR Vermont (formerly known as Mobius) supports 140 adult-to-youth mentoring program sites that serve 2,300 mentor pairs throughout the state. The organization awards more than $300,000 to youth mentoring agencies annually through the Vermont Mentoring Grants, which are made possible by support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children. Additionally, MENTOR Vermont offers technical support to program staff, maintains an online program directory and referral system for volunteers, manages a quality-based program management database, raises public awareness of mentoring, works with programs to ensure they are meeting best practices, and leads statewide mentoring initiatives. For more information about mentoring programs and initiatives in Vermont, visit

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 5:00pm