Community Friends Mentoring




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Here at Community Friends Mentoring,


We provide professional support and resources necessary for successful mentoring relationships for local youth age 6 through 18. Any child in the community could be eligible for our program. Community Friends focuses on serving children and mentors throughout all of Chittenden County. We take pride in the experience and longevity of Community Friends which was founded in 1982. For more than three decades we have been able to create and sustain meaningful relationships for our participants. Outcomes have proven that youth who have participated in mentoring programs, have shown increased trust in adults, a more hopeful sense of their future and have made healthier life choices, and are more likely to graduate from highschool.

Program Staff


Catherine Shahan, Program Coordinator.  Catherine has been with Community Friends for 13 of her 20 years at the Howard Center.  Catherine collaborates with other mentoring programs across the county as well as internal staff to provide an up-to-date and vibrant therapeutic mentoring program with ongoing support, activity ideas and options for those involved.  She loves feedback from mentors and families and is always looking to improve the program to meet the needs of the current participants.

  Program Specialist, Amelia deNagy, is serving as the new AmeriCorps VISTA for the Community Friends Mentoring program. Amelia is 22 and originally from Topsham, VT. A recent graduate from Johnson State college, she earned her degree in Political Science. Amelia enjoys traveling, fishing, surprises, meeting new people, and working with children and their families.  Amelia is fairly new to the Burlington community and is very excited about learning about all it has to offer and the amazing people within it. She is thrilled to be serving out her year of service with the Community Friends Mentoring program. 


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