Guilford Youth Mentoring is a school-based mentoring program. We match caring adult mentors with Guilford students in grades K-12 at all seven of the Guilford Public Schools. Our mentoring pairs meet at school, during school throughout the academic year. Some mentor/student pairs stay together from elementary school until graduation from high school.
Meet The Team
Lisa Ott, a graduate of Guilford Schools, received her Masters in Teaching from Connecticut College and worked as Youth Program Coordinator for Tri-Town Youth Services before taking time to be with her children. She and her husband, David, have three children: Emily, Peter and Danielle. While helping to coordinate Guilford Youth Mentoring, she also volunteers with Guilford DAY, encouraging youth empowerment. She loves animals, reading, travel, being outdoors, and boats.
After graduating from Brown University, Lisa worked for several years in the financial services industry developing program trading systems for both Morgan Stanley and, later, Greenwich Capital Markets. After moving to the Shoreline area and starting a family, she worked as a part-time database programmer for a biomaterials company. She has always been excited by educational and community environments, whether it was arranging for interviews as the Brown University Alumni Schools Area Chair, teaching martial arts, playing saxophone in the Guilford and Branford Town Bands, serving as the President of the Temple Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, or, most recently, volunteering as a mentor herself. Lisa holds black belts in several martial arts forms, is an avid tennis player, and lives in Madison with her husband Joe, her three college/grad school aged children, and two over-active golden-doodles. She is very excited to be part of the program.
After graduating from Quinnipiac University with a BS Degree in International Business, Simona Nerney spent several years working as planner for a local sportswear manufacturer. She and her husband Joe have lived in Guilford since 1998 and have two college aged children, Luke and Isabella. During the time she took away from work to raise her two children, Simona enjoyed volunteering countless hours in Guilford Public Schools and with extracurricular activities. She is now thrilled to be part of a group that serves the community's youth and feels blessed to work with such a special group of volunteers.
The Guilford Youth Mentoring, Inc Board is an all-volunteer group and is responsible for raising the money required to fund all other expenses involved with the program. The major expense categories include:
Basic Mentor Training
Advanced Mentor Training
Mentor & Mentee Support and Retention
Resources for Students and Mentors
Technology for program
They also act as an advisory sounding board, provide experienced mentors for training sessions, create programming to promote the program, help produce recruitment materials and raise funds for our scholarship program.
Elisa Milano - President
Laura Griffith - Treasurer
Sarah Widlitz - Secretary