Saturday February 23, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Youth Services’ newest employee is Adrien Bagatelle, recently hired as a case manager for its Big Brothers Big Sisters’ school and community-based mentoring programs. She learned about the position while she was being interviewed to become a Big Sister herself.

The afterschool or lunchtime program takes place at numerous elementary schools in Windham County while the adult mentors in the community-based program arrange to meet with their "Littles" at varying times most convenient for their schedule; usually in the late afternoon or on weekends. Bagatelle is already recruiting, interviewing and screening prospective mentoring volunteers.

Bagatelle comes to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program with previous experience providing case management services to a different client population, but she sees many skills that cross over. She worked for United Counseling Service in Bennington as a case manager to adults with chronic mental illness since 1996 focusing on housing and resource coordination. She was also a respite worker for Family Emergency Services and worked as an aide in a group home.

The newest member of Youth Services’ team replaces Terri Davidson who left Big Brothers Big Sisters to become assistant to the principal at Leland & Gray Union High School in Townshend.


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Bagatelle is focusing her energy this spring on finding more "Bigs" in the West River Valley and supporting matches in Bellows Falls and Brattleboro, in addition to providing staff support for three lunchtime programs at area schools.

Bagatelle has a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and until recently lived and worked in Bennington.

For more information on how to become a mentor, contact Bagatelle at 802-257-0361 ext. 142 or by email at adrien.bagatelle@youthservicesinc.org.