09.05.21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello and Happy Labor Day Weekend! Hooray for a long weekend and (hopefully) a little extra sleep tomorrow morning!

Don’t forget to follow us and tag us on social media! Look for IntentionalMentoringMadison on FB, Instagram and Twitter!

Please review the COVID update below from our director, KatieMae.

Dear Intentional Mentoring Community,
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Intentional Mentoring has been maintaining a COVID policy that aligns with the current CDC recommendations and MMSD’s district policies.
As we move into this school year and continue to support our students and families, we want to make sure our policy is clear for our entire Intentional Mentoring community.  Please see the points below and reach out if you have questions or concerns
.

  • Mentoring meetings may happen in person as long as the student, student’s family, and mentor are comfortable.  If they happen inside and in person, or where appropriate distancing cannot happen, masks must be worn.
  • The mentor is responsible for respecting the wishes of students and families.  If they are unsure of how to approach this conversation, they should work with their mentor coach.
  • The mentor is responsible for continuing to meet with the student each week whether that be virtually or in person.  If they have concerns about this, they should meet with their coach.
  • Any meetings for interviews, pairings, coaching, or planning may happen in person if all parties are comfortable.  If they happen indoors and in person, or where appropriate distancing cannot happen, masks must be worn.

Thanks for helping support the safety of our community.

Challenge for the week:

For September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to surprise your mentee with a little back to school love. Maybe they find out on the first day that blue pencil pouches are the coolest thing ever, but theirs is purple. Could you get them a blue one? Maybe, you go have lunch at school with your mentee (definitely ask them first if this is okay with them). How about instead of hanging out at 5:00 pm, you pick them up from school and take them to get their favorite ice cream flavor. Or, how about writing some happy, fun notes and asking your mentee’s parent/caregiver to put them in his/her lunchbox each day. Another idea is to start a growth chart and plan to see how much your mentee grows throughout the year. Whatever it is, make sure to spoil your mentee a little bit and show them that back to school is FUN! As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee!

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and this means joy for some, anxiety for others and fear for a few. Let’s challenge ourselves to meet our mentees where they’re at this month. Walking alongside someone and sharing in their joy enhances that experience for them. Walking next to someone in moments of anxiety provides them with a sense of security and support. Walking beside someone who is afraid gives them a sense of safety and encouragement. Let’s be the people who walk alongside, next to and beside others this month.

TIP of the WEEK:  Several different ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can impact children for years after their experience. Some examples of ACE’s are: Abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), neglect (emotional or physical), household dysfunction (substance abuse, mental illness, divorce, or incarcerated parent), witnessed violence, unsafe neighborhood, bullying, or lived in foster care. There are also culture-based sources of trauma. These may include discrimination, racism, microaggressions, homelessness/mobility, immigration stress and social isolation. If your mentee has experienced any of these things, they are most likely dealing with the impact of their experience.

📸 We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison 📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, September 27th 6:30 – 7:30  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, September 6th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK 

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring