10/18/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Lots of info in this week’s update. Be sure to check out the link about the PAID culinary training at the Goodman Center Teenworks program!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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Challenge for the week:

For October, the challenges will center around the theme of Character Education. This week’s challenge is to teach your mentee about caring. A good place to start might be with giving your mentee a self-evaluation like the one in this link. Here you can also find great discussion questions that will help you learn about your mentee’s views and understanding of what it means to be caring. Another idea is to spend time with your mentee actually caring for others. This may look like going to a soup kitchen and serving a meal together or stopping by a neighbors and offering to rake their lawn or carving a pumpkin and then gifting it to the neighbor. Brainstorm with your mentee and then put their idea into action! Whatever you decide to do, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together! 

BONUS CHALLENGE: October is S.T.E.M. Mentoring month but the reality of youth in S.T.E.M. is not the prettiest of pictures. According to Mentoring.org, The struggles of girls and young women, youth with disabilities, youth of color, and first generation college students to engage in and persist in STEM are also well documented, as these groups continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in academia and the STEM workforce. This is an issue that not only limits the career choices being considered by young Americans, but the dilution of the talent pipeline hurts American competitiveness in many industries. Closing these gaps in STEM engagement, performance, and representation has become an issue of national importance. Challenge yourself to expose your mentee to S.T.E.M. this month and, potentially, spark an interest!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Maintaining equity helps people who have experienced trauma to feel supported. Below are some tips on maintaining equity.

  • Embrace curiosity and self-reflection through the practice of cultural humility: lifelong learning, recognition of power imbalances, and institutional accountability
  • Consider the frequent connection between trauma and the various forms of oppression and racism (historical, institutional, interpersonal)
  • Recognize that everyone has bias (as a result of our experiences culture) that is often unconscious or implicit. 
  • Recognize that the presence or absence of privilege plays a role in how your mentee and their family experience schools/community.
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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:

MARILYN: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, October 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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

It’s literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~Napoleon Hill

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring