Weekly Training Resource

This week’s training resource is the ninth chapter, about building critical consciousness and youth activism, of a training called Becoming a Better Mentor.

How does this help me in my mentoring relationship? “When we think about mentoring, our imaginations are often limited to an idea of just ‘spending time with’ or being a ‘connection’ for a young person. While those things can be of tremendous importance, they may not be enough to fully support young people, given the context we all exist in. We all must recognize that our shared context of racism, sexism, ableism, trans-antagonism, homo-antagonism, and other “isms” not named here, create a harmful and toxic context for all of us. If mentoring is defined as a caring relationship focused on the consistent support and positive development of a young person, how can any form of true mentoring be done without acknowledging what’s happening around us?”

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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 citizenship. Citizenship involves many aspects of how a person can act as a responsible member of society (conserving resources, following rules and laws, volunteering in your community and voting in local & national elections). 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 a good citizen. Another idea is to read about some kids who contributed to the common good and tried to make the world a better place. Check out this list of kids who started nonprofits! What ideas does your mentee have for contributing to the common good at school or in their neighborhood? Brainstorm with your mentee and then help him/her put their idea into action! Whatever you decide to do, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together!

Tip of the Week

Mentoring someone who has experienced trauma can also have an effect on you. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you do not experience Secondary Traumatic Stress. Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress may include:

-Poor Boundaries    
-Inability to empathize
-Chronic exhaustion    

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to reach out to a friend and/or family member, talk with your primary health care provider or seek mental health support.

📸 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

VAL: Monday, October 24th 6:30 – 7:30pm  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 7th 5:30 – 6:30pm  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. 

All the best,
Intentional Mentoring