We’re nearing the end of October. How on earth did that happen?! Although it arrived quickly, we are still excited for it because . . . H A L L O W E E N! You know what would be awesome? You and your mentee in costume together taking pictures and sharing them with us! πŸŽƒπŸ•·οΈπŸ‘»πŸ§™πŸΎ

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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!

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: 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     -Hypervigilance     -Avoidance     -Inability to empathize

-Minimizing     -Chronic exhaustion     -Anger/cynicism

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.

πŸ“Έ 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 πŸ“Έ

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, November 1st 6:30 – 7:30  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, October 4th 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 

β€œThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring