It’s hard to believe it’s the second week of November already after the beautiful weekend weather we just had. I sure hope you were able to get outside and take advantage of it!
Starting November 15th, Intentional Mentoring will be launching our first ever Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. If you’re not already following us on social media, you’re going to want to start! (Hint, hint – there will be give aways!) November 15th through Dec. 1st (giving Tuesday) you will see daily social media posts that we would LOVE FOR YOU TO SHARE on your own social media platforms. The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and this work is what we want people to hear about. Spread the word and let our community know that the work you do building relationships with students is worth every penny of their support. @intentionalmentoringmadison (Instagram, Twitter) and Intentional Mentoring Inc (Facebook)
*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.
Don’t forget to follow us and tag us on social media! Look for IntentionalMentoringMadison on FB, Instagram and Twitter!
Challenge for the week:
For November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. This week’s challenge is to practice saying “Thank You!” Here are a couple of different ways you could do this:
1.) Take your mentee on an outing and plan to thank anyone who helps you in some way (serves you coffee or ice cream or food, clears your table, holds a door open, takes your movie ticket, drives the bus, etc.)
2.) Celebrate Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11th and thank as many veterans as you can for their service.
3.) Make a plan for you and your mentee to keep track of how many times you thank someone in a week. The next time you meet, compare your numbers and share stories of who you thanked!
4.) Thank your mentee for being who they are and for sharing themselves with you!
As you’re engaging with your mentee, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together!
BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!
TIP of the WEEK: Symptoms of living in poverty, like symptoms of trauma, can show themselves differently in different people. In students, it may be acting out or withdrawing, absenteeism, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and hypervigilance, among others. The first step in supporting a student coming from trauma, is recognizing the situation, even if they may not be talking about it. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma.
📸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: Tuesday, November 24th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. email@example.com
VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now email@example.com
RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org
Upcoming Events to Note
**(If you and your mentee are interested in the above event and need help with any associated costs, please let us know!)
- There are a lot of cool and FREE events at the Dream Bank on E. Washington St.. Check out the AmFam Dream Bank site for more info and to register.
- For a listing of local events checkout www.MadisonWithKids.com
- Free Library Events/Activities: Fitchburg Events Calendar Madison Events Calendar
- For Orchard Ridge events check Orchard Ridge Calendar
- For Toki events check Toki Calendar
- For Sennett events check Sennett Calendar
- For Cherokee events check Cherokee Calendar
- For Blackhawk events check Blackhawk Calendar
- For JMM HS events check Memorial HS Calendar
- For West HS events checkWest HS Calendar
- For La Follette HS events check La Follette Calendar
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
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” ~ Camille Pissarro
All the best,