Weekly Training Resource

This section is to remind you that mentors do 5 hours of training this year to continue to grow as a mentor. You may choose from any of the resources on the training spreadsheet. Highlighting a resource each week in this email is to allow you to just click and go.

This weeks training resource is a podcast episode from Seeing White, called “White Affirmative Action.”

How does this help me in my mentoring relationship? “When it comes to U.S. government programs and support earmarked for the benefit of particular racial groups, history is clear. White folks have received most of the goodies.” Understanding the way our country has systemically advantaged some groups of people over others can help mentors have compassion and a greater understanding for the complex nature of poverty and systemic oppression that mentees could experience.

Don’t forget to fill out the response form after completing each training.

Activity Idea for the Week

For December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. To start, talk to your mentee about the people in their family. Who do they live with? Is there any other family nearby that they spend time with or are close with? Do they have other family members who don’t live with them? If you already know these things about your mentee, try learning more about the people in their family – what do they do for work? How old are they? Where did they/do they go to school? This may be a difficult subject for some mentees to talk about. Perhaps you could start by sharing about your family. The goal is to learn about the people they are surrounded by and who have an influence on them. Be sure to talk, listen and learn together!

Tip of the Week

Working with a student in poverty can be challenging because of the behaviors of the child, but also because there’s a risk of the adult taking on the pain that the student is experiencing. It’s important for adults working with students in poverty to maintain their own resilience and health so that they can enter into their students’ lives without taking on the pain themselves. Some ways to do this are 1) get enough sleep 2) exercise 3) eat well 4) practice mindfulness 5) be reflective 6) know your limits ~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

VAL: TBD 6:30 – 7:30pm  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 5th 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