Happy weekend, folks! I hope it’s been lovely and cozy and fun!

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Challenge 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!

BONUS CHALLENGE: When we step back and reflect on the meaning of the holiday season, we remember that even more than family and presents and pretty decorations, it’s about hope and peace and light in the darkness. This month, challenge yourself to lead with hope, peace and light as you mentor your mentee.  Whatever this looks like to you, do that. Whatever it feels like to you, do that. Whatever hope, peace and light you can share with your mentee, share that.

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. (https://www.nea.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/NEAPovertyTraumaHandbook.pdf )

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Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, December 27th 6:30 – 7:30  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 3rd 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 

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share riches, but to reveal to him his own. ~Benjamin Disraelli

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring