🎄 From our families to yours, Merry Christmas 🎄
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Challenge for the week:
For December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. This week’s challenge is two fold. Part 1: Ask your mentee about their family’s holiday traditions. Do they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa? How do they celebrate – with special foods, music, gifts? Do they travel or have family at their house? Do they go to church, decorate a tree, share stories? Part 2: Share your family’s traditions with your mentee! Teach them how to bake your favorite holiday treat or listen to the music that your family always listens to. You could watch Christmas movies together or decorate a small tree. Whatever it is, let them into your life a little bit more and show interest in getting into theirs too!
While you’re spending time with your mentee, take a photo and use the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison. Also send the picture to your mentor coach! We’d love to see you and your mentee in action!
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: The first thing anyone working with a youth who grew up in poverty should do is acknowledge their resiliency. The fact that your mentee showed up in your relationship, shows that they have resiliency. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be willing to give the relationship a chance. Celebrate your mentee’s ability to carry their trauma and emotional baggage at such a young age by affirming their strengths, efforts and dreams. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma. (https://www.nea.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/NEAPovertyTraumaHandbook.pdf )
📸 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:
ASHLEY: Monday, December 27th 6:30 – 7:30 firstname.lastname@example.org
RYAN: Monday, January 3rd 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org
Upcoming Events to Note
- FREE Virtual Performing Arts events!
- Urban League of Greater Madison events and opportunities!!
- 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 check West HS Calendar
- For La Follette HS events check La Follette Calendar
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All the best,