Welcome to winter break! For the next two weeks your mentee is out of school and, I’m sure, looking forward to doing their activity kit with you! 🙂

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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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!

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 decoration, 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

📸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: Scheduled individually this month marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, December 8th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

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All the best,

Intentional Mentoring