12/27/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s the last week of 2020! We sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year brings you peace, joy, hope and lots of love.

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

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 December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. Last week may have been a busy week for both you and your mentee. This means you may not have had the chance to spend time with each other in person or virtually, it’s a new week! This week’s challenge is to check-in with your mentee about the holiday traditions you discussed last week. Perhaps you could send them a message asking how those family recipe cookies they always bake turned out. Or, ask about their time singing carols or playing the games their family loves. Whatever your mentee said their tradition was is your focus when you check-in. This will let your mentee know that you listen and care about what they say!

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: Students from poverty often have a diminished sense of control. This may be because limited resources don’t give them the opportunity to make nutritional or entertainment choices. They may also have to share a bed or sleeping space or have to move from one place to another on a whim. Giving students who have experienced these things the perception of choice is extremely valuable. Some ways to do this are, give them choices about which activities you’ll do together, what time you’ll meet, what you’ll talk about, etc.. ~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: 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

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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/20/20 Weekly Mentor Update

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.

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 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

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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/13/20 Weekly Mentor Update

⛄Winter activity boxes are packed and ready for pick-up!⛄

Please check your email and texts for detailed information about pick-up. The boxes are so good. You and your mentee are about to have some fun together!

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

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 December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. This week’s challenge is for you to spend a little time with someone in your mentee’s family. This could look a lot of ways. Some options are:

1.) Hang around for a few minutes and talk to mom/dad/guardian when you pick up or drop off your mentee.

2.) Invite a family member to come along on one of your excursions (or to one of your virtual hangouts).

3.) Plan on doing something at your mentee’s home while the family is around.

Try to get to know a little more about the people in your mentee’s life so you can understand their world just a little bit more.

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: When working with a mentee who has not learned appropriate emotional responses due to the impact of poverty, a mentor modeling appropriate social behaviors can provide a significant learning opportunity for the mentee. The mentee’s mirror neurons can still pick up on the clues that they missed earlier. Never doubt how much your mentee is learning from you through your words AND actions! ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma. 

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📸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

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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/06/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Two weeks until winter break. Three weeks until Christmas. Four weeks until 2021. Whoa. 🎉

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

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 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 it. 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 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: 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. 

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📸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, December 29th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  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 1st 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 is own. ~Benjamin Disraelli

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/29/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Giving Tuesday is just 2 days away! It has been such a joy to see stories, quotes and pictures of/from all of you on our social media platforms over the last 2 weeks! The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and we’re hopeful that our Giving Tuesday campaign has shown our community just how valuable your efforts are. Please help to spread the word and let everyone know that we’d love their support on Giving Tuesday! @intentionalmentoringmadison (Instagram, Twitter) and Intentional Mentoring Inc (Facebook)

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

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. So far in November you’ve been challenged to write notes of appreciation, say “thank you,” shout-out your gratitude and to let your mentee know you’re grateful for them. This week’s challenge is to work with your mentee to become the person that someone else is thankful for. Who do you and your mentee have in your lives that you can identify as someone who could use your help, love or support? Once you have identified them, figure out what specific need they have and then make a plan to fulfill it, thereby being the person someone is thankful for!

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: Students who live in poverty are less likely to have growth mindsets. Instead, they have what researchers call a “fixed mindset,” and this correlates with lower test scores than their peers who do not live in poverty. However, students who live in poverty and do have a growth mindset, score equally as well as their wealthy peers. So, does your mentee have a growth or fixed mindset? Tune into how they talk about learning and help encourage a new or expanding growth mindset in them! ~Taken from www.nea.org Impact of Poverty on Students. All in Their Mind?

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📸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.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/22/20 Weekly Mentor Update

🦃From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!🦃

Check out the Upcoming Events to Note section for a few new, and really cool, opportunities this week!

This week beings week 2 of our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. It has been such a joy to see stories, quotes and pictures of/from all of you on our social media platforms over the last week! For the next few weeks, continue to keep an eye out for daily social media posts and make sure you SHARE them 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 & COVID precautions mandates.

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. Due to it being a holiday week and there being a high chance that you and your mentee are both busy, this week’s challenge is to check-in with your mentee at least once to remind them that you are thankful for them and see how they’re holiday is/was. For some this may be a wonderful time of celebration with family and friends, for others it may not. Hearing from you could be just what your mentee needs in order to put an extra smile on their face! As always, 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: Stress, from any source, changes the structure and processes of the brain. Constant stress without relief, such as from living in poverty, increases the baseline resting stress of a person, lowers the immune system and, therefore, increases health and emotional issues. The good news is that the brain is capable of change! ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma. 

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📸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.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentors! This is the week our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign begins and we are SO excited to get to share stories and pictures of your dedication and commitment to Madison area youth! Remember, if you’re not already following us on social media, you’re going to want to start! (Hint, hint – there will be give aways!) Keep an eye out for daily social media posts and make sure you SHARE them 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 shout out your gratitude! One of the “loudest” ways your mentee can do this is through social media. If your mentee has an account, help them post, tweet or snap their gratitude to someone. Talk about who or what they’re grateful for, and why, and then encourage them to be specific in shouting that out. If your mentee doesn’t have an account, think about using yours. Either you can model shouting out or you could even shout out to your mentee!

Another challenge for this week is to talk to your mentee about what they do for Thanksgiving. Get to know their family’s traditions and what Thanksgiving is like in their world. 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: Students living in poverty often live in an environment where the rate of discouraging words is higher than the rate of encouraging words due to the stress their parents/guardians are often under or because of their parents/guardians own personal trauma. For this reason, it’s important to consider how you’re flipping that ratio during the time you’re spending with your mentee.  ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma. 

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📸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.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/8/20 Weekly Mentor Update

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.

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📸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.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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!)

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,

Intentional Mentoring

11/1/20 Weekly Mentor Update

👻HAPPY HALLOWEEN🦇 and 🦃HAPPY NOVEMBER!🥧

Round 2 of Activity Boxes are in the works! In order to provide you and your mentee with an activity that matches your interests and preferences, we’re asking that you fill out a quick interest survey. So that we can move forward with purchasing and preparing the boxes for you, PLEASE FILL OUT THE INTEREST SURVEY BY MONDAY, NOV. 2nd.
Survey Link ➡️ Activity Box Interest Survey

*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 talk to your mentee about who they’re thankful for and why. Share who you’re thankful for and why too. Then, write some appreciation notes (store bought or homemade) and slip them in the mail or deliver them yourselves! This can also be an opportunity to teach how to address an envelope, write a note and tell people how you feel. As you’re writing, 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: In addition to the hardships that come from living in poverty, many students from poverty have been traumatized in ways not directly related to their socioeconomic status. The number of students living in poverty who have been traumatized has been estimated between 50-80 percent. For this reason, it’s important to remember the tips on dealing with students who have experienced trauma that were shared in previous emails (safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, equity). ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma.

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📷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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, November 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

10/25/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Brrrr! If it’s this cold outside already . . . . oh boy 🥶

➡️We’ve been thinking. . . we’re jealous that you and your mentee get to be out there having fun together without us!☺️Can you let us live vicariously through you by taking photos and sharing them with us? We’d LOVE to see your smiling faces! Check out the tip (in green) below on how you can pass photos along to us!

*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 October, the challenges will center around the theme of Character Education. This week’s challenge is to teach your mentee about citizenship. A good place to start might be with giving your mentee a self-evaluation like the one in this link. Here you can also find great discussion questions that will help you learn about your mentee’s views and understanding of what it means to be a good citizen. Another idea is to read about some kids who contributed to the common good and tried to make the world a better place. Check out this list of kids who started nonprofits! What ideas does your mentee have for contributing to the common good at school or in their neighborhood? Brainstorm with your mentee and then help him/her put their idea into action! Whatever you decide to do, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: October is S.T.E.M. Mentoring month but the reality of youth in S.T.E.M. is not the prettiest of pictures. According to Mentoring.org, The struggles of girls and young women, youth with disabilities, youth of color, and first generation college students to engage in and persist in STEM are also well documented, as these groups continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in academia and the STEM workforce. This is an issue that not only limits the career choices being considered by young Americans, but the dilution of the talent pipeline hurts American competitiveness in many industries. Closing these gaps in STEM engagement, performance, and representation has become an issue of national importance. Challenge yourself to expose your mentee to S.T.E.M. this month and, potentially, spark an interest!

TIP of the WEEK: Mentoring someone who has experienced trauma can also have an effect on you. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you do not experience Secondary Traumatic Stress. Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress may include:

-Poor Boundaries     -Hypervigilance     -Avoidance     -Inability to empathize

-Minimizing     -Chronic exhaustion     -Anger/cynicism

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to reach out to a friend and/or family member, talk with your primary health care provider or seek mental health support.

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🤳 📸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: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, October 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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 purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring