3/29/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,

How are you all doing? We are continuously thinking of you and hoping for health and peace during this time. Like I said last week, if you know that your mentee and their family are struggling in some way and you’re not sure how to help, please reach out to us. We are aware of resources for free meals, free internet, community resources and health resources that we are eager to let you and your mentee know about. You can also check-out some of those resources at https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/mmsd-covid-19-updates.  Likewise, if YOU are struggling and need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out as well!

On-line school starts the week of April 6th for all MMSD students. Keep this in mind as you check-in with your mentee. Their needs and availability may change as they navigate this new way of doing school.

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 April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. However, I want to sneak in one more literacy challenge. This week, the challenge is to write an email, card or social media post to show appreciation, support, hope and encouragement to someone on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis. First responders, health care professionals, police officers, fire fighters, military workers and even grocery store and gas station employees. You can check out this website for some contact info. Plan to meet with your mentee over the phone, email or other virtual platform to draft the words of encouragement and then either send them separately or together. You’ll be spending time with your mentee while also spreading joy!

TIP of the WEEK: The mission of Intentional Mentoring is to have Mentors interact with school, community, and families in order to strengthen the support network for students facing adversity. Right now it may seem difficult for you to interact with your mentee’s school. I would argue that this may be the best time to interact with your mentee’s teachers because they’re not nearly as overwhelmed with work as usual, meaning, more time to email you! If you haven’t reached out to your mentee’s teachers in awhile, or ever, try it now. Check-in on their plans for on-line learning so that you have a better understanding of what your mentee may need help with. Ask about your mentee’s progress prior to schools closing. Ask about any additional skills you may be able to help them with and/or encourage them to work on during this time. Right now it’s really important not to forget about school and the learning that must continue to happen. And remember, the more people in your mentee’s life that you are in communication with, the stronger the circle of support around them is.

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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

REMINDER: ALL COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, April 28th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

Upcoming Events to Note:

BRAT FEST is coming . . . but not when we thought it would be. Brat Fest has been moved to the end of August. Until we are closer and have more information, we’re holding off on signing up volunteers. If you have already signed up, thank you! We’ll be in touch in August 🙂

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

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All the best,

Intentional Mentoring  

3/22/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,

Welcome back to another edition of Quarantined Mentoring Updates. I hope you’re all hanging in there and figuring out this temporary new normal. I wanted to give you a heads up that there are a lot of resources available for families that may be struggling during this time. If you know that your mentee and their family are struggling in some way and you’re not sure how to help, please reach out to us. We are aware of resources for free meals, free internet, community resources and health resources that we are eager to let you and your mentee know about. You can also check-out some of those resources at https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/mmsd-covid-19-updates.

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 March, the challenges will center around the theme of Literacy. Due to limited access to the outside world, your challenge this week is to read a digital book with your mentee. The public library’s Overdrive app lets you download tons of audioboks for free with a library card. Also, Audible launched Audible Stories, which offers free audiobooks for kids and teens as long as schools are closed. So cool! You and your mentee can decide on a book to download and then set a reading plan together. Maybe you agree to listen for an hour each day and then check-in daily about what you read. Or, agree to finish the book by the end of the week and then face time to discuss it. There are so many good books out there, good luck choosing just one!

BONUS CHALLENGE: March is Women’s History Month. Check out these links, Women’sHistoryMonth.gov or 31 Ways to Celebrate Women’s HistoryMonth for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness.

TIP of the WEEK: The mission of Intentional Mentoring is to have Mentors interact with school, community, and families in order to strengthen the support network for students facing adversity. This means that we highly value our committment to mentee families. We truly do believe that the stronger our mentor’s relationships are with their mentee’s family, the stronger the relationship between mentee and mentor will be. That being said, we know that not all family dynamics appear stable or, sometimes, even safe. However, it is never our place to judge or assume. As a mentor, part of your role is learning and understanding your mentee’s family dynamic, not so that you can fix it or change it, but so that you can help your mentee to process it. And the best way to do this is to get to know your mentee’s family members. Check-in with yourself – do you know the names of at least two of your mentee’s family members? Do you know where they work? What hours they work? Who your mentee lives with? Do at least two of your mentee’s familiy members know your name? Do they know where you work? What hours you work? Who you live with? Your answers to these questions may give you an additional challenge for this week!

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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

REMINDER: ALL MARCH COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE OR VIA PHONE

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, March 31st 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, March 10th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Wednesday, March 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, March 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note:

BRAT FEST is coming . . . but not when we thought it would be. Brat Fest has been moved to the end of August. Until we are closer and have more information, we’re holding off on signing up volunteers. If you have already signed up, thank you! We’ll be in touch in August 🙂

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  

3/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,
Please read this email carefully so that you don’t miss any updated information. I also want to remind everyone that social distancing does NOT mean social disconnection. We are blessed to live in a world where technology makes staying connected easier than ever. COVID-19 cannot and will not stop our mentoring relationships from thriving!!! 

Don’t forget to follow us and tag us on social media! Look for IntentionalMentoringMadison on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Challenge for the week:

Due to the craziness that we’re all experiencing, I want to take a break from a literacy challenge and, instead, challenge you to “hangout” with your mentee digitally this week. It is vial that mentees know they are still connected and supported by their mentors during this time, especially those mentees for whom this extra time at home will be stressful and lonely. Below is a list of possible virtual hangouts.

1.) Play 20 questions over text or Face Time

2.) Make a plan to share daily videos of what you’re both doing to fill the time

3.) Do a Question A Day challenge. You each have to ask 1 and answer 1.

4.) Go for a walk at the same time and Face Time each other while spending time outside

5.) Play online games together

6.) Watch a show at the same time and chat about it while watching

7.) Send letters! We’re going to be stuck at home for awhile. Bring back snail mail!

8.) Go on a photo scavenger hunt together! (There are several different lists on Google)

9.) Choose a book to read together and then host a virtual book club. Consider inviting other mentor/mentee pairs to join you!

10.) Set a goal together – read x number of books, take x number of steps each day, drink x glasses of water each day, etc.

11.) Do a daily gratitude journal together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: March is Women’s History Month. Check out these links, Women’sHistoryMonth.gov or 31 Ways to Celebrate Women’s HistoryMonth for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness.

TIP of the WEEK: The mission of Intentional Mentoring is to have Mentors interact with school, community, and families in order to strengthen the support network for students facing adversity. Getting to know and staying connected with your mentee’s family is vital to building trust and truly understanding your mentee’s perspective. As a mentor, you are in partnership with your mentee’s family, working together for a common goal. Do your best to reach out and make an effort with family members, even when it’s uncomfortable. Remember, they’re probably uncomfortable too! You’re a new adult in their child’s life. The more you connect with the mentee’s family letting them know who you are and getting to know who they are, the stronger your mentoring relationship will be!

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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

REMINDER: ALL MARCH COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE OR VIA PHONE

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, March 31st 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, March 10th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Wednesday, March 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, March 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note:

BRAT FEST is coming!!! We’re planning to have a group volunteer on Saturday, 5/23 from 1:00 to 5:30. If you’d like to help out, fill out the Google form below and Franny will get you signed up! If you aren’t available at that time and still want to volunteer, you should still fill out the form anyway and Franny will contact you about how to sign up. The goal is to have everyone who wants to volunteer fill out the form by 3/27, so don’t delay!

Brat Fest Google Form: https://forms.gle/fWgWCVmYbt1cGn3e9

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

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All the best,

Intentional Mentoring