4/26/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello friends! It’s a beautiful day to not go anywhere and dream of all the places you could go 🙂 I’m trying to choose joy over here and find beauty in the quiet. Some days it’s easier than others but knowing there are mentees and mentors working hard to stay connected sure makes it easier to find that joy!

***If you are having ANY trouble at all staying in touch or connected with your mentee while we’re in quarantine, LET YOUR COACH KNOW RIGHT AWAY!***

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

Challenge for the week:

Since it will be May on Friday, we’re starting the May challenge. For May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about food. Learn what kinds of foods he/she eats. Do they know what kinds of foods are healthy and which are not? Do they know why some foods are better for them than others? How much say does your mentee have in the kinds of foods that he/she eats? **These conversations could be high risk for some people right now. Tread lightly and inquire be sensitive to food scarcity** Maybe you could plan a future trip to the grocery and walk the isles to get the conversation started. Or, go online together and “shop” the isles while talking about healthy options. Maybe you could plan to have a picnic later this summer or find a healthy recipe that you want to make together. Get creative and have fun talking about healthy food!

BONUS CHALLENGE: May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s normal for children and youth to experience a wide range of strong emotions as they grow and mature. However, when extreme emotions start having negative effects on relationships and daily activities, it’s time to intervene. Check out YouthGov.Org for more information.

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. Besides asking your mentee about their involvement in their community, do you know what the best way for you to learn about their community is? Interact with it yourself! After your mentee tells you how they’re involved, do some research. Check out their church’s or community center’s website. Sign up to volunteer at their community garden. Put their next community gathering on your calendar. The more you know, the more you know!

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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 NOTICEREACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Week of May, April 26th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” ~ Maya Angelou

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring  

4/19/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Good Morning! How nice was it to wake up to sunshine and warmer temps today? Sometimes just a little bit of sunshine on your face can make you forget about all the darkness happening around us. I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy a little bit of it today!

***If you are having ANY trouble at all staying in touch or connected with your mentee while we’re in quarantine, LET YOUR COACH KNOW RIGHT AWAY!***

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. This week’s challenge is for you and your mentee to make a permanent “Earth Day, Every Day” change. What is one thing you could change that would have a positive impact on the earth? (Some of these things you may have to plan for now and implement later, due to COVID-19 restrictions) If you always pack your lunches in paper and plastic bags, switch to reusable containers. If you buy drinks in plastic bottles, consider carrying your own refillable water bottle instead. Take shorter showers, turn off the water while you brush your teeth and soap your hands, buy used instead of new, walk, bike or bus instead of drive/get a ride . . . there are so many ways! Pick one or pick a few, commit to doing them together and help keep the earth a little greener!

BONUS CHALLENGE: April is national Youth Voice month. Youth voice refers to the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people as a collective body. The term youth voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities, and cultural differences. Check out https://youth.gov/youth-voices to be inspired and to get ideas about how you can continue to lift up youth voices. Also check out these tips created by MMSD youth themselves!

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 like a difficult time to get connected with your mentee’s community, but difficult is not impossible. And, for some, connecting with community is more essential now than ever! Do you know the ways in which your mentee is connected to their community? Are they active in a neighborhood center? Do they attend a local church? Participate in neighborhood gatherings/events? Find out who your mentee interacts with outside of school because, remember, the goal is to increase the strength of your mentee’s support network by connecting with as many people in it as possible!

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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 NOTICEREACH 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

NEW QUARANTINE CHALLENGE! Two weeks ago we did an Art Challenge and were so happy to see what two of our mentees, Amoni and Shari, have been creating during quarantine. We decided to post a new challenge and it is to have your mentee show us what they’re doing to stay healthy during quarantine. Anytime before Sunday, 4/26, if your mentee shares a picture of them staying healthy, we’ll send them a $5 gift card to Amazon, iTunes or XBox! Also, we’ll post their image on social media and follow them back if they follow us!

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  

4/12/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello!

Happy Easter and welcome to week 5 of quarantine. We hope that you’re finding creative ways to stay connected to others (think physical distancing, not social distancing), keep yourself healthy and embrace the quiet.

***If you are having ANY trouble at all staying in touch or connected with your mentee while we’re in quarantine, LET YOUR COACH KNOW RIGHT AWAY!***

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. This week’s challenge is to get in the dirt! Plant a tree or some flowers or maybe pull some weeds. You could do this at your house, at your mentee’s house, at a neighbor’s, a school, a park…the options are endless! And, you don’t have to get close to your mentee in order to do this! As always, be sure to engage your mentee in conversation while you’re getting your hands dirty!

BONUS CHALLENGE: April is national Youth Voice month. Youth voice refers to the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people as a collective body. The term youth voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities, and cultural differences. Check out https://youth.gov/youth-voices to be inspired and to get ideas about how you can continue to lift up youth voices.

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. Have you talked to any of your mentee’s teachers lately? Communication is key! Even if your mentee is an on top of it student, it’s important for you to let your mentee’s teachers know that you’re in your mentee’s life. Increase the support network by connecting yourself with as many people in your mentee’s life as you can!

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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 NOTICEREACH 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

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” ~Bob Proctor

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring  

4/5/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,

On-line school starts TODAY for all MMSD students! (Finally ;-))This is new for all students, teachers and families. Please be sure to check-in with your mentee this week to see how it’s going for them. Their needs and availability may change as they navigate this new way of doing school.

Hey – did you know that all of these weekly emails will now be archived on the Intentional Mentoring website? This means, if you ever want to go back to a link that was shared or review specific information that I sent out, all you have to do is go to our website and click on “Weekly 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 April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. This week’s challenge is to get outside and clean up a green space. Pick up trash in a local park or in your neighborhood, pull weeds and ready a garden bed or, if you’re up for a really smelly challenge – head to a popular dog walking spot and pick up poop! Grab some trash bags and rubber gloves, head to a green space and take care of the earth together – but not that close together! You and your mentee could do this separately and have a trash challenge. Who can pick up the most trash? Snap, message, tweet, post, call or text each other your results!

BONUS CHALLENGE: April is national Youth Voice month. Youth voice refers to the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people as a collective body. The term youth voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities, and cultural differences. Check out https://youth.gov/youth-voices to be inspired and to get ideas about how you can continue to lift up youth voices.

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. Online school starts for the first time ever this week. This probably gives you more access to your student’s learning than ever before because of the digital platforms that will be used. Teachers and students will have the ability to electronically share tasks and information with you. All you have to do is ask! Every Monday homeroom teachers will be sending out weekly assignment overviews – you could ask to be put on that distribution list and then keep track of your mentee’s progress on those assignments. Staying connected with your mentee’s school and teachers will help them stay on track and help strengthen the support network surrounding them.

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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 NOTICEREACH 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

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. ” ~Whoopi Goldberg

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring