5/31/20 Weekly Mentor Update

The vision of Intentional Mentoring is that, in the face of adversity, students will prevail. Today, perhaps more than other days, we can see clearly just some of the adversity our students are facing. Always, but especially in the midst of a global pandemic and a fight for social justice, we want ALL of our mentees and ALL of you to know that we SEE you, we HEAR you, we VALUE you, we CARE for you and we will continue to reflect and make changes so that we can DO BETTER for you. 💙

***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 June, the challenges will center around the theme of Embracing Diversity. This week’s challenge is to expose your mentee to a situation that shows them some of the diversity in our world. This could mean playing at a park or walking through a neighborhood unlike their own, reading a book or watching a movie about children/people who have a different cultural background than them, or looking for a cultural event going on around the city (perhaps it’s happening virtually!). No matter how you embrace diversity, be sure to talk to your mentee about their thoughts and feelings and, most importantly, be sure to LISTEN!

BONUS CHALLENGE: We can’t let any more time pass without doing the work to fight for social justice. This month’s bonus challenge is to begin or continue the work in yourself. I don’t know where each of you are in your journey or what you need to hear, but I do know that we are all works in progress with room to grown. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals. You’re probably sick of me talking about goals and your mentee might be sick of talking about them too. BUT, if we don’t talk about them, they may not happen. Ahhh! So, maybe you take a break from talking and give the action steps some time to get moving and THEN you talk about them again. Because, of course, you can’t just set a goal, make some action steps and then never check-in. It’s hard for adults to stick to their goals (hello New Year’s Resolutions . . . ) so imagine how important it is for a student to have someone holding them accountable. Keep checking in. Keep nagging if you have to. Trust me, they’ll thank you later 🙂

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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

AS THINGS ARE STARTING TO OPEN UP, IN PERSON COACHING IS BECOMING MORE REALISTIC AGAIN. REACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GROUP.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Thursday, May 25th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, June 9th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, June 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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

“Mentors are not there to make us happy. They are there to guide us to the best of their knowledge. ~ Samira DeAndrade

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

Week of 5/25/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Memorial Day, Folks! We are extremely grateful for all who have served and fought for our freedom. ❤️💙

***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 May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to pick one area of health to keep working on with your mentee. In which area of their life are they the most unhealthy? Check-in and see what they would like to work on and then make a plan to work on it together! Maybe it’s competing with each other for total number of steps per day. Or, maybe you both agree to eat two green vegetables each day. Maybe you help your mentee start journaling and encourage them to use it as a place to reflect and sort out their thoughts. Help your mentee choose an area of health, make a plan and then be sure to follow-up to see how things are going!

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: Let’s talk more goal setting. Remember, goals may be hard for your mentee to see purpose in, see feasibility in or see a path toward. Once you’ve gotten a sense of what your mentee wants to accomplish, start talking about what they’re already doing to get there. Do they even know what they could/should be doing to get there? Help them break this process down!

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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

To persist with a goal, you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it. —Richelle E. Goodrich

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

5/17/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Here we are cruising right through May! It’s supposed to be so warm this week. I hope you are able to get out and soak up some of that heat!

***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 May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about social health. What do you know about your mentee’s friendships? Do they have lots of friends, a few close friends, one good friend? Do they fall prey to peer pressure, do things just to fit in? Ask them what school is like outside of class? What do they do at lunch or recess? What does it feel like for them when a teacher says “find a partner to work with?” Are they more of a follower or more of a leader? What are their family relationships like? Share your experiences, ask them about theirs, challenge their thoughts and your own!

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: Goals are so helpful but can be so difficult for kids to set. That’s where you come in! Do you know what interests your mentee wants to pursue in the near future? Mostly likely, your mentee has thought about interests, dreams and/or a career they’d like to pursue someday. However, it’s just as likely they don’t have a plan for how they’ll get there. Talking about goal setting, making action steps and creating a plan could put your mentee on a pretty big learning cure. However, the sooner they get on that curve, the sooner they reach their goals! And, you’ll be right there with them supporting them along the way!

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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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

5/10/20 Weekly Mentor Update

🌼Happy Mother’s Day!🌼 I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day spent with loved ones near to you or near to your thoughts.

***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 May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about emotional health. How does your mentee view him/herself? Is their self-image positive, negative, a little bit of both? How do they view the people in their family, community and in the world? Are they a glass half empty or glass half full kind of kid? Dig in and discover where you could help your mentee develop or maintain a positive sense of self! If you’re not sure how to get this conversation started, try having your mentee describe him/herself (in words, in writing or in pictures) or ask him/her to share five good things that happened to them recently. Their answers will be telling!

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: As a mentor, you may be making more of a difference than you know. Just your consistent presence alone gives may gives your mentee the extra boost of confidence they need to persevere. Check out this graphic from www.mentoring.org

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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

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! —Anne Frank

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

5/4/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Well hello there! Happy May! Here we are, still staying safer at home. Still learning how to embrace and function in this new normal. Still doing our best to be our best during these uncertain times. It’s not easy, but you’re not alone. We are here for you if you need us 💙

***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 May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to get moving! Talk to your mentee about the importance of exercise and some options of how to get it in each day. Then, try some options out and see what your mentee likes best! Suggest going for a bike ride or a jog (perhaps you could go together and stay 6 ft apart!). If your mentee has a big family, tell them to get everyone together and play Tag! Perhaps some options are not available today, but you could talk about/plan to eventually play tennis, basketball, volleyball or swimming. For some extra fun, challenge your mentee to a push-up, sit-up or jump rope contest! Whatever you decide, just make sure you do it together and have fun while practicing healthy habits!

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: As a mentor, it’s easy to slip into the role of trying to “fix” our mentees or show them a “better” way of life. However, at Intentional Mentoring, our goal is to have mentors walk alongside mentees. Your role is to nurture, listen, guide and provide support. Check out this video called White Saviorism for another perspective.

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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