6/28/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s almost July! What are you doing to celebrate the 4th this year? Things will probably look a little different this year, for several reasons, but we hope the holiday brings you good times and good cheer none the less! ❤️💙

REMINDER: Now that you’ve delivered an activity box to your mentee, it’s time to play! Anyone who sends us a photo and a brief description of your experience doing the activity with your mentee by FRIDAY, JULY 3rd will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win $75 worth of gift cards to use to have more fun together!

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 July, the challenges will center around the theme of Independence. This week’s challenge is to think about ways you can encourage your mentee to be independent and then facilitate a way for them to try it out. Going to get some ice cream? Have your mentee place their own order. At a museum or other local event? Encourage your mentee to ask a staff member a question. Going somewhere new? Have your mentee stop to ask for directions. See how comfortable your mentee is with being independent in these ways in order to give yourself some perspective about where you can grow together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: July is Career Readiness Month so lets learn about how you can help your mentee start preparing now. Step 1: Find out what your mentee wants to be when they grow up. If they have several ideas, learn more about their specific interests in each. If they have one idea, find out what made them hone in on that one. If they don’t have any ideas, help them sort through their interests and then share some careers that match those interests. If you need help, have them fill out this interest survey.

TIP of the WEEK: Open and honest communication are keys to strong relationships. Be sure to set up a communication plan with your mentee – figure out if you will text, call, e-mail or use other social media channels to keep in touch. Determine what is the best day of the week and/or time to reach each other. Once your communication plan is set, be sure to stick to it and let each other know if anything changes or if you feel it’s not working for one of you.

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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: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Thursday, July 16th 7-8 a.m.  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 6th 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

“A lot of people put pressure on themselves and think it will be way too hard for them to live out their dreams. Mentors are there to say, ‘Look, it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career”. ~ Joe Jonas

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

6/21/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Father’s Day to you and your loved ones! We hope that today you are able to celebrate the fathers in your lives, the fatherly role you play, the memories or fathers who have passed and/or the hope of one day being a father.

REMINDER: Doorstep Activity Boxes are ready to go! Please plan to pick up and deliver your box to your mentee by the end of this week! Text KatieMae (262-366-0030) to let her know when you’ll swing by to get it. Reply to this email ASAP if you are unable to pick up and deliver your mentee’s box so that we can make other arrangements. More details are in the email I sent out on Friday.

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 Embrace Diversity. This week’s challenge is to learn about other cultures. You could share and talk about you and your mentee’s cultural traditions, learn to say a few words in another language (check out Ways to Say Hello in Different Languages), try some ethnic foods (Best Ethnic Restaurants in Madison) or visit a cultural exhibit (Visit Madison – Museums & Galleries). Explore and learn together!

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 grow. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: It can be hard to remember that a mentor’s role is not to be a friend or a parent but to be a listening ear, a voice of wisdom and a source of truth. Hold tight to your role and never underestimate its value in your mentee’s life!  

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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: Thursday, June 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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

6/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s SUMMER BREAK for your mentees! No more virtual learning for the next 3 months. Time for less screens and more play! Woo hoo!

***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 Embrace Diversity. This week’s challenge is to take a look at diversity in the arts. There are many cultural influences in music, art and dance, some that your mentee may be aware of, and others that they may not be aware of. In order to expose your mentee to different styles, you could take a trip to the art museum or to the music store. If that’s not an option, pull up YouTube and search up cultural dances and songs. Perhaps you could go to the library and ask the librarian to help you locate books or magazines about art, dance or music from different cultures. (There are lots of virtual options for all of these ideas!) Have your mentee share the arts of their culture and make sure that you share the arts of yours too!

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 grow. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: Relationships can be difficult you guys. They take work and effort and patience and trust and commitment. That’s a lot! When your mentee isn’t opening up as much as you’d like or connecting with you as much as you’d like, remind yourself of these things. Take a step back, look at what you’ve tried and what you haven’t yet tried. Can you contact a family member, reach out in a new way (via social media perhaps) or talk to your mentee about how you’re feeling? Don’t forget that you also have coach you can lean on. There’s no issue too small for you to talk to your coach about!

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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, June 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

​It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.   ~Maya Angelou

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

COVID-19 UPDATE: Launching Into Phase 1

With the events of the last couple of weeks, we want to extend another huge thank you for the ways you are working in your relationships to elevate the voices of our mentees and families.  We want to make sure you feel supported, and that our black students and families feel seen and heard.  Please reach out to your mentor coach if you need anything regarding recent events OR COVID.

We sent an email two weeks ago and we wanted to provide some official guidance and next steps for our Intentional Mentoring Community.  Please know that we will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and other governmental agencies and will send you updates about changes as necessary. 
Any questions or concerns should be brought to your mentor coaches.  As we move into this time, we maintain the perspective that our response will always be out of care for our mentees, families, and community.
We are including the expected guidelines so you can begin to move back to in-person mentoring as you see fit.  The expectation is still to be in quality communication with your mentee because your relationship matters.

In-Person Mentoring will begin with the following guidelines:

  1. Mentors must be comfortable resuming in-person mentoring.  The mentor should not have COVID related symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed case in the last 2 weeks.  If they are not comfortable or either of the above are true, they can relay this to the family.  If they would like wording from Intentional Mentoring as they share this with the family, they can ask their mentor coach and decide on the next steps.
  2. Mentors must speak with students and families to confirm comfort level before resuming any in-person mentoring.  If they would like support in this, we can help reach out to families, but we encourage that it comes from the mentor because of their relational level.  This conversation should confirm that the mentee and family have not had COVID related symptoms or been exposed to any confirmed cases in the last 2 weeks.
  3. Mentors must wear a face mask out of care for our mentees and families.  Mentees can wear a mask if they would like (we can provide for either mentor or mentee a mask if needed- please ask your coach).  Mentors should ask mentees if they would like one.
  4. We encourage frequent hand-washing and avoidance of face-touching.
  5. Mentors should suggest unpopulated, outside areas for mentor meet-ups.  If mentors need help coming up with ideas, they should speak with their mentor coach.
  6. Mentors should try to find activities based on student interests (to support positive summer activity).  We will be launching a Doorstep Interest Box soon to help support positive summer activities.  You should be on the lookout for more information.  However, if students are coming up with things they would like to do, you can share with us and we will craft a box with supplies related to their interest and ideas for activities to do with the support of their mentor.  We will try to incorporate some sort of challenge in these boxes that will be dropped at their doorsteps.  The challenges will hopefully help positive engagement during the summer.

Once again, thanks for all you do, and please let your mentor coach know if you have any questions or concerns!
Best,
Katie Mae and the Intentional Mentoring Team