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