1/17/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Hello Hello! Happy mid-January, folks!

*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 January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge is to make a plan! Last week you and your mentee discussed where you hope your mentoring relationship is going. Now it’s time to action step that plan. Each relationship’s action plan is going to look different but all of them should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reachable and Timely. How will you take your mentoring relationship to the next level? Do you need to decide on weekly meeting days/times? Do you need to make a list of the activities you will do together? Do you need to create a list of topics to discuss? Whatever it is, decide together, write it down and keep it in a place that you can easily access so that you never forget what you’re working on!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. ☺️

TIP of the WEEK: We all have implicit biases. Implicit biases are the assumptions, stereotypes, and unintentional actions we make towards others based on identity labels like race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. They can be both positive and negative, and develop over the course of our lifetime through our own experiences as well as internalized messages from family, the media, pop culture, and more. Our implicit associations are stored in our subconscious — where we do 98% of our thinking. Unfortunately, this means that we may act on our biases without even realizing it. Often, our implicit biases contradict what we think and believe. The good news is that we can all work to change our implicit biases. Although we can’t control the fact that we have them, we can learn about our biases, and identify moments where they change the way we see and interact with people.” ~Taken from https://lovehasnolabels.com/why-it-matters

📸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, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 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

1/11/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello! Below you shall find another edition of my thoughts, tips, tricks and reminders for you. Enjoy 🙂

*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 January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge continues from last week’s but instead of reflecting on how you view the mentoring relationship, talk to your mentee about how they view it. If you’re new to the program, ask your mentee why they wanted a mentor and what they hope to get out of your mentoring relationship. If you’ve been mentoring for a while, ask your mentee how they’ve seen your relationship grow or change and then ask about how they’d like to see the relationship grow or change as you continue spending time together. Once you’ve talked about your mentoring relationship, write down a description of what you both agree you want to see happen in your relationship so that you are both committing to it!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. 😉

TIP of the WEEK: Working on short-term memory skills is one way to address the stress and neglect of living in poverty. The lack of attunement and self-regulation, along with additional stress, can lead to deficits in attention. Playing simple memory games, such as I’m Going on a Picnic or Number Sequences (Someone begins by naming a number between 1-20. A second person repeats the number called out by the first person, then adds their own number, which cannot be a consecutive number. The next person repeats the numbers in sequence from the first two, then adds their own. Continue like this until either the process is successfully completed (all numbers have been used) or breaks down) can help improve this. ~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, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 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

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the  old, but building the new. -… | Reassurance quotes, Celebration quotes,  Inspirational quotes

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

1/3/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy New Year! It’s 2021, winter break is over and school starts up again tomorrow. Here we go! 👊

*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 January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge starts with YOU. Take some time this week to reflect on your mentoring relationship and then think ahead to where you’d like to see it go. If you’re new to the program, reflect on why you became a mentor and what you hope for your mentoring relationship. If you’ve been mentoring for awhile, reflect on how your relationship has grown and then think about the areas where you’d like to see new and/or increased growth. Once you’ve looked ahead and seen a vision for the future of your mentoring relationship, write down a description of what this looks like. Writing it down solidifies your commitment to it!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. 😉

TIP of the WEEK: TIP of the WEEK: All children are born with only six emotions hardwired in their brains. Students from poverty haven’t often had the opportunity to be attuned to their parents’ emotions or had parents who had the time or capacity to teach their children other emotions. Taking time to teach and model emotions for your mentee is very meaningful. Look for opportunities to ask questions about what emotions a movie/song/story character may be feeling and why, to model experiencing an emotion in a positive way, or to discuss your mentee’s experience with different emotions. ~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, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 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