06.27.21 Weekly Mentor Update

Good Afternoon! It’s almost July and that means it’s almost time for our annual Intentional Mentoring Cookout! Make sure to check out the flyer attached below and be on the lookout for more info coming at ya through social media and text/email! 🍔🌭

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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 let’s 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.

📸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:

ASHLEY: Monday, June 28th 6:45 – 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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 

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

06.20.21 Weekly Mentor Update

👔 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!! 👔

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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!  

📸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:

ASHLEY: Monday, June 28th 6:45 – 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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

06.13.21 Weekly Mentor Update

😎 It’s SUMMERTIME! 😎

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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. 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: Active listening can help build trust and rapport with your mentee. When having a discussion, try following up what your mentee says with responses such as “I heard you say . . . ” “Now that you say that, I’m wondering . . . ” “Can you tell me more about . . . “

📸 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:

ASHLEY: Monday, June 28th 6:45 – 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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 

​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

06.06.21 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s the last week of school for our mentees and that means it’s almost SUMMER! Be sure to check-in with your mentee this week about how moving from school to summer has them feeling. For some, this is a very exciting time and, for others, it’s a stressful time. Both feelings are OK but need to be approached in different ways. Remember to reach out to your coach if you need any support in supporting your mentee!

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Challenge for the week:

For June, the challenges will center around the theme of Embrace Diversity. This week’s challenge is to define diversity. What does your mentee think diversity means? When they think about diversity, what comes to mind? Is their perception accurate or limited? See what they know and then open their mind to more possibilities. How can expanding your mentee’s definition of diversity help them to further embrace diversity? Last week I suggested several different ways to expose your mentee to diversity, perhaps you could use one of these options this week to enhance your discussion. The list from last week was: 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!)

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 take time. If you’re new to mentoring or you’ve been with your mentee for a few months, know that it’s okay if you don’t feel like your relationship is very deep yet. Before you judge yourself and your ability to connect with your mentee ask yourself some questions. 1.) How open and vulnerable have you been with your mentee? Don’t expect them to do what you haven’t modeled yourself. 2.) What do you know about your mentee’s past? Could they have been through (or are currently going through) experiences that make it hard for them to trust adults? 3.) What is your goal? If you’re trying to go deeper with your mentee so that you can figure out their “issue” and “fix” them, then you’re going to need to talk to your coach about setting a new goal. If you’re wanting to go deeper so that you can understand them, support them and grow in relationship together, then keep listening, keep showing up, keep asking questions and keep building trust. Depth will happen when your mentee is ready.

📸 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:

ASHLEY: Monday, June 28th 6:45 – 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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 delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. ~ Steven Spielberg

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring