07.25.21 Weekly Mentor Update

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Challenge for the week:

For July, the challenges will center around the theme of Independence. This week, listen to how you and your mentee talk about their choices and decisions. If your mentee has learned independence, they will be able to say things like:

ā€œI did what was right even when it was hard to doā€ 

ā€œI was held accountable for my bad choices and paid for my mistakesā€

ā€œI worked to get what I wanted it, it wasnā€™t all handed to meā€

ā€œI have the skills to handle my problems head onā€

If youā€™re helping your mentee to learn and practice independence, your words and responses will foster this growth, rather than undermine it. You  will be able to say things like:

ā€œIf you really want to do _____, show me that you can do so responsibly.ā€

ā€œI noticed you made a poor decision. This is the consequence of that decision.ā€ 

ā€œIf you really want ____, you can earn it by _____ā€

ā€œWhat you did caused ______. You must now take responsibility for fixing it.ā€

BONUS CHALLENGE:   July is Career Readiness Month so letā€™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 donā€™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:Ā Sometimes routines provide safety and structure, and sometimes they can hinder relationships from moving forward. If you and your mentee always do the same thing when you’re together and you feel like your relationship isn’t growing as much as you’d like it to, perhaps it’s time to switch up your activities. Check out this activity list for lots of ideas! Don’t be afraid to try something new, switch things up once and awhile and challenge yourself and your relationship. You can learn a lot about someone while trying something new with them!

šŸ“øĀ We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadisonĀ šŸ“ø

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, August 30th 6:45 ā€“ 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 5th 5:30 ā€“ 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

07.18.21 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood! Sunshine and summer feels are the best!

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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 teach your mentee a new life skill. Depending on your mentee’s age, situation and interests, there are many skills you could teach. For example, mail a letter, how to plan a birthday party, how to change a tire, how to set a table, how to order at a counter, how to make a list and go to the grocery store, how to save money, how to read a map, how to give directions…so many options! As you teach the skill, remember that your mentee may not get it on the first try. Be sure to set aside time to give clear directions and allow them time to practice. Be patient and consistent and praise them for their efforts and successes!

BONUS CHALLENGE:   July is Career Readiness Month so letā€™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 donā€™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:Ā “Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others . . . ” Boundaries are one of those tricky things we think we understand until we actually stop and think about it. Once we really learn their role in all areas of our lives, we discover the freedom and health they bring. From Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

šŸ“øĀ We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadisonĀ šŸ“ø

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, August 30th 6:45 ā€“ 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 5th 5:30 ā€“ 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 WEEKĀ 

ā€œChildren must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ~ Margaret Mead

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

07.11.21 Weekly Mentor Update

You know what? We’d REALLY like to hang out with you, to actually see your beautiful faces and to celebrate the work that you do. So, have you RSVPā€™d to the Annual Intentional Mentoring Cook Out yet? It’s happening Friday, July 23rd from 5:30 – 8:00pm. You can stop by for just a bit or stay the whole time. Significant others and families are welcome too! But, here’s the deal, we NEED you to RSVP either yes OR no so that we know how many to plan for. If you have not yet RSVP’d, please, PLEASE, PLEASE do so by July Friday, 16th. There a few easy ways to RSVP. 1.) Text/call KatieMae @ (262) 366-0030. 2.) Text/call Dana @ (507) 676-0015. 3.) Reply to this 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 work on teaching your mentee accountability. The big idea here is for your mentee to connect choice and consequence. This may be a good opportunity for you to share about a time when you made a negative choice that resulted in an unwanted consequence. Talk through what you learned by having to deal with that consequence. You can also share about a time when you made a positive choice that was followed by a desired consequence. This time you can talk through what behavior was reinforced in you as a result of making that choice. Make sure to follow up your examples with questions about times that your mentee has made choices resulting in either desired or undesirable consequences and what they learned from those choices.

BONUS CHALLENGE:   July is Career Readiness Month so letā€™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 donā€™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:Ā Boundaries! Setting and maintaining boundaries is so important for a healthy mentoring relationship. One of the most important boundaries you can set with your mentee is your role. Remember, you are not their parent or their friend, you are their source of support and encouragement – an outside perspective and voice of reason. Maintaining this boundary will protect your mentee from becoming dependent on you and will increase their ability to depend on themselves. Making sure to stick to time commitments and communication schedules will also help maintain healthy boundaries. Protect yourself and your relationship by not letting these boundaries slide.

šŸ“ø We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadisonĀ šŸ“ø

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Monday, August 30th 6:45 ā€“ 7:45  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 5th 5:30 ā€“ 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 WEEKĀ 

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

07.04.21 Weekly Mentor Update

šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø HAPPY 4TH of JULY šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø

šŸŒ­šŸ”šŸ‰Have you RSVP’d to the Annual Intentional Mentoring Cook Out yet? Check out the attached flyer and be sure to RSVP. We can’t wait to see you there! šŸŒ­šŸ”šŸ‰

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Challenge for the week:

For July, the challenges will center around the theme of Independence. This week’s challenge is work on teaching your mentee self-help. The big idea here is to delay assistance for your mentee just long enough for them to see how, by being resourceful, they can figure some things out for themselves. Maybe your mentee is struggling with an issue in summer school or with a friend. Ask them to come up with a few possible solutions before you give advice. Maybe you’re playing a game together and your mentee is stuck and can’t figure out a move. Again, ask them to come up with possible solutions before you give any advice. The goal here is for your mentee to learn that, in some situations, they are independent enough to help themselves!

BONUS CHALLENGE:   July is Career Readiness Month so letā€™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 donā€™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:Ā Part of having strong communication in a relationship is giving and receiving feedback. This can be tough to do, but it’s key in building lasting relationships that empower all people involved. Start easy with things like, how do you think I did at planning our time together today? Or, ask for feedback on which of your meetings your mentee has enjoyed the most and why. Also be sure to give your mentee feedback on how they responded to different situations or how well they handled the conversations you had. If your mentee missed your time together or didn’t respond to your text, let them know how that made you feel. The more feedback you’re willing to give and receive, the closer you and your mentee will become!

šŸ“øWe love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadisonĀ šŸ“ø

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY:Ā Monday, August 30th 6:45 ā€“ 7:45Ā Ā ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN:Ā Monday, July 5th 5:30 ā€“ 6:30 p.m.Ā Ā 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 WEEKĀ 

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. ā€”Steven Spielberg

All the best,

IntentionalĀ Mentoring