3/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,
Please read this email carefully so that you don’t miss any updated information. I also want to remind everyone that social distancing does NOT mean social disconnection. We are blessed to live in a world where technology makes staying connected easier than ever. COVID-19 cannot and will not stop our mentoring relationships from thriving!!! 

Don’t forget to follow us and tag us on social media! Look for IntentionalMentoringMadison on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Challenge for the week:

Due to the craziness that we’re all experiencing, I want to take a break from a literacy challenge and, instead, challenge you to “hangout” with your mentee digitally this week. It is vial that mentees know they are still connected and supported by their mentors during this time, especially those mentees for whom this extra time at home will be stressful and lonely. Below is a list of possible virtual hangouts.

1.) Play 20 questions over text or Face Time

2.) Make a plan to share daily videos of what you’re both doing to fill the time

3.) Do a Question A Day challenge. You each have to ask 1 and answer 1.

4.) Go for a walk at the same time and Face Time each other while spending time outside

5.) Play online games together

6.) Watch a show at the same time and chat about it while watching

7.) Send letters! We’re going to be stuck at home for awhile. Bring back snail mail!

8.) Go on a photo scavenger hunt together! (There are several different lists on Google)

9.) Choose a book to read together and then host a virtual book club. Consider inviting other mentor/mentee pairs to join you!

10.) Set a goal together – read x number of books, take x number of steps each day, drink x glasses of water each day, etc.

11.) Do a daily gratitude journal together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: March is Women’s History Month. Check out these links, Women’sHistoryMonth.gov or 31 Ways to Celebrate Women’s HistoryMonth for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness.

TIP of the WEEK: The mission of Intentional Mentoring is to have Mentors interact with school, community, and families in order to strengthen the support network for students facing adversity. Getting to know and staying connected with your mentee’s family is vital to building trust and truly understanding your mentee’s perspective. As a mentor, you are in partnership with your mentee’s family, working together for a common goal. Do your best to reach out and make an effort with family members, even when it’s uncomfortable. Remember, they’re probably uncomfortable too! You’re a new adult in their child’s life. The more you connect with the mentee’s family letting them know who you are and getting to know who they are, the stronger your mentoring relationship will be!

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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

REMINDER: ALL MARCH COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ONLINE OR VIA PHONE

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, March 31st 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, March 10th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Wednesday, March 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, March 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note:

BRAT FEST is coming!!! We’re planning to have a group volunteer on Saturday, 5/23 from 1:00 to 5:30. If you’d like to help out, fill out the Google form below and Franny will get you signed up! If you aren’t available at that time and still want to volunteer, you should still fill out the form anyway and Franny will contact you about how to sign up. The goal is to have everyone who wants to volunteer fill out the form by 3/27, so don’t delay!

Brat Fest Google Form: https://forms.gle/fWgWCVmYbt1cGn3e9

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

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All the best,

Intentional Mentoring