Hello friends! It’s a beautiful day to not go anywhere and dream of all the places you could go 🙂 I’m trying to choose joy over here and find beauty in the quiet. Some days it’s easier than others but knowing there are mentees and mentors working hard to stay connected sure makes it easier to find that joy!
***If you are having ANY trouble at all staying in touch or connected with your mentee while we’re in quarantine, LET YOUR COACH KNOW RIGHT AWAY!***
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Challenge for the week:
Since it will be May on Friday, we’re starting the May challenge. For May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about food. Learn what kinds of foods he/she eats. Do they know what kinds of foods are healthy and which are not? Do they know why some foods are better for them than others? How much say does your mentee have in the kinds of foods that he/she eats? **These conversations could be high risk for some people right now. Tread lightly and inquire be sensitive to food scarcity** Maybe you could plan a future trip to the grocery and walk the isles to get the conversation started. Or, go online together and “shop” the isles while talking about healthy options. Maybe you could plan to have a picnic later this summer or find a healthy recipe that you want to make together. Get creative and have fun talking about healthy food!
BONUS CHALLENGE: May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s normal for children and youth to experience a wide range of strong emotions as they grow and mature. However, when extreme emotions start having negative effects on relationships and daily activities, it’s time to intervene. Check out YouthGov.Org for more information.
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. Besides asking your mentee about their involvement in their community, do you know what the best way for you to learn about their community is? Interact with it yourself! After your mentee tells you how they’re involved, do some research. Check out their church’s or community center’s website. Sign up to volunteer at their community garden. Put their next community gathering on your calendar. The more you know, the more you know!
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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.
Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:
MARILYN: Week of May, April 26th 7-8 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org
ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. email@example.com
RYAN: Monday, May 4th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org
Upcoming Events to Note
- If your mentee and/or their family are in need of any free meals during this uncertain time, please check out the YMCA’s post 7 Free Food Sites
- There are a lot of cool and FREE events at the Dream Bank on E. Washington St.. Check out the AmFam Dream Bank site for more info and to register.
- For a listing of local events checkout www.MadisonWithKids.com
- Free Library Events/Activities: Fitchburg Events Calendar Madison Events Calendar
- For Orchard Ridge events check Orchard Ridge Calendar
- For Toki events check Toki Calendar
- For Sennett events check Sennett Calendar
- For Cherokee events check Cherokee Calendar
- For Blackhawk events check Blackhawk Calendar
- For JMM HS events check Memorial HS Calendar
- For West HS events checkWest HS Calendar
- For La Follette HS events check La Follette Calendar
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
“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” ~ Maya Angelou
All the best,