Hello Mentor Family,
On-line school starts TODAY for all MMSD students! (Finally ;-))This is new for all students, teachers and families. Please be sure to check-in with your mentee this week to see how it’s going for them. Their needs and availability may change as they navigate this new way of doing school.
Hey – did you know that all of these weekly emails will now be archived on the Intentional Mentoring website? This means, if you ever want to go back to a link that was shared or review specific information that I sent out, all you have to do is go to our website and click on “Weekly Updates”!
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Challenge for the week:
For April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. This week’s challenge is to get outside and clean up a green space. Pick up trash in a local park or in your neighborhood, pull weeds and ready a garden bed or, if you’re up for a really smelly challenge – head to a popular dog walking spot and pick up poop! Grab some trash bags and rubber gloves, head to a green space and take care of the earth together – but not that close together! You and your mentee could do this separately and have a trash challenge. Who can pick up the most trash? Snap, message, tweet, post, call or text each other your results!
BONUS CHALLENGE: April is national Youth Voice month. Youth voice refers to the distinct ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people as a collective body. The term youth voice often groups together a diversity of perspectives and experiences, regardless of backgrounds, identities, and cultural differences. Check out https://youth.gov/youth-voices to be inspired and to get ideas about how you can continue to lift up youth voices.
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. Online school starts for the first time ever this week. This probably gives you more access to your student’s learning than ever before because of the digital platforms that will be used. Teachers and students will have the ability to electronically share tasks and information with you. All you have to do is ask! Every Monday homeroom teachers will be sending out weekly assignment overviews – you could ask to be put on that distribution list and then keep track of your mentee’s progress on those assignments. Staying connected with your mentee’s school and teachers will help them stay on track and help strengthen the support network surrounding them.
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: Tuesday, April 28th 7-8 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. email@example.com
ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
RYAN: Monday, April 6th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org
Upcoming Events to Note
BRAT FEST is coming . . . but not when we thought it would be. Brat Fest has been moved to the end of August. Until we are closer and have more information, we’re holding off on signing up volunteers. If you have already signed up, thank you! We’ll be in touch in August.
- 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
“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. ” ~Whoopi Goldberg
All the best,