Week of 5/25/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Memorial Day, Folks! We are extremely grateful for all who have served and fought for our freedom. ❤️💙

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

For May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to pick one area of health to keep working on with your mentee. In which area of their life are they the most unhealthy? Check-in and see what they would like to work on and then make a plan to work on it together! Maybe it’s competing with each other for total number of steps per day. Or, maybe you both agree to eat two green vegetables each day. Maybe you help your mentee start journaling and encourage them to use it as a place to reflect and sort out their thoughts. Help your mentee choose an area of health, make a plan and then be sure to follow-up to see how things are going!

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: Let’s talk more goal setting. Remember, goals may be hard for your mentee to see purpose in, see feasibility in or see a path toward. Once you’ve gotten a sense of what your mentee wants to accomplish, start talking about what they’re already doing to get there. Do they even know what they could/should be doing to get there? Help them break this process down!

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

To persist with a goal, you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it. —Richelle E. Goodrich

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

5/17/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Here we are cruising right through May! It’s supposed to be so warm this week. I hope you are able to get out and soak up some of that heat!

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

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 social health. What do you know about your mentee’s friendships? Do they have lots of friends, a few close friends, one good friend? Do they fall prey to peer pressure, do things just to fit in? Ask them what school is like outside of class? What do they do at lunch or recess? What does it feel like for them when a teacher says “find a partner to work with?” Are they more of a follower or more of a leader? What are their family relationships like? Share your experiences, ask them about theirs, challenge their thoughts and your own!

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: Goals are so helpful but can be so difficult for kids to set. That’s where you come in! Do you know what interests your mentee wants to pursue in the near future? Mostly likely, your mentee has thought about interests, dreams and/or a career they’d like to pursue someday. However, it’s just as likely they don’t have a plan for how they’ll get there. Talking about goal setting, making action steps and creating a plan could put your mentee on a pretty big learning cure. However, the sooner they get on that curve, the sooner they reach their goals! And, you’ll be right there with them supporting them along the way!

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

5/10/20 Weekly Mentor Update

🌼Happy Mother’s Day!🌼 I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day spent with loved ones near to you or near to your thoughts.

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

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 emotional health. How does your mentee view him/herself? Is their self-image positive, negative, a little bit of both? How do they view the people in their family, community and in the world? Are they a glass half empty or glass half full kind of kid? Dig in and discover where you could help your mentee develop or maintain a positive sense of self! If you’re not sure how to get this conversation started, try having your mentee describe him/herself (in words, in writing or in pictures) or ask him/her to share five good things that happened to them recently. Their answers will be telling!

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: As a mentor, you may be making more of a difference than you know. Just your consistent presence alone gives may gives your mentee the extra boost of confidence they need to persevere. Check out this graphic from www.mentoring.org

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! —Anne Frank

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

5/4/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Well hello there! Happy May! Here we are, still staying safer at home. Still learning how to embrace and function in this new normal. Still doing our best to be our best during these uncertain times. It’s not easy, but you’re not alone. We are here for you if you need us 💙

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

For May, the challenges will center around the theme of Live Healthy, Be Healthy. This week’s challenge is to get moving! Talk to your mentee about the importance of exercise and some options of how to get it in each day. Then, try some options out and see what your mentee likes best! Suggest going for a bike ride or a jog (perhaps you could go together and stay 6 ft apart!). If your mentee has a big family, tell them to get everyone together and play Tag! Perhaps some options are not available today, but you could talk about/plan to eventually play tennis, basketball, volleyball or swimming. For some extra fun, challenge your mentee to a push-up, sit-up or jump rope contest! Whatever you decide, just make sure you do it together and have fun while practicing healthy habits!

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: As a mentor, it’s easy to slip into the role of trying to “fix” our mentees or show them a “better” way of life. However, at Intentional Mentoring, our goal is to have mentors walk alongside mentees. Your role is to nurture, listen, guide and provide support. Check out this video called White Saviorism for another perspective.

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

“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,

Intentional Mentoring  

4/26/20 Weekly Mentor Update

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!***

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

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!

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, May 12th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of May 20th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, May 4th 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

“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,

Intentional Mentoring  

4/19/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Good Morning! How nice was it to wake up to sunshine and warmer temps today? Sometimes just a little bit of sunshine on your face can make you forget about all the darkness happening around us. I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy a little bit of it today!

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

For April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. This week’s challenge is for you and your mentee to make a permanent “Earth Day, Every Day” change. What is one thing you could change that would have a positive impact on the earth? (Some of these things you may have to plan for now and implement later, due to COVID-19 restrictions) If you always pack your lunches in paper and plastic bags, switch to reusable containers. If you buy drinks in plastic bottles, consider carrying your own refillable water bottle instead. Take shorter showers, turn off the water while you brush your teeth and soap your hands, buy used instead of new, walk, bike or bus instead of drive/get a ride . . . there are so many ways! Pick one or pick a few, commit to doing them together and help keep the earth a little greener!

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. Also check out these tips created by MMSD youth themselves!

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. Right now it may seem like a difficult time to get connected with your mentee’s community, but difficult is not impossible. And, for some, connecting with community is more essential now than ever! Do you know the ways in which your mentee is connected to their community? Are they active in a neighborhood center? Do they attend a local church? Participate in neighborhood gatherings/events? Find out who your mentee interacts with outside of school because, remember, the goal is to increase the strength of your mentee’s support network by connecting with as many people in it as possible!

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, April 28th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

Upcoming Events to Note

NEW QUARANTINE CHALLENGE! Two weeks ago we did an Art Challenge and were so happy to see what two of our mentees, Amoni and Shari, have been creating during quarantine. We decided to post a new challenge and it is to have your mentee show us what they’re doing to stay healthy during quarantine. Anytime before Sunday, 4/26, if your mentee shares a picture of them staying healthy, we’ll send them a $5 gift card to Amazon, iTunes or XBox! Also, we’ll post their image on social media and follow them back if they follow us!

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  

4/12/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello!

Happy Easter and welcome to week 5 of quarantine. We hope that you’re finding creative ways to stay connected to others (think physical distancing, not social distancing), keep yourself healthy and embrace the quiet.

***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!***

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

Challenge for the week:

For April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. This week’s challenge is to get in the dirt! Plant a tree or some flowers or maybe pull some weeds. You could do this at your house, at your mentee’s house, at a neighbor’s, a school, a park…the options are endless! And, you don’t have to get close to your mentee in order to do this! As always, be sure to engage your mentee in conversation while you’re getting your hands dirty!

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. Have you talked to any of your mentee’s teachers lately? Communication is key! Even if your mentee is an on top of it student, it’s important for you to let your mentee’s teachers know that you’re in your mentee’s life. Increase the support network by connecting yourself with as many people in your mentee’s life as you can!

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, April 28th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.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 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  

4/5/20 Weekly Mentor Update

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”!

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

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.

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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 COACHING MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEREACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC DAY, TIME AND PLATFORM INFO.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, April 28th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.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 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,

Intentional Mentoring  

3/29/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,

How are you all doing? We are continuously thinking of you and hoping for health and peace during this time. Like I said last week, if you know that your mentee and their family are struggling in some way and you’re not sure how to help, please reach out to us. We are aware of resources for free meals, free internet, community resources and health resources that we are eager to let you and your mentee know about. You can also check-out some of those resources at https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/mmsd-covid-19-updates.  Likewise, if YOU are struggling and need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out as well!

On-line school starts the week of April 6th for all MMSD students. Keep this in mind as you check-in with your mentee. Their needs and availability may change as they navigate this new way of doing school.

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

Challenge for the week:

For April, the challenges will center around the theme of Earth Day. However, I want to sneak in one more literacy challenge. This week, the challenge is to write an email, card or social media post to show appreciation, support, hope and encouragement to someone on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis. First responders, health care professionals, police officers, fire fighters, military workers and even grocery store and gas station employees. You can check out this website for some contact info. Plan to meet with your mentee over the phone, email or other virtual platform to draft the words of encouragement and then either send them separately or together. You’ll be spending time with your mentee while also spreading joy!

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. Right now it may seem difficult for you to interact with your mentee’s school. I would argue that this may be the best time to interact with your mentee’s teachers because they’re not nearly as overwhelmed with work as usual, meaning, more time to email you! If you haven’t reached out to your mentee’s teachers in awhile, or ever, try it now. Check-in on their plans for on-line learning so that you have a better understanding of what your mentee may need help with. Ask about your mentee’s progress prior to schools closing. Ask about any additional skills you may be able to help them with and/or encourage them to work on during this time. Right now it’s really important not to forget about school and the learning that must continue to happen. And remember, the more people in your mentee’s life that you are in communication with, the stronger the circle of support around them is.

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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 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. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, April 14th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: During the week of April 15th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.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 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

Small, daily kindnesses can make happiness on We Heart It

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring  

3/22/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentor Family,

Welcome back to another edition of Quarantined Mentoring Updates. I hope you’re all hanging in there and figuring out this temporary new normal. I wanted to give you a heads up that there are a lot of resources available for families that may be struggling during this time. If you know that your mentee and their family are struggling in some way and you’re not sure how to help, please reach out to us. We are aware of resources for free meals, free internet, community resources and health resources that we are eager to let you and your mentee know about. You can also check-out some of those resources at https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/mmsd-covid-19-updates.

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Challenge for the week:

For March, the challenges will center around the theme of Literacy. Due to limited access to the outside world, your challenge this week is to read a digital book with your mentee. The public library’s Overdrive app lets you download tons of audioboks for free with a library card. Also, Audible launched Audible Stories, which offers free audiobooks for kids and teens as long as schools are closed. So cool! You and your mentee can decide on a book to download and then set a reading plan together. Maybe you agree to listen for an hour each day and then check-in daily about what you read. Or, agree to finish the book by the end of the week and then face time to discuss it. There are so many good books out there, good luck choosing just one!

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. This means that we highly value our committment to mentee families. We truly do believe that the stronger our mentor’s relationships are with their mentee’s family, the stronger the relationship between mentee and mentor will be. That being said, we know that not all family dynamics appear stable or, sometimes, even safe. However, it is never our place to judge or assume. As a mentor, part of your role is learning and understanding your mentee’s family dynamic, not so that you can fix it or change it, but so that you can help your mentee to process it. And the best way to do this is to get to know your mentee’s family members. Check-in with yourself – do you know the names of at least two of your mentee’s family members? Do you know where they work? What hours they work? Who your mentee lives with? Do at least two of your mentee’s familiy members know your name? Do they know where you work? What hours you work? Who you live with? Your answers to these questions may give you an additional challenge for this week!

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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 . . . 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 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