2/28/21 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s time for March! Spring training has started, St. Patrick’s Day is coming, the snow is melting . . . it’s almost time to say “Bye bye, Winter!”

Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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Challenge for the week:

For March, the challenges will center around the theme of Literacy. This week’s challenge is to read with your mentee. Perhaps this looks like sitting in a coffee shop with your own books and cup of hot cocoa (or via Zoom but still with books an cocoa!) Maybe it’s you reading your mentee’s favorite book with them or reading part of your favorite book to them. Or, you might grab a local newspaper and look through it asking your mentee to pick out an article that seems interesting to them. Whatever you read and however you do it, be sure to discuss it with your mentee after! What did they find interesting or confusing? How does what they read relate to their personal life? The discussion possibilities are endless!   

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

TIP of the WEEK: Talking about bias and inclusion isn’t always easy but, sometimes, a little inspiration can help. Check-out this video, created by Love Has No Labels, to see if it sparks any questions or discussion.

🤳🏾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🤳🏾

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, March 1st 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

“The key to change is creating the space for young people to imagine a better way of life and support them so they can act on that vision.”  ~S. Ginwright

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

2.21.21 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s going to be in the 30’s and maybe even the 40’s this week. Y’all, this is going to feel like a HEAT wave!! 😎

Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 February, the challenges will center around the theme of Share the Love. This week’s challenge is to tell your mentee what you like about them. Be specific – tell them you’ve noticed that they are funny, generous, authentic, mature, creative, etc.. Give your mentee specifics and make them feel the warm fuzzies! For some of your mentees, this may be the first time anyone has told them such things. Pay attention to how they are responding and even ask how hearing compliments made them feel. 

BONUS CHALLENGE:  February is Black History Month. Check out these links, 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month or 20 Ideas for Celebrating Black History Month for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness. 

One way we can work to break down barriers and bias is by engaging with people and places from different cultures. Look for opportunities to support local restaurants and/or businesses that are owned by marginalized or underrepresented groups. This would be a great way for you and your mentee to grow and learn together! For ideas check out these links. Restaurants , Black Business Directory, Latino Business Directory, LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce

🤳🏽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🤳🏽

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, February 1st 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

“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.”  ~Shawn Hitchcock

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

2/14/21 Weekly Mentor Update

happy valentine's day

From all of us here at Intentional Mentoring, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! We truly do love your generosity, commitment and support of your mentee and our program. Words are not enough to express our gratitude and appreciation for all that you do! 💗

Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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Challenge for the week:

For February, the challenges will center around the theme of Share the Love. This week’s challenge is to share the love with a stranger by committing a random act of kindness. Perhaps your mentee has an idea about what that could be or perhaps you can suggest a few ideas (check here for a bunch of ideas). When you’re done, talk about how it felt to help someone and share the love!

BONUS CHALLENGE:  February is Black History Month. Check out these links, 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month or 20 Ideas for Celebrating Black History Month for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness. 

TIP of the WEEK: Every day at home, at work and out in public, people hear and, sometimes, say words that demean and hurt others from different groups and with different backgrounds. Regardless of whether or not these words are said out of hate or ignorance, they impact those they’re directed at and those who hear them. Oftentimes, our response to hearing these types of words is to not respond. However, a good rule of thumb is that any response is better than no response. Perhaps try following up with these questions and engaging in a respectful dialogue. 

What did you mean by what you said?

To me, that sounded like a stereotype. Do you understand why that was so hurtful? ~Taken From https://www.adl.org/

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, February 1st 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

“Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others.”  ~David Steddard

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

02/07/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! We’re wishing you good snacks, a winning team and warm blankets while you watch the game.

💕Want to make some Valentine’s with your mentee? Do you think your mentee would like to make some Valentine’s for their family and friends? We have materials for you! If you’re interested, you can pick up a stack of construction paper, scissors, tape, colored pencils and markers from KatieMae’s house. Just be sure to let her know (262.366.0030) and she’ll schedule a pick-up with you!💕

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 February, the challenges will center around the theme of Share the Love. This week’s challenge is to share the love with friends, family, teachers, neighbors, etc by making and giving Valentines. Make this a teachable moment. Could your mentee write their Valentines in poem form, could they use more details and be more specific? Encourage them to stretch a bit outside of their comfort zone to really share how they feel! If you or your mentee are crafty, try making DIY Valentines!

BONUS CHALLENGE:  February is Black History Month. Check out these links, 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month or 20 Ideas for Celebrating Black History Month for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness. 

TIP of the WEEK: The more you get to know someone and find out that you have a lot in common with them, the more likely it is that these commonalities can break down biases and form connections. Following are questions you can use to go deeper in conversations and learn what you have in common with your neighbors, co-workers and those you meet.

1.) Where did you grow up and what is most memorable about it?

2.) Who was your role model growing up? Who is your role model now?

3.) What about the world right now saddens, frustrates or angers you?

4.) Where would you like to travel to and why?

5.) What are some things you are grateful for?

~Taken from https://lovehasnolabels.com/why-it-matters

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, February 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, February 1st 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

“My mentor said ‘Let’s go do it’, not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says ‘Let’s!’” ~Jim Rohn

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

2/1/21 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s February! You know what that means, a new theme to our weekly challenges AND, one step closer to summer 😉

💕Want to make some Valentine’s with your mentee? Do you think your mentee would like to make some Valentine’s for their family and friends? We have materials for you! If you’re interested, you can pick up a stack of construction paper, scissors, tape, colored pencils and markers from KatieMae’s house. Just be sure to let her know (262.366.0030) and she’ll schedule a pick-up with you! 💕

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 February, the challenges will center around the theme of Share the Love. This week’s challenge is to share what you love with your mentee. Do you love your dog, skiing, French fries, your best friend? Talk about what you love and why. As a bonus, also show your mentee what you love. If it’s your dog, take your dog and your mentee to the dog park. If it’s skiing, get on those trails together! There are a LOT of French fries for sale around here! Once you’ve talked about and shared what you love, ask your mentee what he/she loves and encourage him/her to share and show you why!

BONUS CHALLENGE:  February is Black History Month. Check out these links, 28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month or 20 Ideas for Celebrating Black History Month for ideas on learning, sharing and growing in knowledge and awareness. 

TIP of the WEEK: Sometimes our biases can live in our subconscious, making them hard to spot. The following self-reflection questions can help us recognize our bias and how they might be affecting our relationships.

1.) Have you ever avoided sitting next to someone in public based on how you perceived their race, religion, or ability?

2.) Have you ever justified using specific language (that might  be offensive to others) because a friend told you it doesn’t bother them?

3.) Have you ever joked around and told someone to “stop acting like a girl”?

4.) Have you ever specified someone’s race when it wasn’t necessarily relevant? Ex. Referring to someone as the “black doctor” or “white cashier” or “Latina lawyer”

5.) Have you ever assumed a person’s stance on social issues based on their religion?

~Taken from https://lovehasnolabels.com/why-it-matters

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, February 9th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, February 1st 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

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

01/24/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hey y’all! Hope you are all having a great weekend and that you’re happy, healthy and well!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge is to get going on that plan! What do you need to do first? Set a date? Pick an activity? Have a brave conversation? Whatever you and your mentee decided to do, it’s time to take the first step!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. 😊

TIP of the WEEK: Noticing our biases and working to change our thoughts in the moment is a good first step toward change. We can also take action to intentionally live more inclusively. Some ideas for taking action include: 1.) Start a conversation with someone who comes from a different background than you or has a different perspective than you. 2.) Challenge the assumptions we make about others. 3.) Consider whose voices are, and aren’t, represented.  ~Taken from https://lovehasnolabels.com/why-it-matters

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 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

1/17/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Hello Hello! Happy mid-January, folks!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge is to make a plan! Last week you and your mentee discussed where you hope your mentoring relationship is going. Now it’s time to action step that plan. Each relationship’s action plan is going to look different but all of them should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reachable and Timely. How will you take your mentoring relationship to the next level? Do you need to decide on weekly meeting days/times? Do you need to make a list of the activities you will do together? Do you need to create a list of topics to discuss? Whatever it is, decide together, write it down and keep it in a place that you can easily access so that you never forget what you’re working on!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. ☺️

TIP of the WEEK: We all have implicit biases. Implicit biases are the assumptions, stereotypes, and unintentional actions we make towards others based on identity labels like race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. They can be both positive and negative, and develop over the course of our lifetime through our own experiences as well as internalized messages from family, the media, pop culture, and more. Our implicit associations are stored in our subconscious — where we do 98% of our thinking. Unfortunately, this means that we may act on our biases without even realizing it. Often, our implicit biases contradict what we think and believe. The good news is that we can all work to change our implicit biases. Although we can’t control the fact that we have them, we can learn about our biases, and identify moments where they change the way we see and interact with people.” ~Taken from https://lovehasnolabels.com/why-it-matters

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 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

1/11/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello! Below you shall find another edition of my thoughts, tips, tricks and reminders for you. Enjoy 🙂

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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Challenge for the week:

For January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge continues from last week’s but instead of reflecting on how you view the mentoring relationship, talk to your mentee about how they view it. If you’re new to the program, ask your mentee why they wanted a mentor and what they hope to get out of your mentoring relationship. If you’ve been mentoring for a while, ask your mentee how they’ve seen your relationship grow or change and then ask about how they’d like to see the relationship grow or change as you continue spending time together. Once you’ve talked about your mentoring relationship, write down a description of what you both agree you want to see happen in your relationship so that you are both committing to it!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. 😉

TIP of the WEEK: Working on short-term memory skills is one way to address the stress and neglect of living in poverty. The lack of attunement and self-regulation, along with additional stress, can lead to deficits in attention. Playing simple memory games, such as I’m Going on a Picnic or Number Sequences (Someone begins by naming a number between 1-20. A second person repeats the number called out by the first person, then adds their own number, which cannot be a consecutive number. The next person repeats the numbers in sequence from the first two, then adds their own. Continue like this until either the process is successfully completed (all numbers have been used) or breaks down) can help improve this. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma.

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 7th 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

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the  old, but building the new. -… | Reassurance quotes, Celebration quotes,  Inspirational quotes

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

1/3/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy New Year! It’s 2021, winter break is over and school starts up again tomorrow. Here we go! 👊

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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Challenge for the week:

For January, the challenges will center around the theme of Looking Ahead. This week’s challenge starts with YOU. Take some time this week to reflect on your mentoring relationship and then think ahead to where you’d like to see it go. If you’re new to the program, reflect on why you became a mentor and what you hope for your mentoring relationship. If you’ve been mentoring for awhile, reflect on how your relationship has grown and then think about the areas where you’d like to see new and/or increased growth. Once you’ve looked ahead and seen a vision for the future of your mentoring relationship, write down a description of what this looks like. Writing it down solidifies your commitment to it!

BONUS CHALLENGE: January is National Mentoring Month. That means this month’s challenge is to spread the word about mentoring! One of the biggest hinderances to people becoming mentors is thinking “Who am I? What would I have to offer a child?” But the truth is, we ALL have something to offer! Share your story of why you became a mentor and what your experience has been like with others and then encourage them to get involved. You can also tell them you know just the organization they should contact. 😉

TIP of the WEEK: TIP of the WEEK: All children are born with only six emotions hardwired in their brains. Students from poverty haven’t often had the opportunity to be attuned to their parents’ emotions or had parents who had the time or capacity to teach their children other emotions. Taking time to teach and model emotions for your mentee is very meaningful. Look for opportunities to ask questions about what emotions a movie/song/story character may be feeling and why, to model experiencing an emotion in a positive way, or to discuss your mentee’s experience with different emotions. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma.

📸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📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, January 12th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 7th 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

12/27/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s the last week of 2020! We sincerely hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year brings you peace, joy, hope and lots of love.

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order & COVID precautions mandates.

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 December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. Last week may have been a busy week for both you and your mentee. This means you may not have had the chance to spend time with each other in person or virtually, it’s a new week! This week’s challenge is to check-in with your mentee about the holiday traditions you discussed last week. Perhaps you could send them a message asking how those family recipe cookies they always bake turned out. Or, ask about their time singing carols or playing the games their family loves. Whatever your mentee said their tradition was is your focus when you check-in. This will let your mentee know that you listen and care about what they say!

BONUS CHALLENGE: When we step back and reflect on the meaning of the holiday season, we remember that even more than family and presents and pretty decorations, it’s about hope and peace and light in the darkness. This month, challenge yourself to lead with hope, peace and light as you mentor your mentee. Whatever this looks like to you, do that. Whatever it feels like to you, do that. Whatever hope, peace and light you can share with your mentee, share that. 

TIP of the WEEK: Students from poverty often have a diminished sense of control. This may be because limited resources don’t give them the opportunity to make nutritional or entertainment choices. They may also have to share a bed or sleeping space or have to move from one place to another on a whim. Giving students who have experienced these things the perception of choice is extremely valuable. Some ways to do this are, give them choices about which activities you’ll do together, what time you’ll meet, what you’ll talk about, etc.. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma.

📸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 📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

VAL: Tuesday, December 8th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 7th 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