10/18/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Lots of info in this week’s update. Be sure to check out the link about the PAID culinary training at the Goodman Center Teenworks program!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 October, the challenges will center around the theme of Character Education. This week’s challenge is to teach your mentee about caring. A good place to start might be with giving your mentee a self-evaluation like the one in this link. Here you can also find great discussion questions that will help you learn about your mentee’s views and understanding of what it means to be caring. Another idea is to spend time with your mentee actually caring for others. This may look like going to a soup kitchen and serving a meal together or stopping by a neighbors and offering to rake their lawn or carving a pumpkin and then gifting it to the neighbor. Brainstorm with your mentee and then put their idea into action! Whatever you decide to do, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together! 

BONUS CHALLENGE: October is S.T.E.M. Mentoring month but the reality of youth in S.T.E.M. is not the prettiest of pictures. According to Mentoring.org, The struggles of girls and young women, youth with disabilities, youth of color, and first generation college students to engage in and persist in STEM are also well documented, as these groups continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in academia and the STEM workforce. This is an issue that not only limits the career choices being considered by young Americans, but the dilution of the talent pipeline hurts American competitiveness in many industries. Closing these gaps in STEM engagement, performance, and representation has become an issue of national importance. Challenge yourself to expose your mentee to S.T.E.M. this month and, potentially, spark an interest!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Maintaining equity helps people who have experienced trauma to feel supported. Below are some tips on maintaining equity.

  • Embrace curiosity and self-reflection through the practice of cultural humility: lifelong learning, recognition of power imbalances, and institutional accountability
  • Consider the frequent connection between trauma and the various forms of oppression and racism (historical, institutional, interpersonal)
  • Recognize that everyone has bias (as a result of our experiences culture) that is often unconscious or implicit. 
  • Recognize that the presence or absence of privilege plays a role in how your mentee and their family experience schools/community.
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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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

It’s literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~Napoleon Hill

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

10/11/20 Weekly Mentor Update

What a beautiful weekend. Hopefully you were able to get outside and enjoy it!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 October, the challenges will center around the theme of Character Education. This week’s challenge is to teach your mentee about responsibility. A good place to start might be with giving your mentee a self-evaluation like the one below.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY:

TRUE or FALSE     I do what needs to be done

TRUE or FALSE     I am reliable and dependable

TRUE or FALSE     I never make excuses or blame others for my actions

TRUE or FALSE     I always follow through on my commitments

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:

TRUE or FALSE     I do my part for the common good   

TRUE or FALSE     I volunteer in my school or community

TRUE or FALSE     I participate in community service

TRUE or FALSE     I do what I can to help take care of the environment

I think I am/am not a responsible person because ________________________

 You can follow up the self-evaluation with some of the prompts below.

  1. What does “taking responsibility” mean?
  2. How does behaving responsibly affect our relationships with our friends? How important is that?
  3. How does behaving responsibly affect your relationship with your parents? How important is that?
  4. Have you ever caused problems for somebody else by being irresponsible? What happened? Would you do things differently if you had another chance?
  5. Has anybody ever caused problems for you by being irresponsible? What happened? What do you wish that person understood about what happened?
  6. How does it make you feel when somebody lets you down?
  7. How does it make you feel when you have let somebody else down?
  8. Do you think there is any connection between being responsible and being trusted? Between being responsible and being respected?

It would be great if you shared answers to these questions as well. Model being vulnerable and open in honest conversations. Talk, listen, share and learn together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: October is S.T.E.M. Mentoring month but the reality of youth in S.T.E.M. is not the prettiest of pictures. According to Mentoring.org, The struggles of girls and young women, youth with disabilities, youth of color, and first generation college students to engage in and persist in STEM are also well documented, as these groups continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in academia and the STEM workforce. This is an issue that not only limits the career choices being considered by young Americans, but the dilution of the talent pipeline hurts American competitiveness in many industries. Closing these gaps in STEM engagement, performance, and representation has become an issue of national importance. Challenge yourself to expose your mentee to S.T.E.M. this month and, potentially, spark an interest!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Some other ways you can help support someone who has experienced trauma, is by focusing on choice and collaboration.

CHOICE

  • Include mentees in decision-making processes whenever possible
  • Consider the environment and sensory modality that is best for mentees to engage (seek mentee input and be responsive) 
  • Allow mentees/families to choose how communication will occur (email, mail, phone, etc.) and what content is most important

COLLABORATION

  • Collaboration is about sharing power to ensure shared decision-making and honoring of personal rights
  • Seek to be inclusive of your mentee’s voice when deciding on activities, style of communication, meeting days/times, etc.
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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

10/4/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello! With it being pumpkin carving, apple picking and football watching season, there is so much fun to be had with your mentee! Please read below for some things to discuss while you’re spending time together.

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 October, the challenges will center around the theme of Character Education. This week’s challenge is to teach your mentee about trustworthiness. A good place to start might be with giving your mentee a self-evaluation like the one below.

TRUE FALSE
🟦 🟦I am honest. I don’t lie, cheat, or steal.
🟦 🟦I keep my promises and follow through on my commitments.
🟦 🟦I try to do what is right, even when it feels difficult.
🟦 🟦I am a good and dependable friend.

You can follow up this self-evaluation with a discussion using some of the prompts below. 
1. How do you know when you can trust someone?
2. What part does trust play in your relationships with your friends and family? How would these relationships be affected if you found out someone was lying to you?
3. What are the benefits of being a trustworthy person? How do you benefit from the trustworthiness of others?
4. What does trusting somebody mean?
5. What do you look for in someone so you know you can trust him/her?

BONUS CHALLENGE: October is S.T.E.M. Mentoring month but the reality of youth in S.T.E.M. is not the prettiest of pictures. According to Mentoring.org, The struggles of girls and young women, youth with disabilities, youth of color, and first generation college students to engage in and persist in STEM are also well documented, as these groups continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in academia and the STEM workforce. This is an issue that not only limits the career choices being considered by young Americans, but the dilution of the talent pipeline hurts American competitiveness in many industries. Closing these gaps in STEM engagement, performance, and representation has become an issue of national importance. Challenge yourself to expose your mentee to S.T.E.M. this month and, potentially, spark an interest!

TIP OF THE WEEK: It takes time for people who have experienced trauma to trust others again. Below are some ways to help them with trustworthiness.

  • Make sure your mentee can rely on you by being honest and truthful
  • Patiently work toward earning trust, despite setbacks 
  • Clearly explain expectations
  • Be consistent on how you respond, especially in emotional situations
  • Provide clear and appropriate boundaries
  • Teach your mentee how to express feelings (model positive expression and regulation
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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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

“I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.” ~Kendrick Lamar

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

9/27/20 Weekly Mentor Update

The last few days of September are upon is. Here comes October with all its pumpkins and crunchy leaves and gourds and ghosts and goblins . . . 🎃🍂 🍠👻👺

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to get to know your mentee’s schedule. What school events do they have coming up that you could potentially attend? Do they play a musical instrument or sing in the choir? Start letting them know that you’d like to attend a concert! If their sports teams seasons are active, ask when their games are and plan to attend. Is your mentee looking for something to get involved in but they’re not sure what that is? Most schools have an MSCR coordinator that would be able to help you and your mentee find just the right fit!

**By now all of you have gotten teacher contact information for all of your mentee’s teachers. Don’t delay in contacting each teacher to introduce yourself and start making a connection that will strengthen the support network for your mentee!

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and the layered crises facing our nation have made it, perhaps more than ever, imperative that we show up for mentees. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what back-to-school will look like, we need to make sure that students are heard, seen and supported during their learning. Challenge yourself to ask more questions, listen to the details and offer support to both your mentee and their family during this critical time.

TIP OF THE WEEK: You may not pick up on signs of trauma from your mentee right away, or at all. That’s okay! Children show their trauma differently, just as adults do. Be patient with yourself and with your mentee. The goal is to be aware that trauma may be a factor playing into your mentee’s well-being, and it may not be. Keep listening, observing, learning and reaching out to your coach for support in supporting your mentee.  

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Last week of October  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: October 5th 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 a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential. When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential. ~Donald Sadoway

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

9/20/20 Weekly Mentor Update

💛🏈💚 GO PACK GO 💛🏈💚

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to work with your mentee to set SMART goals. Use this document to talk through some personal, behaviorall and/or academic goals that you will monitor and track with your mentee throughout the school year. Your coaches will be checking in with you about this and offering you support in helping your mentee work toward achieving the goals they set! 

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and the layered crises facing our nation have made it, perhaps more than ever, imperative that we show up for mentees. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what back-to-school will look like, we need to make sure that students are heard, seen and supported during their learning. Challenge yourself to ask more questions, listen to the details and offer support to both your mentee and their family during this critical time.

TIP OF THE WEEK: There are several ways to support students who have experienced trauma. 

  • Physical – Help ensure their basic needs are met so that they may feel comfortable. Think – rest, water, food and warmth
  • Emotional – Create a trusting environment where they can share their emotions and express concerns while receiving respect and acceptance. Also, support risk-taking.
  • Social – Help them feel a sense of belonging and connection, model self-awareness, delay a need for gratification and help them develop empathy.
  • Moral – Communicate honestly and with integrity, show them they can trust you and let them know that they can struggle while still being in a trustworthy environment.
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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: TBD 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

Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly. Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant. ~Anonymous

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

9/13/20 Weekly Mentor Update

You guys. Have you been outside today? Did you see the ☀️? I know it was probably hard to recognize, but it’s back!!! FINALLY!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to do a check-in. Before school started, you talked to your mentee about their hopes and anxieties for the school year. This week, check-in with them. How were they able to deal with their anxieties the first week? Did their fears dissipate or change? Do they see possibility in their hopes? Did new anxieties or hopes show up? Get them talking about what they’re feeling! As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee!

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and the layered crises facing our nation have made it, perhaps more than ever, imperative that we show up for mentees. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what back-to-school will look like, we need to make sure that students are heard, seen and supported during their learning. Challenge yourself to ask more questions, listen to the details and offer support to both your mentee and their family during this critical time.

TIP of the WEEK: You may not be aware of any ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) that your mentee has experienced, but if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms below, it’s likely they have experienced one or several. 

-Basic mistrust of adults/unable to depend on others

-Belief that the world is unsafe and/or bad things will happen

-Assumes blame, rejection, fear/anxiety

-Feelings of hopelessness/pessimism

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: TBD 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

9/6/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Labor Day weekend!! Enjoy the day off tomorrow – we all deserve it!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to surprise your mentee with a little back to school love. Maybe they find out on the first day that everyone is class has a really cool Zoom background but they don’t know how to get one. Could you help them set one up? Maybe, you go have lunch at school (aka their house/backyard) with your mentee (definitely ask them first if this is okay with them). How about instead of hanging out at 5:00 pm, you pick them up after school and take them to get their favorite ice cream flavor. How about writing some happy, fun notes and texting them, snail mailing them or emailing them to your mentee. Or, start a growth chart and plan to see how much your mentee grows throughout the year. Whatever it is, make sure to spoil your mentee a little bit and show them that back to school is FUN! As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee!

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and the layered crises facing our nation have made it, perhaps more than ever, imperative that we show up for mentees. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what back-to-school will look like, we need to make sure that students are heard, seen and supported during their learning. Challenge yourself to ask more questions, listen to the details and offer support to both your mentee and their family during this critical time.

TIP of the WEEK: Several different ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can impact children for years after their experience. Some examples of ACE’s are: Abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), neglect (emotional or physical), household dysfunction (substance abuse, mental illness, divorce, or incarcerated parent), witnessed violence, unsafe neighborhood, bullying, or lived in foster care. There are also culture-based sources of trauma. These may include discrimination, racism, microaggressions, homelessness/mobility, immigration stress and social isolation. If your mentee has experienced any of these things, they are most likely dealing with the impact of their experience. 

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: TBD 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

8/30/20 Weekly Mentor Update

One more week of summer break until school starts! Are your mentees ready? This won’t feel like a normal return to school, but we can all do our best to help our mentees stay positive and to embrace virtual school! MMSD has been sending out a lot of communication about how school will look this fall – it might be a good idea to check-in with your mentee and their family to make sure they’re keeping up to date on all of the happenings.

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 September, the challenges will center around the theme of Back to School. This week’s challenge is to set aside some time to talk to your mentee about how they are feeling about going back to school. Make a list of the things they are afraid of or anxious about and the things they are excited about or looking forward to. Be intentional about helping them address their fears and anxieties and find out why certain things excite them. Keep this list in mind so that you can come back to it in a few weeks to check-in! As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee!

BONUS CHALLENGE: September is Back-to-School Month and the layered crises facing our nation have made it, perhaps more than ever, imperative that we show up for mentees. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what back-to-school will look like, we need to make sure that students are heard, seen and supported during their learning. Challenge yourself to ask more questions, listen to the details and offer support to both your mentee and their family during this critical time.

TIP of the WEEK: Did you know that there are several different types of trauma? Trauma can be experienced in the form of a one-time event, a series of events (possibly over a period of time) or through historical events (cumulative emotional and psychological wounding across generations). Some events/experiences that may cause trauma are natural disasters, human-caused disasters, community violence, school violence, family trauma, refugee trauma, medical trauma, poverty, racial trauma and/or historical trauma. Not everyone responds the same to any one event or any series of events. It’s our job to understand this and to do our best to help our mentees build their capacity to unlearn the damaging effects they may be experiencing (possibly unknowingly) as a result of trauma. 

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: TBD 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

8/23/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Two weeks until all of your little mentees start school. Let the countdown begin! This is going to be a weird start to the school year. There’s a lot of new information being shared with your mentee and their family. Don’t be surprised if they need a little extra support processing it all and getting themselves organized.

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 August, the challenges will center around the theme of Friendship. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about what it means to be a good friend. Some things that make a good friend are:

  • Remembering important things  (birthdays, accomplishments, etc.)
  • Being reliable
  • Doing kind things for one another and using kind language
  • Helping out when a friend is sad or has a problem
  • Spending time together
  • Having fun with one another

A few ways you could teach your mentee about what it means to be a good friend are by role playing, setting a good example, reading books about friendship or watching movies about friendship. As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee while participating in any activity and have fun!

BONUS CHALLENGE: August is Advocacy Month and, according to MENTOR, Members of Congress make strong commitments to mentoring and youth development during this month. YOU can help the cause by CHOOSING to advocate on behalf of a number of legislative issues including:

  • The OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant and the importance of federal funding for mentoring.
  • The Mentoring to Succeed Act to provide young people with trauma-informed care and mentoring that supports their emotional and education growth and creates critical workforce and career exploration opportunities.
  • Efforts to provide emergency and long-term funding to address the ever-growing gap in access to technology and reliable Wi-Fi for students.

TIP of the WEEK: Your mentor peers and your coach aren’t just meant to support you once per month. Have you swapped phone numbers and/or emails with the other mentors in your group? If not, go for it and then make an effort to reach out when you are faced with a challenge, need a little encouragement or want to share an accomplishment. Also, don’t forget how valuable your advice is to other mentors in your group! Take the opportunity to share about your experiences and offer yourself as a resource. You are not meant to mentor alone and you certainly aren’t meant to keep all of the wonderful things you’re doing a secret. What you do matters, the questions you have matter and the advice you can offer matters. 

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Tuesday, August 25th 7:00 – 8:00 pm marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, August 11th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, August 20th 7-8 a.m.  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, August 3rd 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

Only the fearful would feel empowerment is something best kept to oneself, or the few, and not shared with all.” Rasheed Ogunlaru

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

8/16/20 Weekly Mentor Update

My apologies for sending this email out a day late. I hope it still finds you well and ready for another full week of mentoring!

*Just a friendly reminder – please be mindful of Dane County’s face mask order. If you are spending time indoors with your mentee, be sure that you’re both wearing a mask (We have some if you or your mentee need one). If you’re outdoors, please remain cautious and smart about your interactions with each other.

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 August, the challenges will center around the theme of Friendship. This week’s challenge is to do a friendship activity with your mentee. Some possible ideas are to:

  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Plan to read and discuss the book Wonder
  • Watch and discuss a movie that teachers about friendship (Toy Story, My Girl, E.T., The Sandlot, Charlotte’s Web, Finding Nemo, Bridge to Terabithia, Lilo and Stitch)
  • Have your mentee journal and discuss some of these questions

As always, talk, question, listen, challenge and encourage your mentee while participating in any activity and have fun!

BONUS CHALLENGE: August is Advocacy Month and, according to MENTOR, Members of Congress make strong commitments to mentoring and youth development during this month. YOU can help the cause by CHOOSING to advocate on behalf of a number of legislative issues including:

  • The OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant and the importance of federal funding for mentoring.
  • The Mentoring to Succeed Act to provide young people with trauma-informed care and mentoring that supports their emotional and education growth and creates critical workforce and career exploration opportunities.
  • Efforts to provide emergency and long-term funding to address the ever-growing gap in access to technology and reliable Wi-Fi for students.

TIP of the WEEK: Remember that you’re not alone! Your coach and peer mentors are excellent resources! It’s important for you to rely on them and depend on them for support, ideas and feedback. 

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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

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: TBD  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, August 11th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, August 20th 7-8 a.m.  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, August 3rd 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 delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves. ~Steven Spielberg

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring