7/5/20 Weekly Mentor Update

This July heat – oh my word! It just never ends. Stay cool out there people. Water is your friend!

CONGRATULATIONS to our activity box raffle winners, Megan and her mentee Amoni!! We are so excited about all of the fun you’ll be having together at Michael’s Frozen Custard, Vitense Golfland and Marcus Theaters! Ice cream, mini-golf and movies – yippee!

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 July, the challenges will center around the theme of Independence. This week’s challenge is work on teaching your mentee self-help. The big idea here is to delay assistance for your mentee just long enough for them to see how, by being resourceful, they can figure some things out for themselves. Maybe your mentee is struggling with an issue in summer school or with a friend, ask them to come up with a few possible solutions before you give advice. Maybe you’re playing a game together and your mentee is stuck and can’t figure out a move, again, ask them to come up with possible solutions before you give any advice. The goal here is for your mentee to learn that, in some situations, they are independent enough to help themselves!

BONUS CHALLENGE: July is Career Readiness Month so lets learn about how you can help your mentee start preparing now. Step 1: Find out what your mentee wants to be when they grow up. If they have several ideas, learn more about their specific interests in each. If they have one idea, find out what made them hone in on that one. If they don’t have any ideas, help them sort through their interests and then share some careers that match those interests. If you need help, have them fill out this interest survey.

TIP of the WEEK: Part of having strong communication in a relationship is giving and receiving feedback. This can be tough to do, but it’s key in building lasting relationships that empower all people involved. Start easy with things like, how do you think I did at planning our time together today? Or, ask for feedback on which of your meetings your mentee has enjoyed the most and why. Also be sure to give your mentee feedback on how they responded to different situations or how well they handled the conversations you had. If your mentee missed your time together or didn’t respond to your text, let them know how that made you feel. The more feedback you’re willing to give and receive, the closer you and your mentee will become!

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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, July 14th 5:30-:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, July 16th 7-8 a.m.  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 6th 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

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” ~ Denzel Washington

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

6/28/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s almost July! What are you doing to celebrate the 4th this year? Things will probably look a little different this year, for several reasons, but we hope the holiday brings you good times and good cheer none the less! ❤️💙

REMINDER: Now that you’ve delivered an activity box to your mentee, it’s time to play! Anyone who sends us a photo and a brief description of your experience doing the activity with your mentee by FRIDAY, JULY 3rd will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win $75 worth of gift cards to use to have more fun together!

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 July, the challenges will center around the theme of Independence. This week’s challenge is to think about ways you can encourage your mentee to be independent and then facilitate a way for them to try it out. Going to get some ice cream? Have your mentee place their own order. At a museum or other local event? Encourage your mentee to ask a staff member a question. Going somewhere new? Have your mentee stop to ask for directions. See how comfortable your mentee is with being independent in these ways in order to give yourself some perspective about where you can grow together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: July is Career Readiness Month so lets learn about how you can help your mentee start preparing now. Step 1: Find out what your mentee wants to be when they grow up. If they have several ideas, learn more about their specific interests in each. If they have one idea, find out what made them hone in on that one. If they don’t have any ideas, help them sort through their interests and then share some careers that match those interests. If you need help, have them fill out this interest survey.

TIP of the WEEK: Open and honest communication are keys to strong relationships. Be sure to set up a communication plan with your mentee – figure out if you will text, call, e-mail or use other social media channels to keep in touch. Determine what is the best day of the week and/or time to reach each other. Once your communication plan is set, be sure to stick to it and let each other know if anything changes or if you feel it’s not working for one of you.

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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, July 14th 5:30-:30 p.m.  val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, July 16th 7-8 a.m.  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, July 6th 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 lot of people put pressure on themselves and think it will be way too hard for them to live out their dreams. Mentors are there to say, ‘Look, it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career”. ~ Joe Jonas

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

6/21/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Happy Father’s Day to you and your loved ones! We hope that today you are able to celebrate the fathers in your lives, the fatherly role you play, the memories or fathers who have passed and/or the hope of one day being a father.

REMINDER: Doorstep Activity Boxes are ready to go! Please plan to pick up and deliver your box to your mentee by the end of this week! Text KatieMae (262-366-0030) to let her know when you’ll swing by to get it. Reply to this email ASAP if you are unable to pick up and deliver your mentee’s box so that we can make other arrangements. More details are in the email I sent out on Friday.

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 June, the challenges will center around the theme of Embrace Diversity. This week’s challenge is to learn about other cultures. You could share and talk about you and your mentee’s cultural traditions, learn to say a few words in another language (check out Ways to Say Hello in Different Languages), try some ethnic foods (Best Ethnic Restaurants in Madison) or visit a cultural exhibit (Visit Madison – Museums & Galleries). Explore and learn together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: We can’t let any more time pass without doing the work to fight for social justice. This month’s bonus challenge is to begin or continue the work in yourself. I don’t know where each of you are in your journey or what you need to hear, but I do know that we are all works in progress with room to grow. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: It can be hard to remember that a mentor’s role is not to be a friend or a parent but to be a listening ear, a voice of wisdom and a source of truth. Hold tight to your role and never underestimate its value in your mentee’s life!  

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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: Thursday, June 25th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, June 9th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, June 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

6/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s SUMMER BREAK for your mentees! No more virtual learning for the next 3 months. Time for less screens and more play! Woo hoo!

***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 June, the challenges will center around the theme of Embrace Diversity. This week’s challenge is to take a look at diversity in the arts. There are many cultural influences in music, art and dance, some that your mentee may be aware of, and others that they may not be aware of. In order to expose your mentee to different styles, you could take a trip to the art museum or to the music store. If that’s not an option, pull up YouTube and search up cultural dances and songs. Perhaps you could go to the library and ask the librarian to help you locate books or magazines about art, dance or music from different cultures. (There are lots of virtual options for all of these ideas!) Have your mentee share the arts of their culture and make sure that you share the arts of yours too!

BONUS CHALLENGE: We can’t let any more time pass without doing the work to fight for social justice. This month’s bonus challenge is to begin or continue the work in yourself. I don’t know where each of you are in your journey or what you need to hear, but I do know that we are all works in progress with room to grow. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: Relationships can be difficult you guys. They take work and effort and patience and trust and commitment. That’s a lot! When your mentee isn’t opening up as much as you’d like or connecting with you as much as you’d like, remind yourself of these things. Take a step back, look at what you’ve tried and what you haven’t yet tried. Can you contact a family member, reach out in a new way (via social media perhaps) or talk to your mentee about how you’re feeling? Don’t forget that you also have coach you can lean on. There’s no issue too small for you to talk to your coach about!

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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

AS THINGS ARE STARTING TO OPEN UP, IN PERSON COACHING IS BECOMING MORE REALISTIC AGAIN. REACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GROUP.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Thursday, June 25th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, June 9th 5:30-:30 p.m. val@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, June 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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

​It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.   ~Maya Angelou

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

COVID-19 UPDATE: Launching Into Phase 1

With the events of the last couple of weeks, we want to extend another huge thank you for the ways you are working in your relationships to elevate the voices of our mentees and families.  We want to make sure you feel supported, and that our black students and families feel seen and heard.  Please reach out to your mentor coach if you need anything regarding recent events OR COVID.

We sent an email two weeks ago and we wanted to provide some official guidance and next steps for our Intentional Mentoring Community.  Please know that we will continue to follow guidance from the CDC and other governmental agencies and will send you updates about changes as necessary. 
Any questions or concerns should be brought to your mentor coaches.  As we move into this time, we maintain the perspective that our response will always be out of care for our mentees, families, and community.
We are including the expected guidelines so you can begin to move back to in-person mentoring as you see fit.  The expectation is still to be in quality communication with your mentee because your relationship matters.

In-Person Mentoring will begin with the following guidelines:

  1. Mentors must be comfortable resuming in-person mentoring.  The mentor should not have COVID related symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed case in the last 2 weeks.  If they are not comfortable or either of the above are true, they can relay this to the family.  If they would like wording from Intentional Mentoring as they share this with the family, they can ask their mentor coach and decide on the next steps.
  2. Mentors must speak with students and families to confirm comfort level before resuming any in-person mentoring.  If they would like support in this, we can help reach out to families, but we encourage that it comes from the mentor because of their relational level.  This conversation should confirm that the mentee and family have not had COVID related symptoms or been exposed to any confirmed cases in the last 2 weeks.
  3. Mentors must wear a face mask out of care for our mentees and families.  Mentees can wear a mask if they would like (we can provide for either mentor or mentee a mask if needed- please ask your coach).  Mentors should ask mentees if they would like one.
  4. We encourage frequent hand-washing and avoidance of face-touching.
  5. Mentors should suggest unpopulated, outside areas for mentor meet-ups.  If mentors need help coming up with ideas, they should speak with their mentor coach.
  6. Mentors should try to find activities based on student interests (to support positive summer activity).  We will be launching a Doorstep Interest Box soon to help support positive summer activities.  You should be on the lookout for more information.  However, if students are coming up with things they would like to do, you can share with us and we will craft a box with supplies related to their interest and ideas for activities to do with the support of their mentor.  We will try to incorporate some sort of challenge in these boxes that will be dropped at their doorsteps.  The challenges will hopefully help positive engagement during the summer.

Once again, thanks for all you do, and please let your mentor coach know if you have any questions or concerns!
Best,
Katie Mae and the Intentional Mentoring Team

5/31/20 Weekly Mentor Update

The vision of Intentional Mentoring is that, in the face of adversity, students will prevail. Today, perhaps more than other days, we can see clearly just some of the adversity our students are facing. Always, but especially in the midst of a global pandemic and a fight for social justice, we want ALL of our mentees and ALL of you to know that we SEE you, we HEAR you, we VALUE you, we CARE for you and we will continue to reflect and make changes so that we can DO BETTER for you. 💙

***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 June, the challenges will center around the theme of Embracing Diversity. This week’s challenge is to expose your mentee to a situation that shows them some of the diversity in our world. This could mean playing at a park or walking through a neighborhood unlike their own, reading a book or watching a movie about children/people who have a different cultural background than them, or looking for a cultural event going on around the city (perhaps it’s happening virtually!). No matter how you embrace diversity, be sure to talk to your mentee about their thoughts and feelings and, most importantly, be sure to LISTEN!

BONUS CHALLENGE: We can’t let any more time pass without doing the work to fight for social justice. This month’s bonus challenge is to begin or continue the work in yourself. I don’t know where each of you are in your journey or what you need to hear, but I do know that we are all works in progress with room to grown. Here are several resources to help you on your journey. Anti-Racist Resources

TIP of the WEEK: Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals. You’re probably sick of me talking about goals and your mentee might be sick of talking about them too. BUT, if we don’t talk about them, they may not happen. Ahhh! So, maybe you take a break from talking and give the action steps some time to get moving and THEN you talk about them again. Because, of course, you can’t just set a goal, make some action steps and then never check-in. It’s hard for adults to stick to their goals (hello New Year’s Resolutions . . . ) so imagine how important it is for a student to have someone holding them accountable. Keep checking in. Keep nagging if you have to. Trust me, they’ll thank you later 🙂

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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

AS THINGS ARE STARTING TO OPEN UP, IN PERSON COACHING IS BECOMING MORE REALISTIC AGAIN. REACH OUT TO YOUR COACH FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GROUP.

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Thursday, May 25th 7-8 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

VAL: Tuesday, June 9th 5:30-:30 p.m. val @intentionalmentoringmadison.org

ASHLEY: Thursday, June 18th 7-8 a.m. ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, June 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

“Mentors are not there to make us happy. They are there to guide us to the best of their knowledge. ~ Samira DeAndrade

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

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