11/22/20 Weekly Mentor Update

🦃From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!🦃

Check out the Upcoming Events to Note section for a few new, and really cool, opportunities this week!

This week beings week 2 of our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. It has been such a joy to see stories, quotes and pictures of/from all of you on our social media platforms over the last week! For the next few weeks, continue to keep an eye out for daily social media posts and make sure you SHARE them on your own social media platforms. The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and this work is what we want people to hear about. Spread the word and let our community know that the work you do building relationships with students is worth every penny of their support.  @intentionalmentoringmadison (Instagram, Twitter) and Intentional Mentoring Inc (Facebook)

*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 November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. Due to it being a holiday week and there being a high chance that you and your mentee are both busy, this week’s challenge is to check-in with your mentee at least once to remind them that you are thankful for them and see how they’re holiday is/was. For some this may be a wonderful time of celebration with family and friends, for others it may not. Hearing from you could be just what your mentee needs in order to put an extra smile on their face! As always, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together! 

BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!

TIP of the WEEK: Stress, from any source, changes the structure and processes of the brain. Constant stress without relief, such as from living in poverty, increases the baseline resting stress of a person, lowers the immune system and, therefore, increases health and emotional issues. The good news is that the brain is capable of change! ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and 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: Tuesday, November 24th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

11/15/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Mentors! This is the week our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign begins and we are SO excited to get to share stories and pictures of your dedication and commitment to Madison area youth! Remember, if you’re not already following us on social media, you’re going to want to start! (Hint, hint – there will be give aways!) Keep an eye out for daily social media posts and make sure you SHARE them on your own social media platforms. The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and this work is what we want people to hear about. Spread the word and let our community know that the work you do building relationships with students is worth every penny of their support. @intentionalmentoringmadison (Instagram, Twitter) and Intentional Mentoring Inc (Facebook)

*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 November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. This week’s challenge is to shout out your gratitude! One of the “loudest” ways your mentee can do this is through social media. If your mentee has an account, help them post, tweet or snap their gratitude to someone. Talk about who or what they’re grateful for, and why, and then encourage them to be specific in shouting that out. If your mentee doesn’t have an account, think about using yours. Either you can model shouting out or you could even shout out to your mentee!

Another challenge for this week is to talk to your mentee about what they do for Thanksgiving. Get to know their family’s traditions and what Thanksgiving is like in their world. As you’re engaging with your mentee, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!

TIP of the WEEK: Students living in poverty often live in an environment where the rate of discouraging words is higher than the rate of encouraging words due to the stress their parents/guardians are often under or because of their parents/guardians own personal trauma. For this reason, it’s important to consider how you’re flipping that ratio during the time you’re spending with your mentee.  ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and 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: Tuesday, November 24th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

11/8/20 Weekly Mentor Update

It’s hard to believe it’s the second week of November already after the beautiful weekend weather we just had. I sure hope you were able to get outside and take advantage of it!

Starting November 15th, Intentional Mentoring will be launching our first ever Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. If you’re not already following us on social media, you’re going to want to start! (Hint, hint – there will be give aways!) November 15th through Dec. 1st (giving Tuesday) you will see daily social media posts that we would LOVE FOR YOU TO SHARE on your own social media platforms. The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and this work is what we want people to hear about. Spread the word and let our community know that the work you do building relationships with students is worth every penny of their support. @intentionalmentoringmadison (Instagram, Twitter) and Intentional Mentoring Inc (Facebook)

*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 November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. This week’s challenge is to practice saying “Thank You!” Here are a couple of different ways you could do this:

1.) Take your mentee on an outing and plan to thank anyone who helps you in some way (serves you coffee or ice cream or food, clears your table, holds a door open, takes your movie ticket, drives the bus, etc.)

2.) Celebrate Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11th and thank as many veterans as you can for their service.

3.) Make a plan for you and your mentee to keep track of how many times you thank someone in a week. The next time you meet, compare your numbers and share stories of who you thanked!

4.) Thank your mentee for being who they are and for sharing themselves with you!

As you’re engaging with your mentee, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together!

BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!

TIP of the WEEK: Symptoms of living in poverty, like symptoms of trauma, can show themselves differently in different people. In students, it may be acting out or withdrawing, absenteeism, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and hypervigilance, among others. The first step in supporting a student coming from trauma, is recognizing the situation, even if they may not be talking about it. ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and 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: Tuesday, November 24th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

**(If you and your mentee are interested in the above event and need help with any associated costs, please let us know!)

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

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” ~ Camille Pissarro

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/1/20 Weekly Mentor Update

👻HAPPY HALLOWEEN🦇 and 🦃HAPPY NOVEMBER!🥧

Round 2 of Activity Boxes are in the works! In order to provide you and your mentee with an activity that matches your interests and preferences, we’re asking that you fill out a quick interest survey. So that we can move forward with purchasing and preparing the boxes for you, PLEASE FILL OUT THE INTEREST SURVEY BY MONDAY, NOV. 2nd.
Survey Link ➡️ Activity Box Interest Survey

*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 November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. This week’s challenge is to talk to your mentee about who they’re thankful for and why. Share who you’re thankful for and why too. Then, write some appreciation notes (store bought or homemade) and slip them in the mail or deliver them yourselves! This can also be an opportunity to teach how to address an envelope, write a note and tell people how you feel. As you’re writing, be sure to talk, listen, share and learn together! 

BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!

TIP of the WEEK: In addition to the hardships that come from living in poverty, many students from poverty have been traumatized in ways not directly related to their socioeconomic status. The number of students living in poverty who have been traumatized has been estimated between 50-80 percent. For this reason, it’s important to remember the tips on dealing with students who have experienced trauma that were shared in previous emails (safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, equity). ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and 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: Tuesday, November 24th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, November 2nd 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

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melody Beattie

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

10/25/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Brrrr! If it’s this cold outside already . . . . oh boy 🥶

➡️We’ve been thinking. . . we’re jealous that you and your mentee get to be out there having fun together without us!☺️Can you let us live vicariously through you by taking photos and sharing them with us? We’d LOVE to see your smiling faces! Check out the tip (in green) below on how you can pass photos along to us!

*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 citizenship. 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 a good citizen. Another idea is to read about some kids who contributed to the common good and tried to make the world a better place. Check out this list of kids who started nonprofits! What ideas does your mentee have for contributing to the common good at school or in their neighborhood? Brainstorm with your mentee and then help him/her 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: Mentoring someone who has experienced trauma can also have an effect on you. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you do not experience Secondary Traumatic Stress. Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress may include:

-Poor Boundaries     -Hypervigilance     -Avoidance     -Inability to empathize

-Minimizing     -Chronic exhaustion     -Anger/cynicism

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to reach out to a friend and/or family member, talk with your primary health care provider or seek mental health support.

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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

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

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