1/17/21 Weekly Mentor Update

Hello Hello Hello! Happy mid-January, folks!

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

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

Challenge for the week:

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

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

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

📸We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

1/11/21 Weekly Mentor Update

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

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

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

Challenge for the week:

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

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

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

📸We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

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

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

1/3/21 Weekly Mentor Update

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

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

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

Challenge for the week:

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

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

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

📸We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, January 4th 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/27/20 Weekly Mentor Update

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

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

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

Challenge for the week:

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

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

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

📸We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison 📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/20/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Welcome to winter break! For the next two weeks your mentee is out of school and, I’m sure, looking forward to doing their activity kit with you! 🙂

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

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

Challenge for the week:

For December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. This week’s challenge is two fold. Part 1: Ask your mentee about their family’s holiday traditions.  Do they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa? How do they celebrate – with special foods, music, gifts? Do they travel or have family at their house? Do they go to church, decorate a tree, share stories? Part 2: Share your family’s traditions with your mentee! Teach them how to bake your favorite holiday treat or listen to the music that your family always listens to. You could watch Christmas movies together or decorate a small tree. Whatever it is, let them into your life a little bit more and show interest in getting into theirs too!

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

TIP of the WEEK: The first thing anyone working with a youth who grew up in poverty should do is acknowledge their resiliency. The fact that your mentee showed up in your relationship, shows that they have resiliency. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be willing to give the relationship a chance. Celebrate your mentee’s ability to carry their trauma and emotional baggage at such a young age by affirming their strengths, efforts and dreams.  ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma

📸We love seeing photos of you and your mentee spending time together! Please share them with us via your coach or using the hashtag #intentionalmentoringmadison 📸

Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:

MARILYN: Scheduled individually this month marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/13/20 Weekly Mentor Update

⛄Winter activity boxes are packed and ready for pick-up!⛄

Please check your email and texts for detailed information about pick-up. The boxes are so good. You and your mentee are about to have some fun together!

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

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

Challenge for the week:

For December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. This week’s challenge is for you to spend a little time with someone in your mentee’s family. This could look a lot of ways. Some options are:

1.) Hang around for a few minutes and talk to mom/dad/guardian when you pick up or drop off your mentee.

2.) Invite a family member to come along on one of your excursions (or to one of your virtual hangouts).

3.) Plan on doing something at your mentee’s home while the family is around.

Try to get to know a little more about the people in your mentee’s life so you can understand their world just a little bit more.

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

TIP of the WEEK: When working with a mentee who has not learned appropriate emotional responses due to the impact of poverty, a mentor modeling appropriate social behaviors can provide a significant learning opportunity for the mentee. The mentee’s mirror neurons can still pick up on the clues that they missed earlier. Never doubt how much your mentee is learning from you through your words AND actions! ~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: Scheduled individually this month marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 7th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

12/06/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Two weeks until winter break. Three weeks until Christmas. Four weeks until 2021. Whoa. 🎉

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

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

Challenge for the week:

For December, the challenges will center around the theme of Family. To start, talk to your mentee about the people in their family. Who do they live with? Is there any other family nearby that they spend time with or are close with? Do they have other family members who don’t live with them? If you already know these things about your mentee, try learning more about the people in their family – what do they do for work? How old are they? Where did they/do they go to school? This may be a difficult subject for some mentees to talk about it. Perhaps you could start by sharing about your family. The goal is to learn about the people they are surrounded by and who have an influence on them. Be sure to talk, listen and learn together!

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

TIP of the WEEK: Working with a student in poverty can be challenging because of the behaviors of the child, but also because there’s a risk of the adult taking on the pain that the student is experiencing. It’s important for adults working with students in poverty to maintain their own resilience and health so that they can enter into their students’ lives without taking on the pain themselves. Some ways to do this are 1.) get enough sleep 2.) exercise 3.) eat well 4.) practice mindfulness 5.) be reflective 6.) know your limits  ~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, December 29th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  marilyn@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

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

ASHLEY: Scheduled Individually for now  ashley@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

RYAN: Monday, December 1st 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org

Upcoming Events to Note

If you have a change in personal information (phone/address/email) please respond to this email or notify your mentor coach ASAP. 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share riches, but to reveal to him is own. ~Benjamin Disraelli

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

11/29/20 Weekly Mentor Update

Giving Tuesday is just 2 days away! 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 2 weeks! The amazing work that you do with mentees is what makes our program successful and we’re hopeful that our Giving Tuesday campaign has shown our community just how valuable your efforts are. Please help to spread the word and let everyone know that we’d love their support on Giving Tuesday! @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. So far in November you’ve been challenged to write notes of appreciation, say “thank you,” shout-out your gratitude and to let your mentee know you’re grateful for them. This week’s challenge is to work with your mentee to become the person that someone else is thankful for. Who do you and your mentee have in your lives that you can identify as someone who could use your help, love or support? Once you have identified them, figure out what specific need they have and then make a plan to fulfill it, thereby being the person someone is thankful for!

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 who live in poverty are less likely to have growth mindsets. Instead, they have what researchers call a “fixed mindset,” and this correlates with lower test scores than their peers who do not live in poverty. However, students who live in poverty and do have a growth mindset, score equally as well as their wealthy peers. So, does your mentee have a growth or fixed mindset? Tune into how they talk about learning and help encourage a new or expanding growth mindset in them! ~Taken from www.nea.org Impact of Poverty on Students. All in Their Mind?

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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

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

All the best,

Intentional Mentoring

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