It's hard to believe Spring has sprung, and summer vacation will be rolling around the corner before we know it. As the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, so will Be A Mentor's weekly mentoring sessions. Whether you are continuing on with your mentee for another year or with the end of the school year comes the end of your mentoring relationship- it is important to openly acknowledge the situation and what your time spent together has meant to you both as a pair.
Read below for tips and tricks on having this discussion with your mentee!
1. Identify natural emotions associated with closure, which might include grief, denial and anger.
Remember your responsibility as a role model in the closure process. While you might be feeling loss and sadness yourself, make sure that your mentee does not feel as though s/he has to take care of you. Think about your own schedule and discuss with your school coordinator about continuing the match for the next school year BEFORE the process of closure begins so that you can talk to your mentee about this option. If you have any questions or concerns about the end of the school year or continuing with your mentee, please do not hesitate to contact us or your school coordinator.
Your dedication this past year has made a world of difference in a child's life- thank you!
April“He is learning how to set goals and work towards them.
My favorite memory so far is when we set a behavior goal that he knocked out of the park, and as a result we played Bounce-Off during one of our sessions as a reward.
There are so many deserving children in our community that could easily fall between the cracks and not achieve what they set out to, and I hope to reverse that trend in my work with Be A Mentor.”
- Towner Magill, April Mentor of the Month
Be A Mentor is honored to highlight Towner Magill as the April Mentor of the Month for his inspiring dedication to his mentee., Zy'meyir. While they have not been matched for long, Towner and Zy have have already established a great bond, and are tackling goals together left and right. Looking forward, he hopes he can continue as Zy's mentor throughout next school year and beyond- hoping to see him through high school and going to college.
Whether it is hanging out in the library or shooting hoops in the gym, Towner is making a world of difference as such a positive role model. Congratulations! And thank you for being such a wonderful mentor.
"Simply by not quitting, you will succeed."
This past weekend marked the 40th Anniversary of Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run. Nearly 40,000 runners, walkers, and sideline supporters came from near and far to celebrate a beautiful day of exercise, sunshine and community. The cheering crowd lined streets, the hundreds of volunteers that make the event possible, the encouraging pat on the back from a fellow runner that helps you push on a little further- these are the acts of kindness that make the Cooper River Bridge Run an iconic Charleston staple.
The same community based mindset is what bridges the gap to success in the Lowcountry's youth who are "on the brink of success." Mentors are cheerleaders, volunteers and support systems. The hour a week BAM's mentors spend with their child helps bridge the gap to their future successes. Just like the Cooper River Bridge Run, it takes a community to reach the finish line.