But we'll try to make it a little bit easier!
It's true, "A truly amazing mentor is hard to find, and impossible to forget." Luckily, we have found 309 of them, and the Lowcountry is a better place because of it- because of YOU.
The 2015-2016 school year is coming to a close, and this week most of you will be meeting with your mentee for the last time. Some of you will be saying goodbye for the summer, and some of you will be saying goodbye for good. Either way, an amazing amount of work has been done this school year, and that is something to be proud of!
If you do not think you saw the results you were hoping for with your mentee, be assured that even if it is not obvious to you, your presence made an impact and your mentee will not forget the difference you made.
Whether you will be picking up with the same mentee in the fall, or not continuing with us, keep two things in mind as you say goodbye: reflection and closure. As we mention during our training programs, closure is an (if not the most) important part of a mentoring relationship. Our goal as an organization, and your goal as mentors, is to provide stable, caring relationships for children. We would not want to undo the great work of the school year by breaking a child's heart with an abrupt exit. We know you don't want that either.
During your last meeting reflect on some of the things you and your mentee have done, stories you have shared, and the progress they have made during the school year. Ask your mentee things like:
Once again, we are so proud of the work our mentors have done in the 2015-2016 school year. No matter how long you have been a part of the Be A Mentor family, we appreciate you and value your effort and time you gave to your mentee. We hope to see in the fall!