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!
Being a Mentor
By: Emily Gildea
"Mentoring for the first time is pretty much how you'd imagine it to be. It's like your first day of school, only you're an adult and nervous to meet a kindergartner. Will she think I'm cool? Will we connect? What will we talk about? And yes, even our connection, as strong as it is now, took time.
We started off coloring a lunch bag that I still bring every week after four years together. Sometimes, I'd bring my Kindle and she'd play a game on it. After time, though, our time together was effortless."
Our mentor, Emily Gildea, shared the joy she has found in mentoring as well as tips for anyone interested in mentoring on her blog Lowcountry Love Letters. Click the link to read all about her journey with her mentee, Ashlyn, and how being a mentor has impacted her life.
$100 Word Challenge
Review spelling and addition with your mentee using the $100 Word Challenge!
Using a sheet of paper, dry erase board, or chalk board, write out the alphabet from A-Z. Next, give each letter a corresponding numerical value, like in the photo above. Have your mentee list as many words they can come up with that equal $100.
To make it competitive and more fun, try timing them or getting them to come up with the most expensive word they can think of!
Taking a Break from Tests!
Your mentees are well into the testing season with SC Ready testing at the end of April, SCPASS testing this week, and final exams coming up. They may also be stressed about turning in a term paper, or submitting one last assignment necessary to pull up a grade. Regardless of what's going on in class, we know that they look forward to meeting with you to take away from that stress.
We also know that one thing people of all ages can connect on is a love of coloring. We have provided a few motivational coloring sheets below that you can work on with your mentee. Just click any of the pictures below for the full-size image, print it out, and color away. Have fun!
Lazy 8 Breathing
If your mentee is feeling particularly stressed, try doing "Lazy 8 Breathing" with them. Sometimes the simple act of changing breathing patterns can refocus a person and make them feel more at ease. Print the figure 8 picture below, and follow the instructions. You may even want to keep one for yourself!
Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo- or the fifth of May— celebrates the Mexican army's victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. The victory is a minor holiday in Mexico, as it is mainly celebrated in the city of Puebla, but it is a major holiday in the United States. The United States Civil War was being fought at the same time, so the victory was a symbol of inspiration to the Americans of Mexican descent fighting with the Union. Today, Americans of all cultures celebrate Cinco de Mayo with parties, mariachi music, street festivals, and parades. Be A Mentor did not want to miss out on the fun, so we bring to you a few activities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
In times of joy you can find colorful banners of paper flags flying high above the city in Mexico. These flag banners are called papel picados and they are used as decoration in times of celebration. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making your own banner full of papel picados with your mentee! Just follow the instructional guide on the right!
Easter Egg Maracas
Still looking for something to do with those leftover Easter eggs? Turn them into maracas and start your very own mariachi band with your mentee!
What You Will Need:
Open your Easter eggs and add the tablespoon of rice, then close them. Place the egg in between the plastic spoons, and wrap masking tape around your newly shaped maraca. Once the maraca has been taped it is the fun part- decorating! After creating the pattern of your choice, you're ready to make some music!