"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
It’s hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is already upon us. Office parties, endless shopping, so many sweet treats are on their way, oh my! It will go as quickly as it came, so before we get completely swept up in the holiday haze, let’s take a moment to remember what this season is actually about.
In a recent study, it was found that one of the largest contributions to one's overall happiness is how much gratitude one shows to others. Volunteers who read letters of appreciation aloud to those they were addressed to showed increases in happiness of up to 19%! Those who had the letter read to them showed equally high (or higher!) levels of joy. What could be a better gift than the gift of happiness?
Give your mentee the gift of giving these next couple of weeks before Winter Break by writing letters together to people who have positively influenced their life. This heart warming activity is a fantastic way to remind your mentee of the family, friends and teachers who impact their lives, as well as sharing holiday cheer!
Click here for additional ways for kids to give back this holiday season!
" I hope that one day he can look back and think I truly helped make a positive difference in his life"
As we gear up for Thanksgiving, Be A Mentor is particularly thankful for every mentor that helps make a world of difference in a child’s life! This month we are celebrating Shannon Ryan, a mentor with us at Carolina Youth and Development Center, as our November Mentor of the Month! As a police officer, she has always loved working with programs focused on children and wanted to continue to make a positive impact in their lives.
Since the spring of 2015, Shannon has been spreading joy and confidence as she helps her mentee break out of his shell.
Her most recent favorite memory is working with him on a photography project due the next day in school. Thinking he was unable to complete the project because he didn’t have a camera or a partner, Shannon’s mentee was thrilled when she offered to help! Not only was her mentee able to complete the project, the next week when Sharon came back he was so excited to hell her that he got an A on the project!
Be A Mentor is so grateful for Shannon and all of our mentors. Thank YOU & happy thanksgiving!
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away! As our personal and professional lives, and the academic lives of our mentees, get more chaotic than ever with the quickly approaching holiday season, remember to take a step back, take a deep breath, and take stock of all of that there is to be thankful for!
Pass on this thankful mindset while meeting with your mentee this week. Make a fun game out thanks by youtusing the worksheet above. This activity is a great reminder to your mentee of all that is exciting about the holiday season, a time that may often be stressful for at-risk youth.
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
This Friday, 11/11, as the nation celebrates the men and women who have fought for the United States, reach out to your mentee and together learn about the history and significance of Veterans Day. Use this upcoming week with your mentee to reflect on the sacrifices made by past and current service members and what your mentee can do for those who have put their life on the line.
Have your student make individual notes or thank you cards to be sent to the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, or state Veterans home. Better yet, have your student get their classmates involved! Find your local facilities at www.va.gov/health/ !