"Mentoring means being there for support, encouragement and some days just to listen." - Patty Stemple
self-All of our mentors makes a world of difference in the lives of their mentees every single day. This month, we celebrate the compassion and true dedication to youth mentoring of Patty Stemple- a Lunch Buddy volunteer at St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science.
Patty and her mentee have been matched for going on three years. Over their time together her mentee has come out of her shell, gaining confidence in her social and academic skills.
“I enjoy seeing her master new skills. We have been working on her
multiplication tables using flash cards. She requests to do them every
week, and is now ready to move on to mastering division.” – Patty
Patty hopes her mentee continues to gain confidence that she can do anything she puts her mind to. We are so grateful for all our mentors, like Patty, who instill this self-assurance in their mentee each week.
1. As Spring weather rolls in to the Lowcountry early this year, rain clouds can be expected any minute. Inclement weather often make it hard for students to get outside and play during and after school, making it hard to be productive during the other parts of the day.
Use your time with your mentee this week to learn new, fun (math based!!) domino games that can be played with a partner or by oneself! These games are a perfect after school activity that will keep the student engaged and beat the rainy day boredom!
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"Mentoring for me is giving back and sharing attainable goals to my mentee " - Edward Holmes
"We are like snowflakes, all different in our own beautiful way"
With Winter Break right around the corner, you and your mentee will be parting ways until the new year. Use your last mentoring session of 2016 and this snowflake activity to tell your mentee just how special they are!
What you need:
Start with a square piece of construction paper. Begin by folding the construction paper in half. Fold in half again, so the pointy corners meet. Cut variations of lines into the paper triangle. Get creative! The more different shapes and sizes you create makes for a more unique snowflake. When you are done cutting, unfold the paper and voila! Use the markers to decorate your snowflake. In the center, write what is special (like a snowflake!) about your mentee. Add a hole punch and tie a loop of string to make your snowflake an ornament or door decoration.
When you are done creating your unique snowflake, trade with your mentee. This way, you each will have a reminder of just how special you are to take home with you over the holiday break.
"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/ !
Fruit and Vegetable Prints just got an Autumn update!
Cut up apples, carrots, ears of corn, and pumpkins to use in painting fall themed food prints. Fall colors will create a cornucopia of fun! Use this classroom craft favorite as an opportunity to discuss seasonal fruits, vegetables and nutrition.
Click the Pic for instructions on how to make the best prints with your mentee!
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
One out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year, while over 64% of bullying goes unreported (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). This Friday, October 7th, is World Bullying Prevention Day. As this day sheds light on an epidemic that effects students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, reach out to your mentee and discuss the importance of kindness in and out of the classroom.
Make kindness a game! For a fun anti-bullying activity, have your mentee write down random acts of kindness on strips of colorful paper and loop them together to create a chain of kindness. Each day, have your mentee tear off one kindness loop and complete the random act of kindness. He/she can keep a log of how each act of kindness affected others and his/herself.
A World of Difference is just one act of kindness away. You and your mentee can break the chain of bullying today!