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Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program. Light the Spark February 18, 2014 In-service Training. Getting Started Welcome & Introductions. Counselors (Introduce all who are there & mention others at all schools.) Board Members Staff Special Guests Lead Mentors at table – longevity!.

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brookings county youth mentoring program

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

Light the Spark

February 18, 2014

In-service Training

getting started welcome introductions
Getting StartedWelcome & Introductions
  • Counselors (Introduce all who are there & mention others at all schools.)
  • Board Members
  • Staff
  • Special Guests
  • Lead Mentors at table – longevity!

Why Mentoring?During meal – introductions at table andtalk together about why you want to be involved in the mentoring program. Mentor Leaders at each table will begin discussion & introductions.(p. 190 – Benson –Questions for Mentors)

  • To promote one-on-one mentoring efforts to youth in the community.
  • To ensure all youth have the guidance and support of a caring, stable adult.
  • To empower youth to reach their full potential as contributing individuals in their communities.
  • Goal:
    • Asset Building (Parent, Teacher, Mentor,Friend)
    • Character Traits (How Children Succeed)
  • Components
    • Benson Book
    • Expectations
    • Issues encounter
    • Relational & Practical Skills
    • Idea generation
    • Interaction with others-Questions from Mentors
activities intro guests
Activities- Intro Guests
  • City Council – John Kubal
  • Community Parks & Rec-Pete Colson
  • Library-Katherine Eberline
  • Wellness Center-Claire & Mitch
  • Group Activities-Lead at tables
  • Website – Mentor Corner and Resources
  • A Mentor is Not …
    • An ATM
    • Social worker
    • Parent
    • Cool peer
    • Nag
    • Parole Officer
    • Savior
    • Baby-sitter
  • A Mentor Is A ….
    • Friend
    • Coach
    • Motivator
    • Companion
    • Supporter
    • Advisor
    • Advocate
    • Role Model

By volunteering to serve as a Mentor, I am committing to:

  • Respect, uphold, and model the programs’ goals and objectives
  • Volunteer as a mentor for at least a nine month period or more
  • Devote at least one hour per week, or five hours per month, with my mentee
  • Attend mentor training sessions and occasional planned events (ex. Social event, fundraiser, etc.); review content from missed training sessions.
  • Update program administrator MONTHLY regarding the status of the mentoring relationship. Day of month I will email Program Administrator: ________
  • Keep program administrator informed of address and telephone changes at all times as well as mentoring resignations
  • Inform administrator immediately upon incurring criminal charges of any nature
  • Publish no recognizable photos of my mentee to the internet in any form: Facebook, Google, Shutterfly, etc. There are situations in which this will endanger your mentee.

I also understand that my services as a mentor can be terminated for non-compliance with the above statements.


Background Checks

Reference Calls- Please be sure you have talked to your references. We do call them!

Insurance -VSB

matching mentors and mentees
Matching Mentors and Mentees

Mentee Sources

  • Names received from:
    • Teachers, Principals, Counselors
    • Social Service Agencies
    • Court Services
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
    • Self Referral
    • Medical community
    • After School Programs

Mentor Preparation

  • Training requirement
  • Application Forms
  • Interviews
  • Reference Checks
  • NationalBackground Checks

School Counselors – Integral part of our programExplain how we contact parents – commitment from parents as well studentsCarleen Holm – Middle School Kathy Miller – Camelot

first time meeting
First Time Meeting
  • First meeting
    • Mentee, mentor, BCYMP or counselor, parents (preferred)
    • Counselors explain
  • Meet at a neutral/public place
    • School
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Taco Johns
  • Expectations-First time can be awkward. Be prepared for it. (p. 70 of Benson book- ideas)
  • Exchange of Information
    • Clarify requirements
    • Contact Information
  • Group Activity or Mentor/Mentee Activity suggestions:
      • Public places preferred
    • Bowling
    • Movie Night
    • Grilling at the Park
    • SDSU Sports Events (or local team)
    • All BHS Activities are FREE!!
    • Supper at local restaurants or do some cooking!
    • Endless- check on website.
    • Discussion at Table – Mentors discuss and add ideas- also use Benson book!- P. 76-82
gift packs
Gift Packs
  • Filled with coupons to local businesses
  • An effective way to reward your mentors
  • Helps with suggestions of things to do
  • Helps mentors financially-we want to help you do fun things with mentee. (Wellness passes, Children’s Museum, etc. )
  • Mentees ask for money or want to do things that cost money – what can you do?? (PP. 76-82) Build a spark – p. 105
  • Communication is key
  • Effective Mentor - Program communication
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Updates
    • Mail
communicating cont d
Communicating (cont’d)
  • Communication with Parents
    • Challenging aspect to address
    • Goal is to have consistent feedback to & from the family
    • The mechanism is unique to the program
  • Communication between Mentor & Mentee
    • First Person whenever possible
    • Frequency and consistency is necessary
    • Not through liaison person/director but do let us know if you are having difficulty reaching your mentee.
terminating saying good bye
Terminating – Saying Good-bye
  • Very Important to tell BCYMP office that you are planning to retire
  • Most important to personally talk to student and make sure they understand reasons why you are leaving.
  • Kathy & Carleen –give suggestions on how to..
legal issues
Legal Issues
  • Officer Joe Fishbaugher, Board Member – School Resource Officer
  • Christina Fousek – Board Member - Division of Juvenile Corrections

Issues to be aware of (for both you and your mentee), confidentiality & what it means to be Mandatory Reporter.

parent teacher mentor friend
Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend
  • Peter Benson, PHD. Search Institute, c.2010
  • Search Institute – conducted research studies on children and adolescents
  • Found Life goals for youth similar around the world:
    • Being hopeful about future
    • Having sense that life has meaning and purpose
    • Making the world a better place
    • Protecting earth’s air, land & water
    • Knowing what is unique & valuable about ourselves
developmental assets
Developmental Assets
  • Youth often lack supports and opportunities to achieve those ideals
  • Research shows that you and I can help with those nutrients that young people need.
  • Search Institute has identified a framework of those nutrients – 40 Developmental Assets. (Appendix A – p. 171 – in Benson book.)
  • Nine of the assets have a common thread – they all require adults to create positive, lasting relationships with young people. That caring adult can be you!
feeling valued
Feeling Valued
  • Feeling valued is a crucial part of human development.
  • Kids need to believe that they matter to adults.
  • P. 128-129 Kid-centered Consensus
  • Discuss at your table how you can do that – how can you help.
  • What kinds of things can you do with your mentee that will create the feeling that they are valued?
how children succeed character traits
How Children SucceedCharacter Traits
  • Group of researchers identified set of strengths or character traits that likely to predict life satisfaction:
    • Grit
    • Self-control
    • Zest
    • Social intelligence
    • Gratitude
    • Optimism
    • Curiosity
    • Discuss at your table what those characteristics mean and how you can help child develop them.
biggest obstacle to learning success poverty how children succeed p 195
Biggest Obstacle to learning & success Poverty (How Children Succeed-p. 195)
  • Issues you will encounter in mentoring because of the low income
  • Communication
  • Food
  • Hygiene
  • Focus- Organization
  • Discussion about issues.
introduction mary moeller
Introduction – Mary Moeller
  • An opportunity for you to learn more!

InterLakes Community Action Poverty Simulation

April 8 from 1 – 3:15 P.M.

First Lutheran Church gymnasium (Touch-Down Jesus)

Please RSVP to Mary Moeller

  • Benson, Peter. Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend- How Every Adult Can Change Kids’ Lives. Search Institute, 2010.
  • Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed. Mariner Books, 2013.
  • Thank you all for coming!! You do make a difference !