Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and the telephone…all are platforms we have been using to allow our mentors to connect with their mentees. For a while I would have moments of concern thinking mentoring wasn’t happening, but a few emails and texts later, mentors and counselors confirmed that it IS happening and things are working. Some schools have not been able to manage the current format, but many their mentors continue to write mentees letters.

A huge amount of relief and comfort has been conveyed to the children in having their mentor there to listen to the worries of the year and to encourage them that things will get better. Socially shy kids, who have done well in online school, share their concern about being back in person. In contrast, our extroverted kids can’t wait to be able to see their mentors again. With only a few weeks left before summer break, we are so grateful to all the schools who have worked so hard to make reconnecting mentors and mentees a priority in their program. We have ~30 requests for mentors from our various school districts. We would love to have mentors trained and ready to match with these children when school starts up again in August. If you or someone you know has an interest in investing 1 hour a week of your life in the life of a child, we would love to have you mentor with us. Please contact us HERE for more information.

Remember, be kind!

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Hello Friends,

We have 58 matches now up and running as counselors/schools help make this happen via computer/USPS based mentoring. Mentors and mentees are both enjoying reconnecting through these odd times.

We've started online mentor-meetups (over 50 mentors participated) where mentors or potential mentors can join us for a group or personal ZOOM meeting. If interested click HERE and you can schedule a time to join us, pose questions or make comments, and share any mentoring topics you'd like to discuss or learn more about! We would love to hear from you! Please let us know how you are doing and what is going on in your life and if you have any friends that would like to become mentors now and be matched when the pandemic is over.

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Hello Friends,

This is National Mentoring Month! Thank you to our excellent mentors for all you have done to keep things calm and stable for our kids!

It's not easy mentoring online or through the mail. The consistency, however, continues to pay off. A note from a mentee to a mentor talking about her future aspirations, ended with the following:

"I will also be volunteering as a mentor because I made a promise to you and The Mentoring Network and I hope to keep it. I wanted to say I really appreciate everything you have done for me and I’m eternally grateful.Thank you for always pushing me to do my best." Mentee, 6 years

Kindness comes full circle if we are willing to wait for it. Thank you for all you continue to do to make life brighter for these children!

Mentors, I will be sending via email a group invitation to ZOOM with me. I would love to hear how you are doing and catch up with you! If you are not currently mentoring, reach out to me and I will send you an invitation as well!

Also, we are looking for more mentors to train and have ready for when the pandemic ends. If you or someone you know have an interest in making a difference in a child's life, please reach out to me!

In the meantime, remember, always be kind.

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