Thanks to all who joined us last night, September 27th, for our Mentor School Year Kickoff. We had such a great time hearing about your mentees and listening to you brainstorm together about ways to grow in your mentoring relationship. Thank you James Brown & Nampa Civic Center for making us feel so welcome! Thank you to all who helped put the event together and to those who donated raffle items. We made nearly $1,000 for our kid scholarships!

The Mentoring Network board is pleased to announce that they will once again be having a Bowl-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Nampa Bowl. We are looking for teams and sponsors to join in the event. If you are interested in participating or would like to act as a sponsor, please contact us. More information will be coming on our bowl-a-thon website HERE.

West Middle School in Nampa has a 3 part series that they have invited our mentors to participate in. All will be at West Middle School at 28 S. Midland Blvd Nampa, ID 83651. Mentors, parents, and the general public are all invited. More information can be found HERE.

Bullying/Gang/Drug Awareness Presenter: Nampa Police Department October 12, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

Appropriate Social Media Use Presenter: Attorney General's Office & Canyon County Prosecutor's Office November 1, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

Suicide Prevention Presenter: Dept. of H & W & Idaho Lives Project December 14, 2017 6-8 p.m.

Do you want a mentor chum to reach out to for support and encouragement throughout the school year? Let us know and we will find another mentor for you to bounce ideas off.

We are also planning to experiment on a trial group of online, live gatherings. This will allow you to ask questions and share comments with us and other mentor/community members...learning and sharing...supporting and encouraging. If you would like to be a part, again, let us know.

Check out our new matches below!

Smiles!

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“Who’s Kelli? Is she here?” Those were the questions I was bombarded with after her mentee’s talk at our mentor gathering last night and this morning in my emails.

If you click the photo to watch the video link to the right, you’ll see why. Kelli has mentored Peter for 8 years. One hour a week she just showed up and was a friend. Like so many of our mentors, she wondered if she was really making an impact and doubted herself. But she was faithful. She just kept showing up. Pete graduated from high school last spring and after graduation he told Kelli what her friendship has meant to him. She had no idea the impact she has made. Mentoring is hard work often because mentors are the last to know they are making an impact. People looking for Kelli last night were looking for someone larger than life. If you want to see her you’ll have to look in the background. She’s not one to take center stage. She’s the friend who will always have your back, but will never barge in. If you want to meet someone like Kelli who makes such an impact on a life, start by looking in the mirror. If you are investing your time to connect with a young person, you are impacting that life. If you are connecting with someone you meet at the store with a smile or “Have a great day!” you are impacting that life. Take the time to connect. Connections that seem trivial just might be the lifeline someone needs to find their way.

Blessings...

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