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Maximize Your Impact - Thomson Reuters

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Maximize Your Impact - Thomson Reuters

  1. 1. Maximize Your ImpactMentor Training
  2. 2. Mentoring Partnership of MinnesotaMPM IS THE DRIVING FORCEIN THE MENTORINGMOVEMENT IN MINNESOTA.WE BRING TOGETHERDIVERSE INDIVIDUALS ANDORGANIZATIONS AROUNDTWO STRATEGIC GOALS:•MPM will Increase QualityMentoring in Minnesota•MPM is the LeadingChampion of QualityMentoring Across Minnesota 2
  3. 3. Mentor Training Process 1. Listen to this training module 2. Respond to surveyApril Riordan,Director of 3. Participate in live trainingTraining andCommunity 4. Be a mentor!Partnerships 3 3
  4. 4. Match items with similar functions Disposable, trash, cheap, lost & forgotten, thrown out, flimsy, lower quality, doesn’t last Sustainable, reusable, investment, valuable, would go back for it, don’t throw it out, strong, sturdy, durable 4
  5. 5. Quality = Longer Stronger Matches Quality Mentors 1. Support organizational & program values 2. Keep young people safe 3. Understand youth development 4. Use a strength-based, youth- centered approach 5. Model healthy life skills 5
  6. 6. PYD: all young people have strengths Role of mentoring is not to FIX young people but rather to help them achieve their potential. http://www.search-institute.org/mentoring• MENTOR Research In Action; Issue 1 - Mentoring: A Key Resource for Promoting Positive Youth Development;Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D., Aerika S. Brittian, and Kristen E. Fay, Tufts University 6
  7. 7. External Assets Boundaries Support and Expectations Constructive Empowerment Use of Time 7
  8. 8. Internal Assets Commitment Social Competencies to Learning Positive Values Positive Identity 8
  9. 9. Maximize Your Impact Build longer, stronger relationships • Focus on what is strong not what is wrong • Pay attention to what mentees would like for themselves – not just what we think they need • Teach and model skills to help young people carry their baggage better 9
  10. 10. Letter to Mama XXXX XXXXXXX - #### Minnesota Correctional Facility- Shakopee 1010 West Sixth Avenue Shakopee, MN 55379 I miss you Mama. At parent night, some boys asked me where my mom was and why my Gramma Dear Mama, was with me. I told them you were We are writing letters in school in jail. They asked what you did to today. My teacher says I am a good go to jail and I just told the truth speller and that I have nice and said I don’t know. handwriting. Do you think so? I wish you could come to my We had our Valentine Party on basketball games. I’m really fast and Friday. Gramma bought Valentines am getting better at shooting. for me and we sat at the kitchen table When can I come visit you and put them together. During the again? I miss you. Write me back party with all the other 3rd graders, soon! Jessica spilled juice on her Valentines and had to throw them all away. She was so sad. I gave her some of my Love, candy. Shayna *This is a fictitious letter. 10
  11. 11. Strong Not Wrong• Deficit-Based Mentor • Strength-Based Mentor Agenda Agenda – Improve basketball – Attend a basketball game shooting skills – Spelling games – Seek therapist for mom – Volunteering issues – Ask questions about her father 11
  12. 12. Darren wants to get better grades But RIGHT NOW, he wants to play video games and beat the record he set the last time he was at your house. He told you earlier that he has a paper due the day after tomorrow. Which is a more youth centered response? A.Play video games. B.Work on the paper. C.Something in between D.Both E.It depends 12
  13. 13. Mentors can’t carry it for them- BAGGAGE But mentors CAN teach and model skills to help young people carry it BETTER. 13
  14. 14. Maximize Your Impact• Your young person plays basketball on her school team. Her basketball teammates are all buying the same pair of basketball shoes for the new season and her old shoes no longer fit. At one of your meetings, she talks to you privately and asks if you can help her out and lend her some money. How can you maximize your impact as a mentor? 14
  15. 15. Maximize Your Impact• Your mentee’s teachers say that he doesn’t listen during class and that when they try to talk to him, he won’t say a word. He started the school year very excited but now hates to go and his grades are suffering. Today, he got suspended after getting in a fist fight with another student. You are scheduled to meet with him tonight. How can you maximize your impact as a mentor? 15
  16. 16. Maximize Your Impact Build longer, stronger relationships • Focus on what is strong not what is wrong • Pay attention to what mentees would like for themselves – not just what we think they need • Teach and model skills to help young people carry their baggage better 16
  17. 17. A lost child tells of a dream… In the dream, he is stuck in a pitch-dark room, helpless and confused, awkwardly feeling his way around. His mentor is there too in the dream, and knows just where the light switch is. But instead of turning it on, the mentor waits, then aims the beam of a flashlight at the switch. It’s the job of the child to do the rest.Liu, Eric; Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us TowardOur Purpose in Life, Random House, New York, 2004. 17

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