From the Open House to Tacos & Trivia and the first Mentor Training, adult and teen participants alike have shown passion and interest in cultivating their mentoring relationships.
The official mentor kick off was on October 4th at the Volunteer Open House. The room was buzzing with conversation and excitement about the upcoming year. With thirty volunteers roaming around the building, a mix of new and returning, I felt my own passion and excitement growing with each person I talked to. On that Thursday evening, I left work feeling more ready than ever to cultivate mentor matches and plan events.
The first event I planned for mentor and mentee matches was Tacos & Trivia. Here, the interest in mentoring for youth and mentors was obvious over five competitive rounds of trivia. At the end of the fifth round we had a three way tie. After some careful deliberation, the judges decided that whoever could list the most Disney movies in one minute would take home the trophy. After an intense sixty seconds, the underdog of the game won the Fall 2018 Taco's & Trivia! Join us on November 16th for our next Mentor/Mentee Night!
On October 16th we had our Mentor Training kickoff event! We were happy to welcome Janeen Smith of Mass Mentoring Partnership to facilitate this training. All our mentors found something new to learn and reported that this was a helpful training. Our next training on November 5th will have a focus on mentor check-ins and how to build your mentor relationship.
I can't wait to see what this incredible year of mentoring relationships will bring for our teens and their mentors.
By Emily Demazza, Americorps Ambassador of Mentoring