“A role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt saying, ‘Yes, someone like me can do this.'” – Sonia Sotomayer

Dear Mentors,Radio City

A good mentor is hard to find! We want to thank you for the encouragement, guidance and inspiration you give to your Mentees.

Because of you, the youth in our programs have increased their potential for social, academic, and economic achievement.

We are  grateful for the time you give your Mentees, the most thoughtful gift of all.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season,

Mentoring USA Team

Mentor Tip: Holiday Gift GivingPS 17

During the holiday season, you might feel that there are things which your Mentee needs that you can easily give. But, it is important to remember which roles are appropriate and which are inappropriate for mentors.

Providing the “basics” for your Mentee puts you in the role of a parent. That is clearly someone else’s job. One of the mentor’s jobs is to always honor the parent’s position in the child’s life and never compete with the parents for the child’s attention or affection.  For those who feel they need to do something for their Mentee, please remember to keep it small such as a thoughtful card, book, magazine, photo or craft project you can do together.

Your relationship and the time you share together are your invaluable gift to your Mentee.

Give Back. Be a Mentor.Bloomingdales

During the holiday season it is easy to get swept up in consumerism. Mentoring is the gift that keeps giving.

Mentoring USA’s current corporate engagement programs include Bloomingdale’s, Nasdaq, Kenneth Cole Productions, and Rand Architecture, Novartis, and next year Bank of America, Delta and Prudential with be joining as well! Site based mentoring is a great way for companies to get involved in their communities.

Introduce your co-workers and your company to Mentoring USA by contacting Jane at 212-400-8290 to learn more.

Mentoring USA’s current corporate engagement programs include Bloomingdale’s, Nasdaq, Kenneth Cole Productions, and Rand Architecture, Novartis, and next year Bank of America, Delta and Prudential with be joining as well! Site based mentoring is a great way for companies to get involved in their communities.

Introduce your co-workers and your company to Mentoring USA by contacting Jane at 212-400-8290 to learn more.

Save the Date

January is National Mentoring Month. Practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government, civic leaders, and national youth-serving organizations come together to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities.

Join us to celebrate mentoring and meet and mingle with  Mentors from all of our program sites at:

SideBar 

118 East 15th Street at Irving Plaza

January 21st

6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Food, Fun, Networking & Raffles!

Evite to follow.

PROTECTING AND SERVING OUR FUTURE: A HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Huffington Post

By Stephen Powell, Executive Director, Mentoring USA

November 26, 2014 

“They don’t respect my existence” was the feedback received from a Mentee during a Bronx male Mentoring USA program session designed to process the pending Ferguson verdict and community policing in NYC.

Within the context of site-based mentoring, we are proud of the fact that we can create safe spaces for our mentees and mentors to engage in dialogue to promote healing and survival. The painful part of the exchange is that we are failing to create safe spaces outside the walls of our program, and have to prepare our young to survive interactions with the police, who we expect to protect and serve us.

The questions I keep asking myself are: Can a wound that never closes ever heal? What are the systems that keep these wounds open?

Continue reading at Huffington Post

Mentor Highlight: Aaron BrownAaron Brown

IHAD; PS 7 & East Bronx Academy / Mentor Since 2012

“I hold a tremendous responsibility for being a positive influence and guide to my Mentee. I know that he observes the way I speak, dress, and present myself.  I try to be an effective listener to build a rapport with my Mentee. An old saying goes, “You have two ears and one mouth, so you have to listen twice as much as you speak”. I’m more conscious now that having a Mentor is something that’s crucial to a person’s betterment.”