“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”- Benjamin Disraeli

National Mentoring Month RecapNASDAQ

Oh! the places we’ve been during the past month and the things we saw!

From ringing NASDAQ’s Closing Bell with our Founder and Chair Matilda Cuomo, mentees from Newark’s Eagle Academy, and Brooklyn Nets Forward Mason Plumlee; to Bloomingdale’s featuring portraits painted by PS 59 mentees in the windows of their NYC Flagship Store; the 2014 kickoff of Kenneth Cole’s Employee Mentor Program; to AOL featuring our work as their Cause of the Day, and Twitter chats. All of these incredible events culminated with the annual National Mentoring Summit in Arlington, Virginia.

CLICK HERE to check out our Flipagram – it brings the key moments of this month to life! We hope you enjoy it and share it with friends. Take a moment to acknowledge yourself too – none of this would be possible without you!

Mentor Pro Tip

How can I get my mentee to open up?

For Mentors who started in September, the mentoring program is half over. And for others their programs will be kicking off this month. Some mentors are still waiting for their mentees to open up, and others are wondering how to support them in doing so. It’s normal for young people to have difficulty opening up, especially in the beginning. So, be patient and know that being there for them is the most powerful form of communication. Asking questions and making your mentee feel special and comfortable is often key.

  • When you see your mentee at a session, let them know you are excited to see them.
  • Start the conversation if you see they are not ready. Be curious and follow-up with them on prior conversations.
  • Let them see you are more interested in them, and their feelings, not their behavior and performance.
  • Find your common interests, and subjects you can teach each other about.
  • Remember to use the focus areas that the site supervisor introduced as an ice-breaker.

Most of all, “have patience.” Kids are much more comfortable with silence than we are and often need more time to develop a comfort level and trust.

Do you have tips you’d like to share with the community as well? CLICK HERE to leave a comment or share this #PROTIP on our Tumblr page.

February Highlights

February 3rd – February 9th: Black Male Achievement Week Parents, teachers, and members of a larger community – play a role in shaping the identities of our nation’s black boys. As Mentors you have the opportunity to lift up the achievements and examine the challenges of young black males in your community.

Looking for ways to participate?

  • Share this inforgraphic with friends and across your social media channels.
  • Follow the hashtag #BMAWeek this week and join the conversation taking place on Twitter
  • The American Promise Campaign has 70 events happening nationwide this week to highlight Black Male Achievement, CLICK HERE to find out what’s happening in your community.

February 14th: Valentine’s Day! Help us highlight the important work we do through our Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to “Have a Heart and Be a Mentor!”

February 28- March 3: Bloomingdale’s Fashionable Fundraiser
Give back while you shop with family and friends! Bloomingdales’ has been a longtime supporter of Mentoring USA by funding programs and encouraging their employees to mentor during their lunch hour. Once a year, they support us by sponsoring this fun fundraising weekend.

Social Media and Mentoring USA

As mentors, volunteers and supporters of Mentoring USA, you know first-hand the transformative effects of one-to-one mentoring. The most successful recruitment for new mentors comes from you sharing your mentoring experience with others. We have budding communities of both mentors and supporters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and encourage you to use our Tumblr page as a resource for ideas, tips and sharing as well. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to:

  • Like us on Facebook and share your comments.
  • Follow us on Twitter to stay informed of our happenings in real time.
  • Use the hashtag #Believe2Achieve when you blog, Tweet, or post on Facebook or Instagram about mentoring – this will allow others in the community to chime in on the conversation.

If you have pictures and / or mentor stories that you’d like us to share with the community, please email them to us here: mentoringusadigital@gmail.com

Mentor Highlight: Von BowenVon Bowen

Pride Technologies/ Brooklyn MS 448 Mentor

“Mentoring is about engagement, guidance & empowerment. We as mentors need to cultivate, equip and empower. A man who feels empowered positively can do anything positive… These are our young people, & we need to put up a fight for them so they can fight for themselves. How we do that is by engaging them, guiding them, & helping them develop the power to be productive, & maybe even great men in society…. It’s a lot to take on, but by being a mentor, hopefully I can help open the eyes of our young men & help guide and empower them to new horizons.”