“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
– Dr. Oz

National Nutrition Month

March is the time to take a look at how the food we eat impacts our health and well-being.  As the saying goes ‘we are what we eat’.  Think back to your meals and snacks from the last two days.  What do they say about you?  At mentoring sessions during March, there will be a variety of activities centered not only around nutrition but health in general.  From yoga to making healthy snacks to creating a health pledge, you and your mentee will get the chance to work together defining what makes a healthy lifestyle.

Mentor Pro Tip: Your Mentee is Failing in School

The problem may not be your mentee’s ability to do the work or comprehend the subject matter, but something you can help them with – like getting organized or excited about school! With your mentee, you can:

  • Talk about what’s happening to determine what the root causes of the poor performance are.
  • Discover what gets in the way. Develop a plan for solving it such as designing a homework schedule or finding ways of organizing their assignments.
  • Make learning fun. Engage your mentee in researching and discovering topics he/she is interested in so they can learn to enjoy the learning process.
  • Work together to find homework help. Your Site Coordinator or Program Manager should be able to tell you what tutoring is available at your mentee’s school.

Above all, remember your role as a mentor is to be a resource and to help the mentee learn to solve problems.

New Program Sites Kicking Off in March

Two new pilot programs are kicking off this March. Volunteers are needed immediately! Pay it forward by telling your family, friends, and

co-workers about your mentoring experience and by forwarding this newsletter. Mentors are need a

  • The Center program site is located at 208 West 13th Street, and mentors LGBTQ youth, ages 16-22 who currently participate in The Center’s Youth Leadership program.  The session will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month through the end of July.  It will be held 5:30-7:30pm.
  • I Have a Dream School” Foundation – NY : PS 7 is located at 160 East 120th Street. The program is for 2nd to 4th grade students and meets every other Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM through July. The focus is to encourage academic success.

Seeking Mentoring “Opportunity Ambassadors”

Next week, you’ll receive an invitation from us to serve as an Ambassador for mentoring.  This spring, Mentoring USA is focusing on engaging a wide-reaching, diverse group of individuals, organizations, associations, and corporations.  On March 18th we’ll offer a webinar to train you as an Ambassador through our social media network.  Our ultimate goal?  We have 10 new youth partner sites starting in the fall (in NYC) and we need at least 250 mentors! Save the Date for March 18th at noon and repeated at 7:00pm (EST).

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  • 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: Celine ChoiCeline Choi

Washington HS Mentor & Good Sheperd Mentor / 4th year / Doll & Smile Maker at Celine’s Dolls

“Mentoring is listening to your mentee talk about their dreams, encouraging them to pursue them, working to ensure that they are on the right path to achieving them by praising them, cheering them on… I care, so they care – I believe, so they believe! I love being a mentor and I love Mentoring USA, for everything they do, everything they stand for. Without mentoring, I would not be the person that I am today – it has kept me grounded, it has made me a dreamer, and a believer in kindness…”