Students need you  to EMPATHIZE with them.

Students need you to EMPATHIZE with them.

As mentors, we have the opportunity to bring HOPE to students when we meet with them face to face. In one hour, we can bring HOPE to them when we remember these four basic needs and act on them... Students need you to HEAR them. Students need you to be OPEN with them....

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Mentor Equipping: Helping the Helper

“Even the Helpers Need Helping: Self-Care for Mentors” featuring guest speaker, Lindsay Anderson, Mental Health Counselor, Nooksack Valley Elementary Schools Why adult mindfulness and self-care are vital for us as we mentor youth How to notice the signs that we may be...

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Students need you to HEAR them

Students need you to HEAR them

In this month's Mentoring Minute, we're focusing on one need that we all have in common... HOPE. As mentors, we have the opportunity to bring HOPE to students when we meet with them face to face. In one hour, we can bring HOPE to them when we remember these four basic...

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Ferndale High School – October 2020

Ferndale High School – October 2020

Stories to share: Student cherishes time with his Mentor One week, a student could not make it to his regularly scheduled Zoom call with his mentor and wanted to reschedule. However, the mentor was not available until the following week. The student insisted that they...

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Lynden Middle School, October 2020

Lynden Middle School, October 2020

Program Update The month of September was rough in terms of mentoring at LMS.  Kids were extremely hard to locate and communicate with at the beginning, which meant pairs were not meeting.  On top of that, both students and mentors were having technology issues...

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Lynden High School – September 2020

Lynden High School – September 2020

Stories to share: Sometimes what appear to be limitations and roadblocks can work out well in unexpected ways. “One of my mentors lives in Blaine, but has been coming to Lynden each week over the past 3 years to visit her student. She knew she would not be able to...

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Tired of being tired?

Tired of being tired?

Sometimes we just need a good story: “When I am having a hard time or a really stressful time, I get to go to my mentor and forget about all my problems, or even talk it through with them. Most of the time we play games or exchange surprise treats for each other. It...

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Empowering through Problem Solving

Empowering through Problem Solving

adapted from: Love and Logic Magic for Lasting Relationships Students Don't Need: someone to solve their problems for them anyone enabling(reinforcing) their weaknesses "Having mother nurse our wounds and beat up our bullies was fine when we were five, maybe even six...

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Lynden Christian ready for mentoring

On September 18th about half of the LC High School students were introduced to the idea of having a BTO mentor. 45 of the students asked for more info 40 indicated interest in having a mentor 20 students were highly interested Most of those who are interested are...

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The State of Young People during COVID

The State of Young People during COVID

Here are some facts and stats to encourage you to consider how you can support students. The need is greater than ever. Published study by MENTOR of young people 13-18 across the country.  “30% of young people have more often been feeling unhappy or depressed since...

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October 2020 – Mentoring Minute

October 2020 – Mentoring Minute

Stories to Share from Our BTO Community Mentor Coordinators: Life-long Friendships It’s wonderful to hear when mentors and students develop a life-long friendship, and I heard an update from one pair recently. This student and mentor met in middle school and stayed...

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There is HOPE through the POWER of RELATIONSHIPS

There is HOPE through the POWER of RELATIONSHIPS

Our youth... Anxiety or depression are at all-time highs Suicide among youth has risen to alarming levels 1 in 3 lack a close relationship with a caring adult Many struggle to see the value of school or planning for future careers Technology has propelled this...

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Lynden Middle School – September 2020

Lynden Middle School – September 2020

BE THE ONE MENTORING PROGRAM Stories to Share Missing in Action Our school district started the school year with students in “remote learning.”  One student in particular was “missing” from his classes as we started the year.  Teachers and administrators could not get...

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The Power of Relationships

The Power of Relationships

This article was originally at https://www.mentoring.org/resource/the-power-of-relationships/ -- download the full report. The Power of Relationships: How and Why American Adults Step Up to Mentor the Nation’s Youth is the most comprehensive picture of what adults...

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