BTO Snapshot for April 2020

BTO Snapshot for April 2020

APRIL 2020 Thank you for your generous contributions! Even though BTO mentoring on campus ended abruptly last month, each of the community Mentor Coordinators have been in regular contact with mentors. Whenever possible they have connected mentors and students via...

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Lynden Middle School, March 2020

Lynden Middle School, March 2020

The month of March was unprecedented in our time.  School closed suddenly at the end of the day on March 13th.  Kids and staff were told at the end of the day there would be no school for 6 weeks.  Later, the announcement came that schools would be closed for the...

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Pizza IS encouraging!

Pizza IS encouraging!

This week I sent individual personal emails to all my mentees to check on them as well as to let them know they could email their mentors through me and I could share their mailing address with their mentors. One boy emailed me back almost right away: "Thank you for...

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Connection. Encouragement. Hope.

Connection. Encouragement. Hope.

It’s now April 2020, and we are living in a world we never thought possible even a month ago. The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected us all in different ways. But, one way that we’ve all been impacted is in our ability to continue mentoring our students on school...

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Ferndale High School – March 2020

March 2020 Stories to share:  We closed two mentoring matches this month. Every closing session looks differently depending on the circumstances. One student transferred to a school that does not have the Be the One program, but he told his mentor ahead of time. They...

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Lynden High School, March 2020

Stories to share: It's been an interesting month.  Before school closed, I had a fun time facilitating an unusual meeting with a mentor and student.  The mentor had health concerns and didn't think it was wise to come to school, but really wanted to connect with his...

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The Power of Patience

The Power of Patience

This month, we’re focusing on four powerful ways we can make the most of the hour we spend with the students we mentor. One hour a week one-on-one with a student may not sound like much, but it’s a worthwhile investment of time. And, if you make the most of it, it...

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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

BE CHALLENGED: The Power of Positivity This month, we’re focusing on four powerful ways we can make the most of the hour we spend with the students we mentor. One hour a week one-on-one with a student may not sound like much, but it’s a worthwhile investment of time....

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The Power of Play

The Power of Play

This month, we’re focusing on four powerful ways we can make the most of the hour we spend with the students we mentor. If you are a Be the One mentor, you know the power of one hour. One hour a week one-on-one with a student doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a...

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The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

Welcome back to the March Mentor Minute! We hope that these weekly posts encourage and challenge you as a mentor to make the most of the time that you invest in the next generation. We believe that mentoring is a powerful way that we can make a difference in our...

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Lynden Middle School, February 2020

Stories to Share Intuition and a little luck When coordinators have mentors and students waiting to be matched, it is our job to make a good match.  There is a lot that goes into this process.  We get to know each person and bombard them with questions to understand...

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Hope in the Mentoring Journey

Hope in the Mentoring Journey

Welcome to March! Last week, we gave you the first two of four things you can do as a mentor in 2020 to help your students grow into healthy adults. These four things are good reminders for us as we continue to come alongside students and seek to develop the “5 C”...

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Ferndale High School – February 2020

Ferndale High School – February 2020

Stories to share: Vickie heard about Be the One when the Mentor Coordinator presented to her class at the beginning of the school year. She wanted a mentor who likes hunting and fishing, but was worried that there would not be a female mentor with the same interests....

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BTO Snapshot for February 2019

BTO Snapshot for February 2019

View the full report here. New mentoring matches slowed in January. Weather conditions brought school closures resulting in canceled mentor trainings for interested adults. Next month's report will again show steady progress of new mentoring matches on all campuses....

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Lynden High School–February 2020

Lynden High School–February 2020

Stories to share: It’s a two-way street when people have authentic relationships. Often we talk about how mentors support and care for students, but students also learn to care for their mentors, as I saw in a couple of situations this month.  One Mentor’s mom was in...

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Family Night Out – February 2020

Family Night Out – February 2020

We owe a huge thank you to our Event Sponsors: NCCTK for providing the space, helping with promotion and all our posters and signs and covering some event costs. Manna Insurance for the social media support and event coordination. Thrivent Financial covering some...

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James seemed depressed and withdrawn

James seemed depressed and withdrawn

A mentoring story: In middle school, James seemed depressed and withdrawn, and was lacking a father-figure in his family. He struggled with school and didn’t have much motivation. Staff wondered if he would like a mentor, and introduced him to Herm Franzen, a caring,...

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Caring & Compassion in Mentoring

Caring & Compassion in Mentoring

Welcome back to the February Mentor Minute! Last month, we introduced five key character qualities that we can look to build into our students in 2020. These qualities are known as "The Five C's of Youth Development," and include: competence, confidence, connection,...

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FAMILY NIGHT OUT – Tonight!

FAMILY NIGHT OUT – Tonight!

Tonight's the Night - Family Night Out Doors Open at 5:30 Cash and Credit Cards accepted for additional purchases February 14th 6:00-8:30 pm Proceeds benefit BTO in Lynden, Ferndale and Nooksack Valley You won’t be disappointed! Pizza, drinks, chips, and a bake sale....

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Feb 10th – Mentoring Minute

Feb 10th – Mentoring Minute

Welcome to the February Mentor Minute! Last month, we introduced five key character qualities that we can look to build into our students in 2020. These qualities are known as "The Five C's of Youth Development," and include: competence, confidence, connection,...

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