Lynden Mentor Coordinator Reports 3-30-2018

Lynden High School – Lisa Reynolds, Mentor Coordinator A mentor brought her student to me after she shared some serious mental health concerns and was quite distraught about things going on at home—both past and present.  She trusted her mentor to share this heavy load for the first time (they have been meeting for two … Read more

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2016-2017 Coordinators Report

The following is compiled from the end of the year reports of Margaret Vailencour at Lynden Middle School and Lisa Reynolds at Lynden High School.   Margaret: Here at the Middle School there are 19 matched Mentors/Mentees.  We have another 20 students on the wait list that have either been referred by a counselor or have seen … Read more

By the Numbers 2016-2017

The Following Survey Responses Are Based On Students We Currently Serve And Their Mentors. (50 Active LHS Matches) First:  Who are we serving?  Why do students ask for mentors? 100%  Emotional Support — “I need someone to talk to—someone who listens”            82%    Needs caring adult – Lost a parent to death, divorce, parents emotionally unavailable, … Read more

Hey June!

May was Mental Health Awareness month, but just because it’s now June doesn’t mean that mental health issues go away. Current research indicates that approximately 20% of teens are impacted by a mental health issue in some way.  In my experience, students who request mentors at school frequently relate concerns about experiencing depression and anxiety themselves or are impacted by mental health issues of a parent or close family member.

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Buy Local – The Business Case for Mentoring

We all love our communities and value supporting those things that continue to make our communities what they are.  Being able to walk down a main street and stop in at the florist shop run by your neighbor, the 3rd generation paint store, or the hardware store you worked at as a kid, is an experience that helps shape our sense of community.  By buying from these businesses we are helping to create jobs, promote economic stability, keep our money in our communities, and keep the American Dream alive.

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Hope Rising – Diana

When I first met Diana, she was in the office at the school where I worked for punching a girl in the cafeteria.  She was furious, clenching her fists and fuming as she waited to talk to our principal and find out her fate.  Of course she was letting us all know in a very loud voice that whatever happened most certainly was not her fault!  After that, I began to notice her at school quite a bit; mostly because she was a frequent flyer in the office –always embroiled in some sort of issue, conflict, or drama–usually involving improper use of her fists—or of her mouth.

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