Please join us as we celebrate National Mentoring Month throughout Tehama County. The Tehama County Mentoring Program will receive proclamations of Mentoring Month from the Corning City Council, Red Bluff City Council and Tehama County Board of Supervisors. You are invited to share in this recognition on the following dates:
Tuesday January 4, 7:00 pm: Red Bluff City Council
Tuesday January 11, 10:00 am: Tehama County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday January 11, 7:30 pm: Corning City Council
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” –Rachel Carson, American Biologist
The Tehama County Mentoring Program became the grateful recipient of a $750 donation from Pactiv Corporation at its Holiday Mentor Gathering, December 8, 2010. Pactiv Plant Manager and long-time mentor Mitch Brehm surprised Mentor Coordinator Melissa Mendonca at the event with the check and kind words about the power of mentoring in our community.
The Tehama County Mentoring Program appreciates the support of local businesses like Pactiv to promote mentoring and develop fun , meaningful activities for mentors and mentees in our community. When a business person actually becomes a mentor, as Mitch has, the impact is even more deeply felt. Thank you, Mitch Brehm and Pactiv Corporation!
On a day-by-day scale, the Tehama County Mentoring Program offers kids an opportunity to receive help with homework, a person to play games with, a listening ear, and a special friend. Stepping back to look on a larger scale, the benefits of the program are much greater. The Mentoring Program ultimately offers tools for success, someone to depend on, and as my family has discovered, relationships that quickly become a part of your life.
It all started when my dad heard about the Lunch Buddies program from a coworker. My mom learned of the Mentoring Moms program, and I read about Cross-Age Mentoring in a newsletter. We were all interested and started getting involved with the Tehama County Mentoring Program. Before long, we had become a mentoring family.
My name is Mary Hurton. I am a senior in high school and I have been mentoring for two years. My dad, Pat, has mentored for 4 years now, and my mom, D’Lorah, has mentored for almost two. While we each participate in a different branch of the Tehama County Mentoring Program, we share common objectives, and we share the joy that comes with mentoring.
Through the Cross-Age program, I meet with Alex, a fifth-grader, at his elementary school once or twice a week and help him with homework. My mom spends time with Lena, a teenage mom, doing all kinds of activities like shopping or cooking. My dad also takes his mentee, Kyle, to a lot of different things, mostly out to lunch or bringing him lunch and eating with him at school.
We have smiled together as I told of Alex giving me his goldfish crackers as a Christmas present the last time I went to see him before the semester break. We have brainstormed together on everything from how I can make fractions seem a little less boring to how I can help Alex want to reach out to an unpopular classmate. Lena has been ice-skating with our family and Kyle has come over to my brother’s house to watch a World Series game with us. Our living room has framed pictures of my mom baking with Lena, and my dad at a Giants game with Kyle. I have many heartfelt notes from Alex taped to my closet door.
Our mentees are woven into our lives. They fill our thoughts, they give us purpose, and as we watch them grow up, we learn from them just as they learn from us. Just as mentoring has given us strong relationships with Kyle, Lena, and Alex, it has strengthened our family as well. My mom said it best: “Mentoring together brings out the best in our family.”
The new film Waiting for Superman has created a national buzz around our educational system. One of the solutions brought forward to keep kids in schools is mentoring. The Tehama County Mentoring Program has long recognized that mentors are an integral part of a community effort to support students, parents and teachers. Read about how the creators of Waiting for Superman have connected with Mentoring.org to connect more students with mentors across the country by clicking here.
If you would like to delve deeper into the discussion, check into this webinar on Tuesday, November 16 from 10-11:15 am. Panelists include: Marc Wheeler, mentoring expert and co-author of the recent Review of Three Recent Randomized Trials of School-Based Mentoring; Linda Stewart, Senior Vice President at MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership; Charles Velschow, Woodside High School (one of the schools featured in the film!); and Sarah Kremer, Program Director at Friends For Youth.
Getting a conversation started in a mentoring relationship can sometimes be a challenge, particularly when the relationship is new. The Search Institute has generated a Conversation Starter page on their website which helps break the ice. Click here for great ideas to start up meaningful conversation.
On Saturday October 23, 2010, Tehama County mentors and mentees will join the nationwide movement to do good by participating in Make a Difference Day. Our project will be to help plant the winter garden at the Tehama County Collaborative Garden. This garden supports the Juvenile Justice Center, Women Infants and Children and clients of various programs served by the Tehama County Health Services Agency. It is also supported by the Tehama County Landfill and Community Action Agency. The Garden is located on Walnut Street near the Juvenile Justice Center. Work starts at 10:00am and continues until 1:30. Lunch will be provided. Participants should dress for garden work, including close-toed shoes and sun protection.
The Tehama County Mentoring Program encourages all mentors and other adults in our community to support the college dreams of our students. Help them identify appropriate schools and get the information they need to fund their educations by attending College Quest at the Redding Convention Center on Monday September 27 from 4:30-7:30.
The Tehama County Mentoring Program has invited its Cross Age Mentors to ride in one of our two vehicles going to College Quest on a first come, first served basis. Cross Age Mentors may reserve their seat by calling 528-7358.
Although the temperatures still blaze, summer officially ends this week as Tehama County students head back to class. We wish all students the best of luck (and hard work!) as they settle into a new year of learning. Our special wishes go out to those transitioning to new schools, whether they are Kindergartners, new middle school or high school students or students who have had to change schools due to a family move.
One of the best ways to support students is to become a mentor. Please consider the following from Mentor, a national clearinghouse for youth mentoring, on the Academic Achievement through Mentoring Initiative:
“Mentoring is a youth development strategy that naturally supports the goal of reducing the dropout rate. Research has shown mentoring to have significant positive effects of two early indicators of high school dropouts—high levels of absenteesim1 and recurring behavior problems2. Youth in mentoring relationships present better attitudes and behaviors at school and are more likely to attend college than their counterparts. Dropping out of school is a culmination of a long process of disengagement. Children between the ages of 12 through 17 are within the developmental stage most able to best absorb and benefit from the skills of a mentor.”
1 Kennelly, L., & Monrad, M. (2007). “Approaches to dropout prevention: Heeding early warning signs with appropriate interventions.” Washington, D.C.: National High School Center, American Institutes for Research.
2 Thurlow, M. L., Sinclair, M. F., & Johnson, D. R. (2002). “Students with disabilities who drop out of school—Implications for policy and practice.” Issue Brief, 1(2). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.
The Tehama County Mentoring Program offers opportunities to mentor on a school campus through Lunch Buddies, Mentor Tutors and Cross Age Mentoring. Consider making an impact through one of these important opportunities!