Archive for the ‘General Mentoring’ Category

Banking on a Great Cause

August 29, 2011

Tickets for opportunity baskets themed “A Night in Italy,” “Summer Fun,” “Date Night,” “Paws for the Cause” and “Gardner’s Delight” are available at Umpqua Bank through Aug. 27.

They will then move to PremierWest Bank for two weeks. The baskets were designed by staff at Tehama County Social Services in volunteer support of the Tehama County Mentoring Program at the Department of Education. Tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5 and support local youth mentoring.

Shown here left to right are mentee Cerena Zornes with mentor Cathy Davis of PremierWest Bank; Social Services staff members Diana Martin, Rebecca Barram, Brian Nance, Lisa Matheson and Nicole Donato; and mentor Michelle Hake of Umpqua Bank with mentee Cailey Zornes

Win! Win! Win!

August 8, 2011

The staff at the Tehama County Department of Social Services have gone out of their way again to support the Mentoring Program through the creation of fundraising baskets.  We appreciate the generosity of spirit, time and money so many people put into creating these amazing themed baskets.

Tickets are available for $1 each or 10/$5.  The baskets can currently be seen at the Tehama County Department of Education, and will move to various banks around Red Bluff in the ensuing weeks.

"Date Night"-- $50 certificate to the Green Barn, Walk the Line dvd, $25 certificate for a manicure and much more for a romantic night with that special someone.

"Paws for the Cause"-- everything you need to keep dogs and cats happy and healthy.

"Family Summer Fun"-- Camp chairs, a cooler, games and more to keep the family entertained on hot summer days.

"Gardening Basket"-- a wheel barrow, hand tools, BBQ basket and more to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

"A Night in Italy"-- 3 pack Lucero Olive Oil, olive spread, garlic roaster and more to transport yourself to Italy in without leaving home.

It’s Mentoring Month in the City of Corning!

January 12, 2011

It’s Mentoring Month in the City of Red Bluff!

January 5, 2011

January is National Mentoring Month

December 29, 2010

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 Family that Mentors Together: Pat, D’Lorah and Mary Hurton

November 30, 2010

Alex and Mary

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.

Mentoring truly is a family activity for us.  “[Mentoring] is sharing what we have: family,” said my mom.  While we all meet with our mentees at different schools and locations, mentoring is often a topic at the dinner table and is something that frequents our family prayer time.  “Mentoring means encouraging your mentee and setting a positive example,” said my dad, Pat.  “And then we come home and we share stories about our mentees, and we get blessed too.”

Kyle and Pat

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.”

Waiting for Superman

November 15, 2010

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 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.

Let’s talk about….

November 12, 2010

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.

It’s back to school time!

August 16, 2010

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!

College Logo T-Shirt Project

June 11, 2010

The Tehama County Mentoring Program is a proud member of the Expect More Tehama Campaign,  a local movement to promote Higher Education through Higher Expectations. As such, we are the home office for a fun and creative project to promote higher education in 8th grade classrooms: The College Logo T-shirt Project!

This fall, each and every 8th grade student in Tehama County will receive a new college logo t-shirt. With classrooms of students all sporting shirts from across the country, a very powerful visual message will be sent: the possibilties for higher education are vast!

But we need the help of our community. Our goal of 650 t-shirts is a tall order.  But we are an industrious and generous community. Please consider donating a t-shirt or two from your favorite college or university. We accept new t-shirts from all schools across the country, both two year and four year. The greatest need is size medium, but all sizes are accepted.

Shirts may be mailed or dropped off at the Tehama County Mentoring Program, located within the Tehama County Department of Education, at 1135 Lincoln St in Red Bluff. All contributions are appreciated!