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News for February 2012 Everyone Invited To Attend Upcoming Training

One in six Americans lives in poverty

Mentors, parents, steering committee members, and community members are invited to come and learn more about this important issue at the Bridges Out of Poverty training, which will be held on Thursday, February 9 in Room 115 of the Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Center in Calmar. This training will educate participants on the two types of poverty, situational poverty and generational poverty, and will discuss how poverty creates barriers to change. This training will be broken down into two different sessions. Harold Blatt with Community Circle of Care will facilitate both sessions. People are invited to attend one or both sessions. The two sessions will differ, but will not build upon one another. The first session will be held from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. and the second session will be held from 5:30 8:30 p.m. Both sessions are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Marilyn at 563-387-1720 if you plan to attend one or both of the training sessions.

t: Upcoming Mentoring Even Pizza and a Movie Be sure to join us at the next Mentoring Event, which will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Main Feature Theatre and Pizza Pub in Waukon, located at 38 West Main Street. Mentees, mentors, youth ready for a mentor, and Mentors For A Day from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. Participants will enjoy pizza, a movie, and the chance to hang out with other mentees and mentors. We are planning on watching The Smurfs. However, if Main Feature is showing an age-appropriate movie that day, we may decide to watch that on the big screen instead. Please RSVP to your mentoring coordinator at 563-3871720 if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Delaware County Updates A proclamation declaring January as National Mentoring Month was signed during the County Board of Supervisors meeting in Delaware County on January 3, 2012. The purpose of this proclamation was to raise awareness of the importance of mentoring. There are currently 28 active mentoring matches in Delaware County. A Mentor Appreciation Night took place on Thursday, January 19 at the Coffee Den in Manchester. Mentors enjoyed delicious treats and the chance to socialize with other mentors in Delaware County. Mentoring Connection for Delaware County wanted to thank mentors for the volunteer time they spend each month with their mentees! Mentoring Coordinator Ellen Krogmann traveled to Des Moines on Monday, January 30 for Mentoring Day on the Hill, which was a great success! She had the opportunity to talk with local legislators about the importance of mentoring. The After-School Mentoring Program continues to grow! There are currently 15 mentoring matches who meet after school every Monday during the school year. C.J. and Maddy hanging out Matches spend their time together doing crafts, playing board games, rolling around after school in the snow on the school playground, or just talking about their day. The Bridges Out of Poverty mentor training has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church - Son Shine Center in Manchester, located at 113 Guetzko Court. This mentor training was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 12 but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. Harold Blatt, who works with Community Circle of Care, will discuss the rules, language, and patterns of poverty. Participants will gain a better understanding of the differences between situational poverty and generational poverty. Supper will be provided. Please RSVP to Ellen at 563-379-3454 if you plan to attend.

Time To Celebrate! Happy Birthday BBTM! Building Bridges Through Mentoring, the mentoring program in Winneshiek County, will celebrate 14 years of existence on Tuesday, February 21. The celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, located at 604 West Broadway Street. All mentors, mentees, family members of mentors and mentees, and Steering Committee members in Winneshiek County are invited to attend. Most people who turn 14 years old get their driver’s permit, so that will be the theme of the night, Mentoring: Your Permit to a Bright Future. The evening will include a complimentary meal, musical entertainment, speeches from current and former program participants, awards, and much more! Invitations will be mailed out soon. It is extremely important that people RSVP so the right amount of food can be ordered. This event is sponsored in part by the Social Concerns Committee with First Lutheran Church.

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Upcoming Mentor Break Mentors - Join other mentors and mentoring coordinators Joelle and Marilyn at the next Mentor Break, which will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at A&W/Long John Silver’s in Cresco, located at 628 Second Avenue SW. Mentors from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. Mentors will enjoy a complimentary dessert and will have the opportunity to discuss how their mentoring matches are going, talk about any concerns they may have, and exchange ideas. *Please note that Mentor Breaks are usually held on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. However, the February Mentor Break is being held a week earlier to avoid conflict with people’s Valentine’s Day plans.

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Tuesday, February 7 – Mentor Break 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., A&W/Long John Silver’s, 628 Second Avenue SW, Cresco Thursday, February 9 – Training: Bridges Out Of Poverty 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Center - Room 115, Calmar Saturday, February 11 – Mentoring Event: Pizza and a Movie 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Main Feature Theatre and Pizza Pub, 38 West Main Street, Waukon Thursday, February 16 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County Mentor Training: Bridges Out Of Poverty 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church - Son Shine Center, 113 Guetzko Court, Manchester Tuesday, February 21 – Mentoring Event: Building Bridges Through Mentoring Birthday Party 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 604 West Broadway Street, Decorah Saturday, March 3 – Mentoring Event: Sparks Fair 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., St. Benedict School, 402 Rural Avenue, Decorah

Mentoring Steering Committee Meetings Monday, February 20 – MY Club (Howard County) 4:30 p.m., Cresco Public Library in the downstairs meeting room, 320 North Elm Street, Cresco Tuesday, February 28 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County 11:30 a.m., Jude’s Cafe, 118 North Franklin Street, Manchester Monday, March 19 – Allamakee Mentoring Program 4:00 p.m., NICC/Waukon Wellness Center - Room 111, 1220 Third Avenue NW, Waukon Tuesday, April 10 – Building Bridges Through Mentoring (Winneshiek County) 4:00 p.m., Iowa Workforce Development Office, 312 Winnebago Street, Decorah


Meet Our New Intern Hel lo ! My nam e is Stephanie Adix and I am currently a senior at Luther College. I will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, near Alden. At Luther I am active in various clubs and organizations, including Christmas Cheer, Concerts Committee, Entrepreneurship Club, Phi Alpha Honor Society, and Social Work Association. I also work in the Luther College Development Office. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing organized sports (especially volleyball), reading, knitting and crocheting. I am thrilled to be interning with Mentoring Programs at Helping Services and I look forward to meeting all of you!

For information contact: 563-387-1720 Kathy Schwartzhoff, ext. 108 kathys@helpingservices.org Joelle Nielsen, ext. 121 jnielsen@helpingservices.org

Mentoring Celebrates th National Mentoring Mon Mentoring Programs at Helping Services celebrated National Mentoring Month during the month of January! Mentoring staff and mentoring supporters participated in a variety of activities to raise awareness of mentoring and to recruit individuals to get involved in our mentoring programs. Proclamations declaring January as National Mentoring Month were signed in Allamakee, Delaware, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. In addition, mentoring staff, mentors, mentees, and Steering Committee members traveled to Des Moines for Mentoring Day on the Hill on January 30 to speak with legislators about the importance of mentoring. Participants had the opportunity to talk with Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm, Representative Brian Quirk, and Representative Bob Hager. Senator Wilhelm gave the group a tour of the senatorial chambers and Representative Hager recognized Mentoring Programs at Helping Services during a meeting of the House of Representatives. This event was a great way to end National Mentoring Month 2012! A big thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating National Mentoring Month this year! We appreciate your support!

Marilyn Zweibahmer, ext. 120 mzweibahmer@helpingservices.org

563-379-3454 Ellen Krogmann ekrogmann@helpingservices.org

helpingservices.org Mentoring News is a publication of the Mentoring Programs at Helping Services: Allamakee Mentoring Program, Building Bridges Through Mentoring, Mentoring Connection for Delaware County, and MY Club.

Funding for this publication is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Grant # 2009-JU-FX-0026

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Mentoring staff, mentors, mentees, and Steering Committee members had the opportunity to meet with Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm in Des Moines during Mentoring Day on the Hill Above: Allamakee County Mentoring Proclamation Signing

Save the Dates! Saturday, March 3 - Sparks Fair Mentoring Programs at Helping Services will be hosting a Sparks Fair on Saturday, March 3 at St. Benedict School in Decorah, located at 402 Rural Avenue. Mentors and mentees from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. This event will start at 10:00 a.m. Community members will share their Sparks with participants. Mentees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different Sparks, including various sports, fishing, photography, baking, poetry, cheerleading, farming, and many more! A flyer with more information about this exciting event will be mailed out soon. More information will also be included in the March 2012 Mentoring Newsletter. Saturday, March 17 - Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon It is time to gear up for the Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon! EVERYONE is invited to participate in this event, including mentees, mentors, family and friends of mentoring participants, steering committee members, and community members in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Mentoring Programs at Helping Services and raise funds to support the programs. The Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 17 at Oneota Lanes in Decorah, located at 410 Heivly Street. Participants can choose from two different bowling times, 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m., and can bowl up to three games. A pizza buffet will be provided for all participants. To participate, all bowlers must be registered ahead of time. The best way to register is to form a team of four people. Teams must then decide on a team captain, a team name, and what time they prefer to bowl. Each team member will get a packet of information on how to talk to people about Mentoring Programs at Helping Services and collect donations. These packets will be available at the Helping Services office or they can be downloaded from the Helping Services’ website after February 14. The team captain must register the team using the Team Registration Form, which can be found in the packet. Each bowler is asked to pay a minimum of $15.00 to participate, which can be covered by collected donations. The March 2012 Mentoring Newsletter will have more details about this event, including what this year’s theme will be!

Parenting Corner eir Sparks!

How To Help Kids Find Th

Sparks are the hidden flames in kids that light them up, get them excited, tap into their true passions. If you were to name the one or two things that really get your child excited, what would those things be? Every child has at least one passionate interest or talent. Search Institute calls this passionate interest or talent a child’s “spark.” Helping kids find and develop their sparks is about helping them become the best that they can be.

Tips for all parents  Begin talking about your child’s natural interests and talents. Discuss what your sparks are and how they give meaning to your life. Make sparks a common conversation starter.  Support and encourage the sparks of your kids and other people’s kids. Ask kids how their sparks are going. Tip for parents with children ages birth to 5  Notice what your young child gravitates toward. Is it building with blocks? Paging through picture books and making up stories? Dressing stuffed animals? Making your living room into a jungle gym and climbing over everything? These activities all give hints to what your child’s interests and natural abilities are. Tip for parents with children ages 6-9  Continue to expose your children to new things so they can continue to explore new potential sparks. Tips for parents with children ages 10-15  If your child wants to drop an activity, tell them that they can do so only if they find a replacement activity. Because of the changes going on in their brains, it is tempting for many kids to drop activities yet be too self-conscious to add new ones.  Support your kids’ sparks by attending their concerts, games, and other events. Tell your kids that you are proud of them and of the progress they’re making. Tips for parents with children ages 16-18  Make it a habit to check in with your teenager about their spark(s) on a regular basis. Ask your teenager where they are with their talents and interests. Are they excited? Have they hit some obstacles? Who supports them best?  Thank the adults who support and nurture your teenager’s spark. Send them a card or an email and tell them how much you appreciate what they do.


February Mentoring Newsletter 2012