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News for April 2012 A Success! Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon Is Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is proud to announce that the Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon, which was held on Saturday, March 17 in Decorah, was a great success! A total of 78 bowlers participated in a fun-filled afternoon of bowling, which benefitted mentoring programs in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. Bowlers brought in donations totaling $1,802.50. This is a preliminary figure as people are continuing to donate to bowling participants and Mentoring Programs at Helping Services. Several area businesses donated door prizes for the event, including: A & W/Long John Silver’s, Aspen Alley, Bear Essentials by Baird, Camp Site RV, Cheesecakes by Denise, Country Cuts Salon, Cresco Fitness Center, Cresco Theatre, Copyland, Decorah Bank & Trust, Decorah Tire Service, Dragonfly Book Store, Edward Jones Investments, Farm & Home Supply, Franklin Templeton Investments, the Luther College Bookshop, the Luther College Box Office, Mabe’s, O’Henry’s, Oneota Lanes, Plantpeddler, Sim’s TV & Electronics, Story People, Team Rehab, and Tel-u-wut Restaurant. A big thank you to Pizza Ranch and Happy Joe’s for donating pizzas for this event. A very special thank you goes out to all of the bowlers and their donors. All participants enjoyed sharing high-fives, cheers, and words of encouragement during strikes, spares, and even gutter balls. Kathi Wild, who mentors an area youth, shared “Mentoring is about being a friend to a youth. I make a difference in a youth’s life and I feel great because I do this program!”

The Lucky Leprechauns at the Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon

Tear me off and hang me on the fridge, stick me in your planner, or use me as a bookmark.

Delaware County Updates Mentoring Movie Night was lots of fun! Mentees, mentors, Mentors For A Day, and Steering Committee members gathered at Castle Theatre in Manchester on Thursday, March 8 to watch Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and enjoy popcorn and other delicious treats. A huge THANKS to the Mentoring Connection for Delaware County Steering Committee members for helping plan this event! Be sure to attend the next training, Mental Illness: Childhood Disorders and Behavior Challenges, on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church – Son Shine Center in Manchester, located at 113 Guetzko Court. Jennifer Sellner, who works at CJ and Maddy enjoy some Families, Inc., will be presenting. She will educate participants about mental illness and treats at the what they can do to help children in need. Mentors, parents, and community members are Mentoring Movie Night invited to attend. Please RSVP to Ellen at 563-379-3454. Dinner will be provided. Left: Hannah and Lila are all Save the Date for our next mentoring event, which will be held on Saturday, smiles during the movie May 19. We will be traveling to Camp EWALU, which is located near Strawberry Point. Please read the article on the second page of this newsletter for more information about this upcoming event!

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Tuesday, April 10 – Mentor Break 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., NICC/ Waukon Wellness Center, 1220 Third Avenue NW, Waukon Saturday, April 14 – Mentoring Event: Culture Fair 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Featherlite Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds, 220 7th Street West, Cresco Thursday, May 3 – Mentor Training: Talking To Youth About Drugs and Alcohol 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Waukon Tuesday, May 8 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County Training: Mental Illness: Childhood Disorders and Behavior Challenges 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church – Son Shine Center, 113 Gueztko Court, Manchester Saturday, May 19 – Mentoring Event: Camp EWALU

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The next mentoring event, a Culture Fair, will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Featherlite Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds in Cresco, located at 220 7th Street West. Mentors, mentees, youth ready for a mentor, and Mentors For A Day from Allamakee, Howard and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. Participants will explore the cultures of three different countries. Silvia Merritt will talk about Bolivia, Cindy Luzum will share her experiences in China, and Eileen Tlusty will talk about Czechoslovakia. Participants will learn about each culture’s language, dress, and much more! Everyone will have the opportunity to sample native food from each country at the end of the event. Please RSVP to your mentoring coordinator at 563-387-1720 if you would like to attend. Mentors For A Day will be provided for this event, but you must call to request one by Wednesday, April 11.

Culture Fair


Mentoring Programs at Helping Services will be coordinating phone interviews with a random sampling of mentors and parents during the month of April. The purpose is to get opinions from mentors and parents about whether mentoring is helping youth in the program develop more positive skills and attitudes. To encourage honest feedback, Luther students will be making the calls, not program staff. All answers will be kept confidential and will be summarized without identifying the mentor or parent. This information, along with the mentor and parent surveys, will then be used by mentoring staff to evaluate and improve the program for youth. Mentoring staff will be providing the Luther students with mentor and parent names and phone numbers. All students will be required to sign a confidentiality form. Please contact your mentoring coordinator if you do not wish to participate in these phone interviews. Your name and contact information will not be released then. We hope you will take time to answer some questions if you get a call. Your comments will be helpful and appreciated. Thank you for your cooperation.

Girlz in Glitter at the Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon

Mentoring Steering Committee Meetings Tuesday, April 10 – Building Bridges Through Mentoring (Winneshiek County) 4:00 p.m., Iowa Workforce Development Office, 312 Winnebago Street, Decorah Monday, April 16 – MY Club (Howard County) 4:30 p.m., Cresco Public Library in the downstairs meeting room, 320 North Elm Street, Cresco Thursday, April 26 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County 11:30 a.m., The Glenn Restaurant, 222 South Franklin Street, Manchester Monday, May 14 – Allamakee Mentoring Program 4:00 p.m., NICC/Waukon Wellness Center - Room 111, 1220 Third Avenue NW, Waukon

Save the Date! Mark your calendars! On Saturday, May 19, mentoring participants will travel by bus to Camp EWALU, located three miles west of Strawberry Point. Mentors, mentees, youth ready for a mentor, and Mentors For A Day from Allamakee, Delaware, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot archery, complete a low ropes course, explore the beautiful outdoors, and enjoy a delicious meal together. Mentoring participants from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties will leave from the Helping Services office in Decorah at 10:00 a.m. We will return to Decorah at approximately 3:00 p.m. More details about this upcoming mentoring event will be included in the May Mentoring Newsletter.

For information contact: 563-387-1720 Kathy Schwartzhoff, ext. 108 Joelle Nielsen, ext. 121

Sparks! Ever ywhere!

On Saturday, March 3, over 35 mentoring participants from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties attended the Mentoring Sparks Fair in Decorah. Community members came and shared their Sparks with participants during hands-on workshops. Mentees had the opportunity to learn about a variety of different Sparks, including football, fly fishing, dance, biking, singing, scrapbooking, woodworking, and many more! The goal of the Mentoring Sparks Fair was to encourage youth participants to discover new Sparks that they can explore with their mentors and family members. Sparks are important because research has shown that youth with Sparks lead more caring, responsible, healthy, and productive lives than those who do not have Sparks. Sparks get kids going on a positive path and away from negative issues, such as violence, alcohol, and drugs. We encourage all mentors to be a Sparks Supporter for their mentees. All kids need adult support as they strive to find and nurture their Sparks. Please remember that there is funding available to help with Sparks exploration. Mentoring matches can spend up to $50.00 per year on Sparks-related activities. Be sure to include any Sparks discussions and activities on your Mentor Activity Log each month. A big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful community members who shared their Sparks at the Mentoring Sparks Fair!

Marilyn Zweibahmer, ext. 120

563-379-3454 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.

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Dessert, laughter, and chatting – all of these things are part of Mentor Breaks. Please join Kathy and Stephanie at the next Mentor Break, which will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the NICC/Waukon Wellness Center in Waukon, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW. The purpose of Mentor Breaks is to give mentors a time to relax and visit with other mentors and mentoring staff about the joys and concerns they have related to mentoring. Dessert will be provided!


Mentoring staff have four new Modules of Mentoring for mentors to add to the Life and Social Skills section of their Modules of Mentoring binders. These new modules focus on organizational skills, strategies for reducing negative thinking, identifying caring adults in a youth’s life, and substance abuse prevention. They will be distributed to all mentors during the month of April. A big THANK YOU to Katie Bee, who is a Community Prevention Specialist at Helping Services, for creating the module on substance abuse prevention. Modules of Mentoring are structured activities that mentoring matches can complete during their time together. They are designed to help mentees with skill-building in several different areas. We encourage all mentoring matches to take advantage of these great resources!

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Ellen Krogmann

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

Upcoming Mentor Break

Mentoring participants enjoyed hanging out with members of the Luther College Football Team Above: Christian learns how to build a nesting shelf

Hygiene Habits

Mentors kicked off spring a day early by attending the mentor training, Step Into Spring with Good Hygiene Skills, on Monday, March 19 in Cresco. This training was facilitated by Aaron Bodling, who is currently a nursing student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Aaron educated participants about healthy hand, oral, and skin hygiene habits. Mentors who attended the training received a good hygiene bag, which included several personal care items. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were donated by Cresco Family Dentistry. Mentors will distribute these items to their mentees. If you were unable to attend and would like to check out a DVD of this training, please contact Marilyn or Kathy at 563-387-1720.

Parenting Corner: Their Self-Esteem Ways To Help Kids Build Self-esteem is the way a person evaluates his or her own worth. Self-esteem can be built and strengthened over time, or it can be gradually eroded over time. Research connects low self-esteem with problems like violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide, low academic achievement, and teenage pregnancy. By teaching our kids to value themselves and the things they are good at, they also learn how important it is to be treated with respect and valued by others. Tip for parents with children ages birth to 5  Hugs and kisses go a long way. Research shows that not only does caring, physical contact improve brain development in infants and children, it contributes to feelings of safety and well-being. Tip for parents with children ages 6-9  Be attentive. Being ignored and not listened to can make kids feel unimportant. Consider that while in school, they are primarily in a passive listening role. Home should be a place where their positive self-expression is always valued. Tips for parents with children ages 10-15  Set aside time for them. You are probably enjoying the fact that your kids need less supervision than they did in previous years. Do not go overboard by neglecting to spend quality time with them.  Set limits and boundaries. They will object, but do not let that stop you. Underneath all the complaining and whining, your kids know that the rules and boundaries you set are an expression of love. They will feel valued (and valuable) if you care about where they are and what they are doing when they are not with you. Tips for parents with children ages 16-18  Take their feelings seriously. The teenage years can be full of drama. But remember how real it felt to you at the time? Your kids feel the same way. Never belittle or ridicule them for their emotions; it will make them feel diminished and discourage them from sharing their feelings with you and others in the future  Support your older teens’ interests and show up for their events. Even if you do not understand their music or fully appreciate their art, your interest and the fact that you made them a priority is what will help boost their self-confidence.

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April Mentoring Newsletter 2012  

Newsletter featuring activities, upcoming events, and calendar for mentees, mentors, friends of Helping Services' mentoring program