January is National Mentoring Month!
News for January 2013 ent:
Upcoming Mentoring Ev Sledding Party
Dust off your favorite sled and be sure to dress in your warmest winter attire for the Mentoring Sledding Party, which will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the home of Dave and Sue Runyon in Fayette, located at 601 Big Rock Road. Mentors, mentees, youth ready for a mentor, and Mentors For A Day from Allamakee, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend. Participants will enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, sitting around a campfire, drinking hot chocolate, a delicious snack, and lots of laughter and fun! Please bring your own sledding equipment (plastic sleds only!) and the permission slip that was included with the flyer for this event. Be sure to dress in warm clothing as we will be outside the entire time. Mentoring participants from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties should talk with their mentoring coordinator about carpooling options. Mentoring participants from Delaware County will be carpooling from Manchester. Please RSVP to your mentoring coordinator if you plan to attend. Mentoring participants from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties should call Kathy or Marilyn at 563-387-1720 to RSVP, and mentoring participants from Delaware County should call Ellen at 563-379-3454 to RSVP. All requests for a Mentor For A Day must be made by Wednesday, January 16. Just a reminder that the new Mentor For A Day policy starts this month. *Please note that if there is not enough snow to sled or if there is bad weather on January 19, this event will be cancelled.
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Delaware County Updates
The Mentoring Connection for Delaware County Mentor and Advisory Committee Appreciation Night will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Coffee Den in Manchester, located at 114 North Franklin Street. Mentoring Connection for Delaware County wants to show our appreciation for your involvement in our mentoring program. You have made a difference in the life of a child. All mentors and Advisory Committee members in Delaware County are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. All mentors in Delaware County are invited to attend the next mentor training, Bridges Out of Poverty, which will be held in January and will be broken down into two parts. Part one of the training will be held on Tuesday, January 15 and part two will be held on Tuesday, January 29. Both parts will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church – Son Shine Center in Manchester, located at 113 Guetzko Court. Harold Blatt, from Community Circle of Care, will discuss the different types of poverty, the hidden rules of poverty, Mentoring participants having fun decorating Christmas cookies and ways to effectively work with individuals who are living in poverty. Mentors are invited to attend one or both parts of this training. Please RSVP to Ellen at 563-379-3454. Supper will be provided. The next mentoring event will be held on Saturday, January 19. Mentoring participants in Delaware County will be traveling to Fayette for the Mentoring Sledding Party! Please read the article to the left for more information about this upcoming event. Mentors, mentees, family members and friends of mentors and mentees, and community members are encouraged to participate in our annual bowling fundraiser on Saturday, February 9 at Lightning Lanes in Manchester. This year’s theme is Mentoring: Where the Magic Happens. Proceeds from this event will support the mentoring program in Delaware County so more youth and mentors are able to participate. If you are interested in bowling, sponsoring a bowling team, donating a door prize, or making a monetary donation, please contact Ellen at 563-379-3454. Participants will bowl, enjoy great food and prizes, and have the opportunity to spend time with some of our awesome mentoring participants! The deadline for registering to bowl is Thursday, January 31. We hope to see everyone there!
Ja Everyone Invited To Attend
Mentors, parents of mentees, and mentees from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to come and learn about the importance of face-to-face communication skills. Mette Hammer, who is a Communications Instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College, will be facilitating this training on Thursday, January 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Decorah, located at 302 West Broadway Street. Dinner will be a potluck. Maid Rites, milk, and table service will be provided. Mentors are asked to bring a dish to share. We encourage everyone to attend this great training! Please RSVP to your mentoring coordinator at 563-387-1720 if you plan to attend. Child care will be provided. Be sure to let your mentoring coordinator know if you will be utilizing this service when you call to RSVP.
Upcoming Mentor Break All mentors in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to attend the next Mentor Break, which will be held on Tuesday, January 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Culver’s in Decorah, located at 904 Short Street. This Mentor Break will give mentors the chance to get together with other mentors and Mentoring Coordinator Joelle to talk about how their mentoring matches are going, discuss any concerns they may have, and exchange ideas. Please RSVP to your mentoring coordinator at 563-387-1720 if you plan to attend. Dessert will be provided, but mentors will need to purchase their own lunch.
Remember to check the Facebook Page or helpingservices.org for the most current information. Tuesday, January 8 – Mentor Break 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Culver’s, 904 Short Street, Decorah Thursday, January 10 – Mentor, Parent, and Mentee Training: Face-to-Face Communication 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 302 West Broadway Street, Decorah Thursday, January 10 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County Mentor and Advisory Committee Appreciation Night 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Coffee Den, 114 North Franklin Street, Manchester Monday, January 14 – Become a Love and Logic Parent Class Begins 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Meeting six times (January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18) at De Sales School, 418 East Main Street, Ossian Tuesday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 29 – 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 Thursday, January 17 – Mentoring Day on the Hill Des Moines Saturday, January 19 – Mentoring Event: Sledding Party 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Home of Dave and Sue Runyon, 601 Big Rock Road, Fayette
Mentoring Steering Committee Meetings Thursday, January 10 – Mentoring Connection for Delaware County 11:30 a.m., Chuong Garden, 118 East Main Street, Manchester Tuesday, January 15 – Building Bridges Through Mentoring (Winneshiek County) 4:00 p.m., Iowa Workforce Development Office, 312 Winnebago Street, Decorah Monday, January 21 – Allamakee Mentoring Program 4:00 p.m., NICC/Waukon Wellness Center – Room 109, 1220 Third Avenue NW, Waukon Monday February 11 – MY Club (Howard County) 4:00 p.m., Cresco Public Library in the downstairs meeting room, 320 North Elm Street, Cresco
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Just a reminder that Helping Services will be offering the six-week Become a Love and Logic Parent class in Ossian starting in January. This class will address the daily obstacles parents face and will teach participants easy-to-use parenting techniques that really work. Become a Love and Logic Parent will start on Monday, January 14 and will meet every Monday night for six weeks (January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at De Sales School in Ossian, located at 418 East Main Street. There is NO COST to attend and free child care will be provided. Mileage reimbursement will be given to parents of mentees and mentors upon request. This class is open to anyone who is involved in the life of a child, parent or non-parent. We encourage all of our parents and mentors to attend. You can register today by calling Joelle at 563-387-1720.
Fun was had by all at the December Mentoring Event held at the Waukon Wellness Center! Approximately 40 mentors, mentees, youth ready for a mentor, and Mentors For A Day enjoyed walking around the track, working out on the weight machines, playing racquetball and basketball, playing the Wii, and shooting pool. A highlight for some participants was working up the courage to climb the rock wall! After a scrumptious lunch, a wonderful presentation was given by Whitney Brewer from Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. She suggested that we eat colorful foods that will nourish our bodies. She also shared that we should not be in such a hurry to eat our meals and should take the time to smell our food, feel the texture, and chew slowly. Special thanks to the Allamakee Mentoring Program Steering Committee for helping mentoring staff plan this event and for helping out at the event!
For information contact: 563-387-1720 Kathy Schwartzhoff, ext. 108 firstname.lastname@example.org Joelle Nielsen, ext. 121 email@example.com Marilyn Zweibahmer, ext. 120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few reminders related to mentoring events: 1) If you request a Mentor For A Day for an event and then are not able to attend the event, please call your mentoring coordinator as soon as possible. This will allow other youth to attend. 2) If your child is ill, please do not send him or her to a mentoring event. A sick child will not enjoy the event and exposes everyone to his or her illness.
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Parker and Bob getting ready to shoot pool Above: Cindy and Tamie hanging out at the Waukon Wellness Center
Celebrate National Men
January is National Mentoring Month! Below are some ways that you can help us celebrate and spread the word about the importance of mentoring. You can attend the proclamation signing in your county. This involves attending a County Board of Supervisors meeting and sharing information about our mentoring programs. They often ask participants to share what they enjoy about the mentoring program. Youth can share something they have done with their mentor recently. Parents of mentees can share why they like having their child in the program. Mentoring supporters can share what they have seen and heard related to the program. We really like to have a crowd of people at each proclamation signing. All mentors, mentees, parents of mentees, Mentoring Steering Committee members, and mentoring supporters are encouraged to attend. More details about these upcoming proclamation signings can be found in the article to the right. You can attend Mentoring Day on the Hill, which will be held on Thursday, January 17. Mentors, mentees, and mentoring supporters are invited to travel with mentoring staff to the State Capitol in Des Moines to speak with legislators about the importance of mentoring. Please let your mentoring coordinator know if you are interested in attending this event. You can help distribute mentoring table tents in the community you live, play, or work in. We like to display these table tents in restaurants and other businesses so people can learn more about our mentoring programs and ways to get involved while they are waiting. If you are interested in distributing table tents, please contact your mentoring coordinator. The most important thing you can do is say to those you know, “Do you know that it is National Mentoring Month?” Everyone loves to hear a good story and when you share how you have been affected by mentoring, it is your chance to encourage the person you are talking with to become involved. There are many different ways that someone can be involved in our mentoring programs – being a mentor, being a Mentor For A Day, being a mentee, serving on a Mentoring Steering Committee, donating funds to the program, helping at an event, or doing some office work. The list goes on and on! We encourage everyone to get involved and help us celebrate National Mentoring Month!
n Signings Mentoring Proclamatio During the month of January, proclamation signings will be held in all four counties served by Mentoring Programs at Helping Services in honor of National Mentoring Month. These proclamations are legal documents that proclaim mentoring as important and officially declare January as National Mentoring Month in the county. The dates, times, and locations are listed in the box below. Mentoring Proclamation Signings Howard County – Monday, January 7 at 10:15 a.m. in the Supervisors Room at the Cresco Courthouse Winneshiek County – Monday, January 7 at 11:15 a.m. in the Supervisors Room at the Decorah Courthouse, located on the second floor Delaware County – Monday, January 7 at 1:15 p.m. at the Delaware County Courthouse Allamakee County – Monday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Supervisors Room at the Waukon Courthouse, located on the lower level Be sure to attend the proclamation signing in your county to show your support for mentoring!
ming Events Save the Dates for Upco Saturday, February 9 --- Back by popular demand… the Pizza and a Movie Mentoring Event! On Saturday, February 9, mentoring participants from Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties are invited to gather at the Main Feature Theatre and Pizza Pub in Waukon from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. to enjoy some delicious pizza and watch the movie Soul Surfer. More details will be included in the February 2013 Mentoring Newsletter.
Saturday, March 9 --- The Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 9 at Oneota Lanes in Decorah. EVERYONE is invited to participate, including mentees, mentors, family members and friends of mentoring participants, Mentoring 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 to raise funds to support the programs. More information will be included in future newsletters.