YOUTH MENTORING NEWSLETTER | Allamakee, Howard, Winneshiek
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
Isn’t it great when we can have fun and learn at the same time?! That is exactly what will be happening at our next group event being held on Saturday, December 8 in Postville.
Mentors, mentees, Mentors For A Day, and waiting youth are invited to come and explore traditions from different cultures. Mette Hammer will be sharing about her native country of Denmark. Italee Castellon and friends from Luther College will be sharing with us about Day of the Dead and Mexico. This event will be a time to learn new languages, hear great stories, and create and taste new foods.
In order to prepare for the day, it is very important to RSVP in a timely manner. Please RSVP to Kathy by Monday, December 3.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS IS SHINING BRIGHT.
Carloads of families and friends are coming through Holiday Lights nightly with their eyes all aglow!
Holiday Lights 2018 began with a grand kick-off with the ever popular walk-through night on November 21. Over 1,500 people enjoyed hot soups, beverages, and treats donated by local businesses. There was a live nativity scene from St. Benedict Church and rides on Pokey Pete. On Saturday, November 24 there were grand fireworks donated by a local family.
Holiday Lights is open nightly at the Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah from 5:00-9:00 pm. Santa is at the event every Thursday-Sunday from 5:30-8:00 with his last night being December 23. Free-will donations accepted at the display help support all of the services Helping Services for Youth & Families offers including: domestic abuse advocacy, family education, substance abuse prevention, and YOUTH MENTORING.
Make plans now to visit the lights with your friends and family. There is always so much to see that you may want to plan multiple visits. We would also appreciate you sharing about the display with others so that they can begin or continue traditions of going to the lights. Enjoy the fun!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS.
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Kathy was able to attend an event in November at our governor’s mansion representing mentoring!
STAYING CONNECTED WITH MATCH SUPPORT TIME .
Youth Mentoring loves to touch base with program participants to determine how the match is going.
As part of our efforts to continue the quality of our programs, we have begun to ask a question that allows us to dig a bit deeper. In the upcoming months, Youth Mentoring will be asking a brief question when contacting mentors, mentees, and parents/ guardians about one of these topics: child safety, program satisfaction, communication, challenges of the match, and others.
JANUARY IS NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH.
Help us spread the word! National Mentoring Month is a time to acknowledge mentoring and the effect it has on youth. Our goal is to also raise awareness of the power of mentoring, and to encourage volunteers to become mentors as individuals, to team up with someone else, such as a spouse or friend, or as a family.
Mentoring is simple, exciting, rewarding, and life-changing! If you have quotes, stories, photos, selfies or videos that you would like to share about your match relationship, January is an ideal time to do so. Some of you may also wish to share the impact mentoring has had on you, your family, or a loved one. Please share these on your social media or send them to Kathy. See other special events below.
Proclamations will be signed by the County Board of Supervisors, mentors, mentees, parents of mentees, Steering Committee members, and mentoring friends are all encouraged to attend. Proclamations are a formal document that announces the importance of something.
Kaden and Roger get serious about pumpkin carving.
SPECIAL EVENTS IN JANUARY.
Youth Mentoring will be hosting two special events in January. A potluck dinner will be held on Friday, January 4 at First Lutheran Church to kick-off National Mentoring Month. The event is for all program participants and will be held in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We will provide a main dish and table service. Mentors are asked to bring a dish to pass.
The “Understanding ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression” training will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at First Lutheran in the Fireside Room from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Greg Schutte, School Psychologist from Keystone AEA will present.
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