Last night LAMP had a mentor meeting/training where mentors were encouraged to share how their matches are going. Each mentor was asked to share one struggle and one reward they find in mentoring. All of the mentors beamed with excitement as they talked about the rewards they find in spending time with their mentee! Every mentor who spoke, noted how polite their mentee is(fantastic!)! Many noted their struggles were with thinking of things to do, or how to encourage their mentee to spend less time with technology. The group brainstormed ideas of how to integrate community service projects or simple acts of kindness into their time with their mentee. Here are some of the highlights we discussed:
- Use Pinterest to find new things to do. You can view LAMP’s postings that are designed for mentors by clicking here! (You can find school tips, craft projects, recipes, how to make invisible ink, texting abbreviations, and TONS more!)
- Volunteer together (bell ringing, nursing home, churches, etc).
- 15 potentially Free gift ideas you can make together or for each other. Examples: make cookies, burn a cd, create a recipe book, crochet or knit, or my favorite – Encouragement jar. Fill a glass jar with multiple small slips of paper that include reasons why you love or appreciate that person. When they are discouraged they can pull out a source of encouragement and remember they are loved. You can also switch the theme to a jar of jokes, activities to do together, or conversation starters!
- Random Acts of kindness: tape coins on a vending machine, hand out balloons to children shopping, take rolls of pennies and drop them all over a playground for kids to find! Give small gifts or cards to the mailman, dentist, eye doctor, waiter, police officers etc. Bring a bag of dog food to the animal shelter.
- Give a small gift to someone who you struggle to get along with! We have a match that does this each year-AWESOME!
- Share a handful of M&M’s and use each color as a theme to discuss. Yellow: share something about school, Green: ask a question to the other person about family, etc.
- Cut open glow necklaces and pour into bubbles container and blow bubbles in the dark. Better yet, blow glowing bubbles outside when it is cold and they freeze! Use this recipe I found on Pinterest to make your own glowing liquid and place in a spray bottle for decorating a snowman!
- Use tooth picks and mini marshmellows or dots to build with.