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Family to Family Mentoring

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Transcript of Family to Family Mentoring

More Variations of the Definitions...
Participants will learn:
Getting to Know You
Defining Family Mentoring
What a Mentor is & is Not
Process of informal sharing of knowledge related to work, career, and professional development that is mutually beneficial
Informal communication either face-to-face or on-line
Sharing of resources and connecting to community resources
Developing supportive network of friends and acquaintances
Why we do Family to Family Mentoring...
We are fostering social connections
We are developing an understanding of other's cultures
We are developing a bond between families to empower them to act on their own (independently) in the community
We want families to learn and have a place to practice
Executive Functions:
Problem Solving
Planning
Teamwork
Leadership
Critical Thinking
Adaptability
A Mentor Is...
Caring
Consistent
Committed
Engaged
Patient
Friendly
Receptive
Knowledgeable
Strategies for Setting the Stage for Family to Family Mentoring ...
In Immersion-
We talked about the power behind families working together to solve problems and help each other
We draw their attention to examples in the Adult Capabilities video Theory of Change of how families worked together to solve problems and do planning activities.
Types of Mentoring
Characteristics of:
Informal Mentoring
- Natural relationships when families share expertise and experiences
- For Example:
When families help each other complete a family service learning activity or
When families get together because their children are in the same classroom
Family to Family Mentoring
Our Goals for this Session:
- Definitions of Family Mentoring

- Reasons why we do Family to Family Mentoring

- Strategies in Getting Started-Keys to Successful Mentoring Relationships

- Best Practices in Family to Family Mentoring Skills

- E-Mentoring & Cyber Bullying

- make a list (in the next 2 minutes) of everything that you can see from where you are sitting

- When the two minutes are up—working in pairs cross out everything that is the same.

- What did you learn about the other person?

- Please share your partner’s name and give one example of a difference on the list.
Samples of Definitions:
A relationship between 2 families that is caring, supportive, and offers counsel, friendship and reinforcement.
Mentoring families have a presence within each other's lives and is a powerful leadership and learning process.
Family Mentoring is Family to Family-not just the adult members of the family.
Formal Mentoring
- A match is made by the Parent Facilitator
- The Relationship is more planned
- Could be the result of a mutual selection due to a common need
A Mentor Is Not...
Judgemental
Self-Interested
A "parent" to the mentee
A therapist
A personal friend
In Parent Time-
We provide skills and opportunities for parents to learn and work together
Brainstorming
Sharing goals with one another
Identifying common problems in the home
Catching up on a missed Parent Time class
Informal Mentoring during Parent Time...
Strategies for Setting the Stage for Family to Family Mentoring-
During computer time-
During Family Service Learning-
we offer opportunities to work together to assess needs in the community (action step 1)
We strategically pair families to work together to do the family service learning projects (action step 3)
Informal Mentoring During Computer Time
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Families working together to complete Service Learning Projects

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Strategies for Setting the Stage for Family to Family Mentoring continued...

Strategies for Setting the Stage for Family to Family Mentoring
During Computer time-

We provide time for families to talk together and discover who has some knowledge or skills that others may not (informal mentoring)
During Family Service Learning-

We offer opportunities for working together to assess needs in the community
We strategically pair families to work together to do the family service learning projects
Informal Mentoring During Computer Time
Families working together to complete Service Learning Projects
Families working together to go into the Community
Best Practices in Family to Family Mentoring

Remember and identify personal mentors
Let mentoring occur "organically" naturally- label it when you observe it
Provide formal mentoring to learn how to be a mentor
Include modeling, role play, and simulation parent practice sessions with the facilitator
Pair the trained mentor with the mentee
Mentor Training-Building Caring
Commitments, Patience and Listening Skills
Boundaries
Making Initial Agreements
Gift giving between families
Families providing transportation
Physical space/physical touching
Families contacting other families at home
Families making appointments
Families keeping appointments
Families following through on commitments
Families responses to difficulties between adults and children in each others families
Expectations
Confidentiality
Confidentiality is about confidence - trust in the other person's discretion and judgement. The greater the level of co-confidence, the higher the level of honesty and personal disclosure within the mentoring conversations
We don't share another families information with others
What should we do if we think that there is metal or physical danger?
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-does-top-secret-mean/

Expectations Continued...
Safety/ Security
Acting with Integrity
Treating the other family members the way you want to be treated
Safety is compromised when:
There are intimidating conversations
There is yelling or verbal threatening
Expectations Continued...
Developing Cultural Proficiency
Cultural proficiency is a mind-set, a worldview, a way a person or an organization makes assumptions for effectively describing, responding to, and planning for issues that arise in diverse environments.
http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/
www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edmulticult.htm#collections

Children & Youth Activities in Mentoring Time
Combined Activities:
Sometimes you will plan to do a whole family activity such as a visit to the library
Game
Sharing family news
Sometimes the adult focused activity will not be appropriate for the youth/children to share in and a separate activity will need to be planned
Separate Activities like:
Youth
Computer activities
Building materials
Advanced drawings
Children
Reading materials
Puzzles, building activities
Crafts
What is E-Mentoring?
E-mentoring also known as online mentoring, tele-mentoring, or tele-tutoring is a mentoring relationship that is conducted via the internet.
Would recommend of two families together
Need to have access to computer with email access
Parental permission is needed if children will be e-mentoring
3 Golden Rules of Digital Citizenship
Respect Yourself / Respect Others
Educate Yourself / Connect with Others
Protect Yourself / Protect Others
Be Aware of Cyber - Bullying
- Takes place using electronic technology

Devices such as:
Cell Phones
Computers
Tablets
Communication tools such as:
Social media sites
text messages
chat
websites
Examples of cyber-bullying:
Mean texts or emails
Rumors sent by email or posted on social networking
Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles

Date, time, duration and location
Location
Recording who is present
Topic or no topic?
Planned activity or no activity?
Resources of information that I will bring
Feedback Process
Electronics-will I bring or use at the center?
Becoming a Mentoring
Family
- What to do?
1. Become trained as a mentor
2. Identify your own strengths as an individual
3. Identify your interest

- How to do it?
1. Attend training sessions
2. Complete the Strengths Survey
3. Complete the Interest Survey
-Making Mentoring Matches based on:
Common interest
Common skills
Requested skills
Age and similarity of families
Other requests
By providing Family Mentoring, you increase Social Capital.
Preparing for a Mentoring Session Checklist & Simulation...
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