February 2018
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February's Mentor of the Month
Donald George
1. How did you become involved in mentoring through the Hillsborough Education Foundation?
I found out of the program by conducting a Google search for volunteers in the Tampa Bay area.

2. What  has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
The most rewarding part of mentoring is seeing the positive impact in a young person's efforts to stay on track with their academic pursuits.

3. What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
Initially it's about being able to engage your mentee in discussions that gets them comfortable with who you are. Over time it's about gaining their trust in your judgement to mentor them towards successful academic and life choices. 
4.When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
My free time is spent on reading history books and working out to keep in decent shape...for my age!
5. What do you hope your mentee will learn from you?
My hope is that my mentee takes away the importance of planning their future and executing that plan with passion and as if the quality of their future adult life depended on it, because it does. An adage that I implore my mentee to live by is: "If you don't have a plan, you're planning to fail." 

Skills For Life Report

February:  Honesty & Integrity

Practicing honesty & Integrity includes telling the truth, and all of the truth, even when it may seem difficult to do so. It also includes standing up and taking action for what is right. Those who are honest and have integrity respect others and act with honor and truthfulness. They stick by their morals and always do the right thing, even when no one is looking. 

The difference in honesty & integrity may be hard to illustrate with your mentee. The Skills for Life Toolkit has four activities that focus on honesty & integrity to help demonstrate how they are important to a person's character. To help you further explore this topic with your mentee, watch these videos with your mentee to help them gain a deeper understanding of the difference in honesty & integrity and to help you begin a conversation about how honesty & integrity are vital to being successful and a leader in life. 

The difference between Honesty & Integrity: 

Integrity and Honesty

Quotes about Honesty & Integrity: 

If you have not taken advantage of the Skills for Life toolkit, we recommend contacting William Dailey  to request a hard copy. (wdailey@educationfoundation.com Otherwise, please refer to our digital download option list below. If you decide to use it or are currently doing so, please provide us your feedback so we may continue to refine and improve this resource for our mentors and mentees.

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Mentor Resource Alert

How do I get my mentee to talk more?

This is a common question of many mentors and one of the "beautiful challenges" of any mentorship. It's important to remember that in most cases, student's have a very limited social experience compared to ourselves. They haven't met or spoken to as many different people as you have or been in as many social situations and therefore may not fully understand how to be themselves, open and carefree. Considering this, here are a few tips for helping to understand your student and create avenues for better conversations.

1) Trust and time

Establishing trust with your mentee takes time. You can't say or do anything to speed this process up and it is very individualized. Meaning it depends on their personality. However, the more time you spend together on a consistent basis, the more comfortable and trusting they will be with what they tell you and how.

2) They may be shy

It's not easy putting yourself out there, especially when meeting someone for the first time. It can be easy to mistake shyness for disinterest. Keep the energy (and interest) up by asking about their interests, hobbies, or goals, and seeing if you can find common ground or something that piques their interest.

3) They're listening, even if it might not seem like it

It might feel disheartening to come see your mentee only to be met with silence, but don't take this to mean they are ignoring you. As mentors have found in the past, just because a mentee isn't talking, doesn't mean they aren't listening. Keep the atmosphere lively, and be ready for them to jump in when they are ready.

4) Distract each other with an activity

Whether you are using the Skills for Life packet distributed by HEF, reading the newspaper, coloring a book or playing checkers, activities will always help mentoring pairs  "distract" each other into conversations. This can also break the monotony of conversations.

5) Ask the student to lead the meeting

At the end of the day, our mentorship is about helping the student develop personally and professionally. Taking ownership of their responsibilities in school is a great starting point. Ask you mentee to discuss what's on their "to do list" and encourage them to use your time together to either prepare for or participate in, accomplishing their required tasks (test preparation, selecting classes, organizing a student event etc.)
Mark Your Calendar!

Career & Technical Education Workshop
(High School student only)
Feb 27 HEF
Etiquette & Volunteerism Workshop 
(Freshman & Sophomore Only) 
March 14 HEF
Alumni Mixer & Panel Event
(Student and Mentor Opportunity)
March 15

Don't Forget to Log Your Mentor Sessions

We know you're busy and can't always log your time with your mentee right away. But don't forget that the time you spend with them helps them earn their scholarship so documenting your time together is important!

If you haven't had time, or just forgot, click the link to log your hours. 

Thank you for your commitment to our students! 


The College Success Team
William Dailey      Julia Carter      Jocelin Tapia      Anna Laird   
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