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  • Connection in a Time of Social Distancing - Mentoring Resources and Tips for the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Be Mindful. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it may trigger trauma for young people impacted by the virus or by the news surrounding the pandemic.  Let your mentee know that you see them and are there for them.
    • Be intentional about preserving continuity in the relationship.
      • Acknowledge what is going on and engage in a dialogue about the pandemic.
      • Understand and honor your emotions and the emotions of your mentee, including the range of reactions that may be expressed.
      • Commit to self-care. Know that it is okay to take a break from the news and discussions about the virus as needed to manage anxiety or other responses to the situation.
    • Be in it together. Let your mentee know that you are in this together and are here to help.
      • Follow the latest on COVID-19 on the CDC’s website or on the Wood County Health Department’s website.
      • Decide on clear boundaries and agreements about how you will virtually connect with your mentee and continue to follow the latest health guidelines and recommendations about where and how to gather. Follow the guidelines of the School District of Marshfield, Pathway Partners, and the guardians of your mentee around how to connect and communicate virtually with your mentee since in-person connections are suspended. 
    • Be communicative. Healthy and supportive relationships are crucial during this time.
      • Young people need our support now more than ever! In-person meetings must pause, follow the appropriate path:
        • If you are permitted/able to communicate virtually with your mentee:
          • Let your mentee know you need to temporarily pause seeing them in person but are still there for them virtually. Create a plan with your mentee about how you will stay in touch while continuing to follow the appropriate guidelines.
        • If you are not permitted/able to communicate virtually:
          • Work with the Pathway Partners program to figure out a way to pass along information to let your mentee know that you care, value the relationship, and will need to temporarily pause in-person meetings. Health and safety are the primary focuses at this time.

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  • Principles to keep in mind when working with young people:

    • Remember-- "aim low, go slow, think small and celebrate success"
    • Teach cognitive slogans...."first things first"  "one day at a time"  "easy does it"
    • Be the holder of a sense of hope.
    • Celebrate small successes.
    • Take the lead and persist even when the student appears disinterested. 
    • Softly challenge inappropriate behavior and negative attitudes.
    • Focus on the young person's strengths. 
    • Be a partner with your young person's family. 
    • Help them take a personal look at their behavior as it affects others.
    • Remember as a mentor-- you are not responsible for others, you cannot control another person's behaviors, feelings, or decisions.
    • You are your student's connector.  You connect to this student through unconditional acceptance.  There are no strings attached.
    • You are another positive role model who works together with parents/guardians, teachers, resource counselors, and the Pathway Partners director in the best interest of your student mentee.

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