November 2020 Newsletter

 Mentoring transforms lives: we connect kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures.

This semester, we are excited to introduce College Mentors Live -- the latest installment of College Mentors at Home! College Mentors Live is a series of videos that highlight different chapters and showcase unique aspects of their campus through engaging activities. Since we can’t physically bring our little buddies to campus right now, a virtual tour is the next best thing! Every episode will air on our new YouTube channel. Check out the first episode from our Ball State University Chapter above where you can learn all about maps, the Ball State Multicultural Center, and ceramics!

Future episodes of College Mentors Live will feature unique at-home activities and guest speakers from across the country. Keep your eyes open for our upcoming episode from Illinois State as they visit their university’s Physics Club!

Does your chapter already record videos for weekly activities? Are you a program alumnus or a friend of College Mentors and want to be a featured guest-speaker? Email kraybon@collegementors.org and mcramer@collegementors.org to learn how to get involved with College Mentors Live.

  • Reminder: #GivingTuesday is December 1st. Make sure to mark your calendars and kick-off the season of giving by supporting mentoring relationships!
  • PLUS, you asked and we listened! We are launching our official merchandise site with brand new apparel on #GivingTuesday as a unique way to give back. So...really, mark those calendars for December 1st. We can't wait to see all of you sporting your new College Mentors gear while inspiring brighter futures! (Don't forget to tag us on social media!)

 

 

Join us in sending a huge congrats to our Illinois State Chapter for receiving RSO (registered student organization) of the month! Their chapter's hard work and dedication to mentoring in the Bloomington-Normal community makes this a well-deserved honor.

Vice Presidents of Activity Planning (VPAPs) have a big role. During a typical year, they ensure their chapter has engaging, organized activities and support Activity Directors as they plan on-campus activities with student organizations, professors, or community organizations. Of course, this year has changed their role. In some ways it’s forced them to think outside of the box to come up with engaging activities. Our Illinois State VPAP Kwame said they’ve enjoyed having all the resources of the internet to guide their activities and have focused on making sure they fit into our core learning objectives of higher education & careers, diversity & culture, and community service. Brendan from Ball State agrees! He’s enjoyed the flexibility and resources but notes they come with more decisions on his end. Still, they’ve been able to create unique activities like an activity on mindfulness to help mentors and little buddies calm and center themselves during these challenging times.

On the other hand, Ohio State’s VPAP Raychel says it’s been a struggle to make sure activities remain as engaging as in-person ones. One way they’ve tried to create engaging activities is to have an "organization of the week" make a prerecorded 10 to 15-minute video about their unique place in the campus community!

The University of Virginia chapter has come up with unique activities as well. They decided to have a bracket style tournament to determine the ultimate superpower. They used a website to create the bracket and discussed each power until they had a final winner! Our program has changed this year and that means chapter leadership roles like the VPAP position have required innovation. We are forever grateful for our chapter leaders’ adaptability and creativity and for our partners and volunteers who have joined us on this bumpy, yet joyful, ride to make sure mentoring happens, no matter what!

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