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Writing A Story Together

Taking turns writing sentences to create a one-of-a- kind story provides focus and allows your mentee to take the lead.   Steps Bring writing paper and two pencils to your next meeting.   Decide together, with your mentee, how many sentences your story will have.   Choose a theme or topic for your story. Take [...]

Would You Rather?

Print out the questions below on brightly colored paper. (The questions may be adjusted based on your mentee’s age.) Cut out each “Would you rather, or” pair. Give your mentee and yourself an equal number of pairs. Take turns asking the questions to one another. Allow for time to share explanations and stories!

When Do You Study?

Managing your time is a VERY important part of becoming a good student. For each study period, you should decide what you want to accomplish and how long you are going to spend on each subject or assignment. You should also set some deadlines and stick to them. And don’t forget to schedule in some [...]

Values Auction

This activity encourages mentees to consider what is important and challenges them to choose their most important personal values. What you need: Auction board, play money, scissors, pencil Before you play: Print out the Values Auction board and play money. Cut the money into bills and divide evenly between players. Introduce the game by first [...]

Timeline

This activity is for upper elementary, middle and high school aged students. Purpose: To learn more about your mentee’s past and present, as well as giving the mentor an opportunity to self-disclose appropriately. Self-disclosure can be a very effective tool. It allows the mentee to hear about how adults “come back” from hard times in [...]

The Art of Storytelling

Learning a fun way to integrate reading and writing, or public presentation practice! Mentors can prepare this activity in advance. Materials needed: 3 Bags or Envelopes Paper and/or note cards Pen/Pencil Markers/colored pencils Instructions On the small pieces of paper or note cards write multiple story-line ideas in three parts, each part on a separate [...]

Team Architect

A team game, where mentee and mentor work together, racing the clock, to build..... The most _____________________________, _______________________________, and _______________________________ structure on the ____________________________. Fill in the blanks above using these adjectives, or come up with your own awesome boss intriguing imaginative inventive pioneering outrageous joyful crazy unique funny bendy weak strong incredible whacky unduplicated [...]

Teaching Your Mentee To Set Goals

Mentors can start coaching their mentees in goal setting by looking for ways they already use these skills. To get started, brainstorm with your mentee a time that they planned and accomplished something. Discuss the steps taken to get it done and how good it felt. These same steps can be used for future goal [...]

Summer Activities

As the school year winds down and summer approaches, many mentors start imagining what their mentees fill their days with during the long break between school years. While the Pen Pal program is a viable option for some, many have encountered mentees who are simply not interested in writing letters over the summer, no matter [...]

Pick A Card

This activity encourages conversation between mentor and mentee. What you need: pick a card handouts, scissors Before you play: Print out the pick a card handouts and cut out each question square, stacking them like a deck of cards. How to play: Place the deck between you and your mentee, take turns picking a card, [...]

Partner Doodle Story

Materials needed: Blank paper Notebook paper (optional) Markers or Crayons Timer/watch Step 1 Mentor and mentee each choose a different color marker or crayon. On the piece of blank paper, take turns doodling for 15-30 seconds, without picking up your marker from the page. Step 2 After each person has doodled, put your markers down [...]

My Study Space

Your Study Space for out-of-school studying can be anywhere. Some students find the neighborhood library best, or a friend’s house. Some think that under a tree in a park or on their living room floor is the most optimal place to train their brain. Wherever you are studying outside of school, it’s important that your [...]

My Study Plan

Preparation and having a plan in mind is vital to successful studying. Not unlike goal setting, devising the: who, what, when and where of studying can support your success. Together with your mentor, talk through the points below and put them to test. Refine and edit for each study session, as necessary. Strategizing your study [...]

My People Tree

Ask your mentee to write the names of people and pets that are important to them on the tree branches, including parents, friends, teachers, relatives, neighbors, and pets. This can lead to conversations about each different person in your mentee’s life. Conversation Starters : Who on your people tree... Likes movies? Knows how to fix [...]

Make A Vision Board

A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and all of the things that make you happy. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map. Vision boards are a great way to learn about your mentee, what makes them feel positive and happy. Making [...]

How to Write a Haiku

What is a Haiku? A haiku is an unrhymed three-line poem. It is based on a traditional Japanese poetic form. Though there are different ways to write haiku, the traditional pattern in English is to write the first and last lines with five syllables each, and the middle line with seven syllables. In other words, [...]

Feelings Cube Game

Purpose: To engage mentee in play and to promote emotional literacy and empathy. Supplies: Paper cube template (copy to card stock for best results), scissors, tape, list of feeling words, markers Pre-Play: After constructing cubes, together with your mentee, choose words from the list below, writing one word per side. How to play: The first [...]

Explore Your World

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~St. Augustine The idea of this activity is to spark curiosity and interest about the world where both you and your mentee learn geography (by discussing the seven continents and the different countries that make up each continent) and about different cultures. [...]

Create A Bucket List

Made popular by the movie The Bucket List, this alternative way to set goals is a fun way for youth to think about things they would like to do before they reach a certain age! This activity can help your mentee discover new ideas, hobbies or educational aspirations, as well as a great strategy to [...]

Conversation Starters

How was your day? Fine... How was school? Good... How was your test? OK…Anything you want to tell me? Nope… Does this dialogue sound familiar? If so, try one of these creative conversation starters to get dialogue going. (Remember that conversations are a two-way street. Take care to only engage your mentee in questions that [...]

Coloring Mandalas

The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, loosely translated to mean "circle."  Coloring a mandala with your mentee can have a calming effect and create a safe, tranquil atmosphere to enjoy each other’s company. Steps Print out two copies of a mandala such as those found at printmandala.com. Bring some colored [...]

Checking In

Our mentees may not have the confidence to initiate sharing about themselves, but when given a prompt, they are more able to identify and share their feelings, opening up about their day.  This idea can be a wonderful ritual to initiate with your mentee, beginning your meeting time each week with a check in! Ask [...]

Card Games for Older Elementary, Middle, and High

All games listed below can be played with any regular 52 card deck Speed How to play: In a line on the table place one pile of five cards, one card face down, one card face down and then another pile of five cards. Deal the rest of the deck out so each player has [...]

Card Games for Elementary

All games listed below can be played with any regular 52 card deck For Elementary Age Memory (age 3+) How to play: Choose a card dealer. This player deals all the cards around the group until there are no cards left. Some players may have more cards than others, but this is okay. Players do [...]

Build A Bear

My Very Own Best Bear! Answer these questions to build your bear: Ears- What does your bear like to hear? Mouth- What kinds of things does your bear say to others? Head- What good things does your bear think about? Are there any sad things your bear thinks about? Eyes- What does your bear like [...]

80 Questions

Tell me the 5 best things about you? If you could have a superpower, which of the following would you pick? The ability to fly, super strength, or the ability to turn invisible? If you were trapped on a deserted island and could pick one famous person to be with, who would it be? If [...]

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