Over the summer, Seedling has been busy preparing for how you can connect with your mentee during the COVID pandemic. Virtual mentoring is new for us, but we are up for the challenge to ensure you have what you need to be successful! Our goal for mentoring remains for you to be a caring adult friend, someone who’s mentee can talk to, play a game with or share a story about their day. To that end we are committed to doing our best to help you cultivate and maintain a strong virtual relationship. While talking to your mentee on a screen sounds impersonal, we have gathered activities and conversation starters you can employ virtually that will build your connection. From drawing, creating stories together, helping them identify their feelings or brushing up on math, we have got you covered. Check out our list of virtual activity ideas here.
As you begin planning your mentoring visits, keep in mind that your mentee will most likely be spending a fair amount of time on the computer, learning in a virtual classroom and completing assignments. The goal of Seedling mentoring, even virtually, is meant to be fun, supportive, and a nice break from the school day. So as you get ready, consider these tips and virtual mentoring guidance here.