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 Thoughts on Mentoring Series considers what constitutes effective mentoring, what “doing it” correctly means, and what makes the relationship sustainable.


Get and Give Support -Stress ReliefMay 2015

Thoughts on Mentoring Series – Part 3


Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.  –  Booker T. Washington

 Authentic Relationship.  Shared expectations.  Trust another person that they are capable of achieving (fill in the blank).   Dr. Karen Khaleghi stated “in one sense, “enabling” has the same meaning as “empowering”. . . however, it has developed the specialized meaning of offering help that perpetuates rather than solves a problem.”   Published Jul 11, 2012 in The Anatomy of Addiction.  How can we be sure that we are equipping our mentees with knowledge, tools and resources to succeed on their own terms, rather than enabling them to be dependent on us?  READ more about establishing healthy boundaries in the mentoring relationship.




appealFebruary 2015

Thoughts on Mentoring Series – Part 2

Truth in Labeling

When we engage authentically with another, we come into the mentoring relationship consciously being ourselves.  This consciousness must be deliberate, otherwise our  ideas may inhibit the growth of the truer nature of the person we seek to encourage – even invalidating or alienating them from the resources we seek to offer.  The AUTHENTIC characteristic of effective mentoring began our series discussion.  This month, let us consider how we define mentoring.  How are our labels impacting our effectiveness?  What do we mean by TRUTH IN LABELING?  (… continue reading about effective mentoring)




January 2015

Thoughts on Mentoring Series – Part 1

A Rose is a Rose

Mentors can open doors, support existing circumstances and bring external assets to a youth (or peer) to help bring out the best in the person.  Mentoring is described as many things and comes in all shapes, sizes and textures.  Overall, mentoring can provide a vehicle for the transmission of values, tools, information and support.

Let’s begin our conversation with authentic relationship ….   A rose is still a rose (…continue reading).



December 2014

Time Tunnel

Winter Focus: PRIORITIZE

This month, we shared  four quick tips to prepare for the ACT in response to the frustrations families share with me regarding the volumes of information they receive to prepare for the ACT (and other standardized tests, too).   Let’s push through the “noise” and PRIORITIZE together!

Four ideas to consider when preparing for the ACT (and standardized tests).