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Navigating and Mentoring
Monthly Meetings Offer Mentoring Training
The PRI Mentoring Group typically meets on the third Friday of each month. In an effort to help all organizations with mentors, each meeting now includes an educational element.
Committee member, Steve Wade says, "Over the last six years we have learned that people involved in mentoring programs benefit from regular contact with their peers. This education series is designed to provide timely information on issues affecting mentoring and a time and place for colleagues to connect with one another. People who have attended these sessions say they gain a lot from both the presentation and the casual conversations with others involved in mentoring."
Mentoring Group meetings are posted on the PRI Calendar of Events.
RSVP Steve Wade at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Mentoring Breakfast - May 2015
The next training event will be our annual mentoring breakfast to be held in May. The event will feature Lisa Bottomley from MSU Extension in Grand Rapids. Details coming soon!
In February, we heard from Bill Paxton, LMSW, MM, on the topic "To Change or Not to Change: An Introduction to Readiness for Change"
20 people representing 10 agencies attended our Mentoring Group in February. Our educational component discussed readiness for change. This was our third monthly training; to date 30 different people have attended the sessions representing 12 agencies.
Presentation notes from Bill Paxton (February 2015)
In January, we enjoyed "Forward Faster" with guest presenter is Joe Sanok, a look at using social media to promote your program.
Did you miss Joe Sanok's talk on social media or want to go back and listen again? Joe recorded the entire presentation and you can learn along.
From the Mentoring Breakfast 2014
Our annual Mentoring Breakfast was held on June 11th in Traverse City to provide information for all area non-profits that provide mentoring services. This year, we heard from NorthSky presenter, Joe Liszewski who provided an overview of collective impact and how mentoring programs are becoming engaged. A tour of HelpLink was also available. Nearly 50 people attended this event.
The annual Mentoring Breakfast hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative included an update on training program provided by the Mentoring Collaborative. The program includes three training modules and a Mentoring 101 class. Watch the video to find out more.
What Works? A Mentoring Training Opportunity
Many groups and organizations have indicated that training mentors could be accomplished more time and cost-effectively by working together to provide training. Click for more information and to answer our brief survey: Mentoring Training Opportunities Questionaire.
Mentoring Breakfast 2013
Mentoring Breakfast 2012
The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative's (PRI) annual Mentoring Breakfast attracted about 70 people who are connected to or interested in mentoring programs in northern Michigan. The program at the breakfast focused on a training model developed to help all mentoring and service organizations better understand and respond to our neighbors. Goodwill's street outreach coordinator, Ryan Hannon, led the training. He talked about some of the do's and don'ts of mentoring, the need to establish boundaries for mentors, and the importance of understanding the culture of poverty.
Mentoring Breakfast 2011
The Mentoring Breakfast in Traverse City brought together representatives from about 40 organizations that provide mentoring in northwest Michigan. The event was organized by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) to help improve the region's mentoring programs. Watch the video to find out more about the annual mentoring breakfast and the event which was held in April 2011.
Sid Van Slyke, Navigator
A Traverse City man facing challenges with his mortgage got help from Sid Van Slyke at Northwestern Bank. Van Slyke got involved after getting a phone call from a Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) navigator. Watch the video to find out what Van Slyke did and what it meant to the PRI client.