Highlighting the Many Tt Relationships that are Making a Difference in our Community
In October we were fortunate to get an increase in funding from Mentor Vermont, and we hired Paula as a part time program assistant. As I have been getting Paula acquainted with Twinfield Together, it gave me an opportunity to share all the different ways we are connecting people in our community. It made me reflect on programming, and helped me to realize just how many different relationships we are supporting, and how important these relationships are to our community, our school, and our youth. I found myself explaining to Paula that 'Twinfield Together was all about relationships because relationships matter.'
It gave us the idea that we should share all these relationships with the whole community, so we decided to change this mentoring mindset blog into a "relationships matter" blog. And so that's what we'll do. Paula and I will be sharing all the amazing relationships we see happening around us. We hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoy having them as part of the Twinfield Together Mentoring Community!
April is National Volunteer Month - a perfect time to highlight why people become mentors. There are so many reasons to become mentor, what are you waiting for? Get connected to a young person for a shared sense of fun, a sense of purpose, to give back, to stay young, to try something new, to make a difference.....apply online today!
The new year is a typical time for looking back and looking forward. As we move into 2023, I was struck by the New York Times' article, "The 7-Day Happiness Challenge," by Jancee Dunn. The article explores the 85 year long Harvard study of adult development, sited as "the longest-running in-depth study on human happiness in the world." For me, who gets to see the importance or relationships every day, I was not surprised to read, "From all the data, one very clear finding has emerged: Strong relationships are what make for a happy life. More than wealth, I.Q. or social class, it’s the robustness of our bonds that most determines whether we feel fulfilled."
Thanks to all the mentors, mentees, families and donors that are helping TtMP support so many relationships in our community - not only do these relationships make us happier as individuals, these relationships also strengthen the connections within our community!
Here's to a 2023 filled with more connections and fulfillment!
In reading Mentor National's resource, "Becoming a Better Mentor," we were reminded of the importance that mentoring relationships are a give and take partnership. In the chapter 8, Honoring Youth Voice and Building Power, they conclude by saying, "Mentoring works when adults teach young people things, be it new skills or viewpoints, they didn’t know before. At the same time, all youth also have the potential to teach adults things they didn’t know before. If this is happening in an authentic way, your mentoring relationship will be successful."
This month, let's remember to be there for young people by having fun together, and being open to learning something from a young person!
In November 2022, mentors from Twinfield Together & Cabot Mentoring Programs came together to learn more about how having a "mentoring mindset" is helpful when we are being there for youth. The four principles of a mentoring mindset are: