MESSAGE TO MENTORS
Week of October 26, 2020
Trauma-informed care is a priority for OHuddle. Covid has created new anxieties and challenges for our youth. If you haven't already done so, please watch this 10 minute video created for OHuddle by Akron Children's Hospital regarding the basics of trauma informed care.
Want to take the next step? Our recommended reading on the topic of trauma is The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris.
Did you know that you can read or listen to most books with your Wayne County Library card? Check out the Libby App to do so today!
Play it Clean
Whether through a virtual hangout or during your face to face session, online games can be a great way to reduce risk of germs while staying engaged.
Below are some suggested online games to align to our Asset of the Week (Parent Involvement in Schooling):
Safety measures for our volunteers.
As we continue to receive guidance from schools about return to service, OHuddle will follow evolving safety guidelines from the state and CDC. The below "OHuddle Covid Protocol" button outlines requirements for mentors who are meeting in person.
ASSET OF THE WEEK
Weekly Guidance on our highlighted Developmental Asset:
This week, as we talk about PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLING, you might ask any of the following questions: "Do your parent/guardian ask about homework when you get home? Do they check progress book? Do they attend parent teacher conferences? Are they available to help you when you have questions about an assignment for school/need to study for a test? Is there any other person in your family (sibling, cousin, aunt) that you can ask for help with schoolwork? "
For elementary students, you could inquire: "What do you want to be when you grow up? What does parent involvement look like to you? What would you like it to look like? What do you NOT want it to look like?"
Optional Weekly Project:
As an optional project, consider the following:
This month, most schools are hosting Parent Teacher conferences. If you wrote a note to your child's teacher about something positive, share it with your youth.
Consider writing a positive note to your mentee's parents. Our Site Coordinators have postcard and stamps for you to use! Encourage the parent about something that you notice regarding your youth!
Can you be a helpful neighbor?
OHuddle is a United Way Partner in Orrville and Wayne and Holmes Counties. If you are considering supporting United Way this year, please be sure to let them know you are an OHuddle mentor!
We are continuing to schedule volunteers to help with our new headquarters OHuddle House painting, building, or cleaning.
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