Click on your mentoring topic from the list below.

Then follow the 3 steps and have a mentoring conversation with

an urban youth today:


BULLYING


decisions


Power of Positive Attitude


Think Higher


Never Quit


Be a Leader


Make Peace


The Power of Words


The Power of Forgiveness


Gifts & Talents


Latinos in College


Black Graduation


Love and Respect



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  • "Positive AttituDE" Mentoring Conversation

    1. Click on the blue circle to show the "Positive Attitude" video to your mentee(s).


    2. After watching the video with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What did Apollos Hester say in this interview?


    b) What kind of attitude did he have?


    c) How can a good attitude make a bad situation better?


    d) When do you usually have a bad attitude?


    e) What would happen in your life if you changed your bad attitude in those situations to a positive attitude?


    f) Will you start changing your attitude in those situations?  How?    


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!

  • "THINK HIGHER" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled, "Think Higher," and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What does the repeating line in the song, "Think Higher," mean to you?


    b) Why is it important to further your education beyond high school?


    c) How will higher education help you achieve a higher level of living?


    d) How can it help you break barriers and knock down doors?


    e) If you get a college degree, will you be the first in your family to do so?


    f) If not, who else in your family earned a college degree? Have you talked to this family member about college?  What have you learned from them?


    g) What will you do now to start achieving your higher education goal?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!

  • "Never Quit" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the blue circle to show the "Never Quit" video to your mentee(s).


    2. After watching the video with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) How tall was Brandon Todd?


    b) What was Brandon  determined to do?


    c) How many times did Brandon try to dunk a basketball?


    d) What did Brandon do to help him finally be able to dunk?


    e) Have you ever had an experience in which you felt like you just could not accomplish something? What was it? Did you quit or reach your goal? Why?


    f) What are some excuses some people come up with for quitting?


    g) How do you show that you are not a quitter (in your sport, in your classes, at home, in life)?


    h) What happens to quitters in life?


    i) What happens to those who refuse to quit when life gets hard?

     

    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!  

  • "The Power of Words" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled, "Words Are Powerful" and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What is the song talking about?


    b) In what ways can negative words hurt you?


    c) Do you struggle with negative thoughts? (fear, self-doubt, worry, low self-esteem, etc.)


    d) Are you listening to negative words? From where? (social media, music, video, people, etc.)


    e) How can you fill your mind and heart with positive words and positive thoughts?


    f) What should you be saying to yourself about your hopes, dreams, and your future?  Are you saying these things?


    g) What should you be saying about yourself ? (who you are and how you are special.)  Are you saying these things?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!

  • "Power of Forgiveness" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the blue circle to show "The Power of Forgiveness" video to your mentee(s).


    2. After watching the video with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What happened to Mary's son?


    b) What was the amazing thing that Mary was able to do?


    c) After getting out of prison, where does the murderer of Mary's son live now?  Why?


    d) What is forgiveness?


    e) What did Mary say unforgiveness is like? What will unforgiveness do to you if you don't let it go and forgive?


    f) How are Mary and her son's murderer better off, because Mary chose to forgive?


    g) Are you holding any unforgiveness towards anyone?  Why?

     

    h) Will you express forgiveness towards this person?  When?  How? 


    3. After the mentoring conversation, click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!

  • "Gifts and Talents" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled "Gifts and Talents" and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What is the song talking about?


    b) What are your unique gifts and talents?


    c) If you don't know, let me ask you a few questions:

    -----What subject in school are you good at?

    -----What comes easy to you but hard for others?

    -----What is your passion, something that you would do for free?


    d) From your answers to the questions, what do you think is one or two of your gifts and talents?


    e) How do you think you are to use your gifts and talents to make a difference in the world?


    f) What do you need to do to make sure you don't waste your gifts and talents?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks! 

  • "Latinos In College" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the blue circle to show the "Latinos in College" video to your mentee(s).


    2. After watching the video with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What was one thing that the Latino college students said in the video that spoke to you in a special way?  Why?


    b) Why do you want to go to college?


    c) Will you be the first in your family to go to college?  If you will be the first, how do think this will feel?  Why?


    d) What is the importance of getting a college education?


    e) How can it make life better for you and your family?


    f) What do you need to do now to keep working towards your goal of going to college?


    g) How will you make sure you earn scholarships to pay for your college education?  

    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!  

  • "BE A Leader" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled "Where My Leaders At?" and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) The song asks the question over and over, "What it takes to be a leader?"  What do you think it takes to be a leader?


    b) Which leadership qualities do you think you have?


    c) Which leadership qualities are you the weakest?


    d) What leaders do you admire and look up to?  Why?


    e) Do you consider yourself a leader now?  Who are you leading?


    f) What can you do now to be a positive leader for your siblings, schoolmates and friends in your neighborhood?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!  

  • "BLACK Graduation" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the blue circle to show the "African-American Male Graduation Speech" video to your mentee(s).


    2. After watching the video with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What academic honor did Deonte earn?


    b) What challenges did he have to overcome?


    c) How does his story inspire you?


    d) Do you think that it is possible for you to have the same kind of success in school that Deonte had?  Why or why not?


    e) What will you have to do to have this kind of success in school?  What will you have to change?


    f) What is the advantage of graduating high school with honors? (more opportunities - scholarships and college)


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!  

  • "Love and respect" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled "Love and Respect" and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What was the song talking about?


    b) What does the repeating line, "Before you love me, you gotta respect me," mean to you?


    c) Why is respect so important in a relationship?


    d) What does the song mean when they sing, "If you with me then you with me. And you're not with no one else. And if you want me then accept that I won't go for nothing else"?


    e) What could cause a person to get angry with their girlfriend or boyfriend?


    f) How can a person prevent getting violent with their girlfriend or boyfriend?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks! 

  • "BE a peacemaker" MENTORING CONVERSATION

    1. Click on the red circle to play the song entitled "Make Peace" and listen to it with your mentee(s).


    2. After listening to the song with your mentee(s), ask these questions to engage the young person(s) in a mentoring conversation with you:


    a) What was the song talking about?


    b) How does taking revenge lead to a never-ending cycle of destruction?


    c) Are gang members the only people caught up in a never-ending cycle of destruction?


    d) What does the singer mean when he says, "When we go eye for eye, then we all end up blind?"


    e) How will you make peace in your community, school or in your home?


    f) What will you do to settle your conflicts in a peaceful way?


    g) How will you spread this message of peace?


    3. After the mentoring conversation click on the yellow link to fill out and submit the survey form: Survey Form Link. Please do this to help us know how this material is being used. It is quick and easy. Thanks!