To my fellow mentors;

I have been a mentor for a year and I have loved every minute of it. Just like each of you, I think my student is the best of everything. I enjoy our meetings and learning more about her while I also share more about my life. I’m enjoying watching her mature and actively helping her with plans for continuing her education after high school. I feel like I’m growing right along with my student.

I have been given the opportunity to partner with TSIC-Manatee outside of being a mentor, by volunteering as their blog editor. We are now able to bridge the gap of contact with mentors. Although Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is always there to answer my questions and help with any issue, I would also love to talk to other mentors, to ask them how they handled different situations and to share our experiences.  This is our opportunity to meet other mentors and exchange ideas, resources, problems and possible solutions.  Here are a few possibilities;

  • How do I help my student with English, math, or social sciences?

  • My student is having difficulty with social interactions. Any ideas?

  • How do you handle a family loss or trauma?

  • Is it appropriate to help a student financially?

  • What can I do to help my student raise her/his grades?

  • My student is always late for our meetings.

  • I’m concerned about my student’s mental health.

  • What other resources are there for scholarships?

  • Is it all right to invite my student and/or her/his family to my house?


We would love to know who you are but if you’re more comfortable being anonymous, that’s okay too. The success of communication within the blogs comes from your participation in sharing ideas, comments and support.

And that’s enough from me. I want to hear from you! Let’s get started.

Jean Steiger