HEMI hosted a Successful Mentor Retreat in November!
Last month, Mentors gathered for a special “Reset & Recharge Retreat” at People’s Church with all of the HEMI Staff. This year’s retreat was structured a bit differently because mentors were invited to attend the retreat without their mentees. HEMI is re-energized and focused on matching 100% of our mentees with mentors in 2019/2020. As we fulfill our mission, we seek to support (and recruit) mentors by providing resources to enhance their relationship with their mentees.
Sidenote: HEMI Meet Ups and HEMI Hangouts are scheduled monthly, however, during November, mentors attend a retreat & during December, we celebrate our mentees successes at the the Annual Scholarship Dinner.
This past November, HEMI Mentors painted the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, a National Historic Landmark built in 1867.
HEMI Mentors learned step-by-step, how to create a beautiful painting from a blank canvas. Everyone in attendance was guided through a process that allowed creativity to be explored while having a lot of fun. Many great conversations and new connections were made throughout the evening.
If we step back and look at the “bigger picture,” there are few lessons to be learned:
Lesson #1 – Every mentoring relationship doesn’t start with a blank canvas. Similarly to the different layers in a painting, each mentor and mentee come to the relationship with different backgrounds and experiences. In the beginning stages, no one is ever 100% completely sure of how everything will come together. What is most important, is not the final product, but the effort to both earnestly grow while strengthening a promising future.
Lesson #2 – A bridge is a unique metaphor for the mentoring relationship. Often, HEMI mentors guide mentees from one big decision to another, or help students graduate from high school and/or college. These processes take many steps from beginning to end. HEMI mentors assist their mentees to take courageous steps to get from point A to point B. Sometime there are successes along the journey, but there are also lessons to be learned from failure. No matter what, lessons are learned, HEMI Mentors seek to support every mentee holistically – including educational and vocational pursuits but also including well-being goals.
In closing, HEMI thanks and celebrates our Mentors for going above and beyond to create brave spaces for HEMI’s mentees to grow and thrive. Thank you for making a difference and taking the time to professionally develop yourselves as mentors to best support your mentees.
Enjoy the rest of the year together! We will see you on January 16th for the Next HEMI Meet Up/Hangout at Houdini’s Room Escape & Hamilton Inn. Please contact your Program Specialist to R.S.V.P. !
*Mentors, if you haven’t picked up free Zoolight tickets, please contact Sarah.Mangan@uc.edu.