June Mentor Monthly

June Focus: Building Character

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Psalm 25:21 NIV


Week One: Discussing Character
Tell your mentee about a time when you were put in a situation that challenged your character. Explain to your mentee the situation and how you responded to it. If you responded in a way that, looking back you would now respond differently, share that with your mentee. Ask them if they have any thoughts on how you could have done it differently.

For example, You and your spouse are driving, and you are having an argument. You lose your temper and cut someone off. Explain to your mentee how you plan to react differently next time.


Week 2: What are We Putting in our Bodies!? Life Skills Development
This week we have provided a couple of videos illustrating how much sugar is hidden in everyday foods. We have also provided a few healthier substitutes for some foods! Substitute sugary cereal for granola with natural ingredients. Substitute coke with sparkling water or the Sparkling Ice drink.

(Challenge your mentee to drink a glass of water, for every soda that they drink.) Substitute candy bars with granola bars that have less added sugars. The below fun videos demonstrate how much sugar is hidden in the above foods.

(9 min video)

(shorter video)

Week 3: Relational Shopping
Take your mentee to Walmart; you can have them get one of the healthier snacks or drinks above! When checking out challenge your mentee to do the talking. Allow them to interact with the cashier. Have them look the cashier in the eye, give them the correct amount of money, and just engage with that person. Having your mentee interact with the cashier is an awesome way for them to build social skills!


Week 4: Seeing an Academic Project Through Till the End
This week we are doing a STEM project. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This experiment will challenge your mentee to think outside the box!

We have provided instructions on how to build an aluminum foil volcano with your mentee – be as creative as possible. You may want to do this outside as it gets a little messy!

– A plate or a platter for the base
– 1-quart soda bottle
– Aluminum foil or playdough
– 2 tablespoons of baking soda
– Dishwashing detergent
– Red food coloring
– Vinegar
– Warm water

1. Wrap the aluminum foil or play dough around the soda bottle
2. Mix the water and red food coloring
3. Pour it into the soda bottle until it is most of the way full
4. Add 6 drops of dish soap
5. Add two tablespoons of baking soda
6. Then slowly pour the vinegar and watch it explode!