As mentors we focus on what’s good for the students emotionally and socially.
Usually this revolves around a predetermined schedule of events that the mentors and students agree on.
Sometimes individual needs come up and we wonder what the best thing for the student is, given the new information, and how best to proceed.
Do we try to meet group needs or individual needs?
I think both.
Sometimes the best thing for the individual and the group is to show the group how important individual progress is by focusing on the one student who needs extra support.
At times this comes at the expense of rearranging the schedule, which can be uncomfortable, but we find that most often changes can be made that actually improve progress.
That’s something I like about TFL.
We work individually on what the best thing is for each student.
Not everybody gets treated exactly the same.
It’s definitely not robotic like that.
I’m finding that assembly line education doesn’t work for our demographic, especially not in meeting emotional and social needs.
Knowing how to improvise to help in the best way possible separates mentors from line staff, and is a skill I really value here at TFL.
—Cam, TFL Mentor
We were named the, “The Wild Bunch” when we entered the escape room!
We had one hour to find Butch Cassidy’s gun
and we worked hard as a team solving puzzles,
using our nose to smell things and identify different scents,
we struggled with trying to figuring out anagrams
and unfortunately those anagrams held us back from finding Butch Cassidy’s gun
but we had a lot of fun working together.
It was fun to see how everyone’s brains worked so differently in the way they looked at the puzzles
but how each one contributed in helping us move closer and and closer to finding the gun.
— Brittani, TFL Mentor
In one of our recent life skills classes we discussed credit cards.
Credit cards can have benefits if used successfully without getting into financial difficulty, but…
it requires good management and good understanding of how credit cards work.
We were able to discuss credit card terminology,
the pros and cons of credit cards,
how minimum payments are calculated,
how paying only the minimum payment will result in maximum cost,
we also covered how credit scores are calculated and credit score ratings.
It was interesting to see how much prior knowledge the students had – or in most cases – did not have regarding credit scores and credit cards.
–Kristin, Program Director