Success Mentoring Resources
Explore a vast array of resources and activities for mentors, mentees, and learning more about mentoring partnerships.
Explore these ideas for different activities to do with your mentee.
- Connecting through Conversation (Center for Supportive Schools)
- FUN Activities Catalog for Mentors and Mentees (Department of Youth and Community Development and Mentor NY)
- InspirED Activities and Resources to do with your mentee
- Explore Class Trips for field trips to do with your mentee around the city
- Activities for every month
Arts and Creativity
The Lulu and Leo Fund, is a non-profit that helps children and families develop confidence and resilience through creative practice. Their Choose Creativity curriculum offers activities to foster creativity and confidence. Check out their work on their website and learn more about their 10 principles of creativity here.
- Success Mentoring Tips (Office of Community Schools)
- How to be a Great Mentor (Mentor NY)
- Challenging Relationships (Mentor NY)
- Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (National Mentoring Partnership)
- Timeline and Helpful Mentoring Resources
- National Mentoring Resource Center: Resources for Mentoring Programs
Peer Mentoring and Group Conversations
- Student Facilitated Circle to Address Lateness video (Morningside Center)
- Intro Guide: Building Effective Peer Mentoring
Health and Wellness Handouts
- Simple Steps to Keep Children Healthy at Home, School and Daycare
- Cover your Cough Poster
- Wash Your Hands Poster
- Difficult Conversations - A Self Assessment: a tool to reflect on your own vulnerabilities, strengths, and needs.
- Responding to Strong Emotions: another tool to think about how you can create emotional safety in your classroom.
- Teaching About Controversial of Difficult Issues: guidelines from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
- Teaching Young Children about Race: a guide for parents and teachers.
- Begin Within: a guide to help build confidence and prepare for conversations about race and racism.
Restorative Practices and Community Building
- Center for Restorative Practice
- Morningside Center Resources for Creating Community
- Restorative Circles for supporting those in conflict (restorativecircles.org)
- Student facilitated community building (Morningside Center)
- Having a Restorative Conversation with your mentee
- Restorative Circles Video (Integrate NYC)
Anti-Racist Curriculum and Resources
- Curriculum by Black Lives Matter at School
- Black Lives Matter at School Resources by Teaching for Change
- Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action
- Anti-Racist Alliance
- TED - An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter
- San Francisco Teaching for Black Lives
- Black Lives Matter at School Curriculum and Toolkit by Rochester Schools
- Dismantling Racism Workbook Resources
Gender Inclusion and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students
- DOE Guidelines on Gender
- LGBTQ+ Supports in Schools
- Gender Terminology Help Guide by GLSEN
- Workshop Slides from Working it OUT Presentation by Natasha Camille of the Center
- The Center: The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer Center
- Think B4 You Speak Guide for Educators by GLSEN
- Trans Student Educational Resources
- Trans, Gender Non-conforming Informative Graphics (TSER)
- NYC Resources for LGBTQ+ Students (NYC DOE)
- NYC Resources (The Center)
- NYC Resources (Audre Lorde Project)
- Learn more: TGNC Guide
Curriculum and Lesson Plans
Elementary School Specific Tools and Resources
- Problem Solving and group talks
- Social and Emotional Learning Activities for Elementary Students by Morningside Center
- Elementary Black Lives Matter Curriculum
Supporting ELL and Immigrant Students
- Supporting Immigrant Students and Families (NYC DOE)
- English Language Learners (NYC DOE)
- Resources for Families and Support (NYC DOE)
- Mentoring for First Gen, Immigrant, and Refugee Youth (NMRC)
- Mentoring Immigrant and Refugee Youth (Mentoring.org)
Some of the best ways to develop trust in a relationship are through caring and listening. In Zaretta Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, she writes:
"You can try to speed the trust-building process, but feeling connected grows slowly and requires time for people to get to know each other. It happens in those small day-to-day interactions as students comes into the classroom, when you pass [them] in the hallway or on the playground. It happens in the quiet exchanges we have with a student during an activity
or with our subtle body language, whether it’s a head nod, [or] a quick smile from across the room […] Students will begin to feel cared for when they recognize and experience familiar forms of affection and nurturing" (77).
Source: Zaretta Hammond, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2015.
Explore Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Hammond's work further at her website here.