CONTINUING MENTOR EDUCATION PROGRAM

Part of your commitment as a mentor is to attend two (2) Continuing Mentor Education (CME) opportunities every year.

CMEs include our MENTOR ROUNDTABLES and our INSPIRED SERIES.

Additional CME opportunities will present themselves throughout the year, as we collaborate with our community non profit partners, and will be communicated to you via email. To be added to our email list, please click here. The sign up is located at the bottom of our home page.

MENTOR ROUNDTABLES

Sometimes no one can fully understand the challenges of being a mentor quite like another mentor. Most of the time, mentoring is rewarding, fun, interesting, and full of heart. And then there are the other times.

Attend a Mentor Roundtable, facilitated by Linda Dunwoodie, MFT, and you will find a congenial group who will be interested in hearing about your experiences with your mentee. Roundtables set a tone of discretion and sincerity mixed with warmth and humor.

2016-17 School Year Mentor Roundtable Schedule

Wednesday, September 14th       5:00 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, October 12th          10:30 – 12 noon
Wednesday, November 9th         5:00 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 14th      10:30 – 12 noon
Wednesday, January 11th          10:30 – 12 noon
Wednesday, February 8th           5:00 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 8th              10:30 – 12 noon
Wednesday, April 12th               10:30 – noon
Wednesday, May 10th                 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Mentor Roundtables are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:30 am – noon, with the addition of special, evening sessions. Roundtables take place in the Student Lounge at the Mentor Me Cavanagh Rec Center (426 8th Street in Petaluma).

 

THE INSPIRED SERIES

change-the-world-posterChange the World: National Mentoring Month Celebration with Michael Pritchard

Thursday, January 26th from 5-7 pm. Join us in celebrating our 351 mentors and their guests by welcoming Michael Pritchard to the Mentor Me Cavanagh Center in honor of National Mentoring Month! Please RSVP to info@wrmm.org

Michael Pritchard is a youth activist, humorist and Public Television host who is known by audiences across the United States for his ability to help young people gain real insight into themselves and the choices they make. For more than 25 years, Mr. Pritchard has traveled the country, thrilling his youthful audiences while spreading his message of good choices, personal responsibility and respect for others. Recently featured in Time magazine and on CNN, Pritchard had the unique distinction of winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition while he was California Probation Officer of the Year. He keeps a demanding schedule visiting schools and universities across the country, while finding time to bring his inspiring message to parent, civic and professional groups, community organizations and corporations.

One part comedian, one part youth counselor and all heart, Michael Pritchard has built a career on helping the youth of America make morally sound choices over those that could lead to a sentence of crime or despair. At 6’ 5”, Pritchard is an imposing figure that can captivate an audience with his rare combination of humor and pathos. A one-time probation officer, Pritchard has seen the toll that making bad choices can take on America’s youth. Once the voice behind numerous “Star Wars” characters, Pritchard eschewed the riches of Hollywood to pursue a career as a youth advocate. Drawing from the two experiences, Pritchard combines his comedic talent with his passion for helping kids. Pritchard has a unique gift for getting kids to open up about themselves and share their pain. He has the power to absolutely mesmerize a school gymnasium packed with students by employing humor and compassion. When you’ve seen a mouse-like 8th grader stand up for herself to address her entire school for the first time, you’ve seen the power of Pritchard’s gifts in action.

For his work in promoting nonviolence with youth, Michael Pritchard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hartwick University, the 2001 Lewis Hines Award for Service to Children and Youth Certificate of Appreciation and the 2002 Marin County Foundations Beryl Buck Fund Award for achievement in promoting nonviolence. In 1980 Pritchard was California’s Probation Officer of the Year and, at the same time, the winner of the San Francisco International Standup Comedy Competition. Other awards include President’s Volunteer Action Award, Commendation – Office of the Attorney General, Paul Harris Fellowship – Rotary International, Toastmaster’s International Speaker, Outstanding Performance – Federal Executive Board, Josephine Duveneck Humanitarian Award and they Key to the City of San Francisco. Pritchard was also the Master of Ceremonies for the Pope’s visit to San Francisco in 1987.

Pritchard also works indefatigably at helping to raise money by donating time and talent for an endless list of worthy causes including, Big Brothers Big Sisters – Boys and Girls Club – Ronald McDonald House – Salvation Army – Jewish Family Services – SF Giants Community Fund – American Heart Association – Women’s Wellness Forum – Special Olympics – CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates – Bread & Roses – Recreation Center for the Handicapped – DARE – Texan’s War on Drugs – Vietnam Vets of America – Guide Dogs for the Blind.

As a result of his work, Michael Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “The Today Show,” and “The Tonight Show,” CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt, Time, People and many local media outlets.

Pritchardisms:  “Hurt People hurt people.” |Pain shared is pain divided.” |“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.” |“Mentoring: not human doing, but human being.” |“The shortest distance between two people is a good laugh.” |“The best ship to sail on is Friendship”

Please RSVP to info@wrmm.org