The Mentor Monologues – April 2018
A special monthly publication dedicated to guiding Mentors throughout their mentoring journey with a high school girl from West Pokot, Kenya.
Workshop Recap: Who Moved My Cheese & Letter Writing
Dear Partner,
From one newsletter to another, we are excited to share with you the fe

ature story in Penn State’s
April newsletter. It is a story about our founder and the journ
ey which led
her to the creation of the Global Give Back Circle. It is a reflective story,
and one which provides insig hts into the genesis of our program’s design and strategy. Read the story,
A Life-Changing Experience for Mentors and Their Families
Did you know the Global Give Back Circle has organized an exciting and life-changing volunteer trip to Kenya this year? This was created based on so many requests from mentors. It is designed to engage the whole family, as many of our mentors want their children to engage in a really meaningful volunteer project. The trip will take place in October. For more information, check out our trip flyer.
Workshop Recap: Who Moved My Cheese and Letter Writing

On another note, your mentee has been on break for the past three weeks. She has been spending time at home with her family and friends and returned to school today. Now that she is back at school, ask her about her holiday and what her goals are for the upcoming semester.


Just before the break, your mentee attended two workshops, “Who Moved My Cheese” and “Letter Writing: Tips for Writing to Your Mentor.” During the workshops, your mentee learned how to write a meaningful letter, which keeps a reader engaged. We hope you will notice this in her next letter to you. Your mentee was also taken through an abbreviated version of Spencer Johnson’s book “Who Moved My Cheese.” She learned the power of taking action and taking risks through the story of two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people, Hem and Haw. By the end of the workshop, your mentee learned why she shouldn’t be afraid to venture into unknown territory and instead embrace change and the unknown.


Given this context, now is a good time to coach your mentee on managing change at school, at home, and in relationships. What does she do when she receives unexpected exam results, when she has a falling out with a friend, when she moves to a new home, or when new things happen in her life? Ask her if any changes have taken place in her life recently and ask her to share with you how she adapted to the change. Did this workshop give her new tools to help manage change and stress in her life? Alternatively, share with her a time in your life that required you to embrace change. What did and did not work for you?


Hellen & Rosemary,
West Pokot Newsletter Team
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