The Mentor Monologues – April 2018

The Mentor Monologues – April 2018
A special monthly publication dedicated to
update Mentors about the developments in the Global Give Back Circle, as well as, guide them throughout their mentoring journey with a girl from India.
Upcoming Workshop: Give Back Commitments
Dear Partner,

From one newsletter to another, we are excited to share with you the feature story in Penn State’s April newsletter. It is a story about our founder and the journey which led her to the creation of the Global Give Back Circle. It is a reflective story, and one which provides insights into the genesis of our program’s design and strategy. Read the story, here.

Upcoming Workshop
This coming month your mentee will learn how to channel her capabilities to realize change in her community. She will go through a Give Back Commitment Workshop, which will teach her how to register a Give Back Commitment with the Global Give Back Circle and how to turn it into activities that are practical, achievable, and will make a difference in her community. Your mentee will learn that not everyone can give back to contribute treasure or money, but that she can give back by contributing her time and talent to create positive change.

During the workshop, your mentee will learn how to log her progress in her journal each week. This activity will make your mentee understand more about
SMART goals, i.e. goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound. W
hen she shares with you her Give Back Commitment, guide her on how she can measure her achievement and how she can make her commitment more specific. For example, instead of saying that she will tutor kids on a monthly basis, she should decide how many kids she will tutor, how often, which days, for how long, and in which subjects. Also, how will she measure her commitment? Ask her.
Do you give back in your own community? If so, share your experience with your mentee. What are you passionate about? How did you see change happening due to your efforts? Let her know why you chose to do what you did, and what you were able to achieve. You can also share with her the steps you may have taken to transform your good intentions into practical actions that produced results. Additionally, encourage her and cheer her on, as she takes up this new commitment for the next twelve months.



Zainab Mejja and Asmahan Pogal
International and India Mentoring Team
Time Spent Reading Counts!

The following are articles that may be relevant to the mentoring process or offer background information about issues that may impact the life of your mentee.

The Trailblazing Female Poet Who Helped Create a New Era in Hindi Literature
In the 1920s, a time when few Indian girls could dream of finishing school and being anything other than housewives and mothers, one woman discovered a love of writing.
Read more.
Women, Use ‘Power Language’ To Speak Up, Stand Out And Get Ahead
Ever find yourself using the phrase “Correct me if I’m wrong, but..?” or talking down your achievements?
It’s time to stop. Read more.
With Tweet, Nikki Haley Embraces More Women in Leadership
Karen Pierce has been appointed to the Security Council of the United Nations (UN).
Read more


Humans naturally seek out cliques or in-groups. But organizational psychologist Tanya Menon encourages us to break out of our social comfort zones, for wider opportunities to grow. Read more.
Why It’s So Hard to Hear Negative Feedback
What if instead of anxiously worrying about criticism, you excitedly welcomed it? Read more.
How Women at the Top Can Renew Their Mental Energy
For women with leadership ambitions, there is no shortage of advice for how to reach the top.
Read more.


She is a woman who follows her heart and is an inspiration for other women.
Read more.
The Golden Girls of India are Shining Bright at 2018 Commonwealth Games
With the fast increasing list of medal winners, India is marking its golden win in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Read more.

Resistance Is Futile. To Change Habits, Try Replacement Instead.
An inconvenient bit of neuroscience: The more you try not to think about a bad habit, the harder it gets to resist. So think about something else.
Read more.

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