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Chat Group Information!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mentor Reminder: 

We have some new guidelines  for 
2 Chat Group Training's Required Per Year!
Ongoing training directly impacts the quality and outcomes of mentoring relationships. It motivates you as a mentor, helps you handle the challenges that arise in your mentor relationship, lets you know you have support from staff, and allows you to talk with other mentors To this end, all mentors are required to attend a minimum of 2 chat sessions over the course of a calendar year. This is not optional.   You need to document your chat attendance using your mentor portal.  

Hooray it is here - the Chat Topic you have been asking for:

Truancy and Educational Neglect

We are delighted to welcome Beth Kaler and Ryan Miller from Dakota County Truancy as well as Kristie Janusch from Dakota County Social Services.  Beth, Ryan and Kristie will share their considerable experience and wealth of knowledge through a power point presentation on:
- what happens when a student does not go to school?
- what are the differences between elementary and secondary school refusal
-what are the laws for school attendance?
- can the county compel attendance?
- are there tips for mentors to support families and encourage their mentees away from school refusal?
- what are some causes of educational neglect or truancy or avoidance?
The presentation will be followed by a lively discussion among mentors celebrating successes and seeking support for challenges with their matches.

Register with us now!  email Rita at to let us know you can join us!
Date Thursday February 9 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Location:  Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley MN  55124
Room:  L139 (this is to your left after you come through the main entrance, down a hallway - We will have a sign out)
Snacks:  We will have waters and snacks for everyone

We sought the expertise on School Refusal because some of our mentees have been dealing with this.  Even if you are not dealing with this right now, you can be prepared and in the know.  These three staff from the county are top notch and you will gain a lot of knowledge!  Plus you will learn from and share with other mentors.

Please remember that we now require attendance at a minimum of TWO Chat Training's annually.  Let's get the New Year started off well!
Posted by Melynda Galioto
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Kids 'n Kinship
14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124