We enter this world without much direction that isn’t either instinctual (meeting our own needs) or given to us by other people. As teens or adults, we have the privilege of choosing our direction, and each year we progress toward independence, we have more power to choose.
Have you thought about choosing well? Continue reading
The holidays are a very interesting time for mentors in the Seedling Mentoring Program.
The children in the program come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances and the only thing they all have in common is the challenges that come with having an incarcerated parent. Continue reading
Seedling Mentor Program prepares and supports community volunteers like me in a school-based, research-driven relationship that has measurable results. Since it is based on best practices for mentoring children, it carefully teaches us how to begin, maintain and sometimes how to end a friendship with some of the most vulnerable children we will ever encounter. Continue reading
I recently read an article from the Seedling Mentoring blog about the benefits of mentoring and must admit, at the end of my second year with sweet Mena, I have certainly experienced some of them.
I have also experienced some that they don’t mention. Continue reading
Justice has been on my mind for a long time.
Our older daughter is a lawyer who wants to be a prosecutor. She is getting a daily dose of the balance and big picture prosecutors must cultivate when working in the justice system. In some of her job interviews, the question, “What do you think justice is?” was specifically asked, and she had to articulate what she has observed and internalized as working justice. For her, it boiled down to trying to find the fairest and most restorative path for people through the justice system. Even in misdemeanor situations, she thinks long and hard about the balance between what her options are under the law, and what will be the most constructive for the person sitting in front of her. Continue reading
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