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Welcome, New and Returning Mentors!
 Mentor Kenosha & Racine Staff:
Crista Kruse
Manager of Mentor Kenosha & Racine
(262) 595-2604

Julio Escobedo
Research & Evaluation
(262) 595-2620

David Power
RUSD Mentor Coordinator
(262) 939-1671
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Paris Ecoles
KUSD Student Engagement and Equity Coordinator
(262) 359-6237
 Michael Pfeiffer
Student Assist, Newsletter Editor 
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School is Back in Session!

To gear up for the school year, Mentor Kenosha & Racine has a few important events to mark on your calendars! This month's newsletter is BIG (we know), but to kick off the school year right, we want to make sure YOU are in the know of all of the great things that are coming up.


On September 26th, we will be offering two different sessions of Introduction to Mentoring, one in the morning from 9-11 am and one in the afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  We are hoping to accommodate different schedules with these new times but please feel free to contact us with any questions or problems you have with either of these times. All Intro to Mentoring trainings are free of charge for mentors, or those interested in becoming mentors. There is a small fee for youth professionals. Please refer your friends, co-workers and others to check out mentoring! Our kids need are counting on it!

Happening during National Mentoring Month on January 18th will also be our 6th Annual Mentor Conference. This will be an excellent opportunity for mentors, educators, youth development practioners, and others to come together to participate in an excellent learning experience to support quality mentoring and youth programs. It will also be your chance to nominate your favorite mentor, mentoring program staff member, or program for our Inspiration awards! Can't wait to see you there!
Remeber to share our upcoming training with anyone you think might be interested. We are always looking for new mentors to bring into our community. As always, mentors can attend our training for free but we also offer low fees for anyone that wishes to attend for professional development purposes.  
6th Annual Mentor Conference

Mark your calendars for our annual Mentor Conference to be held later this academic year. On Jan 18th, 2013, we plan to "Unlock Youth Potential through Mentoring," and would love to see you there. 


To register as a Sponsor or Exhibitor for this event, please click here. Your sponsorship can do great things to help Mentor KR continue to serve the youth of our area!
We Want YOU!
To Join Mentor Kenosha&Racine


It's that time of the year again! UW-Parkside's program, Mentor Kenosha&Racine is looking to recruit mentors for the upcoming year. Whether you're a new mentor, want to reconnect with a mentee, or have a friend who's interested in mentoring, now is the time to jump on board and make a difference. Come change a young person's life.


Join us for a FREE (for mentors) Introduction to Mentoring workshop on Sept. 26th, 2012. There will be two sessions (morning & afternoon) for you to get in on this fantastic experience! To register for either the morning or afternoon sessions, click here. For more information, please click here or visit and type Keyword: mentorkr. We look forward to meeting you!
Paris Echoles
KUSD: Student Engagement and Equity Coordinator

Meet Paris Echoles, the Cooridator for Student Engagement and Equity for the Kenosha Unified School District. As someone who is connected with the students and deeply involved with their success, he is very excited to work with local mentors and MKR. Here's what he has to say:


You're the KUSD Coordinator for Student Engagement and Equity. What would you describe as the main responsibilities of your position?


Being in the Office of Student Engagement and Equity, my responsibilities include, but are not limited the following: working on initiatives and programs that are involved in providing students the opportunities to extend academic learning inside and outside of the classroom, bringing in services and individuals during the school day to enhance student academic achievement, build relationships between students within KUSD and caring individuals in our community. Some of the other responsibilities I have include working to oversee the Attendance Improvement Means Success (AIMS) office and district-wide middle school and high school mentoring.


Your favorite part of the position?


Essentially, it is working with kids and knowing that I'm able to be there to help these students get what they need to feel a part of their school environment in a positive way. A large part of my work is overseeing the CLC's (21st Century Community Learning Centers). Obviously, you have the mentoring piece, all of the volunteers working with kids in various levels throughout the district, providing them with the services and the support that they need to succeed. Because of my personal background, I am able to work with many students who are growing up facing similar trials and tribulations I encountered as a child. I feel delighted to work with them and help them get to a place in their lives where they feel they are accomplished individuals academically, socially, and emotionally.

Click here for the rest of Paris' interview!
Mentoring Certificate Course

Mentor Kenosha & Racine is launching its new Mentoring Certificate course this fall on October 5th! This is a great chance to not only learn about effective mentoring, but to recieve accreditation through UW-Parkside as well!      



Meet the Editor
Michael Pfeiffer, Student Assistant

Hello. I'm very excited to join the Mentor KR team as both a student assistant and editor of the newsletter. Please stay tuned as we keep you up to date on all of the great things happening with Mentor KR. 


How did you hear about this position and Mentor KR?


I sought out this job. Having previously worked with a group called Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), I found that I really enjoy this kind of work. It's great to see the lives of youth changed through mentoring, and I'm excited to be on the administrative end of that.


What do you look forward to most about working with MKR?


Before, I was on the mentoring side, working "in the field," directly with youth and inspiring them. Now, here I get to see and be a part of how those mentoring programs are built up. 


What do you hope to gain from working here?


As a senior, I'll be approaching graduation this year. Educational Outreach, especially in the arts, is a very inspiring subject to me. I hope the skills and knowledge I gain through this kind of work here can carry over to that. I think mentoring can make a huge impact on the empowerment of youth, and I very much want to be a leader in that initiative. 

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Mentoring Resource

Here's a great link for mentors to find useful tools for mentoring! Use this resource as a tool to improve your skills in developing healthy relationships with your mentees. You have to check this out!

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