Here are some ideas of how to hang out together with your Mentee that may not immediately come to mind!
Photography is a simple way to share time together and explore so many interesting things.
Check out our link on Photovoice under Mentee resources.
You can share your phone, or a camera
STEP ONE: THEME
Take turns in taking photos of things such as:
- Each other
- Things in the windows of shops
- Favourite colours
- Emotions: Explore ways to express feelings through photos, and let the camera become a doorway to expression.
STEP TWO:CHOOSE IMAGES
- Choose the favourite photos.
- Discuss why they are your favourites,
STEP THREE: CHOOSE WORDS
- Consider what bylines you would add to each photo.
- Write down the words for each photo you choose
STEP FOUR: DISPLAY
- Get the photos printed up
- Write the the photovoice bylines on them…
- Frame them in some way and put them up somewhere for others to see if your mentee wants that!
CREATING: MAKING JEWELLERY, SCULPTURE OR DRAWING TOGETHER
Taking time to make things together can be a very rewarding and bonding experience.
Go for a visit to the art or craft store or pickup some recycled beads to make jewellery, fimo to make earrings or sculptures, or plasticine if you want to do it within a smaller budget.
So many people feel they cant draw – so drawing each other with the aim of drawing really badly (unless they feel confident in this area) can be a fun way to practice the fine art of observation and of failing!
PLAYING CHESS OR OTHER GAMES
Teaching your mentee how to play Chess (if you know how) or other games such as Scrabble or even Monopoly can be a great way to bond and teach skills about strategy, collaboration, winning, losing and honesty as well in a simple and engaged way.
Learning to feel like you are a learner even when you loose is the best way to win in all parts of life!
In this over stimulating screen filled world we live in , young people may not have much of a chance to do things like visit an art gallery. it also may sound pretty boring! So how do you make suggesting such a journey more interesting?
You may want to suggest to them to combine the gallery visit with a picnic, or any other special food opportunity (an ice-cream recovery stop) or taking photos of the journey to upload on the WAP Web!
QUESTIONS EXPLORING WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR MENTEE:
Here are some ways to open up the conversation with your mentee around what would be some interesting or fun things to do together…
What are the places you most love to visit?
What are your favourite movies? Is there one you would like to watch together? (Mentor: Is there a place you can stream content and watch it together on a laptop maybe?)
Would you like to go and do some oppe shopping together? Are there any clothes you want or need to buy?