GTL Newsletter #35

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January is the beginning
of anything you want!

GTL General Updates

This Week –
  • Add our new GTL Discord account — GlobalTalentLink#2183 
  • GTL’s Winter Season Learner Sprint Intensive Program is coming soon! Learn more down below.  
  • The team is continuing to work together to prepare for the Winter Intensive Program. Great job.
  • Linkers Lava, Rebecca, and Chantal rehauled the Growth Companion proposal in preparation for a trial run session with a volunteer Learner and the help of many other Linkers. What a beautiful team effort!
  • Be on the lookout for more information regarding another session of our GT Invest club, hosted by Linkers Steven and Yukta.
  • Linkers Rebecca and Chantal will greet a new Learner this Friday!
  • Mental Health Awareness! Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and have created a mental health-related newsletter! 
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 

Last Week – 

  • Linker Maya welcomed a new Linker in an orientation session last week.
  • We also welcomed some new Learners to the community; we are glad to have 3 siblings join us! Hooray!
  • Linker Lava conducted a Linker Greet and Report Training for new Linkers and had experienced Linkers share their insights!
  • Linker Rebecca led the Services meeting where we discussed our Growth Marathon proposal, Linker intro videos, and Learner Sprint protocol.
  • Last week, Linkers also came together for a mock-up session to collaborate on FAQs.
  • Linkers Annie, Rebecca, and Chantal met to flesh out their curricula for the Winter season Intensive Program.
  • Campus Ambassador Chinmaya shared GTL’s mission with 10 potential Learners.

GTL Growth Companion
Services Highlight

Culture Passport

Are you interested in learning about new cultures and customs from another country? Through our Culture Passport, you can learn about a wide variety of countries from our Linkers’ own traditions and abroad experiences!

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

GTL Announcements

GTL’s Winter Season
Learner Sprint Intensive Program

GTL Blog Spotlight

The Vision Within a Vision Board
by Thato Seerane 

According to Sarah Regan, “a vision board is essentially a physical (or digital) manifestation of your goals”.  

These can be personal, professional, spiritual, physical or even psychological goals. Unlike New Year’s resolutions, a vision board does not only apply to a specific year. You can use it to set goals for the year, the next five years or even for your lifetime aspirations. It is all up to you. Creating a vision board can be a reflective, fun and reenergizing activity.
Click here to read the full article >>>

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentor Month! To honor our mentors, we will highlight people in history and our personal lives who have been crucial in our development as well as how we can continue the legacy of great mentorship.

The Key to Thriving, Motivated Kids – Give Them Mentors  

by Tami Silverman, President & CEO, Indiana Youth Institute
Kids and youth thrive when they have caring and supportive adults in their lives, and mentoring offers an outstanding way to foster such relationships. January is National Mentoring Month, and throughout the month Indiana Youth Institute will celebrate individuals and programs providing quality mentoring relationships to young people, especially at-risk youth.Mentors help the kids with whom they interact to face the day-to-day challenges of growing up. Through their words and deeds, they assure young people that there is someone who cares about them and demonstrate that all mentees matter. Research shows that quality mentoring relationships produce positive results in the lives of mentees, including improving school attendance rates and increasing the child’s chances for future success.

While all children and youth can benefit from a quality mentoring relationship, at-risk kids realize the biggest benefits. With a mentor, at-risk youth are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college. The same students are 46% less likely than their peers to use drugs while also being 81% more likely to report regular participation in sports or extracurricular activities. At-risk youth with a mentor are 78% more likely to volunteer regularly within their community and are an outstanding 130% more likely to hold a leadership position on teams and/or in clubs.

Any comments, questions, or concerns?
Want to share your own blog or announce something to the GTL Community? 
Please let us know by responding to this email!