Child mentoring – Abilities Networks http://abilitiesnetworks.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:37:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-4.png Child mentoring – Abilities Networks http://abilitiesnetworks.org/ 32 32 Business Coach gives charities access to matching funding and mentorship https://abilitiesnetworks.org/business-coach-gives-charities-access-to-matching-funding-and-mentorship/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:36:43 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/business-coach-gives-charities-access-to-matching-funding-and-mentorship/ Vivienne Joy, founder of She Enjoys. In today’s economic climate, a charity should operate like a business to remain financially stable. Vivienne’s She-Enjoys Life Foundation helps passionate charitable creators get started and thrive by providing necessary business skills, marketing and administrative services, encouragement and coaching. Beyond business savvy, Vivienne’s 10 years of experience as a […]]]>
Vivienne Joy, founder of She Enjoys.

In today’s economic climate, a charity should operate like a business to remain financially stable.

Vivienne’s She-Enjoys Life Foundation helps passionate charitable creators get started and thrive by providing necessary business skills, marketing and administrative services, encouragement and coaching.

Beyond business savvy, Vivienne’s 10 years of experience as a master NLP practitioner helps women entrepreneurs tackle the thoughts that keep them “stuck” and overwhelmed, including beliefs based on fear, procrastination, self-sabotage, stress and the money mindset.

These subtle shifts in perspective can be game-changing and are available through the foundation.

Matching funding includes Vivienne’s online training at She-Enjoys Business Academy with 100 small video training workshops and weekly live Zoom learning masterclasses with coaching and peer group support.

If you are a nonprofit or charity, you can apply to SELF for matching funding to help you get a handle on various aspects of your business.

One charity that already benefits from this foundation is Creating Memories, founded by Pritti Saggi in Bedford.

Making Memories is a charity whose aim is to grant the wishes of children with life-limiting conditions.

Pritti has since worked with the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum, which supports children with learning disabilities.

Vivienne’s business support, along with her expert connections, helps create the strategy that instills donor confidence, management and operations advice that streamlines the running of the charity, and support to ensure transparency. and financial responsibility, with an understanding of income and expenses.

Strong business acumen and strong leadership skills can benefit nonprofit organizations.

A charity must focus on achieving its intended results and achieving a surplus to have a long-term sustainable impact. If you’re feeling inspired, you can make a monthly donation to help charities like Pritti benefit or offer your expertise as a SELF supporter.

Vivienne says, “Decision points and actions are needed at every stage of building a charity.

“Scary and unknown things create vulnerability and risk, but are essential for growth. Wherever you are in your journey, starting up, scaling or a little stuck, you need to find balance, strong but safe support, expert guidance, new business skills and mindset. success. This is where I can help. She-appreciates an inclusive community of talented and determined women based on trust, collaboration and support.

Vivienne has extensive experience in human resources, advertising, management, budgeting, forecasting and product streamlining.

She is a Master Practitioner in NLP and a member of the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring. The She-Enjoys experience provides affordable inspirational support, deep mindset coaching, business mentoring, and sales and marketing skills training. Intense personal development with incentives and praise in a safe, high-energy space where women collaborate, network, and improve their lives and businesses.

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From monetizing art to sponsoring underprivileged children: top SocialStories this week https://abilitiesnetworks.org/from-monetizing-art-to-sponsoring-underprivileged-children-top-socialstories-this-week/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 02:31:32 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/from-monetizing-art-to-sponsoring-underprivileged-children-top-socialstories-this-week/ This week in SocialStory, we focused primarily on the art industry. Pune-based Suhani Dhadphale shared how her Sangam organization helps artists with a platform to showcase their talent. We also discussed the need to include arts and crafts in the school curriculum. Cricketer AB de Villiers on partnering with MAD and mentoring students in India […]]]>

This week in SocialStory, we focused primarily on the art industry.

Pune-based Suhani Dhadphale shared how her Sangam organization helps artists with a platform to showcase their talent.

We also discussed the need to include arts and crafts in the school curriculum.

Cricketer AB de Villiers on partnering with MAD and mentoring students in India

Former South African captain AB de Villiers has become a household name since he started playing in India and for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League.

The cricketer has now decided to strengthen his ties with India by volunteering for Make a Difference (MAD) to supervise two young people supported by the NGO.

“India has been incredibly kind to me over the years; it completely changed my life. Spending time in India, your eyes are opened to new possibilities, you see different cultures, you see poverty, you see a bit of everything in India. Above all, they see a lot of love. I got a lot of love and felt it was time to give back, you know,” the cricketer explains.

This 18-year-old social entrepreneur helps artists and creators monetize their art

Suhani Dhadphale, 18, from Pune, believes that a compartmentalized education and blind approach to the arts and creative industry has led to a dearth of creative opportunities.

Suhani Dhadphale

Lack of monetization and narrow scope of innovation further discourage students from exploring the field. This is what prompted Suhani to launch Sangam India, a platform to empower artists, entrepreneurs and creative minds.

Launched in early 2020, Pune-based Sangam has a team of 32 people aged between 14 and 24 and a community of over 600 artists from across India. It is known for its events where artists and entrepreneurs can present their skills, develop their activities and meet their future collaborators.

The need to integrate arts and crafts into the school curriculum

The creative arts have almost disappeared from the Indian school setting in the current academic context. In the past, creative classes were compulsory for children and received the respect they deserved from parents, instructors and students.

Indian schools

However, the contemporary climate of academic pressure and increasing scholastic goals has pushed arts and crafts to the periphery. It is not uncommon for academics to take precedence over extracurricular activities and for the latter to be neglected.

In the majority of cases, interested parties are still unaware of the importance of these disciplines for a child’s academic and personal development.

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Sheykhar Ravjiani’s Dream of Mentoring Kids for Music Comes True https://abilitiesnetworks.org/sheykhar-ravjianis-dream-of-mentoring-kids-for-music-comes-true/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 16:14:52 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/sheykhar-ravjianis-dream-of-mentoring-kids-for-music-comes-true/ Sheykhar Ravjiani’s dream of mentoring kids for music is coming true (Photo Credit – Instagram) Musician and actor Sheykhar Ravjiani, who has belted out hits such as “Dard-e-disco,” “Ishq wala love,” “Bahara,” and “Ghungroo,” has expressed his love for mentoring music-inclined kids. “I am going to give my best to all these children,” Sheykhar said […]]]>
Sheykhar Ravjiani’s dream of mentoring kids for music is coming true (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Musician and actor Sheykhar Ravjiani, who has belted out hits such as “Dard-e-disco,” “Ishq wala love,” “Bahara,” and “Ghungroo,” has expressed his love for mentoring music-inclined kids.

“I am going to give my best to all these children,” Sheykhar said as he interacted with young minds at Global Indian International School in Pune.

Launched in 2020, the Global Indian International School (GIIS) – Shekhar Ravjiani School of Music is a collaboration between a global educational institution and an Indian musician to nurture and mentor upcoming talents in the field of music using an infrastructure peak. and futuristic technology.

Speaking to IANS about the idea behind his music school, Sheykhar said: “When I first visited GIIS I was very impressed with their approach to education and integration of technology, which offers talented students many opportunities to excel beyond academics.”

“I thought, here is a school whose philosophy is aligned with mine. Giving back to the next generation and seeing them succeed is something that I am very passionate about. So it was not just a meeting of energies, but a meeting of spirits.

The 43-year-old musician also shared his journey from music composer to mentor on various reality TV shows to now mentoring GIIS students.

“For me, imparting knowledge is what matters most.”

“Whether it’s as a judge on a reality show or as a mentor for my students at GIIS, the advice I give always comes from the heart and with the intention of truly making a difference in the learning journey of the student. When it comes to reality shows, unfortunately, our time to guide contestants is limited, but sometimes a simple comment can do wonders for their morale or performance.

“With the school, I have a lot more time to focus my energies on the mentorship aspect and I like to encourage my students to even compose and prepare their songs.”

Speaking to IANS, the music composer, who made his acting debut in 2016 with Sonam Kapoor star ‘Neerja’, shared that he will be making an exciting announcement soon.

“A new dream of mine through which all my aspirations will find their voice, and that dream is well on its way to being realized.” adds the musician, who judged SA RE GA MA PA in 2007 and 2010.

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Children’s Mentoring Connection is moving to a new location https://abilitiesnetworks.org/childrens-mentoring-connection-is-moving-to-a-new-location/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 20:49:33 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/childrens-mentoring-connection-is-moving-to-a-new-location/ Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County has moved to a new location. Children’s Mentoring Connection is now located at the Family Center at 1800 North Blanchard Street, Suite 126. “This move will allow us to serve our clients, mentors and mentees while continuing to deliver quality programming,” said General Manager Stacy Shaw. “In addition, our […]]]>

Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County has moved to a new location.

Children’s Mentoring Connection is now located at the Family Center at 1800 North Blanchard Street, Suite 126.

“This move will allow us to serve our clients, mentors and mentees while continuing to deliver quality programming,” said General Manager Stacy Shaw.

“In addition, our new location will encourage continued collaboration with the agencies serving many of our clients.”

She said the decision to leave their little red house on Lincoln Street was a difficult decision for the council.

However, due to the rising maintenance costs of the aging facility, they will be better managers of their funding to positively impact lives, one meaningful connection at a time by moving to the Family Center.

Stacy advises people to stay tuned for the announcement of the grand opening festivities at their new location.

Children’s Mentoring Connection was founded in 1972 and through its programs creates meaningful connections that positively impact the lives of youth and adults in our community.

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Mentoring foster children through fly fishing https://abilitiesnetworks.org/mentoring-foster-children-through-fly-fishing/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 14:00:06 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/mentoring-foster-children-through-fly-fishing/ The Mayfly Project is a non-profit organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to support foster children. The organization’s mission is to support foster children by using fly fishing to introduce them to their local aquatic ecosystems. The hope is that connecting participants to a rewarding hobby will give them the opportunity to have […]]]>

The Mayfly Project is a non-profit organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to support foster children. The organization’s mission is to support foster children by using fly fishing to introduce them to their local aquatic ecosystems. The hope is that connecting participants to a rewarding hobby will give them the opportunity to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection to the outdoors.

“I just did fly fishing for the first time and it was awesome,” Cameron, a participant in Project Mayfly, said in a testimonial video on the organization’s website. “I’ve been in foster care for four years and the reason I’m in foster care is because my family treated me badly.”

Dakota, another project participant, was in foster care for five years and wanted a permanent family to do outdoor activities with. Clayton said fishing and being in the water helped him forget about his problems for a little while. More than 420,000 children live in foster care across the country. Each year, 23,000 of them come out of the foster care system, which means they enter adulthood with little support – or love – to fend for themselves. Spending time outdoors with others while participating in an activity like fly fishing can improve physical and mental well-being while fostering a sense of community.

Kaitlin Barnhart, co-founder of The Mayfly Project and mental health professional based in northern Idaho, has personally experienced the benefits of spending time outdoors. She used fly fishing as a way to relieve the stress of her high-pressure career working for child protective services and juvenile detention. She started taking foster kids fly fishing in 2006.

“I realized that fly fishing not only provided mental rest, but it empowered the kids I worked with,” Barnhart said. “They were proud of themselves and felt good about what they were doing, which is so important for this particular population.”

Years later, she was scrolling through Facebook when she came across a logo designed by famed fly-fishing artist Andrea Larko. She felt drawn to the image and messaged Larko for more information. Larko informed her that it was for a man from Arkansas who was taking foster kids fly fishing. Barnhart immediately reached out because she was doing the same thing a few states away.

That man was Jess Westbrook. He had turned to fly fishing to manage the intense anxiety that had befallen him shortly after the birth of his son in 2014. Around the same time, he was introduced to mentorship. children in foster care through a church organization. This combination of mentoring foster kids while fly fishing made perfect sense for Westbrook. It was a way of giving back to the community through fly fishing, a sport that had helped him overcome very difficult obstacles. He recognized the potential that fly fishing had to support adoptive children through their own personal journeys.

Westbrook and his wife, Laura, started The Mayfly Project in Arkansas in 2015. The plan was to focus on his own community, taking local foster children fly fishing. When he contracted the services of Larko who brought together Westbrook and Barnhart.

The trio saw so much promise in the idea. With the Westbrooks’ background in business, finance and law combined with Barnhart’s background in mental health and youth leadership, they had the seed. Once they figured out how to move forward with establishing a dedicated network of community-minded fly anglers, there was no turning back.

The following year, after countless brainstorming sessions, hours of planning, clever coordination, and an untold amount of hope and enthusiasm, the Mayfly Project program was launched nationwide. Now the program is thriving across the United States, with event locations (called projects) stretching from the West Coast to the East Coast – and many places in between.

There are many ways to get involved with The Mayfly Project, including mentorship, donations, fundraising, enrolling a child, and more. For more information on how you can help, visit the website or social media channels.

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10 Secrets to Successful Mentoring, by 3 Top Female Bankers https://abilitiesnetworks.org/10-secrets-to-successful-mentoring-by-3-top-female-bankers/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:02:33 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/10-secrets-to-successful-mentoring-by-3-top-female-bankers/ Left to right, BMO’s Ernie Johannson, Wells Fargo’s Ellen Patterson, Citi’s Titi Cole and American Banker’s Chana Schoenberger at the 20th annual Most Powerful Women in Banking Conference. Victoria Zhuang Almost two decades ago, in 2004, Titi Cole began his banking career as a new executive at BMO transition from the world of management consulting. […]]]>
Left to right, BMO’s Ernie Johannson, Wells Fargo’s Ellen Patterson, Citi’s Titi Cole and American Banker’s Chana Schoenberger at the 20th annual Most Powerful Women in Banking Conference.

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Almost two decades ago, in 2004, Titi Cole began his banking career as a new executive at BMO transition from the world of management consulting. She was assigned an executive coach whose guidance as a mentor, she said, was truly life-changing and has stuck with her ever since.

“This one is funny,” Cole said during a panel at American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking conference last month. “She was like, you need to exercise more.”

The banking hall laughed. “I was like, exercise more?” said Cole. “What are you talking about? She’s like, you have too much energy.”

The coach filmed Cole and told her that her teammates felt she came across as “difficult” and “a little chaotic” because of her energy level, which made it difficult for them to keep up with her. She encouraged Cole to develop a habit of daily morning exercise that has since helped her moderate her energy levels and “be more intentional” in her interactions.

“It was a comment from a mentor who observed me and got feedback on how I interacted with my team,” Cole said, reflecting that mentors who are willing to offer personalized and honest feedback can have a lasting influence. . “And it changed my life.” From then on, Cole said, she had been exercising just about every day. “It also changed my personal relationships, which my husband can attest to,” she joked. “I do so much better when I exercise in the morning.”

Cole is now CEO of Citi Legacy Franchises. This year, American Banker class she among the most powerful women in banking.

Mentors have long been a buzzword when it comes to advancing one’s career, and giving back as a mentor is just as important to many leaders, especially women in finance who continue to be underserved. represented. Only 23.5% of VTCs are womensince this year, and it is a number that barely changed despite the close passage two decades. In the banking sector, a McKinsey A report last October found that women make up 53% of the entry-level workforce, but fill less than a third of SVP and C-suite positions. Women of color, including black, Latina and Asian professionals, had the hardest time getting promoted, as they made up a quarter of the entry-level workforce, but only one in 20 made it to the C-suite , according to the study.

But what does the journey to success with mentors and mentoring look like for women, in practice? Turns out everything from watching table beaters to kicking pants to Formula 1.

Cole was joined on stage by Ellen Patterson, General Counsel for Wells Fargo, and Erminia “Ernie” Johannson, Group Head of North American Personal and Commercial Banking at BMO Financial Group, who exchanged stories and advice with her about being mentors and coaching others. Patterson is a former winner most powerful women to watch awards, and Johannson is a winner of this year’s list of the most powerful women in banking. Chana Schoenberger, editor of American Banker, moderated.

Read below for more practical career advice from their conversation.

To view this year’s list of the most influential women in banking, Click here. For the most powerful women in finance, Click here. For our list of the most powerful women to watch, Click here.

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Michael Carson: Learning is the goal of mentoring | Columns https://abilitiesnetworks.org/michael-carson-learning-is-the-goal-of-mentoring-columns/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/michael-carson-learning-is-the-goal-of-mentoring-columns/ “In the days to come, when your children will ask their fathers, ‘What are these stones doing here?’ say this to your children: “Israel crossed this Jordan on dry land”. (Joshua 4:21-22 MSG) Mentoring is about learning. The protégé helps the mentee learn and grow. While the mentor will learn from the mentee and otherwise […]]]>

“In the days to come, when your children will ask their fathers, ‘What are these stones doing here?’ say this to your children: “Israel crossed this Jordan on dry land”. (Joshua 4:21-22 MSG)

Mentoring is about learning. The protégé helps the mentee learn and grow. While the mentor will learn from the mentee and otherwise grow from the relationship, the primary goal is to develop the mentee.

Mr. Byron Ellison (“Big Daddy”), who last Saturday was the emcee for the 75th anniversary celebration of the Carver Community Center, shared some thoughts with me.

“Stop and think about the talents that so many young people and adults who pass through the Carver Community Center have shared with so many people. I continually thank God for his grace and blessing.

“Pastor Carson, as you shared in your October 29, 2022 column (adding value to the lives of others by encouraging them), that’s what the Carver Community Center has been doing for over 75 years and it’s is for real!

“The Carver Community Center began as a place of refuge that over the years has added (and continues to add) value to so many people.

I encourage anyone who wants to add value to the Carver Community Center to do so by any means you have to offer!

A note: Brother Ellison in 1992 was a great help to me in becoming an assistant varsity boys basketball coach for Kokomo High School.

Mentors are a big part of the legacy process.

“It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 92:1)

Evangelist Cathy, I want to “get a quick shout out about where you come from.”

When we take time to celebrate the goodness of God by remembering those people, places, and opportunities that God has used to help us become who we are. It is a great moment of observance. It is a time of observance, celebration and praise!

On the legacy celebration, Carver Community Center General Manager Donta Rogers shared, “The community really came together and came out to support the 75th anniversary of the Carver Community Center. So many people from all walks of life have come together to support and encourage the work of the Carver Community Center’s mission in helping to add quality and value to the lives of others. I am so grateful to Mr. Robert Knowling for giving his time to support our efforts!”

It is said, “In true mentorship, the relationship is much more mentee-driven, and the development and growth of the mentee is at the forefront of the relationship.

At the start of each day, ask yourself, “How will my presence add value to someone else’s life today?”

“Everyone will leave a legacy. We will all frame and leave protected. Who/what cause are you going to defend? What/who will you encourage that has helped make life better?

Strive to be remembered by others in a positive way in reference to how you have added value to the existence of others by improving their lives.

I say it like that!

Peace with justice, be truly blessed, truly good, attend worship (in any way you can), families matter, and be safe!

Dr. Carson can be contacted at refreshcoach@gmail.com

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All in Mentoring matches local students with mentors | Waverly Logs https://abilitiesnetworks.org/all-in-mentoring-matches-local-students-with-mentors-waverly-logs/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/all-in-mentoring-matches-local-students-with-mentors-waverly-logs/ All in Mentoring (AIM) is a school-based mentoring program in the Waverly-Shell Rock community. AIM partners with W-SR School District and St. Paul’s Lutheran School to match adult mentors with K-6 students. To date, AIM has matched 20 mentors with children in need of an extra positive, supportive person in their lives. Their goal is […]]]>

All in Mentoring (AIM) is a school-based mentoring program in the Waverly-Shell Rock community. AIM partners with W-SR School District and St. Paul’s Lutheran School to match adult mentors with K-6 students. To date, AIM has matched 20 mentors with children in need of an extra positive, supportive person in their lives. Their goal is to serve 50 children by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

AIM currently offers a school-based mentorship program. Mentors meet with children at school for 30 minutes each week during the school day. Kindergarten through 6th graders in the Waverly-Shell Rock School District, including St. Paul’s and the Lied Center, can enter. Mentee/mentee pairs can do activities that interest the mentee, such as playing games, reading, doing crafts, and playing ball together.

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The bookseller – News – The Advertising Circle of Publishers opens applications for the mentoring program https://abilitiesnetworks.org/the-bookseller-news-the-advertising-circle-of-publishers-opens-applications-for-the-mentoring-program/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 07:46:15 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/the-bookseller-news-the-advertising-circle-of-publishers-opens-applications-for-the-mentoring-program/ The Publishers’ Publicity Circle (PPC) is opening applications for its mentorship program, which will begin in January 2023. Publicists of all levels are encouraged to apply to “brain, develop and unleash their full potential” on everything from campaign planning and skills development to professional and personal growth. The application deadline is November 30 for mentors […]]]>

The Publishers’ Publicity Circle (PPC) is opening applications for its mentorship program, which will begin in January 2023.

Publicists of all levels are encouraged to apply to “brain, develop and unleash their full potential” on everything from campaign planning and skills development to professional and personal growth.

The application deadline is November 30 for mentors and mentees. Organizers said this year’s program was “a huge success”, with 12 pairs of mentors drawn from fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

This year, the PPC is allowing 2022 mentors to apply for a second consecutive year. Lucie Cuthbertson-Twiggs, President of PPC, said, “The PPC Mentoring Program has grown into such an important program since its launch in 2016, and it’s truly wonderful to see how it has grown over this time, from five to 12 pairs of mentors and mentees. The last few years have truly changed the advertising landscape and we all recognize that there is enormous pressure on advertisers to continually deliver stunning and remarkable campaigns. I hope for all members of the program, this will give them a dedicated space to be supported and heard, and to equip them with the tools they need in their careers. We have such a wealth of expertise among PPC members and have seen how the program has helped so many publicists flourish over the years. I really want to encourage publicists of all skill levels to apply for this incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry.

Isabelle Panay, Mentee and Head of Publicity at DK, said: “The PPC mentoring program has been incredibly helpful at a tumultuous time in my career. After initially signing up for the process to see how I could develop my skills in my current role, my mentor ended up supporting me through an interview process and a company change in which I managed to get a role at a higher level. Having someone already at a higher level to help me through the hiring process itself, but also how to manage my time in my new role, has been incredibly beneficial and I would definitely recommend the program to anyone who hope to move up the ladder in their careers.”

Amber Ivatt, mentor and senior publicity manager at HarperFiction, added: “I really enjoyed being part of the PPC mentorship program this year and it was so nice to connect with a publicist from another publishing house. editing and talking about their personal growth goals and watching as they achieve those goals and thrive throughout the year. A monthly 1:1 brainstorming session really helps get the creative juices flowing and positively benefits both parties (especially during another challenging year of unprecedented circumstances). Personally, I have really benefited from having a mentor in the past and was so proud to have been able to help and support another publicist in the industry. I will definitely consider doing the same again this year!

Further information about the program and instructions on how to apply can be found in the online application package downloadable from the PPC website. All applicants must be PPC members and the deadline is 5:30 p.m. on November 30 for mentors and mentees.

Successful candidates will be matched with their mentor by the end of December, ready to start the program in January 2023.

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A 46-year-old drama teacher, jailed for sexually abusing a schoolgirl she mentored, is banned from teaching https://abilitiesnetworks.org/a-46-year-old-drama-teacher-jailed-for-sexually-abusing-a-schoolgirl-she-mentored-is-banned-from-teaching/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:37:47 +0000 https://abilitiesnetworks.org/a-46-year-old-drama-teacher-jailed-for-sexually-abusing-a-schoolgirl-she-mentored-is-banned-from-teaching/ Drama teacher, 46, jailed for sexually abusing schoolgirl she tutored at her family home is banned from teaching – but insists she did nothing wrong Kim Connor started treating her victim at just 13 and invited her to take additional lessons She was jailed for having sex with a child by someone in a position […]]]>

Drama teacher, 46, jailed for sexually abusing schoolgirl she tutored at her family home is banned from teaching – but insists she did nothing wrong

  • Kim Connor started treating her victim at just 13 and invited her to take additional lessons
  • She was jailed for having sex with a child by someone in a position of trust
  • Connor, who had denied three charges, was jailed for nine months in July 2020
  • She has now been banned from teaching for life following a misconduct hearing

A drama teacher jailed for sexually abusing a schoolgirl she tutored in her family home has been banned from teaching for life – but insists she did nothing wrong.

Kim Connor, 46, began caring for the student when she was just 13 and invited her to take additional lessons at her home.

She was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and jailed for nine months in July 2020.

At a misconduct hearing, a panel heard that Connor admitted that she had not appealed the conviction to the criminal courts. But she insisted on recording that she disagreed with the convictions.

However, the panel pointed out that she denied the offenses in court – but was found guilty and sentenced.

Ms Connor had been employed as a performing arts teacher at a school from 1996 to 2015.

Kim Connor (pictured outside Manchester Crown Court in 2019) started caring for the student when she was just 13 and invited her to take additional lessons at her home

She then taught at another school for a term, before returning to the original school – where she worked until her suspension in March 2018.

The sexual abuse took place between Connor and the student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in 2004.

During his criminal trial, jurors heard how the pair met when the teenager enrolled at the school where Connor had just joined the drama department.

Staff described her as “a person who is trustworthy, truthful and honest, moral and upright”.

The court heard the two became close later and when she turned 13.

Connor, a mother of two, has started offering the girl weekly private lessons at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Darren Preston, prosecuting, said: “During a lesson, Connor kissed the girl on the lips when she was 14 in a chaste manner and things started to develop.”

It was claimed that the relationship then became more sexual and that they exchanged texts and Connor signed off saying “your Kim”.

The court also heard that Connor showed the victim a safe in his wardrobe containing various sex toys.

The teenager then became “captivated and fascinated” by Connor, while her unsuspecting parents mistakenly assumed the teacher was mentoring their daughter.

Connor and the student also vacationed together in Portugal, had meals at restaurants and spent nights in hotels.

The relationship lasted almost six years, until the victim discovered that Connor had secretly undergone IVF treatment to have a baby.

She was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and jailed for nine months in July 2020

She was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and jailed for nine months in July 2020

The schoolgirl kept the relationship a secret until 2018, but spoke to police after being inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Paul Hawkins, chairman of the committee at the Education Regulatory Agency hearing earlier this month, said: ‘The committee found that the seriousness of the offensive behavior which led to the conviction, and in particular that it involved sexual activity with a child who was and had once been a pupil in her care, was relevant to Mrs. Connor’s continued fitness to teach.

“There was no evidence that Ms Connor’s actions were not deliberate.

“In fact, the panel noted the judge’s remarks on sentencing which stated, ‘These were not isolated incidents. The student was groomed and manipulated.”

“The panel did not consider Ms. Connor to have shown insight or remorse for her actions, and determined that there was a risk of repetition and therefore an ongoing risk to students.”

Banning Connor from teaching for life, Alan Meyrick, for the Education Secretary, said: ‘I am particularly aware of the finding of abuse of position of trust in this case and the impact that such conclusion has on the reputation of the profession.

“In my opinion, it is necessary to impose a restraining order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession.”

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