Capitol Hill Day

MENTOR provides a unified public voice in Washington, DC, for the youth mentoring movement.

Our federal advocacy efforts are all the more dynamic when the movement mobilizes and demonstrates the broad yet deep impact mentoring has in individual communities.

Attending the 2017 National Mentoring Summit? Join hundreds of your colleagues on February 1, 2017 for the third annual Capitol Hill Day by signing up to participate when you register for the Summit*. This important advocacy event brings Members of Congress and their staff face to face with mentors, advocates, professionals and researchers to talk about critical issues facing the country’s young people and the legislation and policies they can help implement to expand access to quality mentoring opportunities for youth.

  • Capitol Hill Day participants receive materials and training to prepare them for their Congressional visits and will be joined by other participants from their state
  • Information about Capitol Hill Day will be emailed to registered participants beginning in December

Not able to attend the 2017 National Mentoring Summit in person this year? Good news! You can still participate in Capitol Hill Day from home. Virtual Capitol Hill Day participants will be able to send messages to their Members of Congress via MENTOR’s Take Action page and will be provided sample social media messages to utilize to engage with Congress and support your colleagues in Washington, DC for the Summit. Interested advocates can e-mail Abbie Evans with questions and/or can sign up to be a virtual Capitol Hill Day participant here.

*If you have already registered for the 2017 National Mentoring Summit but did not opt-in to participate in Capitol Hill Day, email Jennifer Bourgoin and ask to be added to the list of participants. Please provide your city and state of residence, your Zip code and your preferred t-shirt size in your email.



Social Media Hashtag: #MentorIRL


  • Join MENTOR’s Capitol Hill Day efforts to prioritize mentoring for all of our young people. #MentorIRL

Child Protection Improvements Act

  • .[@MOC handle] Background checks are critical to safety in #mentoring relationships. #PassCPIA and #KeepKidsSafe
  • .[@MOC handle] Champion safe environments and #KeepKidsSafe by cosponsoring #CPIA! #MentorIRL

Federal Investment in Youth Mentoring

  • .[@MOC Handle] please call on CJS to support $120M for Youth Mentoring prog in FY18. Change a child’s life #MentorIRL
  • .[@MOC Handle] America’s youth needs your help. Please support $120M for Youth Mentoring prog in FY18 CJS bill. #MentorIRL
  • .[@MOC Handle] Invest in kids and their futures by protecting the Youth Mentoring prog in CJS bill #MentorIRL

Transition-To-Success Mentoring Act

  • .[@MOC Handle] Support the Transition-to-Success Act and help vulnerable youth receive the individual attention they need #MentorIRL

Congressional Mentoring Caucus

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Today is MENTOR’s Capitol Hill Day to advocate for youth mentoring during the 2017 National Mentoring Summit. Advocates throughout the country—no matter where they are—can join Virtual Hill Day and support the efforts of their colleagues on Capitol Hill. We know the multiplying benefits of mentoring and the impact it has on young people and communities in real life, so will you join us from home today in supporting this event as a virtual supporter? It will only take a few minutes of your time.

*No U.S. Department of Justice funds are used to support Capitol Hill Day.