Summer Recess Mentoring Advocacy Toolkit

This August Members of Congress will return to their districts marking the perfect opportunity for mentoring advocates to engage officials on their home turf. This summer join MENTOR as we use Congress’ summer recess to engage and inform Members of Congress of the importance of mentoring in your home state. You can take action using some or all of the resources in the toolkit below.

Advocacy Issues The Summer Recess Mentoring Advocacy Toolkit will ask Members of Congress to make a strong commitment to mentoring and youth development. You can choose to advocate on behalf of a number of legislative issues including:

  • The OJJDP Youth Mentoring Grant and the importance of federal funding for mentoring.
  • S. 705, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which expands FBI fingerprint background checks to youth serving organizations.
  • H.R. 1864, The Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Act, which seeks to provide students who are chronically absent with school-integrated mentoring in addition to health and transportation supports.
  • Local and state issues related to mentoring.

Report Back and Questions Please use this form to let us know what actions you’ve taken. Email Abbie Evans at or Adriane Alicea at with any questions!

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1 in 3 young people in the U.S. will grow up without a mentor of any kind. Help us close this gap — be a #MentoringAdvocate! Raise your voice, share your knowledge, and affect positive change through engagement with Congress and other influencers in your communities.

Mentoring funding

Learn about current opportunities for federal funding for youth mentoring and other critical education and youth development.

Mentoring legislation

The portfolio of issues tied to mentoring continues to grow on Capitol Hill. Learn more about specific bills and proposals for expanding quality mentoring opportunities for the country’s young people. You can view MENTOR’s Legislative Platform here.

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Have questions about MENTOR’s legislative priorities or want to ask our Government Relations team a question? Email Abbie Evans or Adriane Alicea. Don’t miss any of MENTOR’s advocacy updates and calls to action.

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