National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month (NMM), started in 2002, highlights mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives. The public awareness campaign is led nationally by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and the Harvard School of Public Health Mentoring Project, with support from the Highland Street Foundation, and locally by MENTOR’s affiliate Mentoring Partnerships along with local mentoring programs. This month-long outreach campaign focuses national attention on how the mentoring effect benefits not only the individuals involved in mentoring relationships but also strengthens families and communities. The campaign calls on all of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—to be mentor mobilizers by volunteering as mentors, donating to mentoring programs, and advocating for mentoring at the local, state and federal government levels.

Each year in January, local partner efforts, events and activities generate earned media (news articles, TV and radio stories and special programming, and op-ed/letter placements) and inspire social media conversations about mentoring. Mentoring Partnerships and local agencies host a variety of activities ranging from town hall meetings with educators and juvenile justice professionals, to mentoring days at state capitols, to “thank your mentor” days at community venues. Participation at these events ranges from several dozen to more than 500. Elected officials and policymakers also publicly support the effort to expand quality mentoring by issuing official proclamations.

For resources to participate in National Mentoring Month in January 2015, please visit for PSAs, digital materials and a campaign toolkit.



National Mentoring Month Partners