National Mentoring Month Only 11 Days Away!
December 20, 2012: In less than two weeks, National Mentoring Month 2013 will be here, with the theme “Mentoring Works!” and a host of ways — big and small — to get involved.
Established in 2002, National Mentoring Month (NMM) celebrates mentoring and the evidence-based, positive effect it can have on young lives. NMM’s goals are to:
- Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
- Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
- Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
The Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service are the national catalysts for NMM, joined by local partner organizations in media markets across America that are responsible for media outreach and collaborating with mentoring organizations in that media market to coordinate grass-roots activities. A list of local partners can be found at www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/about_nmm/localpartners.
Key dates for National Mentoring Month 2013 are:
- January 10 — “I Am a Mentor” social media day. Join the conversation on Facebook, and/or use other social media to further the goals of NMM.
- January 17 — Thank Your Mentor Day™. Honor someone who was/is a personal mentor. For example, contact him/her to express appreciation, become a mentor to a young person in the community or make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program.
- January 21 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Honor and recruit mentors by participating in community service. For example, sponsor and organize a single service project, form teams to volunteer or encourage friends, colleagues and families to seek out service projects in their hometowns.
- January 24 and 25 — National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. Convened by MENTOR and hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Harvard School of Public Health and United Way Worldwide, along with nearly 20 partner organizations, the Summit will bring together more than 650 leading youth-serving organizations, along with government, civic, research and corporate leaders to evaluate best program models, examine new research, project future developments in the field and fundamentally ensure that more youth receive quality mentoring throughout America. The theme for this Summit is “Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate.” Anyone registered for the Summit by the close of business Friday, December 21, will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Ereader.
For more information about National Mentoring Month, visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org. To view the 2013 national television public service announcements, featuring General Colin L. Powell, as well as two mentor/mentee pairs, visit www.youtube.com/user/MentoringMonth.