National Mentoring Month


Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.

This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its 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

National partners work with local leaders to organize special events in their communities supported by local media outlets and public officials.  These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors.

Each year since its launch, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress.  Other well-known supporters include the late Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

Learn more about those who have committed to helping improve the lives of America’s young people through mentoring by viewing a collection of video vignettes, short PSAs and our National Mentoring Month Storify below.

In addition, read President Barack Obama’s press release about National Mentoring Month in January 2016.

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Local organizations and programs plan their own events and activities throughout the month, however, several events are recognized at the national level and are celebrated on social media.  These events include:

  • I Am a Mentor Day – A day to encourage mentors to celebrate their role “I am a Mentor Day” takes place on January 12, 2017.
  • Thank Your Mentor Day – A day to encourage mentees to thank their mentors. “Thank Your Mentor Day” takes place on January 19, 2017 *Thank Your Mentor Day™ is an initiative of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service – A day to use social media to tie mentoring to service on January 16, 2017.
  • International Mentoring Day – Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share photos, video, messages and stories to reflect the real life power of mentoring on January 17, 2017.
  • The National Mentoring Summit– The largest gathering of individuals representing the youth mentoring movement

We encourage mentoring supporters, local mentoring programs and organizations to plan activities in their communities and activate on social media.  You may download any of the campaign marketing and video materials for use during the month and throughout the year.  You can also find your local nonprofit ambassador to connect with other organizations planning events.

Anyone participating in National Mentoring Month may download any or all of the materials available on our website. These materials will help you amplify your efforts throughout the month of January.

Our Advisors are responsible for leading their local community and encouraging participation during National Mentoring Month. This group is determined through an internal nomination process. MENTOR is not currently accepting applications from the public.


Volunteering as a mentor or becoming an informal mentor to a young person you know is a valuable step in igniting the mentoring effect in your community.  In addition, there are many other ways in which we can all become mentor mobilizers. From donating to a mentoring program to asking your elected officials to support public funding for those programs, to working with your school district to incorporate mentoring, or getting your company to participate in a mentoring program.

Search the Mentoring Connector to find opportunities to volunteer as a mentor in your area.

By searching the database, you are sharing your information with MENTOR, its affiliates, and any program you choose to contact.  Your email address will not be sold, shared with third parties or used for any purposes other than to keep you updated on news and opportunities related to mentoring.


Check back soon for a full campaign calendar, messaging toolkit and graphics.

Advance the movement, register for the 2017 National Mentoring Summit!