National Mentoring Month


Created in 2002 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, 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.

The national partners work with the local partners, who organize special events in their communities with numerous partners, including their 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. Additional prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

Read President Barack Obama’s press release about National Mentoring Month in January 2015.

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Check out the great social media messages shared throughout National Mentoring Month through our National Mentoring Month Storify!



Search MENTOR’s volunteer search engine by entering your ZIP code below for a mentoring opportunity near you and we’ll count your commitment in the overall total.

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You can help support National Mentoring Month and close the mentoring gap by making a donation. Mentors positively impact youth outcomes in school, life and ultimately work – making our economy and our communities stronger. Yet one out of every three young people in the U.S. will grow up without a mentor.


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