National Mentoring Month

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Help us celebrate National Mentoring Month by checking out our toolkits which provide guidance on the most impactful ways you can lend your voice to the mentoring movement!

Digital Engagement Toolkit

Corporate Engagement Toolkit

Media Toolkit

Public Official & Advocacy Toolkit


Mentoring Flipped: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Mentoring Flipped: Premier Lacrosse League

Watch Myles Jones & Kyle Harrison of the Premier Lacrosse League learn from their
mentor that with patience and hope, anything is possible.

Mentoring Flipped: Dustin Lance Black

Mentoring can be the greatest purveyor of hope. Not only do mentees find guidance and hope in those who serve as
their mentors, but these same caring adults are often inspired by the optimism they find in the young eyes of the future.
We can learn a great deal by looking at the world from a young person’s perspective. Oscar-winning writer
Dustin Lance Black finds hope in our latest Mentoring Flipped video celebrating National Mentoring Month.
Check out the video and Lance’s Op-Ed in the Advocate.

Imagine What’s Possible When We Support Youth

This National Mentoring Month, imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality. MENTOR’s new video kicks off National Mentoring Month with an uplifting look at the power of relationships to help young people find and follow their passion, strive in school, and thrive wherever they are.


Several National Mentoring Month events are recognized at the national level and are celebrated on social media.
Mark these dates on your planning calendar and be sure to engage in the national conversation!


January 8, 2020  – I Am a Mentor Day [Download Graphic]

A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

January 17, 2020 – International Mentoring Day [Download Graphic]

In honor of Muhammad Ali’s birthday, join the international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared. Use #MentoringDay & #MentoringMonth in your posts!

January 20, 2020 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service [Download Graphic]

A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.

January 29 – January 31, 2020 – National Mentoring Summit 

January 30, 2020 – #ThankYourMentor Day [Download Graphic]

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 help ensure 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 and short PSAs from the past 15 years of National Mentoring Month. In addition, read former President Barack Obama’s National Mentoring Month press release from January 2016.

Share Your Story

Stories have power. Personal stories provide points of connection and remind us of the power of relationships to break down otherness, find common ground, and elevate shared humanity. That’s why MENTOR is collecting stories about mentoring in real life — stories from mentors, mentees, programs, and anyone willing to elevate their voice and personal connection to mentoring.
This National Mentoring Month, share your story to help inspire others to step up and become mentors in real life.