The 2019 National Mentoring Month campaign toolkit provides guidance on the most impactful ways you can lend your voice to the mentoring movement!
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 4, 2019 – I Am a Mentor Day
January 17, 2019 – International Mentoring Day
January 21, 2019 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 30- February 1, 2019 – National Mentoring Summit
January 31, 2019 – #ThankYourMentor Day
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:
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.
Inspire others to mentor by telling us about how a mentor has impacted you or about your experience mentoring a young person. Be sure to share your mentoring moment on social media!