National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month is an annual, high-profile campaign to draw attention to the need for more volunteer mentors to help America’s young people achieve their full potential.
This January, the Harvard Mentoring Project School of Public Health, MENTOR: The /National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Highland Street Foundation are spearheading an effort to raise awareness of ways that individuals can lend their support to this important cause.
Mentoring is a central focus area for CNCS. Each of CNCS's main programs have made mentoring and working with youth from disadvantaged circumstances a priority.
CNCS offers an array of materials and resources related to mentoring, which you can find on Serve.gov.
Thank Your Mentor Day offers a chance for Americans to reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and had a lasting impact on their lives. Visit the Who Mentored You? Visit the National Mentoring Month website for ideas on ways to mark the day.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of mentoring. Use the day to honor mentors in your community, recruit new mentors, provide training to mentoring programs, or encourage mentor pairs serve together on King Day. Visit the MLK Day website for more information.
Corporate Mentoring Challenge
The Corporate Mentoring Challenge (CMC) addresses America’s dropout crisis by encouraging and promoting corporate support of mentoring both locally and nationally. The CMC recognizes outstanding corporations from all over the country that have created, expanded or partnered on mentoring initiatives this year.
The Challenge originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit, is open to private-sector companies of any size that pledge to begin supporting youth mentoring in the U.S. in the coming year, expand an existing initiative or renew a commitment. This recognition challenges private corporations to create or expand an existing mentoring initiative within their companies to encourage employee participation in mentoring programs for youth in communities across the country.
For more information on the Corporate Mentoring Challenge or to submit a nomination please visit the Corporate Mentoring Challenge website.