National Mentoring Month: Tools to Help You Celebrate and Activate Your Community
JANUARY 11, 2017
BY: DELIA HAGAN, MENTOR: THE NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP
How does your mentoring program recognize National Mentoring Month? For those of us who are less familiar, National Mentoring Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about the need for mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. This campaign also celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives, and it’s a great time for mentoring programs to recognize the power of mentoring relationships, celebrate the work of exceptional mentors, spread awareness about the impact of your work and show members of your community how they can get involved.
What is your mentoring program doing to celebrate and activate your community this month? As you make your plans, don’t forget about these National Mentoring Month events, which are recognized at the national level and are celebrated on social media. You can use the resources below to plan for key messages and activities aligned with these important dates, and help us create a national conversation about the importance of mentoring:
- January 4, 2018 – I Am a Mentor Day
- January 11, 2018 – National Mentoring Month Twitter Chat, 3 PM EST
- January 15, 2018 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- January 17, 2018 – International Mentoring Day
- January 24-26, 2018 – National Mentoring Summit
- January 25, 2018 – #ThankYourMentor Day
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has put together a wealth of easy-to-use tools and resources to help you with your campaign. Access the National Mentoring Month Campaign for guidance on your campaign, and download the online engagement and social media toolkit for sample messaging to use throughout the month. Use the Corporate Engagement Guide to help you engage strategically with corporate partners this month, and check out our National Mentoring Month Website for more multimedia resources and tools to use this month, including this powerful kickoff video.
Want something easy to do right now? Click below to retweet some of these National Mentoring Month messages, and spread the word about this important time for our field:
January is National #MentoringMonth! Download the NMM toolkit today to learn how to get involved throughout the month #MentorIRL
WATCH our new video “If You Mentor Me...” featuring youth voices to showcase the positive effects of mentoring! To advance #EQUALITY, we’ve teamed with @Nike to close the mentoring gap in the U.S. #MentorIRL National #MentoringMonth
1 in 3 American youth don’t have a mentor’s support outside of their family. Become a #MentorIRL this National #MentoringMonth to provide the guidance they need.
Finally, we hope you’ll join us on Thursday, January 11 at 3 PM EST/12 PST for a Twitter Chat on closing the mentoring gap with our partners America's Promise Alliance, Athletes for Hope, Center for Promise, and Communities in Schools. Engage with us online as we discuss the importance of mentoring, how mentors can offer support to young people, and research that shows evidence of how mentoring works. Use hashtags #PromiseChat and #MentorIRL to participate and follow along with the Twitter chat!
We hope these tools and resources help you celebrate your achievements, recognize the power of mentoring, and activate your community. Happy National Mentoring Month!