January is Mentoring Month

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Mentoring Month Activities

Thursday, January 10th - “I Am a Mentor” social media day. Join the conversation on Facebook and/or use other social media to further the goals of National Mentoring Month.

Thursday, January 17th – Thank Your Mentor Day™. Honor someone who was/is a personal mentor. For example, contact him/her to express appreciation, become a mentor to a young person in the community or make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program.

Monday, January 21st – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Honor and recruit mentors by participating in community service. For example, sponsor and organize a single service project, form teams to volunteer or encourage friends, colleagues and families to seek out service projects.

Wednesday, January 23rd – Governor Dave Heineman proclaims January as National Mentoring Month at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Thursday, January 31st – MMP honors National Mentoring Month by holding the 2013 Annual Summit. Breakout sessions will feature the latest in mentoring research as well as information from experienced mentoring practitioners.

Mentoring organizations, mentors, school personnel, community and business leaders, the Mayor of Omaha, and the Governor of Nebraska, are involved in a month of activities to celebrate National Mentoring Month in January.

January 2013 marks the 12th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people.

Spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, this year’s campaign focuses on mentoring as a strategy for boosting academic achievement.

The campaign’s theme is Mentoring Works!

More than 15,000 mentor matches are in place in Nebraska, but many more are needed. Research has shown that volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in reducing drug abuse and youth violence as well as boosting academic achievement.

Mentors help to build young people’s character and confidence, expand their universe, and help them navigate a path to success. Despite these benefits, however, the gap between the number of mentors and the number of young people who need a mentor continues to grow.

Today, more than 30,000 young people in Douglas & Sarpy Counties need a caring adult mentor in their lives.

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