NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
National Mentoring Month is an annual designation observed in January. This month, focus on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to and follow in their footsteps. NMM 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.
Mentoring also includes a wealth of benefits for both the mentor and the mentee.
- Improves confidence
- Develops communication skills
- Exposures participants to new experiences
- Improves goal-setting
- Improves listening skills
- Develops organizational skills
Many organizations offer mentoring programs to help young members to develop skills. Businesses also use mentoring programs to help employees build their skills and experiences and to maintain a strong workforce.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMentoringMonth
Look into a mentor program to see how it can benefit you – and how you can benefit it – and use #NationalMentoringMonth to post on social media. If you want to become an active advocate, click here for more details on what you can do to better your community this month.
NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH HISTORY
The Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership founded National Mentoring Month in 2002.