January is National Mentoring Month: Get involved.

Last Updated by Nancy Rogan on
When at-risk youth have mentors, they are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college, more than twice as likely to hold leadership positions in high school and 78 percent more likely to volunteer in their communities, according to The Mentoring Effect.  Mentors can also be called American Graduate Champions.
  • An American Graduate Champion is anyone who commits their time, skills, and resources to help youth succeed. 
  • Champion is a caring adult, friend, mentor, role model who helps youth of any age see their potential and develop a love for learning that could have tremendous impact on their future.
  • Champions play an active role in improving the educational and career outcomes for youth and can be: a parent, teacher, volunteer, coach, neighbor or even a friend.  

Nominate an American Graduate Champion and tell their story, click here.
 For more information on A contact Nancy Rogan at 757-889-9415 or Nancy.Rogan@whro.org .

And yet, 9 million kids in America don’t have access to these meaningful relationships. To raise awareness about the importance of mentors, organizations across the country are taking part in National Mentoring Month throughout January.

Led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month will culminate in the annual National Mentoring Summit, January 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
This month, MENTOR is also launching a yearlong public awareness and recruitment campaign called In Real Life. The NBA joined MENTOR to develop the campaign, which will focus on the real-life benefits of mentoring for young people and mentors. 
Join the Movement 
You can join the conversation by using the hashtags #MentorIRL and #NationalMentoringMonth on social media. Below is a list of weekly themes you can tweet about and share.
  • January 1-9: Encouraging Smart Choices. Ask your fans and followers to let you know how they plan to celebrate mentoring throughout the month. 
  • January 10-16: Real Life Impact on Mentors. “I Am a Mentor Day” is on January 14. Share your story about how mentoring has affected your life, and encourage others to do the same.
  • January 17-23: The Mentoring Effect in Real Life. Highlight facts and figures that illustrate the powerful impact mentoring has on academic success, young people, adults and communities. This week includes “Thank Your Mentor Day” (January 21) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 18).
  • January 24-31: Mentor IN REAL LIFE. As mentoring practitioners, funders, researchers, corporate leaders and other supporters prepare to attend the National Mentoring Summit on January 27-29, this final week will focus on ensuring quality mentoring to maximize positive outcomes for young people.
More Resources on the Power of Relationships
Throughout National Mentoring Month, America’s Promise Alliance will be highlighting the work our national partners, communities and grantees are doing to ensure young people have access to mentoring relationships and caring adults. 
Want to learn about organizations using mentors to help disadvantaged youth find a path to economic success? Check out the 2015 Youth Opportunity Fund grantees
To hear why mentors matter from young people themselves, read Don’t Quit On Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships

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