January is National Mentoring Month: Get involved.
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- An American Graduate Champion is anyone who commits their time, skills, and resources to help youth succeed.
- A 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.
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.
- 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.