Mentorship is a cornerstone of community and a relationship toward brighter futures. Launched in 2002, MENTOR and the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health created National Mentoring Month to amplify, encourage, and strengthen mentorship for young people.
From individuals to businesses to schools and everyone in between we can all work together to create more mentorship opportunities that foster passion and positivity for the next generation.
A month-long celebration, the goals of National Mentoring Month 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
For over twenty years, our national leaders work with local communities to organize events in their neighborhood, partner with local media outlets and officials to spread awareness, encouraging and help adults find and participate in mentorship opportunities.
National Mentoring Month has garnered strong support from the U.S. President and members of Congress, with additional support from the Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher. Former President Barack Obama issued a press release for National Mentoring Month in 2016, which you can read here.
Attend the 13th Annual National Mentoring Summit
When: January 25 – 27, 2023
Where: Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
Convened by MENTOR, the Summit is an opportunity for mentoring practitioners, researchers, philanthropic investors, youth leaders, government and civic leaders, and Affiliates from across the country to unite under the shared goal of driving positive change for young people. Attendees will learn from one another, form new connections, and explore best practices for strengthening and expanding mentoring opportunities.