January is National Mentoring Month … an annual campaign created in 2002 to promote youth mentoring across the U.S. This organization is the brain-child of the Harvard School of Public Health, the Corporation for National and Community Service and MENTOR.
Each year since 2002, President George W. Bush has endorsed the campaign by proclaiming January as National Mentoring Month. The declaration has been endorsed by both chambers of the Congress. Sponsors include The MCJ Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation. Media partners include: Time Warner, Viacom, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC; Comcast; and the National Association of Broadcasters.
Designated nonprofit and governmental agencies are responsible for coordinating local campaign activities in communities across the country, including media outreach and volunteer recruitment. Local lead partners include state and local affiliates of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, Corporation for National and Community Service, Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Communities in Schools, and United Way of America.
General Colin L. Powell has been chosen to headline the 7th Annual National Mentoring Month campaign for 2009. The campaign’s goal is to recruit volunteer mentors to help young people achieve their full potential. The campaign’s theme is “Share What You Know. Mentor a Child.”
General Powell is currently appearing in public service announcements (PSAs) on television and radio to promote the recruitment of volunteer mentors. His message focuses on the importance of mentoring, and the benefits to the mentor as well as the child. Ten years ago, prior to his term as U.S. Secretary of State, General Powell founded the America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth; his wife, Alma Powell, is the organization’s current Chair.
A highlight of the campaign is “Thank Your Mentor Day” in which Americans thank and honor their mentors. People are encouraged to contact their mentors directly to express appreciation, become a mentor in their own community, make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, or post a tribute on WhoMentoredYou.org.
If you’re interested in learning more about this very rewarding movement check out the following links …
This site will provide you with a connection to the Mentoring Partnership in your home state; latest mentoring articles in the news; mentoring stories; and much more.
This site contains all of the same information as the site above for Canadian residents. Get involved today and make a real difference at a time when it is so crucial for everyone involved. You’ll be glad you did!
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