National Mentoring Month

Thank a Mentor!

After the rush of the holidays, it is finally the New Year.  2022 starts off with a celebration of mentors across the country.  Mentors work with one of our most vulnerable populations- children.  Imagine a world where all young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood.  Mentors help make this a reality in today’s world.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Mentoring provides meaningful connections that impact the people involved and influence their lives at home, at work and in their communities.  For those who are being mentored, it is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects.  For those who are mentoring, the relationship can build leadership and management skills, expand a mentor’s professional network and provide an empowering opportunity to give back to the community.

Benefits of Mentoring

Young adults with a mentor are: 

  • 55% less likely to skip a day of school.
  • 78% more likely to volunteer in their communities
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions in the future.

January 27,2022 is national thank a mentor day.  Use this day to send a special message to any mentors you know, letting them know you see the important work they are doing and it does not go unappreciated.

Interested in looking for mentoring opportunities near you? You can visit www.mentoring.org and fill out a simple form which will match you with mentoring programs in your area as well as virtual opportunities.  New York State also has a mentoring program that you can find information about at www.ny.gov .

Learn more here.