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National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteers to mentor young people, marks its 13th anniversary this year. Recognizing the important role mentors play, National Mentoring Month aims to raise awareness of mentoring, recruit individuals to mentor, and promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their employees in mentoring.

This January, join people and organizations across the country in the national “Mentoring Works!” drive to help ensure brighter futures for America’s youth.

11 Ways to Get Involved

  1. Learn more about mentoring and become a mentor in your community.
  2. Join “I Am a Mentor” Day on January 9 and share your experience on social media using the hashtag #SomeoneWhoMatters.
  3. Partner with a mentoring organization to expand opportunities for young people in your community.
  4. Share stories about your mentoring experience on social media using #MentoringWorks!
  5. Thank your mentor on January 16 during “Thank Your Mentor Day!” Think about mentors in your life, send them a thank you card, and use #SomeoneWhoMatters to thank them on social media.
  6. Read the latest research on mentoring and find resources to help start your own program.
  7. Start your commitment to mentoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 20, by looking for a mentoring opportunity in your area.
  8. Make a donation to a mentoring organization in your community.
  9. Recruit volunteers to join you in making a difference in someone’s life; National Mentoring Month has information to help you get started.
  10. Explore ways to help children succeed academically.
  11. Enter the Youth Mentoring Day at the State House Photo Contest for a chance to have your photo showcased at the Statehouse on Jan. 23.

In Massachusetts, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is working to expand quality mentoring for youth across the Commonwealth. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. To highlight National Mentoring Month, MMP has a range of initiatives to support and encourage mentoring through a variety of programs including one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, and e-mentoring.

Have you had experience being a mentor or mentee? What was it like? Comment below or tweet us at @MassGov and let us know of your experience.

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