Did you know?
Unfortunately, one in three youth grow up without a mentor. That is roughly 9 million youth in American that grow up without someone offering them the opportunities to succeed in life.
January is National Mentoring Month. Communities around the nation will be showcasing their mentoring programs this month to show the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it has on society’s youth. This campaign started in 2002 by The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and has been widely supported by mentoring programs throughout the nation, well-known public figures such as Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, and Michael Jordan, as well as several U.S. Presidents and members of Congress.
The goals of this campaign 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
What can you do?
Join us at Big Brothers Big Sisters by promoting our youth mentoring programs, and the variety of lifelong benefits it brings to the community. Social media is a great place to start! Throughout the month, share your mentoring stories and use the hashtags #NationalMentoringMonth and #MentorIRL. Show the nation that you care about the importance of mentoring.
Become a mentor today! The most effective way you can help us reach our goals of NMM is to become a mentor yourself, or to recruit others who would make a positive impact in the lives of youth! Visit www.7riversbbbs.org or call 608-782-2227 to learn more about making a difference today!