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Five Ways to Get Involved with National Mentoring Month

If “helping others” is one of your new year’s resolutions, now’s the time to consider becoming a mentor. Research shows young people with mentors are less likely to skip school, less likely to take drugs, and more likely to enroll in college and volunteer in their communities.

January is National Mentoring Month, and there’s no shortage of ways for you to get involved.

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  1. Check out what’s happening around the country.

A Twitter chat was a great way to kick off the month, providing an online space for people to reflect how mentors are impacting local communities.

Here are just a few of the tweets that led to #MentorIRL (mentor in real life) trending on Twitter:

MLK Tweets

Couldn’t make the Twitter chat? Check out other opportunities to connect:

  1. Celebrate Mentors and Mentees on Jan. 12

If you’re already a mentor, January 12 is the day to celebrate your role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced your world. Here’s what mentors have to say about the impact mentoring can have at any age:

 

 

To learn about the power of peer mentoring, check out “What's Happening in Character Education? School-based Peer Mentoring Builds Relationships, Creates Caring Communities” from character.org

  1. Volunteer on MLK Day, Jan. 16

As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

MLK Day of Service

FIND A MENTORING OPPORTUNITY HERE.

  1. Join a Global Community on International Mentoring Day, Jan. 17

Here’s your chance to make the movement global. You can expect people from across the world to share photos, videos, and powerful mentoring stories on social media. But you don’t have to wait until Jan. 17—take a look at what mentoring means to actor Michael B. Jordan now:

 

 

Education Nation (@EducationNation) will also be hosting a Twitter chat at on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET on the theme, “Shaping a Student: Why Mentoring Matters.”

Use #ToolkitTalk to join.

  1. #ThankYourMentor on Jan. 19

Never got around to thanking a mentor who helped you get where you are today? Now’s your chance. Share stories of the mentors who had an impact on your life for #ThankYoutMentor Day on Jan. 19.

Here’s what America’s Promise CEO John Gomperts had to say about his mentor, Harris Wofford, last year:

“Harris isn’t the kind of mentor you might expect. He doesn’t dispense advice. Instead, he befriends, tells stories, shares ideas, and tries to live up to his ideals and beliefs,” Gomperts wrote.

“Harris never tells me (or anyone) what to do. But he sets a strong example, he shows the way through his actions, and he invites and encourages people like me to act in the same way. Thank you, Harris, for showing me the kind of man I want to be.”

Ready to start off 2017 off right? Help spread the word on social media with the National Mentoring Month toolkit and commit to becoming a #MentorIRL now.