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National Mentoring Month

Youth Mentoring Day 2013

Created by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR, National Mentoring Month marks its 13th year in 2014. By focusing national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us — individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits — can work together to increase the number of mentors, we assure brighter futures for our young people.

Local partners across the country work to leverage the national campaign and recruit and raise awareness for mentoring in their communities. The goals of National Mentoring Month are to:

  • Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms
  • Recruit individuals to mentors, especially for those programs with youth on wait lists for mentors
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring

For more information, visit www.nationalmentoringmonth.org.

Mass Mentoring's focus for National Mentoring Month 2014

From keeping students engaged in and successful at school, to helping them graduate, attend college and succeed in a work enviornment, we know the powerful impact that mentoring can have on young people. We have planned a comprehensive campaign to raise the awareness of mentoring and its impact in strengthening communities.

MMP's planned events and activities for National Mentoring Month 2014:

  • Statewide public awareness campaign utilizing press releases, PSAs, op-eds, and social media
  • Free match activities for eligible programs to offer their mentors and mentees
  • National Mentoring Month toolkit provided by MENTOR to help programs leverage the month
  • Regular communications with mentoring programs
  • Boston regional networking meeting, Jan. 7: Join MMP and local mentoring programs at our winter networking lunch sponsored by Bank of America. Learn more about how connecting youth to mentors promotes career readiness and leads youth to meaningful employment opportunities.
  • Free advocacy webinar, Jan. 8: This free training will cover MMP budget and policy priorities for the year, provide a brief overview of the Massachusetts State Government, and effective ways to communicate with state-level elected officials in order to bring more resources to mentoring programs.
  • Western MA regional networking meeting, Jan. 8: Join MMP and mentoring programs for our winter networking lunch in Holyoke to discuss an important - and often forgotten - part of a successful match, parent and family engagement. Guests will network over lunch in an intimate setting, and discuss best practices around parent and family engagement and its effects on the quality of mentoring relationships.
  • QBM webinar: Moving from Affiliate to Partner, Jan. 9: In this one-hour webinar, you will have the chance to learn all you need to know about MMP's Quality-Based Membership (QBM) program. You will learn the benefits of each level and how to advance to Partner level. This webinar is geared to our current Affiliate programs, and MMP's managers of training and technical assistance will be on hand to present information and answer questions.
  • I am a Mentor Social Media DayJan. 9 (national): Join "I am a Mentor Day" on Jan. 9, 2014 andI am a Mentor Day badge share your experience on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters. Check out the conversation on the National Mentoring Month Facebook page.
  • TA sessions (webinars) for programs applying to host a Highland Street Ambassador of Mentoring, Jan. 13: Contact Krystal Hope at khope (at) massmentors (dot) org for more information.
  • Corporate Mentoring Summit, Jan. 14: Formerly known as the Youth Mentoring Forum, the new name signals a shift in focusing on businesses' innovative involvement in mentoring. A Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll is being rolled out in advance, and we plan to induct 10 inaugural members with one business receiving a special Ignite Award at the Summit.
  • Mentoring Night at the Boston Celtics, Jan. 15: Nearly 200 mentors and mentees will attend the Boston Celtics game and participate in special pre-game/in-game recognition opportunities. MMP will also be participating in the 50/50 raffle to raise money for MMP.
  • QBM webinar: Moving from Affiliate to Partner, Jan. 15:  See description for the Jan. 9 webinar.
  • Thank Your Mentor Day, Jan. 16 (national): Thank your mentor on Jan. 16, during Thank Your Mentor Day! Think about the mentors in your life, send them a thank-you card and tell them thank you on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters.
  • MLK Day of Service, Jan. 20
  • Youth Mentoring Day at the State House, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.: MMP and the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring will host the eighth annual Youth Mentoring Day at the State House. The event will celebrate and recognize three communities - Holyoke, Worcester, and Roxbury/Dorchester - for their continued support of quality youth mentoring through innovative partnerships between mentoring programs, schools, businesses, elected officials, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Lynn Mentoring Network celebration, Jan. 28: MMP will be collaborating with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley to celebrate the Lynn Mentoring Network with a breakfast event.
  • National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30-31: Several MMP staff will be attending.
  • Springfield Mentoring Meetup, Jan. 30: First Niagara and MMP invite you to join us for a fun breakfast of networking with young professionals, community leaders, business partners, and youth development programs to learn more about the mentoring movement in Springfield.

 

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