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National Mentoring Month 2017 Toolkit

Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses 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 to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.

This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals 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

National partners work with local leaders to organize special events in their communities supported by local media outlets and public officials.  These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action
by becoming mentors.


Each year since its launch, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress.  Other well-known supporters include the late Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

Learn more about those who have committed to helping improve the lives of America’s young people through mentoring by viewing a collection of video vignettes, short PSAs and our National Mentoring Month Storify below.


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