At MENTOR Virginia, we love the month of January because it’s National Mentoring Month, a celebration of the power of youth mentoring that is celebrated around the United States. There are lots of ways to get involved in and celebrate National Mentoring Month. Here are some suggestions to get started.

Attend a New Mentor Training

A great way to celebrate National Mentoring Month is to attend one of our public New Mentor Trainings. All of our public trainings cost $30 per person and are hosted in our Richmond office. This 2.5 hour training covers topics including: appropriate mentor roles, communication, boundary-setting, relationship-building techniques, and positive youth development practices. Our public trainings are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about youth mentoring, and is ideal for folks who are beginning a new mentoring relationship. To learn more, visit our training page. Our January training dates include:

Attend a Webinar Q&A with an Expert Mentoring Program Evaluator

Are you a mentoring program coordinator with questions about how your organization can implement effective evaluation tools that measure your impact and help you tell your story to funders and volunteers? Join MENTOR Virginia on Wednesday, January 22nd from 1-2pm for a lunch-time webinar with John Harris of Applied Research Consulting as he answers your questions about mentoring program evaluation. Register here for this webinar.

Share Your Story on Social Media

Another great way to celebrate National Mentoring Month is to share your story about being mentored or being a mentor on social media. There are several days in January that are designated for social media story-telling using the hashtags #MentoringMonth and #MentorIRL. Don’t forget to tag us too on Facebook (@vamentoring)! Here’s the calendar line-up:

  • January 8, 2020  – I Am a Mentor Day: A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.
  • January 17, 2020 – International Mentoring Day: A day of international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.
  • January 20, 2020 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
  • January 30, 2020 – #ThankYourMentor Day: A day to say thanks to the mentors in your life who helped you become the person you are.

Attend the National Mentoring Summit

The National Mentoring Summit, held in Washington D.C., is the only national convening of youth mentoring professionals, researchers, MENTOR Affiliates, philanthropic investors, and government and civic leaders aimed at collectively strengthening and expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people across the country. Learn more about the summit and register here.

Advocate for Youth Mentoring

MENTOR Virginia is one of more than 20 mentoring affiliates across the country who work toward a legislative agenda each year aimed at increasing support for the youth mentoring field. Learn more about the current legislative agenda and ways you can get involved here. You can also serve on Virginia’s delegation of adovcates for Capitol Hill Day, happening in D.C. on January 29th.  Learn more about what is required of Capitol Hill Day participants here and sign-up here.

Donate to MENTOR Virginia

National Mentoring Month is a time to reflect on the caring adults that made a difference in our lives. Because of our amazing community of supporters–all of whom understand the power of mentoring–MENTOR Virginia has been able to lead and expand the mentoring movement in Virginia, ensuring more young people have access to the mentors who will help them grow and thrive. Consider honoring the mentors in your life by helping us reach our goal of training 1,800 new mentors in 2020. Donate here.

Become a Mentor

One of the most impactful things you can do this National Mentoring Month is volunteer as a mentor with one of the over 100 mentoring programs in operation across Virginia. The best way to find a program to volunteer with is to use the Mentoring Connector search tool, which helps you find and contact mentoring programs local to you. You can also contact Sarah at sarah@mentorva.org for help locating a program.