As a highlight of National Mentoring Month 2011, Thank Your Mentor Day will be celebrated on January 25th. On that day, many Americans will reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them and had a lasting impact on their lives.
Created by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR, National Mentoring Month (NMM) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. 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.
Here is a press release dated December 22, 2010, where President Barack Obama issued a proclamation designating January 2011 as National Mentoring Month. He stated, “Across our Nation, mentors steer our youth through challenging times and support their journey into adulthood.” http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/news_events/pressreleases/proclamation2011/.
If you were mentored, then pay it forward and become a mentor to someone else. If you never had a mentor, then you can become one. There are so many opportunities out here to get involved in and use your gifts and talents to become a mentor to someone who could really use your support.
Don’t forget to thank your mentor and then make a difference in someone else’s life!