January is National Mentoring Month

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You can shape young minds, inspire and influence positive outcomes, and stoke the flames of passion and purpose.

That’s all just par for the course when you are a mentor – and there’s no better time than now to become a mentor because January is National Mentoring Month.

Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for young people. The 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; and promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

Throughout the month, national partners work with local leaders to organize special events in their communities supported by local media outlets and public officials. The 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 support of the U.S. president and members of Congress. Other well-known supporters over the years have included the Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Sen. John McCain, Quincy Jones, Gen. Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

From gaining practical advice, learning from the experience of others and becoming empowered to make decisions, the benefits of being mentored are endless. However, there are also great gains to be had by being a mentor, especially for a business.

In an article on Inc.com, Power Coaching and Consulting head coach Rhett Power noted that mentoring programs demonstrate to the public that your company cares about the community. Power added that mentoring programs actively contribute to a more engaged and better-trained workforce.

In addition, a study titled “Career Benefits Associated with Mentoring for Mentors” published in the August 2013 edition of the Journal of Vocational Behaviorfound the following highlights:

  • Mentors were more satisfied with their jobs and committed to the organization.
  • Providing career mentoring was most associated with career success.
  • Providing psychosocial mentoring was most associated with organizational commitment.
  • Providing role-modeling mentoring was most associated with job performance.
  • Mentoring quality was associated with mentor’s job satisfaction and career success.

For more information on National Mentoring Month, visit mentoring.org.


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