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Help Inspire a Child During National Mentoring Month

January is recognized annually as National Mentoring Month, and it’s a chance for you to get involved in helping children in your community.

Mentoring usually consists of pairing a young person with a caring adult, helping create a successful path of growth and development for the child. Mentoring can lead youth to be more engaged in school, finish high school, go onto college, and form more positive social attitudes and relationships.

While mentors are not a replacement for parents, guardians or teachers, they play a supplemental role of inspiring and engaging youth.

If you’re interested in mentoring a child, there are free resources available to help get you started. You can use a “Mentoring Tool Kit” to learn more about what mentoring entails. You can also find National Mentoring Month resources including bookmarks, posters, thank you mentor note cards and more at Serve.gov.

Learn more about National Mentoring Month and how you can get involved.

Getting Involved with Mentoring

January is National Mentoring Month, a chance to celebrate the contributions of those who offer support, guidance, and assistance for the next generation.

Through mentoring, an adult works with a younger person who may be going through a difficult period or facing new challenges. In particular, when parents are either unavailable or unable to provide responsible guidance for their children, mentors can play a critical role.

There are three types of mentoring: educational, career and personal development.

  • Educational mentoring helps improve overall academic achievement.
  • Career mentoring helps develop the necessary skills to enter or continue on a career path.
  • Personal development mentoring supports youth during times of personal or social stress and provides guidance for decision making.

Learn more about mentoring and how you can get involved.