National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month Observance
National Mentoring Month is an annual, high-profile campaign to draw attention to the need for more volunteer mentors to help America’s young people achieve their full potential.
This January, the Harvard Mentoring Project School of Public Health, MENTOR: The /National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Highland Street Foundation are spearheading an effort to raise awareness of ways that individuals can lend their support to this important cause.
Mentoring.org, which sponsors activities throughout the month, has created several special days in January to celebrate mentoring. We hope all in the STEM mentoring community will rally those in your spheres of influence to participate in celebrating National Mentoring Month. To assist, here are a few tips for creating activities around special days this January when we have opportunities to put STEM mentoring in the spotlight.
I am a Mentor Day – Jan. 4
Tip#1: Challenge faculty in all of your institution’s STEM departments to post a quote about the value of mentoring outside their offices on Jan. 4. For faculty with Twitter profiles, encourage them to post the quotes online using the hashtag #IamaMentor.
Tip#2: Write a blog or video a vlog (video blog) about a special mentoring relationship you’ve had where the student made a major turnaround because of the bond you developed and encouragement you gave. Ask the student to give his or her perspective on your relationship in a companion blog or vlog.
Tip#3: Tweet short job descriptions of mentor and faculty advisor. Include tagline: “Choose to be a (STEM) mentor” and add hashtag #IamaMentor.
Mentoring Month Twitter Chat – Jan. 11
Tip#1: Join the Twitter conversation about mentoring by emphasizing a statistic that shows the need to mentor in the sciences and mathematics.
Tip#2: Point to successful programs in which you’ve played a key role as a STEM mentor or director.
Tip#3: Report the results of STEM mentoring efficacy as a factoid.
Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service – Jan. 15
International Mentoring Day - Jan. 17
Tip#1: Create a short essay contest with the goal of showing how science, technology, engineering or mathematics can play a role in a more egalitarian society.
Tip#2: Promote a selfie contest for STEM mentors and their mentees of different races or abilities.
Tip#3: Conduct a community project that brings mentors and mentees together with younger students to demonstrate the value of pursuing STEM careers.
Thank Your Mentor Day - Jan. 25
Tip#1: Create a selfie photo contest for mentors and mentees to show gratitude for the relationship.
Tip#2: Invite mentees you know to write a blog post on “how to find a great mentor” and invite faculty mentors you know to post a tweet with three short ideas for “enticing your colleagues to join you in becoming a STEM mentor.”