Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest is getting ready to celebrate National Mentoring Month in 2016.
Created in 2002 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month focuses 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 to assure positive outcomes for our young people.
NMM 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.
Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
The national partners work with the NMM campaign’s local partners, who are organizing special NMM events in their communities with numerous partners, including their local media. These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors.
Each year since its launch, NMM has enjoyed the strong support of the U.S. President and members of Congress. Additional prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
National Mentoring Month is an opportunity for BBBS CM/MW to celebrate our own mentoring programs and impact. For us, January is a time to promote our mission, recruit new mentors or supporters and to thank all of the incredible volunteers, donors and partners who make our programs successful. It is also a time to recognize our part in a greater movement. There are countless mentoring programs, formal and informal, throughout the country working toward changing youth outcomes for the better. It is through the great efforts of all of these programs that we are able to make a difference on a larger scale.