As you make your New Year's Resolutions, please consider the following suggestions:
1) Become a Mentor (there are thousands of children in big cities where volunteers are needed)
2) Volunteer your TALENT to help a tutor/mentor program grow; you can help with technology, marketing, communications, auditing, and many other ways
3) Invite friends to this Ning group
4) Make a donation to Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection
, or to one of the programs in the Chicago Links Library
; or visit www.mentoring.org to learn more about mentoring programs and networks throughout the country.
Below is the official press release for January's National Mentoring Month campaign...
We are delighted to announce that a new, one-stop shop for all things related to January’s National Mentoring Month (NMM) launched today. The site is designed to give anyone interested in expanding the power of mentoring an easy way to learn more about and join in NMM activities.
is co-sponsored by NMM’s three national partners—the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR. MENTOR is also managing the Web site, while Minnesota’s Carlson Family Foundation is a corporate sponsor for the NMM effort.
The site offers two television PSAs created for NMM 2009, one featuring General Colin Powell, as well as a new radio PSA. Users can view and order the printed NMM materials, including posters, thank-you notes and bookmarks, which display the NMM 2009 graphics and theme: “Expand Your Universe. Mentor a Child.”
In addition, the site lists all local partners, including Mentoring Partnerships, which signed on to be the lead NMM promoters in their states. Mentoring program leaders and youth services advocates in those states can contact their lead partner(s) for materials and to coordinate media coverage.
Finally, Nationalmentoringmonth.org offers 10 ideas for getting involved with mentoring this January, how to take action, a search option to find mentoring programs by zip code, a brief history of NMM and news and events about NMM activities nationwide.
While National Mentoring Month is in January, this web site and the Tutor/Mentor Connection's goal is to keep attention focused on volunteer-based mentoring and tutoring 365 days a year,
just as corporate advertisers keep daily attention on their products and services. Volunteers, partners and sponsors are needed who will take a role in achieving this goal.