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National Mentoring Month

January 30, 2012

President Obama declared January to be National Mentoring Month.  As a result, mentoring has been highlighted in many ways throughout the month.  I especially appreciated hearing personal success stories from several mentors and mentees during the month.  But, hey, January is almost over!  (How did that happen?)  Mentoring goes on all year – not just in January!  Mentors will continue to share their knowledge and experience to guide and coach others; while mentees will continue to seek out individuals who can contribute to their personal and professional development.  If you’re not in a mentoring relationship now, feel free to contact me to find out how you can get involved as a mentor or mentee – or both.  Don’t wait until next January.  The amount of time and effort is small, but the rewards are great!

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Thank Your Mentor Day – January 25

January 24, 2011

As part of National Mentoring Month, tomorrow has been designated as Thank Your Mentor Day, a time each of us can reach out and thank someone who has encouraged or guided us along the way.  This week, President Obama will be hosting a White House ceremony to honor mentors.  One of those to be recognized will be Douglass Henderson, an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  According to the news release by the Associated Press, Douglass Henderson has been named a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.  The news release goes on to say that “mentors play an important role in the academic and personal development of science or engineering students, particularly those from underrepresented groups.”  Douglass Henderson, 10 other individuals, and 4 organizations will each receive $10,000 to advance their mentoring efforts.

Right now, take a few minutes to say ‘thank you’ to someone who made a difference for you!

National Mentoring Month

January 16, 2011

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month?!!  The main focus of this special designation is to raise awareness about the need for mentors for our nation’s youth.   The reality is that every one of us needs a mentor, and every one of us can be a mentor.  A mentor is defined as a friend, advocate, guide, advisor, and coach. 

If you aren’t taking advantage of mentoring now, here are 10 things you can do yet this month:

1.  Become a mentor in your community.

2.  Learn more about mentoring. 

3.  Partner with a mentoring organization.

4.  Tell 5 friends about National Mentoring Month.

5.  Think about the mentors in your life and post a tribute to them online.

6.  Read the latest research and find mentoring resources online.

7.  Serve your community on MLK Day of Service (January 17) by deciding to become a mentor.

8.  Make a donation to a mentoring organization in your community.

9.  Go to YouTube on Thank Your Mentor Day™ (January 25) and make the National Mentoring Month videos the most popular of the day.

10. Check out the official National Mentoring Month website at:  www.serve.gov/mentor.asp.

P.S  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to my January 3 blog.  My husband’s ankle continues to improve each day.  We are hoping he will be able to get a cast and become more mobile real soon!