January is National Mentoring Month

January marks a very important month of recognition- National Mentoring Month! In 2002, the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership came together to bring national attention to the importance of mentoring and the need for mentors in the lives of youth to promote positive outcomes.

For thirteen years, National Mentoring Month has received recognition from the U.S. president, members of Congress, advocates for mentoring, and organizations that use mentoring to improve the lives for youth and adults alike in their community. This year’s recognition of National Mentoring Month is no different but has been sweetened by a special grand debut. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and MENTOR officially announced the launch of the National Mentoring Resource Center!

The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) aims to provide mentoring tools, program and training materials, and information to support any youth mentoring practitioner across the country who wishes to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring.

Through the NMRC, Native Clubs will have access to a comprehensive and reliable source of information as well as a one-stop spot to apply for no-cost training and technical assistance to support them in better incorporating evidence-based practices.

Mentoring has allowed for many professionals in various organizations to change lives of youth for the better. Through the NMRC, Native mentoring programs will have the opportunity to flourish even more than before. Go check it out today. You never know what new and exciting information you may be able to take back to your program.