Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"I am a Mentor" Day

Join with mentors and mentoring programs around the country and help inspire others to learn how they can make a difference in the life of a child.  Now in its 11th year, National Mentoring Month focuses attention during January 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 brighter futures for young people.  The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is working wit the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service to focus attention on the critical need for mentors. This year’s National Mentoring Month theme is Invest in the future. Mentor a child.

How can you help?

1. Share the Facebook event page with other mentors, mentoring programs and supporters of mentoring.

2. In January, change your profile picture to the “I Believe in Mentoring” badge.

3. Post your experience about being a mentor. Here’s a message you can adapt:  “Did you know I am a mentor with [program]? Being a mentor to [first name of child] is rewarding and has helped me to [have fun, make a difference, learn new things, be a better parent, gain a better understanding of other cultures, etc.]. You can make a difference in as little as an hour a week. Find a mentoring opportunity in your local community today at”

4. Be sure to tag your program in your posts so people can learn more about the program where you mentor.

5. Feel free to post comments and suggestions on this page so other mentors can learn how you are promoting mentoring during National Mentoring Month.

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