CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 02, 2020) – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year the City of Charlotte is celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults through several local events.
Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to strive and thrive, to attend and engage in school, and to reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team
Yet, the same research shows that one in three young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. To bridge this gap, the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) is hosting a series of trainings and events during National Mentoring Month to connect adults who are interested in becoming a mentor or want to participate in a mentoring organization.
Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Mentor Mingle
Jan. 7, 6 p.m., Queens Coffee Bar, 1720 Pegram St.
The MMA has partnered with Eustress, Inc. to present an Adult Coloring Night as our next Mentor Mingle. Get connected with others who are passionate about mentoring and meet mentoring agencies representatives while enjoying an evening of self care. Come ready to connect and color!
Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Awards
Jan. 16, 6 p.m., Project 658, 3646 Central Ave.
The MMA Awards recognizes the remarkable impact mentorship has on our community. At this event, awards will be presented in the following categories: Educator Mentoring Partner of the Year, Law Enforcement Mentoring Partner of the Year, Grassroots Mentoring Partner of the Year, Peer Mentor of the Year, Mentee of the Year and Mentor of the Year.
Mentor 102 Training
Jan. 21, 6 p.m., MeckEd, 5104 Reagan Dr., Suite 12
This training will focus on Mental Health for Mentors. National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the national organization working to expand the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships nationwide. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress.
To learn more about the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance and to register for Charlotte events during National Mentoring Month, visit http://www.charlottenc.gov/mma.