CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year the City of Charlotte and the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance are celebrating the annual campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults.
Research shows that mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and 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.
National Mentoring Month is the time of year where engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor is highest. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to become involved in real life. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions. People in Charlotte can participate in the following events this month:
6 to 8 p.m.
Want to become a mentor but aren't quite sure where to start? Join us for the Mentor Mingle, where you can meet and mingle with other mentors, learn about what becoming a mentor means, and connect with agencies and other partners to learn about their work or to sign up to become a mentor.
Discover Mentoring: 2018 Awards Gala
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mint Museum Uptown
Local mentors and mentees are invited to join us for a celebration at the Mint Museum to honor and celebrate the impact of mentorship in our community. During the event, the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance will present awards to deserving mentors, mentees, mentoring agencies and organizations that support mentoring.
Awards will be given out in the following categories:
- Mentor of the Year
- Mentee of the Year
- Group Mentors of the Year
- Business Partner of the Year
- Best Practices (Large Agency)
- Best Practices (Small Agency)
- Educational Leadership in Mentoring
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
To learn more about the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance and Charlotte events for National Mentoring Month, visit http://www.charlottenc.gov/mma.