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Area Mentoring promotes youth mentoring by connecting programs and community members throughout
On... Become a Mentor!
you've benefited from the attention of a mentor in your life, now is the time to pass it on and become
a mentor to a young person
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April 21 - 27 is National Volunteer Week!
year’s theme, Celebrate Service, truly reflects the intention: a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary
things through service. One of the most rewarding (and extraordinary) ways to give back is by volunteering to become a mentor
to a youth in your own community. Mentors make a real difference in the lives of their mentees and we are focused on encouraging
more teens and adults to become volunteer mentors during this highlighted time. At Bay Area Mentoring, we acknowledge and
honor volunteer mentors who take the time to support young people and their communities. Without our volunteers, mentoring
wouldn’t work. Their efforts help make the transition to healthy adulthood possible and we know that mentoring changes
National Volunteer Week in your own community and celebrate your volunteers!
January was National Mentoring Month!
January 2013 was the twelfth
annual National Mentoring Month, a time each year when our nation spotlights the importance of mentors and the need for
every child to have a caring adult in his or her life. Activities for this upcoming year included a concentrated burst of
national and local media activity combined with White House and Congressional involvement and extensive community outreach
to institutionalize the nation's commitment to long-term mentoring. National Mentoring Month efforts are spearheaded by
the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. As the lead local partner, Bay Area Mentoring is the designated partnership in the San Francisco
Bay Area and Northern California responsible for coordinating local campaign activities.
National Mentoring Month 2013
President Barak Obama
and the White House proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month! The proclamation reads, in part, "Mentors
know that helping a child unlock their full potential begins with care, guidance, and support - which is why my Administration
is proud to celebrate mentorship nationwide through programs that help young people see the strength within themselves...
I call upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, and Americans across the country to observe this
month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs." Read the full proclamation.
the Events Page to read
more about our efforts and activities from January 2013 that raised awareness of the need for more positive adult and teen
role models in Northern California.
Learn more about National Mentoring Month. You'll see information about the national push to promote mentoring, including the Who Mentored You? project.
Did you have a mentor who was important in your life? Write a tribute to celebrate National Mentoring Month!
the National Mentoring Month PSAs featuring General Colin Powell and the ReelPeople Project.
Bay Area Mentoring Efforts
In January 2013, Bay
Area Mentoring’s 35 member programs reached out to more teens and adults, urging them to serve as mentors
to 3,230 children and youth waiting to be matched. Sarah Kremer, Program Director of Friends for Youth’s
Mentoring Institute and Coordinator for Bay Area Mentoring, says, “Mentors are needed now to inspire and
listen to youth without positive role models. Whether you focus on supporting social skills, emotional development, academics,
career interests, or natural talents, mentoring can be a transformational relationship that will make a positive
difference.” Bay Area Mentoring programs boast a variety of ways to mentor, all focused on
providing consistent and fun support to help youth transition into successful, healthy, and happy young adults.
This year’s campaign was “Mentoring Works!” At Bay Area Mentoring, we see the impacts
every day. As one mentee says, "I learned from my mentor that even though sometimes things can be tough in life, things
will always get better.” A mentor adds, “I learned from my mentee to not sweat the small stuff that happens in
life and to enjoy every day.”
Colin L. Powell again headlined this year’s National Mentoring Month volunteer recruitment drive. In
the PSA prepared for broadcast on television and radio, General Powell says, “As a nation,
we need to ensure that all of our young people are well equipped to lead healthy and productive lives. You can help a young
person prepare for a successful future by volunteering with a local mentoring program.”
Last year, more
than 500,000 individuals across the country responded to the campaign by seeking information about local mentoring programs
in need of more volunteers. Bay Area Mentoring programs served 15,000 children and youth
last year, but need at least 4,080 more mentors in 2013 for those waiting to be matched. Interested potential
volunteers can find a program to match their interests on the pages above, listed by county served.
|Bay Area Mentoring was created to help organizations reach potential
mentors by partnering with other local programs. Through National Mentoring Month events, the annual Northern California
mentoring conference, workshops, and networking opportunities, mentoring programs can leverage their voice to reach volunteers,
donors, and the media. To become involved in this community of youth mentoring, be sure to register your program with Bay
Area Mentoring so you can be updated on activities, conferences, and program opportunities. To learn more, contact us