If we asked you to think of a mentor that shaped you into who you are today, could you think of a name? It’s time to celebrate them! National Mentoring Day was created to highlight the importance of mentoring in all forms. Award-winning business mentor Chelsey Baker founded the holiday with the aim to focus on how rewarding mentoring can be for everyone involved.
National Mentoring Day - History
The first annual National Mentoring Day
National Mentoring Day was launched for the first time in the U.K. Many events took place including a mentoring summit in London.
National Mentoring Day founded
Chelsey Baker began the project that is National Mentoring Day.
A month of celebrating mentors
National Mentoring Month focused national attention on the need for mentors in hopes of growing the mentor community.
How to Observe National Mentoring Day
1. Send a thank you
If a name came to mind when we asked to think of a mentor from your past, write them a thank you card. Not only is it a kind gesture to show you appreciated their help, but it serves as a reminder of the impact mentors have on their mentees.
2. Become a mentor
Share the importance of mentoring by becoming part of the mentor community. Get in touch with local businesses, schools, and universities to see how you can be a part of the contributions mentors make.
3. Create a mentoring event
If you're already a mentor or know of a program, help create an event to celebrate the results of mentoring. It can be a social media campaign sharing mentoring stories with a hashtag — or setting up a meeting to share tips on successful practices.
Mentoring By The Numbers
1. Mentoring means business
Percentage of mentored small businesses that survive for five years or more: 70
2. Major value
Percentage of mentees who say mentors are valuable: 97
3. Effective mentoring creates effective results
Percentage of businesses that saw an increase in productivity thanks to mentoring: 67
4. More businesses could use a little help from friends
Only 25% of small- and medium-sized businesses currently make use of business mentors
Why National Mentoring Day is Important
A. Stories so touching — we might cry
The holiday gives mentors and mentees a reason to share experiences that have helped their growth, goals, and career. Keep tissues at the ready.
B. Worldwide mentor collaboration
It gives mentors, key influencers, and leaders from around the world a chance to celebrate the work done — and also work together to find even more ways to make an impact. When more minds unite, more ideas are formed.
C. Shows us all the ways
This holiday also highlights the different forms mentoring can take. From youth mentoring to business mentoring, having an adviser can help at any stage in life or in your career.