History of National Mentoring Day
Finally, he adds, “The best mentors avoid overriding the dreams of their mentees.”
National Mentoring Day timeline
National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors in hopes of growing the mentor community.
Chelsey Baker begins the project that is National Mentoring Day.
National Mentoring Day is launched for the first time in the U.K., on which many events take place including a mentoring summit in London.
National Mentoring Day is officially inaugurated as a national day, uniting all national mentoring organizations.
National Mentoring Day's mentoring mission is announced — "To make mentoring accessible to any individual, child, business or group that needs it, regardless of age, background or ethnicity."
Writer Levi van Dam points out that while more than 5,000 U.S. mentoring organizations facilitate “stranger to stranger” matches for adolescents, only 5% of teens are successfully matched — he suggests a whole new approach: natural mentors like uncles, aunts, neighbors, teachers, sports coaches and acquaintances.
A national campaign is launched to ask "Everyone to commit one hour to mentor someone on 27th October. Everyone has skills and experience to share as a mentor. One word, one hour can be all that’s needed to effect a positive change in someone."
The global launch of National Mentoring Day takes place — it aims to support the United Nations SDGs to encourage all countries around the world to join in and celebrate mentors and mentoring initiatives making a difference on October 27.
National Mentoring Day FAQs
What is the difference between National Mentoring Day and National Mentoring Month?
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Why should I become a mentor?
Everyone has life experiences that can help the next generation get ahead. Why not impart that wisdom?
How to Observe National Mentoring Day
Send a thank you note
If a name comes to mind when you think of a mentor from your past, write them a thank you card. Not only is it a kind gesture to show you appreciate their help, but it serves as a reminder of the impact mentors have on their mentees. You can find free 'Thank Your Mentor' cards on National Mentoring Day's website.
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 make a difference for someone in need.
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.
5 Amazing Facts About Mentoring
Mentoring means business
70% of mentored small businesses only survive for five years or more.
97% of mentees say mentors are valuable.
Effective mentoring creates effective results
67% of businesses see an increase in productivity thanks to mentoring.
More businesses could use a little help from friends
Only 25% of small- and medium-sized businesses currently make use of business mentors.
The student becomes the teacher
89% of mentees themselves become mentors to someone else and contribute significantly to a culture of learning.
Why National Mentoring Day is Important
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.
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.
It 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.
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