National Mentoring Month: How to Become a Mentor in Charlotte
January is National Mentoring Month, when organizations in Charlotte and across the country celebrate people who take the time to provide support and guidance to young people and seek to encourage more people to volunteer.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, there are many ways you can get involved.
Do you know of other mentoring opportunities in the Charlotte area? Share these details with Observer reporter Mary Ramsey at [email protected], and we’ll continue to update this story.
What is National Mentorship Month?
National Mentoring Month was created by MENTOR, a non-profit organization that promotes mentorship and in particular equity and diversity in mentoring.
the even a montht, which took place in January, is a “celebration of mentoring,” says the organization, which “uses the power of our collective voice to recruit new mentors, advance mentoring legislative priorities and drive change. meaningful to young people. “
In Charlotte, the month is recognized by Mayor’s Mentorship Alliance.
The first National Mentorship Month was declared in 2002, and many U.S. presidents have issued proclamations recognizing the event during their tenure.
“During National Mentoring Month, we honor all parents and family members, teachers and coaches, employers and colleagues, community and religious leaders, and so many others who dedicate their time, care and energy to help our people. young people to flourish ”, President Joe Biden said in his 2022 proclamation.
Mentorship opportunities in Charlotte
If you are looking to become a mentor, there are a variety of options in the Charlotte area:
MENTOR also offers a mentoring opportunities database across the country, with the ability to refine your search based on where you live and what interests you.
Locally, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance, MeckEd and the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition offer a “community locatorTo find both mentoring opportunities and other activities for young people.