This month we’re proud to be participating in National Mentoring Month, 31 days where we celebrate mentors and recognize the importance of mentors for positive youth development. For us at United Way of Greater Greensboro, this year brings special meaning because of the launch of our African American Male Initiative. As one of the key elements of the initiative, United Way is committed to mobilizing mentors to improve the future for disadvantaged youth.
Here are a few ways that we are recommending for you to take action during National Mentoring Month:
- Change your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter to the I AM A MENTOR or the INVEST IN THE FUTURE badges (above). By doing something simple like changing your profile picture, your helping us spread the word and increase the awareness of people in your network. You may even inspire someone else to do the same!
- Get Started! Become a mentor. Make the commitment to help a child find his spark. Click here to make it happen.
- Thank Your Mentor. January 26th is National Thank Your Mentor Day. As a mentor, sometimes we never really know how we have changed our mentee’s life. Take a moment and thank your mentor for the difference (s)he has made. We welcome you to post your story on our Facebook Wall. Whether you do it publically or privately, your personal message makes us all remember what it is about mentoring that makes it all worth the effort.
- Raise Money to Raise Hope! Behind many great mentors are great mentoring programs, which take resources to operate. We take advantage things like background checks, professional staff who can guide mentors through difficult situations, program evaluation, and recruitment efforts. All of these things require funding to make high quality mentoring programs happen. Hold a fundraiser with your friends to raise hope for thousands of kids in our community. Remember, all of the dollars that you donate to United Way stay in your community.
On behalf of everyone here at United Way of Greater Greensboro, we thank you for giving, advocating, and volunteering to improve the quality of life for young people!