CiviCore Participates in National Mentoring Month 2019
- January 17, 2019
- mentor management, mentoring software
All January long, we’re joining MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in celebrating National Mentoring Month. We worked closely with MENTOR to develop our youth mentoring software, MentorCore Youth, and love participating in their annual celebration of mentorship and the National Mentoring Summit that follows.
Since 2002, National Mentoring Month has utilized in-person and online events to work towards three goals:
1. Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
2. Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
3. Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
Studies have shown that mentored youth have a higher chance of success than those without guidance, and National Mentoring Month is a great reminder that each of us is capable of increasing the availability of mentors for young people. Even if we don’t have the capacity to become a mentor ourselves, we can spread the word about National Mentoring Month to others. The small act of posting on social media or talking about mentoring with a friend can contribute to a significant ripple of change in our communities.
What’s Going on During National Mentoring Month?
National Mentoring Month kicked off with I Am a Mentor Day on January 4. This gives volunteer mentors an opportunity to receive some well-deserved pats on the back for the work that they do. It also creates a space for mentors to share why they decided to get involved with mentoring and how their mentee has enriched their life — not only the other way around.
On January 17th, social media will be buzzing with photos, videos, and messages to celebrate International Mentoring Day. If this year’s event is anything like last year, we expect to see inspiring stories of how mentors changed lives and mentees defied expectations.
The following Monday, January 21st, is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Though it’s easy to count this holiday as simply a day off work, MENTOR reminds us of Dr. King’s commitment to service, and encourages people to honor his legacy by volunteering in their community. Community service is a strong tenant of CiviCore’s culture. In fact, as part of our recent acquisition by Neon One, each CiviCore employee now receives one paid volunteer day per month. MENTOR reminds us that MLK Day is the perfect opportunity for CiviCore staff to take action in their community, whether its at a community garden, soup kitchen, or local park.
CiviCore Attends the National Mentoring Summit
As the only event of its kind, the National Mentoring Summit draws people across a slew of industries and interests to Washington DC: researchers, investors, government leaders, high-powered business executives, teachers…the list goes on. The 2019 theme, “Building Relationships, Advancing the Movement,” will weave its way through the 80+ workshops taking place during the event. Workshop topics are varied, including mentoring immigrant youth, collective impact in the mentoring field, mentoring youth with mental health challenges, and many more (read the full list of workshops here). To help participants decide between the various available options, MENTOR offers six tracks for those interested in connecting with others interested in the same topics. Participants can choose a track emphasizing Advocacy, Philanthropic Partnership, Culturally Specific Practices, Research, Supporting the Mentoring Match, and Non-Profit Management.
The Philanthropic Partnership track in particular includes several workshops that caught our eye, including Exploring Definitions of Masculinity with Young Men of Color, Mentoring Individuals with Disabilities for Career Success, and Mentoring to Advance Diversity, Inclusion & Equity.
The presenters of these 80+ workshops comprise a deep bench of college professors, high-powered executives, researchers, foundation directors, police sergeants, graduate students, and more. The collective brainpower, creativity, and potential impact of the group is overwhelming. Several executives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will be speaking, along with Kelly Concho-Hayes, Lead Director of Organizational Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Sean Greenlee, Manager of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company, Trina Maynes, Human Resources Business Partner Lead at Nike, Rudy Lozano, VP of The Fellowship Initiative at JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Abigail Hollingsworth, Senior VP in Global Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America. We’re inspired and excited that representatives from corporate giants like Starbucks and Nike are invested in progressing mentorship for youth.
A number of presenters from Denver will be representing our community, including Samantha Church, 1:1 Mentoring Director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Nicole Magloire, DPS CareerConnect Regional Coordinator at Denver East High School, and Erika Porter, CareerCoach Program Manager at Denver Public Schools CareerConnect.
The month will close out with #ThankYouMentor Day on January 31st. The final day of this celebratory month reminds us why mentoring is so important to begin with. Mentees will post to social media with the hashtag #thankyoumentor, sharing ways their mentorship has changed their lives for the better.
If you’re interested in getting involved as a mentor, check out MENTOR for more information. If you manage a nonprofit and are in need of youth mentoring software to organize your data, visit our MentorCore Youth page or contact us for more information.