Celebrate National Mentoring Month this January!

Each year, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3oq4Arh
Resources for Making the Most of National Mentoring Month

Check out these toolkits to help you celebrate National Mentoring Month by lending your voice to the mentoring movement:
Two FREE Training Opportunities in Honor of National Mentoring Month
New Mentor Training
Tuesday, January 12, 5:30 - 7:00 PM EST
Virtual | Free! (usually $30 per person)
Best Practices for Virtual Engagement
Tuesday, January 19, 5:30 - 7:00 PM EST
Virtual | Free!
Important Dates for National Mentoring Month: Get Involved on Social Media!
January 17, 2021 – International Mentoring Day

In honor of Muhammad Ali’s birthday, join the international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared. Use #MentoringDay & #MentoringMonth in posts!
January 18, 2021 –
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 

A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
January 29, 2021 – #ThankYourMentor Day

Engage your mentees and mentors in #ThankYourMentor Day with posts on social media.
Peer-Learning Opportunities
Be the Change: Join Our Antiracism Working Group

WHAT: To create spaces for brave conversations among mentoring program staff members and leaders across our state, MENTOR Virginia is hoping to launch an Antiracism Working Group aligned with the Me and White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad. The objective of the working group is to increase each member’s awareness of and activism towards racial justice both personally and in the mentoring field.
WHO: This group is designed for mentoring program staff and leaders in Virginia who hold white privilege.

WHEN: Please express your interest in participating by January 22, 2021. Learn more and sign up below!
2021 Monthly Community Coffee Series
MENTOR Virginia will host virtual Community Coffee Hour every 2nd Wednesday of the month to create space for connection with other programs, resource sharing, and to address issues you and your organization might be facing during the pandemic and beyond.
January's Community
Coffee Hour
Wednesday, 1/13
9:00 - 10:00 am
Additional Opportunities
Two FREE, Limited-Time Opportunities to Strengthen Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities

Opportunity 1: Join the National Disability Mentoring Coalition for FREE
For a limited time only, any mentoring program that is part of the Mentoring Connector can join the National Disability Mentoring Coalition for free! Being part of NDMC provides access to a wealth of online resources and trainings, all free. Not part of the Mentoring Connector? Sign up for free here.

Opportunity 2: Earn a Disability Mentoring Certificate for FREE
The National Disability Mentoring Coalition is enabling mentoring program staff to earn a Disability Mentoring Certification for free, but only for the cohort taking place February - May 2021. The certification process takes four months, during which time participating members are guided taught how to run a mentoring program that is inclusive to youth, volunteers, and staff with disabilities. Sign up by January 31st!
Have You Registered for the National Mentoring Summit Yet?
This year’s 11th annual National Mentoring Summit will focus on Rising to the Moment and all the ways our relationship-centered movement has evolved, adapted, and been there for young people. Registration is $150.
2021 National Mentoring Summit
January 27 - 29, 2021
FREE 4-Part Series on Building Your Program's Equity Strategy
Scholarship Opportunity from the American Association of Blacks in Energy

AABE is currently accepting applications for a scholarship designed to support college-bound students from minoritized communities interested in pursuing a degree in business, physical science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Applications are due on March 7th! Learn more about eligibility and apply here: https://scholarship.aabe.org/.

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