Mentor Update

December 2013

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself "  - Oprah Winfrey 






New Program Sites are kicking-off this January!

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Mentoring USA


Matches in NYC
Matches Nationally
Children/Youth Waiting for a Mentor
NYC: 85
Nationally 215
Special Dates to Remember
January 8th
Training Session
January 10th
Bloomingdale's NYC
Unveiling of MUSA Mentees Hand-Drawn Portraits
January 14th
Training Session
January 16th
Mentor Recognition Day
AOL Cause of the Day
NASDAQ Closing Bell Rung
by MUSA Mentees
You Are Making A Positive Impact!

The California Mentor Foundation survey of 124 mentoring programs found:


98% of the young people matched with mentors stayed in school  


98% of those matched with mentors avoided a teen pregnancy


85% of youngsters who had a mentor did not use drugs

98% of the youngsters matched with mentors avoided gang participation





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Season's Greetings!


We are just about halfway through the academic year and your mentoring program. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth, and we hope that you are enjoying your mentoring relationship. During this holiday time, Mentoring USA would like to thank you for giving the greatest gift all...your time, energy and caring.

Giving gifts to your mentee 


It is certainly okay to give your mentee a modest gift for the holidays or for his/her birthday. Keep it simple and inexpensive.    

  1. Gifts that say "I'm thinking of you" or "I really value this relationship" are the best, such as books, magazines, photographs.
  2. Do not give your mentee a gift that his/her family could not afford.
  3. Never give your mentee a gift in the presence of other mentor/mentee pairs. Some students may receive gifts and others might not, which can create problems or put other mentors in a difficult position.

We want our youth to understand that the purpose of having a mentor is not to receive cool gifts, but to develop a friendship with a caring adult.



National attention will focus on the need for mentors and how each of us individually and through our businesses, government agencies, schools, faith-based communities and non-profits can work together to increase the number of mentors making a brighter future for our young people. Here are three easy ways you can help:


1.      Share your mentoring experience with your friends, family, co-workers and place of business; put up flyers; or promote us on your company intranet or in social media.

2.      Email your stories about what makes your mentoring relationship special so we can share them on social media!  Send them to

3.    Help inspire and motivate others to be a mentor.

MUSA Staff: Keith, Sandy, Jane, Sam, Dimple, Stephen

This time of year it's easy to get swept up in consumerism. At Mentoring USA, we want to stay grounded in what the holidays are really about: giving, connectedness, gratitude, and sharing acts of kindness.


1.Give to Mentoring. Whether $5 or $500, every dollar counts and your contribution will be used to keep our work going - and growing. CLICK HERE to donate now.


2.Volunteering. Mentoring is the gift that keeps on giving. Refer a friend, family or co-worker.


Together, we can forge powerful, transformative connections for young people and for those who need them most.


. Fill out an Application by CLICKING HERE.


From all of us at Mentoring USA, 
 Happy Holidays!
 Stephen, Sandy, Sam,Keith,Dimple, Joe & Jane  

Mentoring USA Staff