Celebrate Mentoring in January 2017

January is National Mentoring Month 

Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 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.

This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives.  It's goals are to:

  • Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms
  • Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring

Did you have a mentor? Are you a mentor? Do you support mentoring? 

This campaign is for you.  Actually, it's for all of us.  Here's how you can help prevent nine million kids in America from growing up without mentors: 

  • Share. Tell your mentoring story or #ThankYourMentor on social media. Use the tags #MentorIRL and #ThankYourMentor. 
  • Invest. Donations of any amount will help Spark to bring mentors into the lives of more students each year!
  • Partner. Spark's program is only possible with partnerships from businesses, corporations and organizations. Get your company involved

Investments in Mentoring Have a Powerful Impact

In honor of National Mentoring Month, this January the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Focusing Philanthropy teamed up to multiply their investment in Spark LA with a grant of $75,000. Spark LA is also celebrating mentorship by honoring 28 dedicated volunteers who have mentored for five or more semesters through a Mentor Recognition reception. 

Mentor "In Real Life" 

Hashtag activism can raise awareness for important issues, but mentoring delivers real-life impact.  Spark believes that all adults have a role in equipping young people to reach their full potential. If a mentor helped you discover who you are; if you have a little time, a little money or a big network, get involved in a proven field that's closing the mentoring gap and keeping kids on track for success. 


Spark inspires 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to succeed in high school and beyond by connecting them with mentors in leading workplaces and supporting their academic journey with skill-building and resources. By engaging working professionals and connecting businesses with local communities, Spark empowers the next generation to perform better in school, graduate on time and lead fulfilling careers and lives.

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