January is National Mentoring Month! Founded in 2002, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors and how collectively, individuals and organizations, can work together to help build positive outcomes for our young people.

“At the heart of America’s promise is the belief that we all do better when everyone has a fair shot at reaching for their dreams[…] During National Mentoring Month, we honor all those who continuously strive to provide young people with the resources and support they need and deserve, and we recommit to building a society in which all mentors and mentees can thrive in mutual learning relationships.”

President Obama


A mentor-mentee relationship is different than any other. There is something special about having someone in your corner, who doesn’t have to be, that builds confidence and takes it to a whole new level. There are some topics easier discussed with a mentor than with a parent or teacher.

The statistics show how valuable this relationship can be. At-risk youth who have a regular mentor are:

  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college

  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions

And, more often than not mentoring starts a positive cycle. Nine out of 10 young people who had a mentor are interested in serving as a mentor themselves; they are empowered to contribute to the world around them.

  • 50% of Give Back alumni are now mentors in our program

At Give Back, National Mentoring Month is our chance to thank and celebrate the amazing volunteers that give back every day by being a mentor. By providing support, encouragement, hope and stability, you are helping our scholars achieve their goals. Without you, our scholars wouldn’t be on the path they are today.

“I became a mentor to help improve someone’s life. At the time, I didn’t realize it would be she who changed mine.”

Give Back Mentor

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Give Back partners with MENTOR because of their dedication this month — and throughout the year — to improve the lives of young people and their mentors. Learn more about National Mentoring Month at

Sources: The Mentoring Effect, 2014 |The Role of Risk, 2013 | The National Mentoring Partnership