Mentoring Movement to Tap the Potential in Young People
January is National Mentoring Month, a nationwide campaign dedicated to celebrating and elevating the mentoring movement. Kicking off the campaign, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is celebrating the power of relationships with the video “Because You Mentored Me,” showing from the adult perspective what is possible when young people grow up with mentors. The video highlights how mentoring in real life can boost confidence, build bridges, and tap potential in young people, including the 9 million youth growing up without a mentor outside their family. Check out MENTOR’s YouTube channel for more of the organization’s videos.
Merriam-Webster defines “mentor” as “a trusted counselor or guide.” The actual origin of the word dates back to the end of the eighth century when Homer wrote The Odyssey. Mentor was a trusted friend of Homer and he stayed behind during war to watch over Odysseus’ son. The word was then adapted to mean “someone who teaches or gives help and advice.”
nothing more beautiful than the sound of children reading. That beautiful,
bright-eyed face that comes up to you seeing himself or herself as a reader
melts my heart. Knowing that you fostered that belief and gave that child a
gift that will never stop giving is truly magical.