January is National Mentoring Month

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is proud to celebrate January as National Mentoring Month. This nationwide initiative is in its 18th year and is a means of celebrating and promoting the value of mentoring to the students of Florida. FDOE encourages all schools to use the month of January as an opportunity to renew their efforts to recruit and train more mentors.
National Mentoring Month 2019 celebrates mentoring and the positive effects it can have on young lives.
The 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; and
• promote increased growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations.

Several important dates are highlighted during National Mentoring Month:
• January 17, 2019: International Mentoring Day – A day of international conversation where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.
• January 21, 2019: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – A day to share in the inspirational words and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
• January 31, 2019: #ThankYourMentor Day – A day to let mentors know they are appreciated and valued.