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January is National Mentoring Month (NMM)! If you are not familiar with NMM, the movement began in 2002 and was developed by the Harvard School of Public Health. More specifically, NMM focuses on encouraging “individuals, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits” to work together to pair mentors and mentees. Additionally, well-known individuals that have worked with NMM include the U.S. President, members of Congress, Maya Angelou, for President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Senator John McCain, Quincy Jones, General Colin L. Powell, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
Mentoring WORKS! Children and teens with effective mentor relationships are more likely to have higher grades, healthier social relationships and personal success. Additionally, professionals with
I am excited because January 15th is National Thank Your Mentor Day and I want you to join me in celebrating mentors and coaches! Do you have a mentor? Do you have a coach? Have these people inspired you? If so, take time to acknowledge your mentor and coach today. Post a pic, send a text or invite them to lunch. A small gesture of gratitude will let them know just how thankful you are for their support and guidance.
As a licensed mental health counselor and life coach, I’ve mentored and coached many, many clients throughout the years. I believe mentorship is an important part of development for thriving professionals, entrepreneurs and students. So, I want to take time to acknowledge my AMAZING mentors and coaches, who have walked with me through the good and bad. Thanks to all of you! Especially Les Brown and Dr. Stacia Pierce!