NEW ALBANY, IN (Jan. 14, 2014) – Sometimes it’s hard to walk down a path when there aren’t someone else’s footsteps to follow. Now is the time to thank those who have led the way during National Mentoring Month at IU Southeast.
National Mentoring Month was created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. According to NationalMentoringMonth.org, the celebration focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for young people.
The Center for Mentoring at IU Southeast is celebrating National Mentoring Month in several ways.
Coming up next is Thank Your Mentor Day on Jan. 16 when students can take the time to thank the person who helped to steer them in the right direction. The Center for Mentoring offers many suggestions as to how to express gratitude:
- Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation;
- Express your gratitude on social media with a message and use #SomeoneWhoMatters and #MentoringWorks;
- Pass it on by becoming a mentor;
- Write a tribute to your mentor for posting on the “Who Mentored You?” website.
Another way to celebrate is by serving the Southern Indiana community on Jan. 20, the MLK Day of Service.
For more information on National Mentoring Month, or the mentoring program at IU Southeast, contact the Center for Mentoring at (812) 941-2516 or visit the “Who Mentored You?” website at www.hsph.harvard.edu/chc/wmy/index.html.