MENTOR / The National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate and resource for mentoring in the United States. It is a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mentoring is a tool for helping children and youth succeed in life. Although nearly 17.6-million young Americans need or want a mentorFact|date=January 2008, only about three million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships [MENTOR: [ "Mentoring in America 2005: A Snapshot of the Current State of Mentoring"] , p1. 2006.] . That means nearly 15-million young people are still in need today.

MENTOR’s mission is to expand the power of mentoring to the millions of young Americans who want or need adult role models.

MENTOR shares information, national standards, and best practices so that the mentoring community can work effectively and efficiently. It works with the organizations that directly match and oversee the mentor-mentee pairs, and helps individuals [ mentoring opportunity in their communities] .

Throughout the month of January - National Mentoring Month - and year-round, the [ Harvard Mentoring Project] , MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the [ Corporation for National and Community Service] are spearheading the effort to raise awareness of ways that individuals can lend their support to this important cause. People interested in becoming mentors are asked to go to [ MENTOR official website] , where they can find organizations offering mentoring opportunities in their local community. Harvard's WhoMentoredYou project features videos of Quincy Jones, Clint Eastwood, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, and other well-known individuals [ talking about their mentors] . Watch MENTOR's [ Go There!] mentoring public service announcement featuring George Lopez, Susan Essman, Cheryl Hines, Bob Costas, Oscar De La Hoya, Dan Marino, and Jamie Hector.

MENTOR co-founders Geoff Boisi and Ray Chambers each received the Lewis Hine Distinguished Service Award from the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) for a lifetime of outstanding service to children. Boisi and Chambers are credited with galvanizing the nation to create the youth mentoring movement.

ee also

*Youth mentoring
*Boys & Girls Clubs of America
*Big Brothers Big Sisters of America


External links

* [ MENTOR official website]
* [ Video of celebrities promoting the need for mentoring] .
* [ Speech by former mentee Ean Garrett April 2008]

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