National Mentoring Month Toolkit

Everyone has something to give. Everyone has something to learn. Together, these attributes create the foundation for mentoring — learning through others to enable individuals to achieve their full potential.

This campaign was originally initiated in 2002, to promote youth mentoring in the United States. Since then, the campaign has grown with other areas of mentoring joining the cause. We all believe in the positive effects of mentoring. As author John C. Maxwell said, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” 

We invite you to unleash the power of mentoring within yourself, your organization, or your community. Celebrate National Mentoring Month with us!


Join us in celebrating these specific days within your organization and on social media.

  • January 12 – I am a Mentor Day #IAmAMentor
  • January 17 – International Mentoring Day
  • January 19 – Thank Your Mentor Day #ThankYourMentor

Invite your mentoring program participants to share their mentoring stories and experiences on these days. Be sure to include #NationalMentoringMonth!


Social Media Bundle

In order to get you in the sharing mood, we’ve created some images and graphics you can use to promote National Mentoring Month within your social circles and networks. We created specific images for various social media channels that you can easily upload to any social account. Don’t forget to include #NationalMentoringMonth!

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Promotional Materials

Sometimes, getting a mentoring program off the ground or rejuvenating an existing program can sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! We’ve created promotional materials and gathered activity ideas from our top experts to help you get your community and participants excited about your program.


Flyer Template

This customizable flyer will allow you to spread the word about participation in your program, events you’re planning around mentoring and of course, National Mentoring Month. Use the print ready National Mentoring Month flyer or customize it through Adobe Acrobat.

Download Flyer Template


Email Templates

Prove to your organization the incredible impact of mentoring with customizable email communications that can include information about your program, facts about mentoring, or any upcoming information events you’ll be hosting.

Download Email Templates


Activities Guide

We’ve gathered activity ideas from some of our top experts to help you get your community and participants excited about your program. Share the benefits of mentoring with any of these fun and educational activities and event ideas.

Download Activities Guide


We’ve rounded up our top educational resources on mentoring. Whether you want to start a program within your organization, or you want to improve your existing program, these resources will guide you through the process step by step.

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Mentoring Impact: Fast Facts


  • Out of a test group, Wharton reported 25 percent of employees who took part in the company’s mentoring program had a salary grade change, compared with five percent of employees in a control group who did not participate.
  • Mentors were promoted six times more often than those not in the program. Mentees were promoted five times more often than those not in the program (Wharton).
  • In addition, retention rates were much higher for mentees (72 percent) and mentors (69 percent) than for employees who did not participate in the mentoring program (49 percent) (Wharton).


  • Graduates who strongly agree they had a mentor in college increase the odds they are engaged in their current job by 1.9 times (Gallup).
  • One U.S. university reported, undergraduates in a mentorship program were 40% more likely to have a job upon graduation than non-participants (Chronus).

Professional Association

  • 78 percent of association participants said it made them feel more engaged with their organization to be part of a mentorship program (Finanz Nachrichten).
  • More than 94 percent of survey respondents agreed that associations should adopt mentoring as a strategic change to attract young people (Association Adviser).