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Letter From Our President

Dear Colleagues,

As we bid farewell to 2015 and ring in the New Year, there are so many exciting mentoring events taking place in our State and the nation. January is National Mentoring Month. The theme this year is Mentor In Real Life. This is a major opportunity to focus our efforts on both recruitment of new mentors and to say thank you to all the mentors who are dedicating their time and support for our mentees across Connecticut.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership is teaming up during National Mentoring Month with Connecticut media outlets and others to promote and support this national recognition and mentor recruitment campaign and to involve more businesses in school and community-based mentoring.  National Mentoring Month is spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

This year’s theme captures the impact mentoring has on the lives of more than 21,000 youth in mentoring relationships all over our state.   We want to know your plans for the month so we can showcase your special events. What type of celebrations/recognitions is your program planning for National Mentoring Month?  Don’t forget to keep The Partnership updated; we will be happy to promote your events and mentoring relationship success stories on our webpage.  You can submit your information to us through our website. 

Here are a few celebration ideas:

  • Host a Thank You coffee/tea recognition in the morning for your current mentors
  • Host a Thank You dessert after work in partnership with one of your corporate sponsors
  • Have your mentees create a banner for all mentors and visitors to see when they enter the school or community organization
  • Write, or better yet have the mentee send a “Thank You” card to their mentor
  • On January 21, Thank your Mentor Day, take time to recall the mentors in your own life and thank them.

In addition, the first ever International Mentoring Day is January 17 in honor of Muhammad Ali’s 74th birthday. International Mentoring Day will celebrate the role of mentors by asking the world to share their ideas around mentoring and create space for an international conversation.

At the conclusion of National Mentoring Month, we are pleased that our state mentoring team and several mentoring programs from CT will be attending the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. on January 27-29, 2016. Our team will facilitate a workshop that will highlight CT’s leadership in mentoring youth involved in Juvenile Justice.   A special thank you is extended to Hannah Granfield for leading our efforts this past year and submitting a winning workshop proposal.  

Enjoy National Mentoring Month, a great opportunity to create and expand awareness of the need and importance of mentoring.

All the best,

Jill Spineti

President and CEO

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