I serve on the board of Virginia Mentoring Partnership. Our mission is to provide educational services to existing and developing mentoring programs to increase the number and quality of mentoring relationships for children and youth in Virginia.
While preparing materials for National Mentoring Month, which is the month of January, our board also discussed a highlight of the month — Thank Your Mentor DayTM, which is celebrated tomorrow.
It’s a day to reach out and thank those individuals who have encouraged and guided you. I’ve been blessed throughout my career to have several mentors. I also mentor and have participated in several communications mentorships through the Richmond chapter of PRSA.
Thank Your Mentor Day promotes four ways to honor your mentor, including:
- Contact your mentor directly to express your appreciation;
- Pass on what you received by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community;
- Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program; and
- Write a tribute to your mentor for posting on the “Who Mentor You?” website.
A mentor is described as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or an influential senior sponsor or supporter. Who has mentored you and how have they impacted your life?