Michigan and National Mentoring Month is designed to generate a concentrated burst of national, statewide, and local media activity. Combine this with community-based activities and you have the recipe to successfully recruit new mentors. The 2013 theme is "Pass It On." During January 2013, we will celebrate the everyday, ordinary people who are making a difference for kids in Michigan. Mentors don't need special skills - all they need to do is care about kids and be willing to volunteer about an hour a week.
The 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Tool Kit, below, contains resources and ideas to help local mentoring programs promote their activities, thank their mentors, and recruit new mentors. By clicking on the link immediately following each bullet, you will open a JPG, PDF or WORD document.
Need help with initial planning? Check out Mentor Michigan's 2011 Michigan Mentoring Month archived webinar .
- 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Gubernatorial Proclamation (PDF)
Read Governor Snyder's formal proclamation declaring January as Michigan Mentoring Month.
- 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Logo (JPG)
To help spread awareness about Michigan Mentoring Month and it's purpose, use the 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month logo on your promotional materials and more.
- 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Save-the-Date (PDF)
Save-the-Date document for the 2013 Michigan Mentoring Month - please feel free to share with your mentoring collaboratives or program staff.
Television/Radio Public Service Announcements
Are available featuring Lloyd Carr and James Taylor. The PSAs are available in DVD or CD format for distribution to your local media outlets or for use at local recruitment events. To receive copies, please fill out the PSA Request Form (Word) and email it to Jamie Wilson at email@example.com .
PSA Piggyback Ideas (PDF)
Use this list of ideas for distributing Mentor Michigan PSAs in your community, in ways you might not have thought of.
2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Recruitment Messages (PDF)
Help raise awareness about the need for mentors in your community by utilizing these ready-to-use messages. Whether you have a specific person in mind who would make a great mentor or you would just like to promote mentoring in general, these messages will you spread the word. Messages include identified potential mentor email language, general social media messages for Facebook and Twitter, and easy-to-use mentor recruitment advertisements.
2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Recruitment Postcard (PDF)
If someone in your life would make a great mentor, let them know! This ready-to-print recruitment postcard will help you share the message that youth in their community could benefit from their mentorship.
2013 I Am A Mentor Social Media Day
The 2013 I Am A Mentor Social Media Day is January 10, 2013. On this day, mentoring programs and mentors across the country will promote the importance of mentoring online through Facebook, Twitter and more in an effort to inspire others to learn about mentoring and get involved. You can help by joining in on social media on Jan. 10 with your own mentoring messages - either your own or the ones we have provided below. You can also get involved by posting on the National Mentoring Month Facebook page or using hashtag #NationalMentoringMonth on Twitter throughout January.
Wave VIII Mentor Michigan Census
Use the Wave VIII results in media announcements, funding proposals, and more. Wave VIII of the MMC was conducted in the fall of 2010 and 137 organizations in Michigan responded. Wave VIII results include an Executive Summary, Scope and Nature Report, and Geographic Summary.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is January 21, 2013. Plan a project for your mentors and mentees or encourage them to volunteer in your local community. In celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, Americans across the country honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in service projects in their communities. A planning toolkit and other information is available at www.MLKDay.gov .
Men in Mentoring Toolkit
Recruiting male mentors is one of the biggest challenges programs report. Utilize this toolkit to provide program staff and their trained mentor recruiters with language and tips to use when making the ask.
2013 Michigan Mentoring Month Event Form (Word)
Please fill this form out so Mentor Michigan can publicize the various recruitment, recognition, celebration, and service events occurring throughout January.
- College Positive Items
Encouraging your mentors to be college positive with their mentees can be a wonderful idea/activity. Check out the resources below to help.
- Mentoring E-Cards
Check out the following links to e-cards related to mentoring.
- 2013 Thank Your Mentor Day
The 2013 Thank Your Mentor Day is January 17, 2013. Below you will find a variety of resources to help promote this day and ideas on how mentees can thank their mentors.
Engaging the Media