National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month, a time to celebrate the responsible adults who serve as role models for countless children throughout the country. Mentoring programs match adolescents with adults who help them build self-confidence, learn positive behaviors, stay in school, and avoid potential pitfalls like drugs and gangs.
In a proclamation declaring the month-long observance, President Obama noted the resources that are available across the Federal Government to support mentoring opportunities. "We are increasing mentoring efforts in Native American and rural communities and are working to ensure our investments are coordinated, effective, and focused on those most in need," he said.
Through various programs and grant opportunities, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is guiding the development of mentoring programs and offering financial support. For instance, in fiscal year 2010, OJJDP provided more than $60 million for national mentoring programs. OJJDP also supported evidence-based improvements to existing programs through its Strategic Enhancement to Mentoring Program.
With assistance from OJJDP and other federal agencies, mentoring programs are helping at-risk youth overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. More information on OJJDP’s mentoring initiatives is available online.