“May you have mentors to support your life’s journey.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Happy New Year!As we move into 2015, we reflect on the past year and the volunteers, supporters, and donors that helped Mentoring USA. Our Mentor applications have increased by 30%! And, corporate sponsorship has generously supported our national expansion into new cities and helped create new programs and sites.

January is National Mentoring Month and Mentoring USA has a busy schedule. Check out the highlights below. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and happenings!

Remembering Governor Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo’s leadership, intellect, and passion have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of families. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Mentoring USA’s founder, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, and her family and friends as they mourn his loss. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toHELP USA’s Mario M. Cuomo Mentoring USA Scholarship Fund.

Mentor Tip: Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important part of the mentoring relationship. Research has documented the powerful influence a Mentor can have in a young person’s success in school, peer relations, and making healthier choices.Incorporating goal setting into the mentoring relationship can help your Mentee envision their future and increase their ability to reach their potential, and achieve their dreams and hopes.

  • Help your Mentee become aware of their strengths, talents, and abilities. Strengths can be anything that can make your Mentee feel good about themselves and improve their self-esteem such as being caring, thoughtful, good listener, funny, etc. Use these strengths as a guide to create strategies to build goals.
  • Achieving long-term goals requires achieving short-term goals first. Your Mentee should strive for attainable goals that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. You can encourage your Mentee to stay focused and engaged in school, and make responsible decisions that will help them succeed and reach their full potential.

National Mentoring Month Highlights

January 7th: Kenneth Cole Productions kicked off their 14th year of their employee corporate mentoring program.January 8th: My Brother’s Keeper Newark, NJ launched, and Mentoring USA celebrated ‘I Am A Mentor’ Day.

January 13th: Bank of America kicked off their employee corporate mentoring program.

January 14th: Mentoring USA Mentors and Mentees rang the closing bell atNasdaq.

January 15th: The National Black MBA Association honored Stephen Powell, Executive Director, with a Community Service Award at their 24th Scholarship and Awards Gala. Also on January 15th, numerous people thanked their mentors who took the time to invest in them on Thank Your Mentor Day. Thank your mentor by using the hashtag #SomeoneWhoMatters!

January 16th: Stephen Powell, Executive Director, has been invited to attend and participate in a financial education and youth entrepreneurship working group at the Hope Global Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. President Clinton is the keynote speaker

January 18th: Mentoring USA will participate in Take a Young Black Man to Worship Day.

January 19th: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Mentoring USA will highlight our commitment to service–tell us about your volunteer service by using the hashtag #MLKDay or #iServe.

January 21st: AOL will be highlighting Mentoring USA as the Cause of the Day.

January 24th: WWE is supporting Mentoring USA throughout January by highlighting mentoring on television stations, social media, and the special WWE Extreme event at The Izod Center in E. Rutherford, NJ.

January 28th: The National Mentoring Summit will be held in Washington, DC. Mentoring USA also will take part in a tweet chat–add us at@MentoringUSA to learn more and join the conversation!

January 31st: Mentoring USA will participate in Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement Awards.

January TBD: Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th Street in NYC windows are to be decorated with colorful Mentor portraits painted by their Mentees. A yearly must-see!

Mentor Mingle

Meet Mentors from all of Mentoring USA program sites for an evening of fun, food, raffles, and networking on Wednesday, January 21st at the SideBar 118 East 15th Street (Irving Place) NYC from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.Bring a friend and introduce them to Mentoring USA. If you haven’t RSVP’ed, email Jane at volunteering@mentoringusa.org.

Hope to see you there!

Mentor Highlight: Ekene Okobi

I Have a Dream Foundation: Chelsea Elliot
Mentor since 2010
“I always wanted a Mentor as a child. Mentoring is a great way to learn about a young person’s perspective and let them know there are adults in their life that care. I have learned to listen more than I speak. At our recent holiday karaoke party, I shared a duet with my Mentee and hearing her beautiful voice was an amazing experience. To be a Mentee you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be present.”