This January marks the 14th annual National Mentoring Month, and Mentoring USA is a major participant in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more young people with caring adults. Read on to learn what our team, mentors, and partners have been up to so far!

Partner Site Spotlight: Good Shepherd Servicesgs new logo

Each week throughout National Mentoring Month, we’re highlighting one program site where mentors serve as positive adult role models for youth in New York City. This week’s featured program site is Good Shepherd Services, where mentors work with youth in foster care, as well as young adults that have aged out of the child welfare system.

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Each week, we’re shining the spotlight on one initiative that mentors and mentees take part in to build strong, supportive relationships. This week’s highlight is healthy lifestyles and self-esteem.

The first step to helping children fulfill their potential is encouraging them to make healthy decisions that boost their self-esteem and help them pursue opportunities to learn and grow. Through Healthy Lifestyles & Self-Esteem initiatives, Mentoring USA offers a range of programs that support children in making healthy decisions, from making better food choices to leading more active lives. Self-esteem activities reinforce the relationship between mentee and mentor, impacting a young person’s confidence and ability to advocate for themselves.

Over the years, our Healthy Lifestyles initiatives have been supported through strong partnerships with organizations like the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Healthcorps.

My Brother’s Keeper Newark Launch

On January 8, Mentoring USA Executive Director Stephen Powell attended the launch of My Brother’s Keeper Newark (MBKN). This is the Mayor’s response to President Obama’s call for action to address the pressing challenges of men and boys of color.

The response builds on Newark’s unique environment and brings together leadership and partnerships that promise to magnify and strengthen efforts around five White House-identified goals. Each of the goals receives some current attention in Newark. However, MBKN will exponentially ramp how the city invests resources and bands together initiatives to ensure that all young men, particularly young men of color, can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances in which they are born.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.

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January 8 was ‘I Am A Mentor’ Day, where Mentoring USA and other mentoring organizations encouraged mentors nationwide to tell their stories and showcase their commitment to helping youth succeed.

Featured Supporter: Bloomingdale’s

Our programs are made possible only with the help of partners who volunteer as mentors, refer youth as mentees, and provide expertise.

This week, Bloomingdale’s teamed up with the NBA to add 16 basketball-inspired pop-up shops at locations in NYC. Through this partnership, Bloomingdale’s also launched an online auction through CharityBuzz to benefit Mentoring USA. BID NOW to receive two VIP tickets to the 2015 NBA All Star Game, with roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, private tour of Madison Square Garden, a $2,500 Bloomingdale’s shopping spree, and more!