Each year, mentoring programs leverage National Mentoring Month (across North America) to initiate a dialogue on the importance of quality mentoring programs and to recruit volunteer mentors through AMPs Start Mentoring database. This allows prospective mentors across the Alberta to search for mentoring opportunities. Searchers find a list of mentoring opportunities in their area, and can contact programs to inquire about becoming a mentor. Become a featured partner for added benefit: https://albertamentors.ca/mentoring-month/featured-partner/
This #mentoringmonth, learn more about becoming a mentor to a young person in your community: albertamentors.ca/mentoring-month #alberta #mentorIRL @AlbertaMentors
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4 Ways to Participate in Mentoring Month:
SOCIAL MEDIA SAVE THE DATE:
January 4, 2018 – I Am a Mentor Day
• A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. Your mentoring story can inspire others to mentor in real life! Join the #IAmAMentor campaign and show your appreciation for someone whose guidance you value! Simply take a picture or video with a message about your mentor and then share with us on social media.
January 17, 2018 – International Mentoring Day
A day of international conversations on social media where photos, video, and powerful mentoring stories messages are shared.
January 25, 2018 – #ThankYourMentor Day • #ThankYourMentor!
Anyone with real life mentoring experiences can thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond. Your mentoring story can inspire others to mentor in real life! Join the #ThankYourMentor campaign and show your appreciation for someone whose guidance you value! Simply take a picture or video with a message about your mentor and then share with us on social media.
Earned Media is still a great way to get the word. Write an op-ed or press release.
Host an open house. Recruit new corporate partners by inviting them to an open house where they can meet mentors and mentees in your program. Facilitate a few mentoring activities so prospective partners can see and experience mentoring in action.
Getting your locally elected officials to engage with your campaign is a great way to raise awareness for your program, connect with funders, get the attention of media outlets, and show your supporters and volunteers that they are appreciated. Mayors, Reeves, Councillors, School Trustees — here are helpful tactics to connect:
Corporate engagement is a critical component to closing the mentoring gap in our country. Companies of all sizes and industries are looking for meaningful ways to engage their employees and ensure future generations are prepared for the 21st century workforce. You can work with companies to strategically leverage their employees, customers, financial resources, and marketing reach to scale quality youth mentoring initiatives aligned with their social responsibility goals. These initiatives dramatically increase the supports and opportunities for young people while also positively contributing to corporate culture, employee satisfaction, and brand experience. Use the AMP Toolkit: www.albertamentors.ca/corporate-mentoring
- How will we know that we got there? Here are a few Sample Measurements of Success
- One-to-one interactions at events
- Phone calls from people seeking information
- Website traffic
- New volunteers from the Mentoring Connector
- Sign-ups for email list
- New fans and followers on social media platforms
- Earned Media impressions
- Number of elected officials demonstrating public support for mentoring
By recording milestones on a weekly basis and writing a brief analysis of the results you will be able to refine your efforts year to-year for maximum effectiveness. Use Google Analytics, TweetDeck, or Buffer to manage and track your online successes for free!
Building on the success of #mentoringmonth 2017, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership will be once again turning the volume up to 11 on the importance of mentoring across Alberta.
A SMALL STEP CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT:
Mentoring Month not only offers us a chance to celebrate the mentoring relationships essential to creating sustainable futures for our youth, but also provides a chance for all of us to recognize those who devote their energy to recruiting, training, and matching the mentors our young people require. Thank you for elevating the mentoring movement through your work each day to ensure every young person has a caring adult in their life.
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