President Obama proclaims January ‘Mentoring Month’

President Obama recently released a proclamation designating January as National Mentoring Month. In the official statement, he stressed the importance of a mentor’s influence on America’s youth, and recaps the latest progress of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Corporate Mentoring Challenge.

Here is an excerpt from the statement:

“Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood.  By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge, and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation’s youth for a bright future.  During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country.

At school and at home, in the library and on the field, mentors lift our youth toward their goals and ambitions.  As a teacher, a relative, or a trusted friend, a mentor’s steady and dependable support can inspire a child to strive for success and instill in them the confidence to achieve their full potential.  Mentorship strengthens our American family, and by teaching enduring values like diligence and self-discipline, we make a powerful and lasting investment in our youth, our communities, and our Nation.”

We couldn’t agree more.

For the full proclamation, click here.

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