National Mentoring Month

Join us this January in amplifying mentoring throughout Nebraska! National Mentoring Month is a time to focus attention on the importance of mentors, and to reflect on how each of us — individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, and nonprofits — can help grow the mentoring movement and the positive effects it has on young people.

Become a mentor –Search for a mentoring program near you here.

Advocate for mentoring – Advocate for policy change in Nebraska by meeting virtually with Members of Congress during Capitol Hill Day on January 29. Registration closes January 4.

Recruit mentors – Partner with a local mentoring program to host a virtual mentor recruitment event at your company. MENTOR Nebraska can help connect you with programs in your area! Send your inquiry to to get started.

Post on social media – Share your favorite memories, videos, and pictures on social media using hashtags #MentoringAmplifies and #MentoringMonth. Check out this toolkit with graphics and messaging you can use throughout the month.

Design a mentoring T-shirt - Submit a design for MENTOR Nebraska's T-shirt contest! Designs are due January 31 and the winner will receive $250! See details below.

Write a letter to the editor - Share your mentoring experience by submitting an op-ed to your local newspaper.

Attend the National Mentoring Summit - Join youth-serving professionals, researchers, philanthropic investors, youth leaders, government and civic leaders, and the MENTOR network for the 11th annual National Mentoring Summit on January 27-29. Learn more and register here.

January 6 – MENTOR Nebraska's Media Conference
MENTOR Nebraska is kicking off National Mentoring Month with a virtual media conference! We’ll be highlighting how mentoring is adapting during the pandemic, innovative mentoring models to connect young people, and announcing exciting new partnerships.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Mayor Jean Stothert, City of Omaha
  • Chris Rodgers, Douglas County Board of Commissioners & MENTOR Nebraska Board
  • Kenny McMorris, Charles Drew Health Center
  • Melissa Mayo, MENTOR Nebraska
  • Kris Morgan, Millard Public Schools

Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. CST at

January 7 – I Am a Mentor Day
A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

January 17 – International Mentoring Day
In honor of Muhammad Ali’s birthday, join the international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared. Use #MentoringDay & #MentoringMonth in your posts!

January 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.

January 27–29 – National Mentoring Summit
Learn more about this year’s virtual Summit and register here.

January 27 – Capitol Hill Day
Advocate for policy change in Nebraska by meeting virtually with Members of Congress. Registration closes January 4!

January 29 – #ThankYourMentor Day
A day to show gratitude and recognize the people making positive impacts.

MENTOR Nebraska wants YOU to design our next t-shirt!

Show off your design talents by creating a one-of-a-kind t-shirt that amplifies mentoring. The winning design will be featured on our next t-shirt which will be sold online in March.

The winner of this contest will receive a $250 Visa gift card. They will also be featured on social media and receive a free t-shirt with their design on it!

This contest is in partnership with Alumna House --They will be donating 20% of the t-shirt sales to MENTOR Nebraska!


  • Submit your design (1 per contestant) to by Friday, February 26 (This original deadline was extended!)
  • The contest winner be announced the first week of March
  • The t-shirt featuring the winning design will be for sale on Alumna House's website in March. Alumna House will donate 20% of sales to MENTOR Nebraska.

Design Guidelines

  • Theme must focus on mentoring
  • Design must be on the front of the shirt only
  • Must include the MENTOR Nebraska logo OR mentoring heart --Logos can be found here.
  • The design and shirt colors are limited to the following:
    • Black
    • White
    • Gray
    • Navy #132F45
    • Red #D81D1D
    • Yellow #FFAD28
    • Green #33C1B3
    • Blue #0D5F9A
  • Design must be emailed to as a .jpg, .png, .pdf, .ai, or .psd file


There is no entry fee to submit a design. Only one design submission per contestant. If you are under the age of 18, you may create a design but it must be submitted on your behalf by a parent or guardian.