See What's Happening in Your City for National Mentoring Month

January 1st to 31st marks National Mentoring Month, a call for people in cities and communities across the country to take on the privilege and responsibility of mentorship for youth and adults in need. The Campaign for Black Male is proud to participate in and support nationwide efforts to raise awareness around this important time of year to give back and pay it forward.

Throughout the month, CBMA will be promoting conversations and content online that uplift positive images and stories of Black men, women and communities engaging in mentorship opportunities. 

To join in, tag us, along with your hometown heroes, on TwitterInstagram and Facebook with personal mentorship photos and stories using the hashtags #NationalMentoringMonth #BlackMaleMentors.

In addition, there are a number of events across the country to take part in, many of which are being organized by National CARES Mentoring Movement -- one of the leading mentorship organizations in the country led by founder and CEO Susan Taylor. To share some of inspiration and events behind National Mentoring Month 2018, CBMA spoke with Stephen Powell, Chief Program Officer of CARES Mentoring Movement.

CBMA: With January 15th being MLK Day, in what ways are you honoring MLK's legacy through your work? 

STEPHEN POWELL: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy has a divinely illuminating presence in the mentoring work I do with the National CARES Mentoring Movement, as we work to break the cycle of generational Black poverty and transform the lives of Black children by recruiting, training and deploying masses of caring men and women volunteer mentors. We are the nation’s foremost leader in the recruitment, training and engagement of African American mentors, the most needed sector of adult volunteers. From Dr. Martin Luther King County in Seattle, Washington to schools named in his honor on the east coast, I am fortunate and blessed to support partnership efforts to galvanize African American communities across the country through mentoring advocacy, culturally anchored trainings and targeted outreach to build a strong mentoring pipeline of support for our children. 

I must also share that one of the greatest honors of my life was to be recognized by President Obama’s administration as a Champion of Change Following in the Footsteps of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our beloved Civil Rights hero and man of faith, with whom I share a fraternal bond in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

What, in your opinion, is the unique impact Black men can have in the form of mentorship? 

POWELL: As a non-profit servant leader in a perpetual state of learning, am grateful for the Black men in our Black Male Achievement I consider to be my peer mentors and accountability partners. I am equally grateful for the Black men I’ve recruited from the faith community, fraternal organizations, fathers’ auxiliaries and sports teams who recognized the importance of standing in the gap for our young and meeting our children where they are via group mentoring. 

Black men also make a unique impact by preparing our boys to navigate systemic inequities and become leaders in a globally competitive workforce.

Can you provide a list of the various activities taking place across the country in commemoration of National Mentoring Month?

POWELL: Yes; some of the events/activities we have planned for the month include:

January 4th (National) 

I AM A MENTOR DAY

January 12th (Seattle, WA)

Launch of the “Our Best” Black Male Achievement initiative, featuring keynote speaker Susan Taylor, CEO and Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement  

January 17th (Newark and East Orange, NJ) 

MLK Weekend of Service Activities 

January 13th-15th (National)

International Mentoring Day

January 17th

Servant leadership and faith-based Mentor Saturday/Sunday services

January 21st (National)

THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY

January 25 (New York City)

National CARES Mentoring Movement Affiliate Summit

January 29th (New York City)

National CARES Mentoring Movement's “For the Love of Our Children” Gala, with a Special Performance by Our Honorary Gala C0-Chair, Maxwell. The evening’s honorees include Cicley Tyson, Tarana Burke, and Rev. William Barber II

Month-long (National)

Launching Wellness Mentoring Circles for Black middle school boys in Newark, NJ and Oakland, CA


To learn more about National CARES Mentoring Movement, visit www.caresmentoring.org, and follow them on Twitter at @CARES_Mentoringusing the hashtag #LoveOurChildren.