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Nonprofit Organizations Supporting National Mentoring Month

Published January 9, 2023 | by Resty | 7 mins read
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January is National Mentoring Month, a nationally recognized time to spread awareness about the importance of mentoring, and highlight the positive impact it has on people’s lives.

It was established in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, with the support of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to raising awareness, this month is also a time to help inspire and motivate people to become mentors, especially for younger generations. And it is a time to create or support existing mentorship programs at companies and other organizations.

There are numerous nonprofits that have programs to encourage mentorship for people of all ages, including those who are underprivileged or at risk. Consider supporting one of these amazing organizations working to provide critical mentorship to those who need it most.

List of Nonprofits for National Mentoring Month

Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project is a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California that aims to empower young men of color through technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship. The organization was founded in 2012 and offers a variety of programs and services, including a technology bootcamp, a leadership development program, and an entrepreneurship incubator.

The goal of the Hidden Genius Project is to help young men of color develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the tech industry and become leaders in their communities.

Women’s Mentoring Network

Women’s Mentoring Network is an organization serving Fairfield County, Connecticut. Their mission is to provide career, educational and personal resources that lead to the economic empowerment of low-income women and their families.

100 Black Men Of America Inc.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other underserved communities through programs in education, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and leadership development.

The organization was founded in New York City in 1963 and has chapters in cities throughout the United States.

Some of the programs and initiatives offered by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. include mentorship and leadership development for youth, health screenings and wellness education, financial literacy and economic empowerment workshops, and college preparation and scholarship programs. The organization also advocates for policies and initiatives that promote equity and opportunity for African Americans and other underserved communities. I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) is a non-profit organization that provides one-to-one mentorship programs for children and youth facing adversity. The organization was founded in 1904 and has a network of affiliates located in all 50 states.

BBBSA’s mentorship programs are designed to help young people develop positive relationships, improve their academic and social skills, and achieve their full potential. The organization matches young people, or “Littles,” with adult volunteers, or “Bigs,” based on shared interests and goals. Littles and Bigs participate in activities together, such as spending time outdoors, playing sports, or participating in community service projects.

BBBSA’s programs are designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs and schedules of Littles and Bigs. The organization offers a variety of mentorship programs to meet the needs of different age groups and populations, including programs for children, teenagers, and young adults.

BBBSA’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Anthropos Arts

Anthropos Arts is a nonprofit organization founded to address a need in Austin for high-quality music education for low-income students. Their mission is to connect low-income youth with professional musicians, cultivating confidence, integrity and life-skills through musical instruction and mentorship.

Since inception, Anthropos Arts has provided over 18,000 music lessons, over 100 incredible workshops in Title 1 schools with world- class and Grammy- winning artists, over 150 public student performances and collaborations with world-renowned artists.

HER Resiliency Center

HER Resiliency Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving vulnerable young women ages 18 to 25, regardless of race, class and background, with the support, skills and resources they need to make educated decisions in their life.

The organization works to combat isolation, domestic violence, substance use, homelessness, and sexual exploitation.

Foundation For Choice

Foundation for Choice is a nonprofit organization that promotes choice in education and advocates for policies that give families more control over their children’s education. 

The organization supports a variety of educational options, including traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. It believes that all families should have the right to choose the best educational option for their children, and that competition among schools can drive improvements in education. 

Foundation for Choice works to educate the public about the benefits of school choice and to advocate for policies that increase the availability of educational options for families.

GEMS

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) is a non-profit organization that provides support to young women and girls who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. 

GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation, with the goal of helping young women and girls escape the cycle of violence, exploitation, and trauma that they have experienced. The organization provides a range of services to its clients, including crisis intervention, counseling, education and vocational training, and legal and advocacy support. 

GEMS also works to raise awareness about the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking and to advocate for policy and legislative change at the local, state, and national level.

Summer Search

Summer Search is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income high school students develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in college and beyond. The organization provides students with mentorship, leadership development, and experiential learning opportunities through summer programs and ongoing support throughout high school and college. 

Summer Search helps students discover their passions and potential, and empowers them to make a positive impact in their communities.

Minds Matter Southern California

Minds Matter is a national organization that provides academic enrichment and support to high-achieving, low-income students in order to help them get into college. 

Minds Matter Southern California is a chapter of the national organization, and it serves students in the Southern California region. The organization provides students with a variety of resources, including tutoring, test preparation, and college admissions counseling, to help them succeed in school and prepare for college. It also provides students with the opportunity to participate in college visits, cultural events, and other activities designed to broaden their horizons and help them succeed in the future.

Scholar Match

ScholarMatch is a nonprofit organization that helps students from low-income families find and apply for college scholarships. It was founded in 2010 by Kofi Andoh, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. 

The organization’s mission is to make college more accessible and affordable for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue higher education. 

ScholarMatch provides a variety of services to its users, including assistance with finding and applying for scholarships, mentorship, and college readiness resources. It works with high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations to identify talented students who could benefit from its services and to provide them with the support they need to succeed in college and beyond.

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