Stories of Hope

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! In 2002, The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health launched the campaign. Their goal is to raise awareness of mentoring and its positive impact on youth, recruit new mentors, and encourage organizations to get their supporters involved in mentoring.

Various events are planned for the month of January as part of the campaign, including I Am A Mentor Day on January 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 16, International Mentoring Day on January 17, and #ThankYourMentor Day on January 19.

Follow #MentorIRL to follow the campaign all month on social media. You can also learn more on their official website.

Gesture is proud to partner with organizations across the country that offer mentorship opportunities. The organizations below are three of many!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - Big Brothers Big Sisters LogoBig Brothers Big Sisters of America

Mission: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has matched adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with children ages 6 through 18 (“Littles”) for more than 100 years. They offer a very broad array of opportunities for both mentors and youth to get involved, including:

  • school- and community-based mentoring
  • programs geared towards African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent
  • a one-on-one mentoring program called “Bigs in Blue” which connects youth with police in their communities
  • programs for children of military families or with incarcerated parents

Gesture has partnered with various chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters and has helped them raise nearly $3 million for their cause.

You can learn more about the organization on their website, or sign up to be a Big!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - Boys & Girls Club LogoBoys & Girls Clubs of America

Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Boys & Girls Club offers programs that help youth become well-rounded adults. Their education and career programs prepare youth for their future and help them find their dream job. Character and leadership programs encourage youth to become responsible and caring citizens. Additionally, they offer health and life skills initiatives, arts programs, and sports, fitness, & recreation programs.

Gesture has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club since 2014 to assist in their fundraising efforts and has helped them raise more than $2.32 million.

“The Gesture staff is always very responsive and helpful, and their on-site staff is friendly and professional with our event guests,” shared Fay Beard from the Lone Star Chapter. “Andy Darin, Bret Dickerson and Brandon Stec were so thorough, informative, responsive and helpful throughout the entire process, and their attention to detail is outstanding. We couldn’t ask for a better team to help us reach our fundraising goal.”

Learn more about Boys & Girls Club on their website. You can also find a club near you to sign up as a volunteer!

Stories of Hope: National Mentoring Month - The First Tee LogoThe First Tee

Mission: To provide youth with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee emphasizes Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Youth ages 7-18 learn these skills through programs on the golf course, in elementary schools, and in youth centers. The First Tee also co-hosts national events and plans leadership opportunities with their corporate partners to further their mission.

Gesture has partnered with chapters of The First Tee to help them raise more than half a million dollars.

“We partnered with Gesture for our biggest annual fundraiser, The Harbottle Golf Classic, which has some unique needs, and Gesture has built a platform to fit them,” Whitney Hillis, Administrative and Events Director for The First Tee South Puget Sound, said. “As an administrator, the platform was easy to use and intuitive. If I had any questions about the program, the Gesture staff would reply right away with answers and/or support.”

You can learn more about The First Tee on their website, or apply to be a coach or volunteer.