January is National Mentoring Month: Mentor at the Science Museum

January 3, 2012: President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation designating January as National Mentoring Month, saying, “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.”

321084_235023989880502_568515144_nAs mentors to children of all ages, Richmond parents have a significant influence on how children learn, play, socialize, and develop as adults. January is National Mentoring Month and January 10 is National Mentoring Day. This year’s theme is “Mentoring Works”.

In addition to mentoring our own children, we can also reach out to mentor others who need support and encouragement.

Mentoring happens in a number of settings:

  • The community.
  • Schools.
  • The faith-based community.
  • Business.
  • Through the Internet.
  • Neighborhoods.
  • Extended family.

378717_282722221777345_162436898_nYou will find lots of valuable information on mentoring on the Virginia Mentoring Partnership website.

You can also work through the Virginia Mentoring Partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia as a mentor. The Science Museum of Virginia will host 4 events for mentors and mentees to visit the Museum, see an IMAX and participate in live science / table activities for free.

Attending mentees will also receive a free pass to use with their families or mentors at another time and upon their return will receive a gift from the Museum store valued around $10.  The Science Museum of Virginia and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities thanks the ACECF for funding this experience.