President Biden proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month, a nationwide observance honoring today’s mentors and encouraging communities to engage in mentoring activities to ensure positive outcomes for youth.
“During National Mentoring Month, we honor all those parents and family members, teachers and coaches, employers and co-workers, community and faith leaders, and so many others who devote time, care, and energy to helping our young people thrive." — President Joseph R. Biden
OJJDP has been a strong champion of mentoring programs. Between 2017 and 2021, OJJDP programs have served approximately one million youth. In fiscal year 2021, OJJDP awarded more than $89 million to support national and multi-state mentoring programs and services for youth, including those affected by the opioid crisis and drug addiction.
OJJDP also provides funding to support its National Mentoring Resource Center. OJJDP’s National Mentoring Resource Center works to improve youth mentoring through evidence-based practices and by sharing practitioner innovations. In FY 2021, the center provided 11,870 hours of technical assistance to mentoring organizations.
Join OJJDP in observing National Mentoring Month!
- Visit OJJDP's mentoring webpage.
- View OJJDP’s NMRC webinar “Mentoring for Enhancing School Attendance, Academic Performance, and Educational Attainment.”
- View OJJDP’s NMRC webinar “Mentoring Youth Impacted by Substance Use & the Opioid Crisis.”
- View and download OJJDP's Mentoring Youth In Focus fact sheet.
- Follow OJJDP on Twitter and Facebook.