January is National Mentoring Month, and NAPE is proud to support efforts that encourage providing role models and mentors for students to reach their ultimate potential in life.
One of the most effective ways to encourage students to consider nontraditional careers is to introduce them to diverse role models and mentors, particularly role models with whom they are able to relate, by gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, location, etc. Providing a diverse representation of role models begins to challenge stereotypes around careers where some groups may traditionally be underrepresented.
Million Women Mentors (MWM) is an engagement campaign and national call to action that mobilizes corporations, government entities, non-profit and higher education groups, around the imperative of mentoring girls and young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
As a partner for MWM, NAPE was invited to write a spotlight on some of the great work we are doing to promote mentoring young women in STEM. Check out our feature on the MWM site in honor of National Mentoring Month here.
For resources for Educators seeking STEM role models and mentors for their students, or for STEM professionals seeking to become a role model to students, please visit our NAPE Resource page on Role Models and Mentors.
Role models matter, and mentoring works
In honor of those who have been a role model and mentor for you, we encourage you to pay it forward.
Be someone who matters to someone who matters!
Show your support and participation in National Mentoring Month with digital materials and images found here. Use the Facebook cover photo and pin the web badge to your organization’s homepage. Share the digital poster on social media and encourage people to post the digital thank you card on their mentors’ social media profiles on January 15 for Thank Your Mentor Day!
In the comment section below, feel free to share how mentors and role models have made a difference in your life, or how being a role model or mentor to someone else has made a difference in your life.