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Recognize and Celebrate the Power of Mentoring Worldwide

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From apprenticeships to elder circles, intentional relationships have always been important in generational knowledge transfer for a society. Many cultures share this tradition. Formal and informal mentors play important and often overlooked roles in society. At a time when many people are looking for direction, International Mentoring Day on January 17, 2016 will celebrate the role of mentor, by asking the world to share their ideas around mentorship and create space for an international conversation.

The international power of mentoring will be recognized and celebrated throughout the month of January, and showcased on Muhammad Ali’s birthday on January 17, using as inspiration, his six core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, respect, giving, and spirituality.

The goals of this special day are to highlight the international power of mentorship in connection with National Mentoring Month to foster a global understanding, and build broad-based mentoring momentum, networks and movement.

“Muhammad has been a mentor to me, his family, friends, fans, and countless numbers of individuals around the world for decades,” said his wife Lonnie Ali. “Mentors are gifts to the world. They encourage, motivate, reinforce, and guide others to reach individual greatness. Muhammad and I are both proud that International Mentoring Day will be launched in Muhammad’s name on his 74th birthday and hope that on this day, and for years in the future, ordinary people will take a first step to mentoring someone who needs support, direction, and somebody to believe in them. Mentors have the power to change lives.”

In the lead up to January 17, individuals and organizations can share- through social media - photos, video, messages and stories to reflect on the real life power of mentoring and in particular: (1) what mentoring means to you in real life, and (2) how you define and describe mentoring from real life experience. The dialogue will be captured online through @mentoringday and #MentorIRL 

We would like to utilize this platform to share messages and call to action statements for the importance of mentoring programs and initiatives as key contributors to the promotion of peace, development and human rights, and in particular the role of mentoring relative to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Please share your comments and ideas to further recognize the significance of mentoring around the world.

Warmest regards

Eli Wolff, Malia Lazu and Mary Hums
International Mentoring Day initiative








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