Update: Thank Your Mentor Day happens every year in January. While this post was published a few years ago, we still believe everyone should thank their mentors this month!
January is National Mentoring Month and today, January 16th, 2014 is Thank Your Mentor Day! Mentors are experienced friends and companions who provide their mentees with support and guidance through any number of situations. Whether your mentoring relationship is professional, academic, social, formal or informal, all mentoring relationships strengthen our community as a whole by increasing youth’s self-esteem, academic success, and workforce readiness. These successful relationships would not be possible without the care and dedication of our kind mentors. Whoever your mentor is, today is the day to show your appreciation for their efforts!
Here are ten easy and creative ways to thank your mentor today:
- Pass on the great experience that you received from your mentor by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community.
- Write a tribute to your mentor and post it on the Who Mentored You? website. Be sure to let your mentor know that their support and dedication is being recognized on the web.
- Bake something delicious, like cookies or a cake, to show your mentor how sweet they are!
- Send your mentor a thank you card from National Mentoring Month. Download a card here.
- Make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program in your mentor’s honor.
- Record and send a video message to your mentor that expresses your gratitude. You can dance, sing, act or use special effects to make your video creative and unique!
- Take a picture of the words “Thank You” spelled out with different objects and hand deliver it to your mentor for a thoughtful surprise!
- Give your mentor a phone call to brighten their day. Tell them about a lesson they taught you or how much progress you’ve made since you met them.
- Write a song in honor of your mentor.
- Make your mentor a collage of different pictures that you think symbolize your relationship.
No matter how you choose to show your appreciation, make sure to let your mentor know just how special they are to you!