Maybe it’s a comedown from the holiday season, or the bitter temperatures we’ve experienced this month that have kept me indoors, but I find I’m actually taking note of those silly “national days” that mostly I’ve never heard of before; National Popcorn Day, National Argyle Day, National Puzzle Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, National Hot Tea Day….you name it, there’s a day for it. And now I’m wondering why.

Perhaps this is because we like things to look forward to? Or maybe we need inviolable dates on the calendar that require no excuses for taking time to gather with friends and family? Is it possible we’re trying to find positive ways to mark the time of our lives; to smile, laugh and be grateful for what we have achieved and desire to accomplish?

In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month. In his 2016 Proclamation, President Obama declared this month as “a time to reflect on the transformative role mentorship can play, and acknowledge the many ways that mentors have helped our next generation of leaders and innovators grow.”

There is no question that our community is stronger when we work together to unlock the potential in our future leaders and empower them to serve others in the same way. That is why the most important tenet of the Lead Up program model is to help young people build a network of mentors who, serve as “a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” (Crosby) That’s something to celebrate!

January 25 is #ThankyourMentorDay and all of us at Lead Up welcome you to our celebration by taking a moment to recognize the important mentors in your life. You know the ones; the wise and trusted guides who helped you break down barriers, led you to new opportunities and encouraged you to keep trying and reaching for your best.

Reply to the Thank Your Mentor Day post on our Facebook page and let a person important to your success know you value what they’ve done for you. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire someone to step forward and do the same.

Happy Mentoring Month,

(True confession: I did celebrate National Hot Tea Day. Nothing like the perfect scone and some fragrant tea to lift and brighten a day.)

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