BEND, Ore. - As National Mentoring Month returns this January, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is asking you to publicly thank that person who made a significant difference in your life. The NMM #ThankYourMentor campaign puts youth mentoring in the spotlight by bringing attention to its benefits and encouraging the telling of life changing stories.
This year, BBBSCO will be giving one of those who share their gratitude via social media a special thank you for their mentor: lunch on us and a basket of Bend goodies.
National Mentoring Month was launched in 2002 by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to "Offer us a chance to celebrate the mentoring relationships essential to creating sustainable futures for our youth"
Dates to know:
January 4, 2018 ~ I Am a Mentor Day
* A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.
January 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
* BBBSCO Dine Together Hot Meal, inviting anyone who is hungry to break bread and celebrate mentoring as a community. 3 - 6 PM at the Environmental Center downtown. 16 NW Kansas Avenue.
January 16, 2018 - Bend Pizza Kitchen celebrates National Mentoring Month by donating 100% of their proceeds for the day to BBBSCO. Support the bigs and littles by feasting! 2755 Northwest Crossing Dr.
January 25, 2018 - #ThankYourMentor Day
*Our #ThankYourMentor social media winner will be drawn live at 3:00 PM!
January 30th, 2018 5:30 - 6:30pm
*GO BIG! Informational meeting about all things BBBSCO and how you can be involved. Deschutes County Library Downtown Bend, 601 N.W. Wall Street.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Oregon is using the opportunity to launch their GO BIG! campaign with Ashton Eaton and share stories from those lives touched through the BBBS programs, as well as those of anyone who had an important mentor in their life.
BBBSCO wants to hear from you! Share your real life experiences and thank those who helped you on your path to adulthood and beyond. To participate in #ThankYourMentor day:
1. WRITE YOUR MESSAGE
Write a short sentence on a sign about your mentor starting with “My Mentor…” Include #ThankYourMentor below your message.
2. TAKE A PICTURE
Take a picture of yourself holding the sign about your mentor. We also invite you to take a video and share more of your story!
3. UPLOAD TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Between January 1st and noon on the 25th, upload your image to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and include #ThankYourMentor in your text. For a chance to win, tag @BigBrothersBigSistersofCentralOregon on Facebook, @BBBSCO on Instagram, or @Bigs_of_CO on Twitter. If possible, tag your mentor as well! Winners will be chosen at random.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon is non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors, and is a program of J Bar J Youth Services.