Scanlon Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Recognizing January 2023 as National Mentoring Month

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today joinedCongressman Don Bacon (NE-02) in introducing a resolution recognizing January 2023 as National Mentoring Month.

Mentors provide youth with the support, encouragement, and guidance they need to succeed through academic and personal challenges, but one-third of young people in the United States feel isolated from meaningful connections with adults outside their homes, resulting in a ‘‘mentoring gap.”

Established in January 2002, National Mentoring Month celebrates the powerful impact of mentoring relationships and raises awareness about the increased need for caring adults to become mentors to youth in their communities. The National Mentoring Month Resolution introduced in both chambers of Congress promotes the creation and expansion of quality mentoring programs and initiatives to close the ‘‘mentoring gap.”

“We all need someone in our corner, but too many young people are feeling isolated from meaningful connections with adults outside their homes,” said Rep. Scanlon. “In light of the challenges our country has faced in recent years, it is more important than ever to ensure young people have access to caring adults like teachers, counselors, faith-based leaders, and coaches – adults uniquely positioned to help young people process their experiences. I’m proud to join Rep. Bacon in promoting the creation and expansion of quality mentoring programs to re-engage and support our young people.”

“Thank you to Representatives Scanlon and Bacon, Senators Whitehouse and Capito, and the bipartisan Congressional Youth Mentoring Caucus, for leading efforts to celebrate and elevate the proven role of mentoring in opening hearts, minds, and doors for our young people and communities. This National Mentoring Month, we cannot leave mentoring to chance. It must be a core part of how we rebuild the fabric of our country after the disconnection and uncertainty our young people have experienced in the past couple of years. We look forward to continued partnership to ensure we are using federal public policy to close the mentoring gap,” said Abbie Evans, Vice President of Government Relations and Partnerships of MENTOR.

The resolution is endorsed by MENTOR and the following Representatives: Don Bacon (NE-02), Lois Frankel (FL-22), David Cicilline (RI-01), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Colin Allred (TX-32), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Susie Lee (NV-03), Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Burgess Owens (UT-04), Dina Titus (NV-01), André Carson (IN-07), Judy Chu (CA-28), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-10), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-07), Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05), David Trone (MD-06), Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (GA-04), Nikema Williams (GA-05), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Ed Case (HI-01), Lucy McBath (GA-07), Dwight Evans (PA-02), and Jason Crow (CO-06).

Find the full text of the resolution here.



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