In December of 2014, President Obama proclaimed January 2015 as "National Mentoring Month. Excerpts from the Presidential Proclamation follow.
Value of Mentoring
“In a Nation of limitless possibility, every child deserves the chance to unlock his or her potential. When young Americans have the support they need to make the most of themselves, they can achieve their dreams and strengthen our country. . . Every day, mentors play a vital role in this national mission by helping to broaden the horizons for our daughters and sons.”
“Mentors and caring adults serve as essential sources of inspiration, lifting up young people and positioning them to build the America of tomorrow.”
“Every American shares in the obligation to widen the circle of opportunity for our young people. Our neighbors' children are our children -- and our country must show them we care about and value their boundless potential.”
“The sense of dedication displayed by all those who invest their time and energy in mentoring reminds us that if we work together, we can ensure there are no limits to what young Americans can achieve, . . . and we renew our commitment to realizing a future of opportunity for all.”