January is National Mentoring Month 2013, and the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Berger-Marks Foundation continue to encourage unions to expand their mentoring efforts and institutionalize mentoring as part of their training efforts. The two organizations produced The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders and are producing a series of workshops to help introduce mentoring concepts and help unions put together mentoring programs.
The first workshop, "Mentoring 101," is available from the foundation and introduces mentoring, explaining what it is and what it isn't; what it can do and what it can't do. It also provides tools to help activists introduce the concept to leadership and to start to put together real-world mentoring programs. "Mentoring 102," which will be available soon, helps unions put together specific mentoring programs.
President Obama's proclamation explains the importance of mentoring:
A supportive mentor can mean the difference between struggle and success. As we mark this important occasion, I encourage all Americans to spend time as a mentor and help lift our next generation toward their hopes and dreams.
The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders is available in print or online from the Berger-Marks Foundation. Contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about obtaining single or multiple copies.