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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Invites Corporations to Take the Corporate Mentoring Challenge

Submitted by: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Categories: Ratings & Awards, Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 – 02:36 PM EST


BOSTON, M.A., Sep. 18 /CSRwire/ - MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) will recognize select corporations for their outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for young people during the 2015 National Mentoring Summit, the signature annual gathering for the mentoring movement to be held in Washington D.C. January 28-30, 2015. The Corporate Mentoring Challenge, originally launched by First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 National Mentoring Summit, is open to private-sector companies of any size that pledge to begin supporting youth mentoring in the U.S. in the coming year, expand an existing initiative or renew a commitment. Companies currently engaged in youth mentoring may submit the details of their programs to be considered for special honors. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 7, 2014.

All Challenge participants will be invited to and recognized at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit. Those receiving top honors will also receive an invitation to a private reception at the Library of Congress on the eve of the 2015 National Mentoring Summit, an opportunity to provide remarks to the full Summit audience, an invitation to attend the Summit’s Corporate and Philanthropic Track, visibility trough MENTOR’s website, social media and other e-communications and visibility through coordinated media outreach. The Summit is consistently a sold-out event with 800 attendees in person and an additional 200 via live stream.

Top honors will go to companies identified as leaders in this year’s categories.

  • Overall Excellence and Commitment to Quality Youth Mentoring: this category will honor a company whose initiative and contributions demonstrate overall excellence and broad impact, along with a deep commitment to quality youth mentoring. 
  • Partnership in Quality Youth Mentoring: this category will honor a company that has established and effectively leverages strong community and/or nonprofit partnerships to maximize the impact of its youth mentoring initiative. 
  • New Quality Youth Mentoring Initiative: this category will honor a company that is completing the first 12-24 months of a youth mentoring initiative in calendar year 2014. 

“The Corporate Mentoring Challenge is a unique opportunity for the private sector to engage in and demonstrate their support of mentoring as a key strategy to connect young people to social and economic opportunity and strengthen families, schools, businesses and communities,” said David Shapiro, President and CEO of MENTOR. “The Challenge elevates corporate leaders who are innovatively leveraging human and financial capital to invest in our nation’s future through mentoring.”

Last year, Bank of America, Coastway Community Bank, Luxottica and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC earned special honors. Thirteen companies in total received national recognition for their efforts at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit. To enter the Challenge, companies should visit and complete the pledge form or application for special honors.


MENTOR is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR’s mission is to close the “mentoring gap” and ensure our nation’s young people have the support they need through quality mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school, and ultimately, work. To achieve this, MENTOR collaborates with its Mentoring Partnership Network and works to drive the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and advance quality mentoring through the development and delivery of standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Merrill Development & Communications Manager
Phone: 617-303-4612

For more from this organization:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership


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