NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH
National Mentoring Month is an annual designation observed in January. This month, focus on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to and follow in their footsteps. NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Look into a mentor program to see how it can benefit you – and how you can benefit it – and use #NationalMentoringMonth to post on social media. If you want to become an active advocate, click here for more details on what you can do to better your community this month.
The Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership founded National Mentoring Month in 2002.
NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH
January is the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to start the year celebrating National Blood Donor Month.
Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Ross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone can donate to continue their donations. Those who have never donated, to make an appointment. Blood donation is safer than ever before and saves lives. Millions of people including cancer patients, organ recipients, and victims of accidents; rely on blood donations from people like you and I.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give blood. Don’t wait for a disaster. Someone needs blood now! Contact the American Red Cross or your local blood bank for more information. Use #NationalBloodDonorMonth and #GiveBlood to share on social media. Here are some of the biggest reasons giving blood is so important.
About 36,000 units of red blood cells and 7,000 units of platelets are needed every single day in the U.S.
The most requested blood type by hospitals is type O. This kind of blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types, so it’s always in great demand and very short supply. Only 7% of people in the U.S. have type O.
A single car accident victim may need up to 100 pints of blood to survive.
About 6.8 million people donate blood every year in the U.S.
38% of our population is eligible to donate, but less than 10% actually do.
Donating blood is a simple, safe process. All you have to do is register, take a mini medical history test, donate, and then accept free refreshments like water, Gatorade, granola bars, etc.
A single donation from a single patient can help more than one person.
President Richard Nixon proclaimed January as National Blood Donor Month for the first time on December 31, 1969, as requested by Senate Joint Resolution 154.
NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Across the nation, law enforcement and organizations strive to eliminate human trafficking. Join the effort to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in your community.
According to the International Labor Organization, there are approximately 40 million human trafficking victims worldwide. Through a variety of tactics including violence and threats, traffickers force their victims into forced labor or commercial sex against their wishes. While it seems victims would be the poor, weak or a minority, every gender, race, religion and social-economic background can be impacted by human trafficking. As a result, the issue belongs to every community in the country.
Despite the bleak picture human trafficking paints, there are ways to take action. Become informed and get involved.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Don’t let human trafficking become a part of your story. Find out how you can help change the narrative. Use #SlaveryHumanTraffickingPreventionMonth to share on social media.
Knowledge – Learn how human trafficking is happening. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign to inform yourself about what human trafficking looks like.
Get involved – If you suspect human trafficking report it. In the U.S. call 1-866-347-2423. For more information visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign. You can also volunteer through organizations committed to eliminating human trafficking. Contact local, state and regional service organizations to volunteer time, services or a donation.
Get help – If you need help, call 1-888-373-7888. Visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign
National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness is January 11 as designated by the United States Senate in 2007. President Barack Obama increased awareness by declaring January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month in 2010.