National Mentoring Month (NMM) is the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide that highlights the success and impact mentor’s have on our community’s youth.


The campaign was launched four years ago by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. This year will reflect on the incredible growth of the mentoring movement, recognize the real life mentoring relationships that form and thrive each day, and offer opportunities to thank the mentors who inspired us.


The mission of NMM is to promote mentoring opportunities for our mentoring program, Partnering for Literacy




Each year, United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) leverages National Mentor Month to recognize the Partnering for Literacy Program and it’s mentors, who dedicate one hour a week to mentor kindergarten students at Priest Street Elementary School in Leominster. 


The Partnering for Literacy program, launched in October 2017 in collaboration with Leominster Public Schools and Affordable Interior Systems (AIS, Inc.), is an academic mentoring program that focuses on early childhood literacy and building strong role model relationships.




Volunteer mentors are assigned to a single classroom, where they work with students throughout the school year.  In its pilot year, 10 mentors worked with 19 kindergarten students to improve their literacy and social skills.  Now in its second year, the program has already expanded to 14 volunteers supporting 26 children. 


MENTOR research shows that there is something the majority of Americans agree on: mentoring relationships are powerful tools for connection and are critical to our country’s future.


Throughout the month of January, UWNCM will highlight the mentors who make the Partnering for Literacy program a success, including volunteers from AIS, Inc., Family Federal Savings, Rollstone Bank & Trust and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Clinton Hospital. 


The campaign will conclude with a mentor luncheon on Thank Your Mentor Day, which is celebrated on January 31.




There are real life benefits of mentoring for young people, as well as the life-changing stories shared by mentors and mentees themselves.


To learn more about the Partnering for Literacy program or how you can become a mentor, please contact Fran Longton, Volunteer Center Manager, at or call 978-345-1577, Ext. 311.

About United Way of North Central Massachusetts


United Way of North Central Massachusetts fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our region. Through innovative initiatives in collaboration with community partners, we are committed to creating opportunities for a better life as well as lasting, positive change for all. We serve residents in 22 communities including Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Petersham, Pepperell, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.