A proclamation on National Mentoring Month, 2022
I often say that America can be defined in one word: possibilities. No matter where we come from or what our circumstances, every child in America has a right to go as far as their dreams take. But these dreams are rarely achieved on their own. We all benefit from the support, wisdom and accompaniment of mentors who have walked the path that came before us.
Standing on the shoulders of mentors, young people have moved America forward at every turn in our history. I will never forget the many mentors who encouraged and empowered me as a student, as a local elected official in my twenties, and as a young US Senator who found my way. During National Mentoring Month, we honor all parents and family members, teachers and coaches, employers and colleagues, community and religious leaders, and many more who dedicate their time, care and energy to helping our young people. to flourish.
As we continue to rebuild after the pandemic, my administration is making unprecedented investments to prepare the next generation for success. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Labor awarded $ 89 million through its YouthBuild program and over $ 20 million through its Workforce Pathways for Youth programs to dedicated mentors who share their wisdom and experience. and provide employment and counseling services to young people. We also proudly support the initiatives of our departments and executive agencies that provide one-to-one tuition, community service opportunities, school and after-school programs, summer learning and enrichment, and workplace learning opportunities.
As lawyer and activist Marian Wright Edelman said, âIt is the responsibility of every adult – especially parents, educators and religious leaders – to ensure that children hear what we have learned from lessons of life and hear again and again that we love them and that they are not alone. Mentorship is essential in taking on this responsibility, expanding opportunities, and helping our children realize their God-given potential.
THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby proclaim January 2022 Month national mentoring. I call on Americans across the country to observe this month with appropriate mentorship, ceremonies, activities and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have appended my signature this thirtieth day of December, in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.