January Is National Mentoring Month!

ICMA's commitment to the future of the profession will ensure that the next generation continues its legacy to the communities its members serve.

ARTICLE | Jan 2, 2019

ICMA's commitment to the future of the profession will ensure that the next generation continues its legacy to the communities its members serve. See all ICMA is doing for National Mentoring Month below:

ICMA Outstanding Mentor Awards

The Outstanding Mentor Awards recognize local government professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to mentoring the next generation of local government leaders and who have had a significant positive impact on the life and career of his or her mentee.


Any local government professional who mentors professionals also working in local government may be nominated.


Nominations are only accepted from current ICMA members. Only one nomination per member.


Nominations are due January 25, 2019. Award recipients will be announced January 31, 2019.

*Nominations Are Closed*

Be a Mentor: Minimal Time Commitment; Lasting Rewards

Mentoring provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth. In fact, many mentors say that they are surprised and grateful for the experience because it is more rewarding than they imagined. There are multiple formal and informal opportunities to mentor within a local government organization, through other professional associations, and through ICMA.

Be a Coach: Participate in the New ICMA Coaching Program.

Now is the perfect time to take part in the new ICMA Coaching Program. Share your knowledge and expertise by serving as a coach to emerging leaders and mid-career professionals throughout the country with 1-1 Coaching. Participate in the always popular Speed Coaching session at the ICMA Annual Conference. Sign up now!

January Engagement Days

#ICMAMentors #MentoringMonth

  • January 4 – I Am a Mentor Day 
    • A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world. 
  • January 17 - International Mentoring Da
    • A day of international conversations on social media where photos, video, and powerful mentoring stories are shared. 
  • January 21 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 
    • A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism. 
  • January 31 - #ThankYourMentor Day
    • This day concludes the #ThankYourMentor campaign! Anyone with real life mentoring experiences can thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond.

Here are more ideas to help promote mentoring (and share your ideas in the comments section below):

  • Advise a young professional from your community or another community about the rewards of local government management.
  • Share your experience by serving as adjunct faculty at a local university.
  • Connect your alma mater with the ICMA Student Chapter program.
  • Encourage your staff to join ICMA. ICMA offers a reduced-fee membership for entry-level to mid-management members (below department head positions) to provide comprehensive career tools and help those early in their local government career better frame their professional identity.
  • Encourage early-career professionals and emerging leaders to participate in professional development and leadership opportunities, some of which include:
    • Emerging Leaders Development Program. A two-year program designed to help early- to mid-career professionals build contemporary management skills.
    • Leadership ICMA. An intensive, two-year ICMA University program designed to cultivate key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management. 

Mentoring can also qualify as professional development as you renew your ICMA Credentialed Manager status. The time spent in formal mentoring activities can count toward 20 hours maximum of the 40-hour annual professional development requirement if the mentee is not an employee of the ICMA Credentialed Manager. 

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Remember to Thank Your Mentor!

"Thank Your Mentor Day"* is January 31. Thank your mentor(s) by sharing a post through social media using #ICMAMentors #localgov #MentoringMonth #ThankYourMentorDay.

*Thank Your Mentor Day™ is an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health.


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