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Coaches' Mentoring Challenge

2016 Coaches' Challenge Team Kansas

The Goal
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's report, The Mentoring Effect, found through the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people that one in three will grow up without a mentor.  This means that 9 million kids are growing up without a mentor to offer real life guidance.  The survey also found a powerful mentoring effect demonstrated by the experiences of young people who participated in the survey.  It is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects, and strengthens our communities and our nation.  As just one example of the report findings, at-risk young adults who had a mentor are 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

For the past eight years, coaches across the nation, who know first-hand the impact of this powerful asset, have demonstrated their commitment to closing the mentoring gap by participating in the Coaches' Mentoring Challenge.  This campaign began as a friendly competition between Coach Tom Osborne at the University of Nebraska and Coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State University, in 2008, with the goal of rallying new volunteers for mentoring programs in their communities and states.  Since its kickoff, teams in seven states have participated and during the 2015 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge, nearly 10,000 fans stepped up.

The 2016 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge kicks off on August 1 and runs through November 30, with results being released during the frist week in December.  Through this effort, participating coaches and universities have made meaningful contributiosn to the communities they call home.

2016 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge

The 2016 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge is a collective effort to connect more caring adults and young people thorugh quality mentoring relationships.  The Challenge is part of MENTOR's In Real Life public awareness campaign, with the overall goal being to close the mentoring gap for the 9 million young people who could greatly benefit from having a mentor to guide them.  MENTOR provides a national platform for raising awareness.

Mentor Tracking Forms
Quarter 1: August 1- August 31, 2016
Due September 4, 2016

Quarter 2: September 1- September 30, 2016
Due October 5, 2016

Quarter 3: October 1- October 31, 2016
Due November 4, 2016

Quarter 4: November 1- November 30, 2016
Due December 4, 2016

Please note that if you are an affiliate of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters or a Kansas 4-H program you should not submit these forms.  Your parent/umbrella organization will submit on your behalf!  Additionally, all Kansas Mentors' Gold Star Programs should actively be submitting reports.

Coach Snyder Talks About Mentoring
Video excerpt from the 2014 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge

Coaches' Challenge Recruitment Materials
Materials are still available to order.  Contact KM via email at mentor@ksde.org to order your materials today!!

Coach Snyder Talks About Mentoring



Find a Mentoring Program Near You

KM is an affiliate of MENTOR

Coaches' Challenge Materials

2016 Coaches' Challenge Playbook (pdf)
Playbook includes ideas for leveraging the CC campaign, sample social media posts, Challenge rules, graphics and more.

Coaches' Challenge Campaign Materials
Thank Your Mentor Postcard & Card
Be a Mentor Postcard
Be a Mentor Poster (8.5 x 11)
Materials still available.  Email mentor@ksde.org to order yours today!

Outstanding Mentoring Match- Competition Opening Soon
Nominate a match to attend an on-the-field recognition ceremony during the October 8th KSU game!

PSA Scripts
15-second, 30-second game day and individual coach PSA scripts
Scripts are from 2015 Campaign- but are still relevant.

Tagline Ideas (DOC)
Common CC taglines used for this year's campaign

Press Release Template (DOC)
Fillable template for programs to utilize

Donation Letter Template (DOC)
For Coaches' Challenge activities

Logos & Graphics (ppt)
Document includes all logos and graphics used for the CC

Facebook Cover Image
Includes CC logo, image and tagline

Photographs from the 2015 Coaches' Challenge Photo Shoots
PowerPoint Version
PDF Version (not as good quality)

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