Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz has signed a proclamation declaring January as mentoring month and January 31st as "Thank Your Mentor Day."

This January marks the 18th anniversary of National Mentoring month, which is an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people across the country.

In Watauga County, Western Youth Network is among the biggest organizations to facilitate volunteer mentorships. In 2018, Western Youth Network had volunteer mentors spend nearly 5,000 hours with youth in the county.

For more information, or to learn how to become a mentor, visit online at