Coaches' Mentoring Challenge

The Goal
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's recent 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.  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% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

For the past seven years, college coaches at an increasing number of institutions, 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 joined and during the 2014 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge, over 10,000 mentors stepped up.

The 2015 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge kicks off on August 1 and runs through November 30, with results released during the first week of December.  Through this effort, participating coaches and universities are making meaningful contributions to the communities they call home.

2015 Coaches' Mentoring Challenge
In 2015, the Coaches' Mentoring Challenge will expand with the support of the Big Ten Conference, which is endorsing and supporting the campaign.  MENTOR is providing a national platform and keeping score at

The goal this year: 15,000 new mentors signed up during the Coaches' Mentoring Challenge!!

Mentor Tracking Forms

Quarter 1: August 1- August 31, 2015
Due September 3, 2015

Quarter 2: September 1- September 30, 2015
Due October 2, 2015

Quarter 3: October 1- October 31, 2015
Due November 3, 2015

Quarter 4: November 1- November 30, 2015
Due December 3, 2015

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 to order your materials today!!



Coaches' Challenge Documents

2015 Coaches' Challenge Playbook
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 to order yours today!

Outstanding Match- Awardees Selected
View the Press Release

Coaches' Challenge Overview

PSA Scripts
15-second, 30-second game day and individual coach PSA scripts

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

Press Release Template
Fillable template for programs to utilize

Donation Letter Template
For Coaches' Challenge activities

Coaches' Challenge Logos/Graphics
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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