January Events and Lesson Plans
New Year's Day: Each year more than half of all people living in the U.S. (more than 150,000,000 people) make New Year Resolutions.
Encourage students to include service and volunteerism on their list of New Year Resolutions.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Third Monday in January): This national holiday has become a day of community service. Teach lessons about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the work of peace advocates, such as King and Mandela and Gandhi. Also, teach the vocabulary of kindness, justice, collaboration, and service.
National Mentoring Month: Students mentor others to help others move forward. This may be an academic or social skill for a younger student or peer. Or young people may mentor seniors on technology skills and build intergenerational relationships. Link to lesson plans.