National Day of Encouragement


The National Day of Encouragement in the United States was announced in 2007 and occurs each year on 12 September.

The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on 22 August 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, signed a proclamation making 12 September 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making 12 September the official “National Day of Encouragement.”

The Encouragement Foundation is making plans to get more states involved in the National Day of Encouragement in the future.

What is the Purpose of the Day?

The National Day of Encouragement is a day meant to remind us that encouragement matters.

Brief History

It all started when a group of high school students attending a leadership forum were asked to come up with a solution to the biggest problem that faced young people in their day.

  • The problem: a lack of encouragement.
  • The solution: 12 September.

The National Day of Encouragement is a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude.