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Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Contact: Ashley Ford, Communications Specialist, Neighborhood & Business Services
Mayor's Mentoring Alliance celebrates outstanding local mentors and mentees
Charlotte, NC — The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance recently celebrated National Mentoring Month by honoring local mentors at last night's awards ceremony. Held at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, awards were presented to Charlotte's mentor, mentee, best practices agencies, group mentors, educational leadership in mentoring and business partner of the year.
Jordan Boyd was named Mentor of the Year for providing consistent support to his mentee. In addition to attending school meetings and parent-teacher conferences for his mentee, Boyd also participates in a group mentoring session at his mentee's school.
Also receiving awards during the ceremony were:
- Alphas of Charlotte (Group Mentors of the Year) for mentoring young men through three initiatives: the Alpha Academy, which includes etiquette lessons and seminars on healthy relationships; the Alpha Beautillion, which exposes young men to college recruiters and a leadership program led by the Alphas; and the Financial Literacy Project with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, which teaches financial literacy topics to mentees.
- Dajanique Burton (Mentee of the Year) for spending the past several years working with her mentor and pushing herself to make better grades. She's now on a path to graduate a year ahead of schedule, mentors a fellow student and plans to attend the nursing program at Central Piedmont Community College before transferring to UNC Charlotte.
- Beacon Partners (Business Partner of the Year) for partnering with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte since 2011 to provide part-time 6-week internships to youth.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte (Large Best Practices Agency of the Year) for teaming up with corporate, civic and faith groups to recruit, train and retain mentors.
- WINGS for Kids (Small Best Practices Agency of the Year) for providing an after-school educational organization that aims to improve the lives of at-risk elementary school kids by developing their social and emotional skills and helping them to make good decisions and build healthy relationships.
- ourBRIDGE for KIDS (Educational Leadership in Mentoring) for providing afterschool and summer enrichment, mentoring and English literacy tutoring to 76 refugee, immigrant and first generation American children in kindergarten through fifth grade
The awards ceremony, which is held annually during National Mentoring Month, recognizes the positive impact that mentoring has in our local community. With thousands of local students in need of a trusted mentor to turn to, local residents are encouraged to sign up to be a mentor by connecting with a mentoring agency through the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance. For more information about mentoring in Charlotte, visit mayorsmentoringalliance.org.
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