January 23, 2015
Contact: Ashley Ford, Neighborhood & Business Services    Contact: Ashley Simmons, Mayor's Office
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Charlotte, NC — The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance celebrated National Mentoring Month last night by honoring local mentors at its annual awards ceremony. Mayor Dan Clodfelter recently proclaimed January as National Mentoring Month in Charlotte and joined the nationwide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of mentoring by recognizing local mentors. During the ceremony, awards were presented to Charlotte’s mentor, mentee, best practices agency, group mentors and business partner of the year.
Rindy Kirkman was named Mentor of the Year, an honor awarded to a mentor who has worked tirelessly to make an impact on youth. In addition to implementing tutoring and summer reading programs for children at Woodstone Apartments, Kirkman also provides GED and high school diploma tutoring to local residents. After seeing a need for educational resources in her community, Kirkman, who is the Woodstone Apartments community manager, also developed an onsite community library for all of the residents in her apartment complex.
Also receiving awards during the ceremony were: 100 Black Men of Charlotte for Group Mentors of the Year, Bank of America for Business Partner of the Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte for Best Practices Agency of the Year, and Diamonique Burton for Mentee of the Year.
“This year, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance celebrates 20 years of mentoring support and the power of community partnership in mentoring. I am proud of the rich history Charlotte has in support of mentoring and look forward to the next 20 years,” Clodfelter said. “Our mentors have made a lasting impression on our community’s children and their investment will continue to yield a lifetime of positive results.”