September 12, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
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CHARLOTTE – Mayor Dan Clodfelter was among those honored by Behailu Academy during the second annual Mosaic Awards, an event to celebrate individuals working to make a difference in the community.
The mission of Behailu Academy is prepare youth to become active members of society in an environment that encourages creativity, builds confidence and character, promotes healthy decision-making and fosters a sense of personal and social responsibility. The program is offed in NoDa and serves hundreds of students each year, allowing them to use the arts as a way to build character and improve their lives.
“Behailu Academy is a beacon of hope for young women and men to find their voices through creative outlets, including visual, media and performing arts,” said Clodfelter, as he accepted his award. “This award is truly for the Charlotte community. It is for the many individuals and organizations all across this city that embraced the notion that we all have a responsibility to empower children in Charlotte for success. It is for all who know that we must act as a village to ensure young people reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
The other honorees for this year’s event included Mrs. Beatrice Thompson, television and radio personality, and Mr. Casey Crawford, former professional football player and CEO & Founder at Movement Mortgage and The Movement Foundation.
Last year, Behailu Academy honored Thomas Davis, Founder, Defending Dreams Foundation; James Ford, North Carolina Teacher of the Year; and the late Stuart Scott, former ESPN anchor, spoken word poet and cancer fighter.
Clodfelter encouraged those in attendance to reach out to loved ones and friends to tell them about Behailu Academy and its positive impact on youth in Charlotte.
“Tell someone about how Behailu Academy successfully promotes healthy decision-making as well as personal and social responsibility for the young people who participate. We need everyone in Charlotte to experience the excitement of Behailu and the brightness of the futures for all of the young people who are part of the Behailu family.”