Mayor's Mentoring Alliance

Mentor and Mentee talking on bleachers

About the Alliance:

The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance educates mentoring organizations about best practices and mentoring standards, ignites impactful and enduring mentor-mentee relationships and connects Charlotte's mentoring


We understand the importance of mentoring and how it can change the lives of local youth. Mentors not only provide their mentees with someone who cares about them, but they also help them:

  • Improve academic skills
  • Set career goals
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Stay in school
  • Deal with day-to-day challenges

Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social, and economic prospects for youth. When you volunteer to become a mentor, you are not only positively impacting someone's life. You are ultimately helping to strengthen our local community and workforce. 


MMA Mentor Mingle

Join the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) for our Mentor Mingle on Taco Tuesday! The event serves as an opportunity for you to network with current mentors, prospective mentors, organizations, and allows for you to learn of opportunities to get more involved in the mentoring community.

The Mentor Mingle is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Live 360 in Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive and will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Food will be provided!

The event is FREERSVP at attend here

National Mentoring Month

Each January, we celebrate National Mentoring Month, honoring the work of local mentors, mentees and agencies that not only positively impact Charlotte's youth, but also help to strengthen our local economy and workforce. No matter where you are in your journey – looking for a mentor, interested in becoming a mentor, actively engage a mentee, or participate in a mentoring organization – we want to celebrate with you.

Save the date!! The 2020 Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) Awards will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Project 658, 3646 Central Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Award categories have been revamped and nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

2020 MMA Registration Link


Nomination Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individuals and agencies nominated must live or work in and serve the residents of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Nominees must not have received an MMA Award in the same (or similar) category within the past two (2) years.
  • Nominations must be submitted for work done by individuals and organizations within the year 2019.
  • Organization nominees should be registered on The Locator by the time their application is to be considered. There is still time to register for The Locator! Please complete this registration form.

 2020 MMA Awards Nomination Application Link:

2020 MMA Award Categories:

Mentor of the Year

This nominee has been an exemplary mentor to a young person or youth for a minimum of two (2) years. This inspirational mentor continually raises the bar by providing outstanding professional and personal development opportunities and sound guidance. When compared to his/her peers, evidence of commitment, accessibility, leadership, and effectiveness are evident. He/she holds mentee(s) to high standards, articulates clear expectations and follows through on commitments.


Mentee of the Year

This nominee is a young person or youth that invests the time to develop a strong relationship with his/her mentor by prioritizing commitments, responsibilities and learning opportunities. He/she engages actively with his/her mentor and/or organization, willingly attends sessions/meetings, and completes tasks with excellence and a positive attitude. He/she respectfully considers guidance, feedback, and suggestions.


Peer Mentor of the Year

This nominee is a young person or youth that serves as a mentor to their peer within a mentoring organization, and invests the time to develop a strong relationship with his/her mentee by providing sound guidance.  He/she also relates to his/her mentee and holds him/her to high standards, articulates clear expectations, and follows through on commitments. 


Best Collaboration in Mentoring

These nominees/organizations accomplished significant results by pooling resources, working with other organizations, and/or by connecting with the community in a meaningful way. The outcome(s) of the collaboration resulted in improved outcomes in mentoring, such as increasing diversity or inclusion in mentoring, obtaining shared goals in less time/effort, exceeding fundraising objectives, or achieving broader depth in mentoring practice. Ideal nominees have established a collaboration within the last 2 years. All agencies involved in the collaboration should be included in the nomination submission.


Grassroots Mentoring Organization of the Year

This nominee accomplished significant results as a small agency, which serves up to 100 youth. This agency has allowed its passion for mentoring youth to drive its mission through partnerships, outcomes and/or growth, and has filled gaps in Charlotte's mentoring landscape.


First Responder Mentor of the Year

This nominee partnered with a Charlotte-Mecklenburg mentoring agency or school to deliver mentoring services and assistance to youth in a significant manner, helping to develop relationships of trust and respect, therefore establishing himself/herself as a resource to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg mentoring community.


Educator Mentor of the Year

The nominee partnered with a Charlotte-Mecklenburg mentoring agency or school to help deliver mentoring services to a school, classroom, or an individual. He/she helped develop and sustain effective mentoring relationships with students, parents/caregivers, mentors, and/or community mentoring agencies.

Registration is now open to attend our annual event. Please RSVP below.

2020 MMA Registration Link


Nominations are open until November 14, 2019. Please submit nomination below.

2020 MMA Awards Nomination Application Link:


Mission Statement:

The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through trainings and workshops, recognition, and establishing quality standards for service delivery.

The Locator:

We have partnered with MeckEd and the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition (MCYC) to have one community locator that serves as a resource to connect mentors and mentees to agencies as well as to assist in search of out of school time programming for youth. Please visit to find the right program for you.

For more information contact:

Tiffany Johnson
Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Specialist