Charlotte, N.C. – The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance hosted its annual Awards Gala on Friday, February 8 to honor mentors, mentees, mentoring agencies, and other organizations that support mentoring in Charlotte. More than 200 people gathered to celebrate the impact of mentoring in Charlotte.
In the opening remarks, Mayor Vi Lyles reiterated the importance of mentorship in our community. "These mentors have worked behind the scenes, sharing their time, expertise, and insights...Our children and youth need adults in our community to be positive role models to support them as they move into adulthood."
Tesha Boyd was awarded Mentor of the Year. She is the founder of Promise Youth Development and started by serving six girls. This agency now serves and feeds over 40+ youth, boys and girls, from elementary to high school with no cost to the children in attendance. Tesha sometimes foots the program costs herself to make dreams come true for youth in our community.
Others who received awards during the ceremony included:
- Educational Leadership in Mentoring: The Posh Women's Institute
- Best Practice Small Agency: Firm Foundations Youth and Family Outreach
- Best Practice Large Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
- Business Partner of the Year: A Brighter Day Ministry
- Group Mentor of the Year: Promise Youth Development
- Mentee of the Year: Maurice Atkins
- Mentor of the Year: Tesha Boyd
This event, which was rescheduled from January 17 due to winter weather, was the culminating event in Charlotte celebrating National Mentoring Month. This movement is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress. Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.
To learn more about the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance, visit mayorsmentoringalliance.org.