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Jan. 24, 2014
Contact: Ashley Ford
Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Hosts Awards Ceremony
Local mentors, businesses, agencies and mentees receive awards
Charlotte, NC — The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance celebrated National Mentoring Month by honoring local mentors at last night’s Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance awards ceremony. Mayor Patrick Cannon 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.
Keith Smith was named Mentor of the Year, an honor Cannon awards a mentor who has worked tirelessly to make an impact on youth. Smith was praised for starting a community garden with young men at Youth Educational Society and encouraging the youth to give the garden’s fruits and vegetables to those who are homeless. Additionally, Smith works to provide job opportunities and coordinate career readiness workshops for the young men.
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes served as emcee of the awards ceremony as Cannon is in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting.
Also receiving awards during the ceremony were: Beta Rho Sigma graduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for Group Mentors of the Year, GMR Marketing for Business of the Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte for Best Practices Agency of the Year, and Jasminee Elston for Mentee of the Year.
“Many of us, including myself, wouldn't be here without the support of mentors -- mentors who knew we could accomplish great things. We celebrate National Mentoring Month to focus on the mentors who believed in us,” Cannon said in a message to nominees. “Thank you for devoting your time to making a difference in the lives of our local youth. Your commitment to children in our community is extraordinary and you ought to be applauded for that effort.”
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