Each January, in conjunction with National Mentoring Month, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance gathers to honor the remarkable mentoring work that takes place in the Charlotte community.
The alliance highlights the achievements of individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to inspire and motivate our youth and their families to continue to lead positive lives.
There were seven award categories, including educator mentoring partner of the year, first responder mentoring partner of the year, grassroots mentoring organization of the year, best collaboration in mentoring, peer mentor of the year, mentee of the year and mentor of the year.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detective Huy Michael Nguyen was selected winner as first responder mentoring partner of the year.
Nguyen, a gang unit detective, was acknowledged for his responsiveness to calls to support youths suspected of gang activity.
“The best thing about Charlotte is our people,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “This community is comprised of many generous people who work tirelessly to give back to others.”
At the recent awards ceremony, Lyles said that throughout her time as mayor, she has come to know many great examples of how our community comes together and strives to create better opportunities for our youth.
Through his gang prevention presentations in CMS middle schools, and his mentoring groups with high schoolers, Nguyen teaches young people to consider the potential consequences before making poor life-changing decisions.
Lyles acknowledged the meaningful work performed by mentoring agencies and individuals in Charlotte along with the dedication required to support the social and emotional well-being of our future community leaders.
“As mentors and advocates, we personify the generosity of spirit and the unconditional giving of self often required during the most vulnerable circumstances,” Lyles said.
The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through training sessions and workshops, recognition and establishing quality standards of mentoring in the city.
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