Nominate someone outstanding for a Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance award

Nominations are open through Nov. 30

Nominate someone outstanding for a Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance award
(Jan. 2020 File Photo) (Photo: Brandon Todd)

The 2021 Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards will be held on Jan. 21 and nomination applications will be accepted through Nov. 30.

Last year, Demario Baker, founder and executive director of the Nspire-Us Foundation and was selected as a mentor of the year.

The Nspire-Us Foundation was created for educating youth from underserved communities about public health awareness, healthier living, self-esteem and positive lifestyle choices through education, programs and workshops.

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“Underserved communities have some of the brightest future leaders, but the resources are limited to nonexistent,” Baker said. “Mentoring and free or low-cost programs are imperative to help kids see, touch and experience opportunities that are conducive to their growth.”

Mayor Vi 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.

“The best thing about Charlotte is our people,” said Lyles. “This community is comprised of many generous people who work tirelessly to give back to others.”

Here are the award categories for The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance:

· Mentor of the Year

· Mentee of the Year

· Peer Mentor of the Year

· Best Collaboration in Mentoring

· Grassroots Mentoring Organization of the Year

· First Responder Mentor of the Year

· Educator Mentor of the Year

To learn about mentoring or meet others who are interested in mentoring, you can attend a Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Mentor Mingle and connect with individuals and organization who can provide mentor and mentee opportunities.

Registration is open to attend the virtual awards event. RSVP HERE.

If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, public affairs manager for WSOC-TV, WAXN-TV and Telemundo Charlotte, at