The 2019 Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards will be held on Jan. 17 and nomination applications will be accepted through Wednesday.
Tesha Boyd is the founder of Promise Youth Development, an agency that won the 2018 Group Mentors of the Year Award.
“People know that kids benefit from a positive mentor in their life,” Boyd said. “Kids today are very different from when I was a kid, and they have enormous barriers to overcome.”
Promise Youth Development started by serving six girls. It now serves and feeds over 40 boys and girls from elementary to high school with no cost to them. Boyd sometimes foots the program costs herself to make dreams come true for youth in our community.
“We have to be patient and consistent because a lot of kids have been exposed to great levels of trauma,” Boyd said. “We have to consistently nurture them to help them grow and thrive.”
She does all this while being a mother of two, a wife and a full-time employee in the health care industry where she has worked over 25 years.
The MMA has revamped the categories to include Mentor of the Year, Mentee of the Year, Best Collaboration in Mentoring, Grassroots Mentoring Organization of the Year, Law Enforcement Mentoring Partner of the Year and Educator Mentoring partner of the Year.
Nomination eligibility criteria for the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance is as follows:
- 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 years.
- Nominations must be submitted for work done by individuals and agencies within the year 2018.
- Organization nominees should be registered on The Locator. If the agency that you would like to nominate is not listed on The Locator, there is still time to for that agency to submit a registration form. Visit www.charlottenc.gov/mma for instructions on how to register the agency.
Registration is now open to attend the awards event. RSVP HERE.
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