MENTOR Announces 2022 Excellence in Mentoring Honorees

Released 01/18/22

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The winners of the Excellence in Mentoring Award 2022

BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2022 /CSRwire/ – MENTORthe unifying advocate of the nation’s mentoring movement, announces the 2022 Winner of the Annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards. The Excellence in Mentoring award winners represent the breadth and depth of the mentoring movement and the power of mentoring relationships to support, inspire and engage young people.

This year’s award ceremony will take place on January 28th as part of the National Mentoring Summit, which brings together more than 2,000 experts, practitioners, advocates and philanthropic partners to advance mentoring nationwide. The Summit concludes National Mentoring Month, celebrated each January to bring national attention to the value of mentoring to build meaningful, lasting relationships for young people and adults alike.

“The outstanding diversity of this year’s nominees and award winners illustrates the many ways to work to increase our collective well-being, our connection to one another, our stability and our opportunity,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR. “As we celebrate these leaders in the mentoring movement, we also invite others to follow their example and ensure all of our young people have the connections they need to thrive.”

2022 EXCELLENCE IN MENTORING AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS

LIFE LIFE AWARD – Daryle Cobb, Franklin County (OH) Children Services

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has dedicated a lifetime of work to helping youth through mentoring. This year’s award winner has been for three decades Daryle Cobb, has shown a deep commitment to empowering youth with opportunities and connections.

Daryle’s career has focused on promoting the safety, resilience, and well-being of Franklin County, Ohio’s most vulnerable youth as caseworker, family caregiver, and director of the Simba mentoring Program. Simba Mentoring is a mentoring program with culturally-aligned and enriching programming that matches Black boys involved in the child welfare system with Black male mentors. Daryle has mentored three mentees at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for over 25 years. Even after those matches officially ended, the mentees have continued to turn to Daryle for advice and support, and have celebrated achievements that were sometimes only possible because he taught them to believe in themselves.

The finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award are:

CORPORATE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD – Sanah Jivani, Founder and CEO, Love Your Natural Self Foundation

The Corporate Youth Leadership Award is given to a young person who has participated in a corporate mentoring initiative and has shown great leadership potential. This year’s award winner is Sanah Jivani.

Sanah holds a double degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received an MS in Nonprofit Leadership and an MSEd in Education, Culture and Society. She currently works as a Community Engagement Manager at Generation Hope, focusing on building community partnerships, recruiting mentors and promoting college entry.

Sanah has spent the last few years participating in and leading corporate mentoring initiatives beginning in high school, where she was one of thirty young people across the country selected to serve on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to become. Through this opportunity, she worked with young people to give $5 million of State Farm’s philanthropy budget to organizations across the country. She was selected as the US delegate for Girls20, the only platform for young women to influence G20 decisions, and was recently involved in a corporate mentoring initiative at Bain & Company, where she brought virtual mental health and anti-bullying to the table Student gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals through events, mentors and hands-on sessions. She started this organization after losing all her hair to alopecia in seventh grade and struggling with bullying and low self-esteem. Now her nonprofit organization hosts projects in 150 schools and 28 countries worldwide, including International Self-Love Day. She has reached over 50,000 students through lectures.

IMPACTFUL PHILANTHROPY AWARD – Stacey Ullrich, Head of Global Community Impact, Under Armor and Executive Director, Under Armor Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

The Impactful Philanthropy Award recognizes a foundation, corporation, or individual philanthropist who has invested time and money in mentoring initiatives across the country and in their own communities. This year’s award winner is Stacey UlrichHead of Global Community Impact, Under Armor and Executive Director, Under Armor Foundation.

Prior to joining Under Armor, Stacey held positions at Constellation Energy, PW Feats, Earl Beckwith & Associates and the PGA TOUR. As part of her philanthropic efforts, she serves on the boards of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Center Club, iMentor, Project Pnuema, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc., and the University Systems of Maryland Foundation.

Stacey was a key figure in the Baltimore mentoring movement. From supporting MENTOR MD|DC Since founding her to support mentoring at a number of high school and grassroots programs throughout Baltimore City, Stacey has made mentoring a cornerstone of her personal and professional life and has led Under Armor to make mentoring a priority. Most recently, she helped recruit mentors at Under Armor headquarters to support a newly launched mentoring initiative for 9th graders at several Baltimore high schools. In addition, she supports a number of internal mentoring initiatives at Under Armor aimed at encouraging and engaging young professionals. Stacey has also been actively involved in local youth development and mentoring programs, speaking at a number of funder panels and round tables to create even greater awareness of the need for grassroots and community program funding.

The finalists for the Impactful Philanthropy Award are:

PUBLIC RISE: Jamal Stroud, Big Homie Lil Homie Mentoring (Columbia, South Carolina)

The Public Elevation Award is presented to an individual or organization that uses their influence and public platform to promote, support and raise awareness of mentoring.

This year’s award goes to Jamal Stroud, founder of big homie lil homie mentoring, a mentoring program for boys growing up without father figures. On a national level, Jamal works as a mentor and outreach manager for Stock HOPE America where he provides technical support for 40 different programs across the United States. Jamal has been recognized locally and nationally for his lasting impact on more than 10,000 youth by providing support and positive male role models to young people in South Carolina. Jamal’s personal experience growing up in the foster care system and living in six different homes until the age of six put him on the front lines of bettering himself and serving the youth. Jamal has been a guest on The Ellen Show and has received numerous awards including the prestigious one Jefferson Prize.

The finalists for the Public Elevation Award are:

PUBLIC SERVICE

The Public Service Award is a double honor – we celebrate individuals at both the federal and state/local levels as champions in government who support the mentoring mission. These public servants devote their knowledge, time and platforms to supporting mentoring and encouraging adults to become mentors.

FEDERAL: The Honorable Mary Gay Scanlon, US House of Representatives, Pennnsylvania-05

At the federal level, this year’s public service award goes to Representative Mary Gay Scanlona true champion of mentorship on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Scanlon has dedicated her career to serving the most vulnerable – first as an attorney and now in Congress. She was first sworn into the US House of Representatives after a special election in 2018 and currently represents Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district. Rep. Scanlon’s legislative priorities include voting rights, access to justice, education, supporting economic growth for her region, common sense gun safety and ending hunger. Representative Scanlon is a mentor herself and serves as chair of the Congressional Youth Mentoring Caucus, which works to drive support for the mentoring movement on Capitol Hill through events, networking and legislative action.

STATE & LOCAL: The Honorable Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut

At the state level, this year’s award goes to public service Governor Ned Lamont from Connecticut.

Governor Lamont is a staunch supporter of mentoring in his state. During COVID-19, he added mentoring to the as a volunteer opportunity StateUpCT Portal that connects almost 200 other mentors with young people in times of crisis. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors The Governor’s Partnership for Prevention (Mentor’s Affiliate in Connecticut) and is an active participant in events promoting mentoring across the state. Governor Lamont often speaks fondly of his time as a volunteer high school teacher in his state, where he shared his knowledge of small business ownership and helped connect students with local internships.

Congratulations to all of our 2022 award winners. The awards ceremony is free to the public and attendees can register here.

ABOUT MENTOR

MENTOR is the unifying advocate for expanding the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships in the United States. MENTOR was founded 30 years ago to expand opportunities for young people by building a mentoring field and youth movement. The result: a more than 10-fold increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships. Today, MENTOR is the primary resource and expert in the field of youth mentoring and represents a movement that is affecting young people everywhere – from school to the workplace and beyond. MENTOR works in collaboration with 24 local partners across the country. For more information visit Mentoring.org.

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ABOUT MENTOR

MENTOR is the unifying advocate for expanding the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships in the United States. MENTOR was founded 30 years ago to expand opportunities for young people by building a mentoring field and youth movement. The result: a more than 10-fold increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships. Today, MENTOR is the expert voice of a movement that is affecting young people everywhere – from school to the workplace and beyond. MENTOR works in collaboration with 25 local partners across the country. For more information visit Mentoring.org.

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