Excellence in Mentoring



On January 30, 2019, MENTOR will convene leaders in the youth mentoring field at an invitation-only Excellence in Mentoring Awards Dinner to kick off the National Mentoring Summit. At this pre-Summit dinner hosted by our Board of Directors, we will honor champions of mentoring with the annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards.


2019 Nominations Open: September 12, 2018

2019 Nominations Close: October 12, 2018




Excellence in Mentoring Awards will be presented in four categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Given to an individual who has dedicated their life’s work to supporting youth through mentoring programs
  • Corporate Leadership: Given to an employee from a company listed on the National Corporate Honor Roll who both volunteers their time as a youth mentor and mobilizes others to engage in the mentoring movement
  • Impactful Philanthropy: Given to a foundation, company, individual philanthropist or board member who has made a significant impact on young people through investment of time and funds in mentoring programs, MENTOR Affiliates and/or mentoring initiatives
  • Public Elevation: Given to an individual who uses their influence and public platform to support mentoring opportunities for youth (i.e. a government or elected official, media representative, or other public figure)

You are welcome to submit more than one nomination, but you must fill out a separate application for each individual nomination. Nominators and Nominees will be notified if they were selected as one of this year’s honorees by mid-November.

For more information contact Julie Babyatzky at jbabyatzky@mentoring.org.


2018 Excellence in Mentoring Winners

Eddie Gale, The A. D. Henderson Foundation

Jamal Joseph, IMPACT Repertory Theatre

David Milliken, Hutton Settlement Children’s Home

Sergeant Mamie Lanford Singleton, Youth Initiative Mentoring Academies

Past Excellence in Mentoring Honorees

Barbara Gage

Barbara Gage, The Carlson Family Foundation


Julie Magallanes Guevara, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

McGee Jr.

Brandon L. McGee Jr., ASCEND Mentoring


Samuel Powel, Google

Curley M. Dossman

Curley M. Dossman, Jr. (2016), 100 Black Men of America


Belkis Christina Plata (2016), Take Stock in Children

Dr. Powell

Dr. Sharon Rose Powell (2016), Center for Supportive Schools

Dave Bing

Dave Bing (2015), BINGO

Charles R. Burke

Charles R. Burke, Jr. (2015), Grable Foundation


Senator Mary L. Landrieu (2015)

Coach Snyder

Coach Bill Snyder (2015), Kansas Mentors

Michael Yanney

Michael B. Yanney (2015), Midlands Mentoring Partnership

Rep. Frank Wolf

Representative Frank Wolf (2014)

Lt. Brad Owen

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen (2014)

Maura Corrigan

Maura D. Corrigan (2014), Michigan Department of Human Services

The Honorable Charles Schumer and the Honorable Orrin Hatch

The Honorable Charles Schumer and the Honorable Orrin Hatch (2013)


3M (2013)

Peter Koch

Peter Koch (2013), Koch Eye Associates

Dr. Raymund Paredes (2013)