The Mentoring in Real Life Awards, an event organized by the multi-organization collective, MentoringBR, took place Wednesday, January 24th at Oak Lodge. The awards were meant to honor mentors making a difference in the lives of Baton Rouge youth. The event’s keynote speaker Naquita Wilson, a former LSU and NBA basketball player, spoke about attributing his success as an athlete to the time and encouragement poured into him by mentors throughout his childhood. Wilson emphasized the importance of being a mentor, having someone to mentor and the value of academics being equally as important as that of athletics. MetroMorphosis Chief Executive Catalyst, Raymond Jetson, in closing remarks shared a quote from a former professor whose love of teaching stemmed from his belief that his profession “allowed him to touch eternity”, further solidifying the notion that passing on mentorship to others allows mentors the opportunity to leave lasting impressions. 

Award Recipients
Male Mentor of the Year

Jim Akers

City-Parish Mentoring Award
Councilwoman Erika Green

Female Mentor of the Year
Sheletta Donatto

College Mentoring Award
LSU Buds (Daniel Ellender and Logan Hornung)

Faith-Based Mentoring Award
Dana Trahan-Hosanna Christian Academy

Community Mentoring Award
Eric Brown


L to R: Gaylynne Mack ( Executive Director of Big Buddy) Dana Trahan, Jim Akers, Sheletta Donatto, Councilwoman Ericka Green, LSU Buds (Daniel Ellender and Logan Hornung), Eric Brown, and Raymond Jetson (Chief Executive Catalyst of MetroMorphosis).

For more information about the work of MentoringBR visit the website here

 

 

 

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