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State to Honor Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients

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Melissa Simmermaker, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

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mentor@iowa.gov

 

State to Honor Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients

Awards to be presented following Mentoring Day on the Hill on January 27, 2011

 

January 21, 2011(DES MOINES) — The recipients of the 2011 Excellence in Mentoring Award have recently been announced by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  The awards will be presented during a special recognition ceremony to be held in conjunction with the annual Mentoring Day on the Hill on January 27, 2011 in Des Moines.

 

Mentoring Day on the Hill and the Excellence in Mentoring Award ceremony will serve as the culminating event for National Mentoring Month 2011.  Mentoring Day on the Hill, which will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the state capitol rotunda, will provide an opportunity for legislators and the public to learn more about how mentoring is playing an integral role in fulfilling Iowa’s Promise to children and youth.  The Excellence in Mentoring Award ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the east wing of the rotunda.  Both events are open to the public.

 

“It’s not at all surprising to me that Iowa is ranked second in the nation for its state volunteerism rate and fifth in the nation for its state mentoring rate,” said Adam Lounsbury, executive director of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  “We know Iowans have a strong ethic and history of serving others, but there are still more than 2,500 Iowa children who are waiting for a mentor this New Year.  We ask the public to not only join us in honoring a few of Iowa’s most outstanding mentors, but also challenge more Iowans to volunteer as mentors in 2011.”

 

The four recipients of the 2011 Excellence in Mentoring Award include:

 

o   Stacy Garrow of Davenport, has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley for five years.  Stacy’s passion for mentoring comes from the belief that mentoring is not just about “helping” someone in need; because she knows first-hand that her life has also been changed by the experience.  She has even stated, “With or without the program, my Little Sister and I are friends for life.”   

o   Spencer Lloyd of Muscatine, became a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County in 2001.  Nine years later, Spencer is still matched with the same Little Brother and the two often joke about who the real “Big Brother” is now in the relationship!  Because of Spencer’s positive influence, his mentee has even inquired about becoming a Big Brother with the program when he turns 18.

o   Cori Mickelson of Malvern, first became involved with mentoring as a high school student.  In 2008, she became a formal mentor with Buena Vista Buddies through Buena Vista University and the Connections Mentoring Program.  Cori’s passion for mentoring eventually evolved into a leadership role with the program and she has since recruited over 50 college students to become mentors.

o   Larry Moser of Sioux City, has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland for three-and-a-half years.  Throughout this time, Larry has made a concerted effort to incorporate daily living skills into his weekly outings with his Little Brother, but does so in a way that makes a positive impact on the life of his mentee.  Larry has served as an active member on the program’s Board of Directors for one year and will become the Board Chair in June of 2011. 

 

Mentoring Day on the Hill and the Excellence in Mentoring Award are coordinated by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office.  For more information, visit www.iowamentoring.org, www.volunteeriowa.org, e-mail mentor@iowa.gov or call 800.308.5987.

 

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