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Stories provide points of connection and remind us of the power of relationships to break down otherness, find common ground, and elevate our shared humanity. That’s why we're collecting stories about mentoring in real-life—stories from mentors, mentees, and anyone with a personal connection to mentoring.

Shining a Light on Outstanding Mentors

Join us in celebrating the incredible mentors in New York State! At the MENTOR of the Year Awards, we recognize volunteers whose stories never fail to move and inspire us. Nominations come in from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and our independent selection committee chooses just four mentors to receive this prestigious award.

Recognition is about more than just a trophy. It's about shining a spotlight on life-changing mentoring relationships and the mentors who make a difference in their communities. Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Nominate them today!

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Celebrating All Mentors

When you submit a story, recognition for the mentor is guaranteed. Mentoring stories are featured on MENTOR New York's social media, blog, or in email marketing and press pitches—with the mentor's organization prominently credited as a leading mentoring provider. Check out the blog for past inspiring stories.  

Why Nominate?

Mentors selected for a MENTOR of the Year award receive:

  • A $500 donation to their mentoring program

  • MENTOR Heart award

  • VIP access and a one-of-a-kind recognition experience for the mentor, mentee, their families, and mentoring program staff, at the in-person awards reception

  • A video highlighting the mentor and mentee

  • Personalized press release for their mentoring program to share with stakeholders

Crafting a Successful Story

You don't have to be a wordsmith to tell a compelling tale, but there are a few things to keep in mind when submitting your story. Head over to Words Matter for tips on how to use asset-based language when talking about young people. You can also review the Rubric used by our Awards selection committee. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Cassy Lalanne.

Calling Young Writers!

Do you have something to say but need a platform to say it? We welcome stories from young people under 21 who are eager to share their voice with the world. Whether you have advice for mentees, are passionate about mentoring in schools, or feel ready to tackle another topic, we want to hear from you!

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