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Cecil Shorts III Mentor Award Winners

April 17, 2015

Honoring the outstanding volunteers dedicated to ensuring students complete their education on time, Chanel and Cecil Shorts III partnered with United Way of Northeast Florida to host an Achievers For Life mentor recognition event on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the new Sweet Pete’s location downtown.

The event included food, drinks and reflection on the accomplishments achieved through personal mentoring, and honored the special work of volunteers. One of the most exciting additions to the event was the Cecil Shorts III Mentor Awards for “MVP Mentor of the Year,” “Rookie of the Year” and “Company of the Year.” Out of 48 nominations, 10 were selected as finalists and one winner was recognized in each category.

We’re delighted to announce the following award recipients:

Veteran of the Year

Mickey McCown

Mickey has served as an Achievers For Life mentor to Tierney for two years now, following his mentee through school changes and academic adjustments. Tierney has made impressive academic progress, and says that Mickey has truly become one of his best friends.

Mickey McCown is using his decades of teaching experience to mentor students like Tierney, supporting them in their educational goals and providing emotional support to reach their dreams.
Mickey McCown is using his decades of teaching experience to mentor students like Tierney, supporting them in their educational goals and providing emotional support to reach their dreams.

“I’m very proud of the progress Tierney has made,” McCown shared, beaming about his mentee.

Read Mickey’s Times-Union volunteer profile and Tierney’s success story to learn more about how Achievers For Life impacts volunteers and students alike.


Rookie of the Year

Erin Homan

“Caring” and “warm-hearted” are just a couple of words used to described Erin Homan by Phillia, her mentee at Eugene Butler Middle. Erin has been an outstanding mentor in her first year as part of Achievers For Life.

Earning Cecil Shorts III's "Rookie of the Year" Mentor Award, Erin Homan invests meaningfully in the life of Phillia, her mentee.
Earning Cecil Shorts III’s “Rookie of the Year” Mentor Award, Erin Homan invests meaningfully in the life of Phillia, her mentee.

“We’re always more effective when we work together,” said Homan. “I believe she and I have what it takes to ensure a lasting bond and positive future for her life.”


Company of the Year

Availity

As a United Way Summit Award winner and exemplary company in philanthropy and volunteerism, Availity has become a model for company engagement. Under the leadership of CEO Russ Thomas, Availity adopted Ribault Middle School two years ago.

Availity staff and CEO Russ Thomas celebrate the success of Ribault Middle Achievers For Life Students with a pizza party in October 2014. This is one of the many ways Availity has shown their support of improving educational outcomes.
Availity staff and CEO Russ Thomas celebrate the success of Ribault Middle Achievers For Life Students with a pizza party in October 2014. This is one of the many ways Availity has shown their support of improving educational outcomes.

They made a big impact, from providing up to 46 mentors to hosting field days and spelling bees. This year’s award recognizes the company’s accomplishment of adding five new mentors to their roster.

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