Atlanta, GA (January 31, 2015): Culminating a successful National Mentoring Month on a high note, Executive Director Stephen Powell delivered the keynote address at the First Annual Metropolitan Atlanta Mentoring Awards held on Saturday, January 31 at The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.

“It was a true honor to represent Mentoring USA and support our partners Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement and the Black Rose Foundation at such a meaningful and relevant event on the final day of National Mentoring Month,” stated Stephen Powell, Mentoring USA’s Executive Director.  The Auditorium where the keynote was delivered sits adjacent to Dr. King’s burial site and Ebenezer Baptists Church, where Dr. King served as pastor.  It made the mentoring awards even more impactful knowing we were so close spiritually and literally to one of the greatest advocates of change and helping others in the history of this nation.”

Powell, a noted, national expert on mentoring and a “White House Champion of Change Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” award recipient, was invited to deliver the keynote address to encourage and inspire the attendees to continue supporting Atlanta’s local mentoring efforts. He has also provided technical assistance and training on faith-based engagement and male mentor recruitment to Atlanta CARES, a national affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement founded by Susan Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine.

Awards were presented to local individuals, faith based organizations, corporations, social and civic organizations, schools, and institutions for their outstanding efforts in supporting youth through mentoring.

Notable attendees of the awards ceremony included: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Chick-Fil-a Foundation, Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, US Department of Education, Howard University Alumni Association of Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Coca Cola, Atlanta Housing Authority, Vocalist Terrion Nelson, Brenda Coleman (Executive Director of Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement), Dr. Sheila Fleming-Hunter (Founder and President of the Black Rose Foundation), Xernona Clayton (Civil Rights Activist; Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet AwardsFoundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards) and Valerie Richardson Jackson former First Lady of the City of Atlanta and Chairman of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation, Inc. and Jackmont, Inc.)