Mentor of the Year finalist honored at Governor’s Service Awards

Ottawa County Journey 4-H mentor Harry Leeuw was honored as a finalist for Mentor of the Year at the 2010 Governor’s Service Awards on June 24 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. Forty finalists were selected from more than 130 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations from across the state who were nominated for their commitment to volunteer service. Harry was one of five finalists for Mentor of the Year. This award honors an individual who has made a significant difference in a child’s life through mentoring.

Harry has mentored two youth during his four years as a mentor through the Michigan State University Extension Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring program. Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring is a one-on-one mentoring program that serves court-involved youth of Ottawa County or those youth who are identified as being high risk for becoming court involved.

Harry was nominated for Mentor of the Year by Harold McDermed, MSUE program associate. According to Harold, “Harry was looking for a mentoring program that gave him the opportunity to work with kids who needed that extra encouragement to do their best and stay out of the court system.”

It looks like Harry found what he was looking for, and it was the best place for him as well as the mentees. Congratulations, Harry!

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