Mentoring our future leaders may be the most important thing Phi Beta Sigma does. Whether its growing our Sigma Betas into well-rounded, educated men; helping our collegiate brothers navigate through their college years; or helping new alumni brothers transition into independent, professional adulthood. All three of our principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service are ingrained in this most important duty of Sigma men. The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance connects Charlotte mentoring organizations for the purpose of promoting best practices through providing workshops, resources and standards for quality service delivery. Each year, the board recognizes organizations and individuals who are making a difference in our youth’s lives. We are proud to announce that in 2014, the Sigmas of Charlotte brought home not one, but two awards from the annual “Celebrating Our Mentors’ Mentoring Works” awards ceremony event.
[one_half] [/one_half] [one_half last=last]Group Mentors of the Year – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Beta Rho Sigma Charlotte Alumni Chapter The Beta Rho Sigma Charlotte Alumni Chapter was awarded “Group Mentors of the Year” for our work with our successful Sigma Beta Club. The club currently has nearly 30 Sigma Betas, the largest in the Southeastern Region. Through the leadership of our Sigma Beta Club Director, Bro. Keith Freeman, and tireless work of Brothers Brandon Miller, Justin Lewter, Keith Smith and Charlie Jefferson, the club continues to make a difference in the lives of our young men.[/one_half]
[one_half] [/one_half] [one_half last=last]Mentor of the Year – Bro. Keith Smith, Esq. The biggest award of the event goes to the one person who has made the biggest impact on young people through mentoring. Anyone who knows Bro. Keith Smith knows that he has mentored more young people and Sigma men than any other brother in Charlotte. He has been the major driver behind the Sigma Beta Club of Charlotte for longer than many of us have been Sigmas. He’s been the primary male presence in boys who need that more than anything (just talk to Bro. Brandon Miller for five minutes and you’re guaranteed to hear Bro. Smith’s impact). He’s helped launch and lead the Youth Educational Society, Inc. (the chapter’s non-profit partner) and created initiatives that are impacting our youth today. He has started numerous chapters and served as adviser to many of our collegiate brothers. Finally, Bro. Smith has been a role model for many of the younger Sigma men who have joined the Charlotte alumni chapter. Too many Sigma men look up to Bro. Smith to mention.
While this award was EARNED for Bro. Smith’s the tireless work with our Sigma Beta Club and Youth Educational Society, many of our Sigma brothers who are now in their 20s and 30s may look at this as a lifetime achievement award as Bro. Smith has been impacting young people for more than two decades now. Congratulations, Bro. Smith![/one_half]