Mentor of the Year - Bobby Johnson
Mentor of the Year Award: honors an individual who provides youth (25 and under) with the confidence and assets to be successful.
Bobby Johnson of Detroit exemplifies what it means to be a great mentor and he always goes above and beyond what is expected from him. He has been very consistent and involved in every aspect of his mentees’ lives; from school, home and the various activities that they are involved in. The impact that he has recently made with his current mentee, RJ, has been remarkable. Recently, RJ was awarded a leadership award from the Boys and Girls Club that he attends. “He gives RJ advice on how to be respectful and has stepped in and helped as a father figure. If there is something going on at the school I know Bobby is going to be on top of it. I thank God for Bobby being a part of the village that has raised my grandson," said R.J.'s Grandmother. For years Bobby has helped recruit numerous mentors as well, helping the VIP Mentoring program grow. Bobby also volunteers in other ways as well, often serving with Habitat for Humanity, Gleaners Food Bank and more.