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Mentor of the Year - Eric Miller
Mentor of the Year Award: honors an individual who provides youth (25 and under) with the confidence and assets to be successful.
Eric Miller of Detroit manages his own nonprofit, The Lawn Academy, and through it, he mentors several Detroit-area youth. He helps them realize their full potential and make positive connections in their community. As part of his program, youth between the ages of 11-18 participate in a college immersion program, in partnership with Wayne County Community College District, and when not in class, youth participants provide lawn services for the elderly, veterans in need, and people with special needs free of charge. However, Eric doesn’t just teach them about serving others, he makes sure they are doing well in school, learning to be leaders and receiving the tools they need to be successful in life. “Mr. Miller is very committed to the growth and development of these young men,” said Lawn Academy volunteer William Polk. “He just wants these young men to succeed, become the best men they can be, and give back to what was given to them.” Eric has also volunteered with various other organizations, including Bridging Communities in Southwest Detroit, the Pontiac Women’s Shelter, SEMI Indian Community Center and Motor City Makeover.