This is an enlightening and inspiring interview with Sam Wells, of Flint, who was honored last year by the Michigan Community Service Commission. He was one of those chosen individuals from across the state of Michigan that received the prestigious GOVERNOR’S SERVICE AWARD.
Specifically, Sam was recognized as the “Mentor of the Year.” This award honors an individual who provides youth (25 and under) with the confidence and assets to be successful. Hear how he does it and WHY.
Sam Wells of Flint Township is a man that leads by example. He has led efforts to help young men become the next generation of leaders through the Alpha Esquire Mentoring and Leadership Program, which includes predominantly African-American young males from Flint and Genesee County.
Sam helped develop the program and serves as the director. The Esquires enroll 40 members annually and emphasize education, community service, life skills and character building.
Sam has served as a mentor with Esquire Mentoring & Leadership for almost 20 years.
The program focuses on helping African American men from the Flint and Genesee County area lead successful lives through volunteer work.
Sam coordinates several events and workshops each year to help the young men in the program develop. He has also added a scholarship component, which awards $20,000 to 20 graduating seniors. The program also provides luggage, dorm microwaves, refrigerators and computers to students.
To his peers, Sam has proven he will do anything he can to mentor the young men of the program and make sure they are successful in life. “His tireless dedication is a labor of love,” said his nominator David Guinn. “I have seen him give the shirt off his back for job interviews, prom or other important nights.”
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