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Mentors honored at event
Group celebrates 10 years in community
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Logan Thomas, right, talks with mentee Austin Schlosser, left, and Schlosser’s mother Sheryl during the Mentor Me Magic Moments Breakfast on Tuesday. - photo by Autumn Vetter

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A Forsyth mentoring organization celebrated its successes Tuesday.

During its Magic Moments Breakfast, held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, Mentor Me North Georgia recognized the adults who serve as mentors to young people throughout the county.

The organization, originally a Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapter, is completing its 10th year here. It was founded in 2002 as a Leadership Forsyth class project.

Currently, Mentor Me has a range of programs, including after school clubs, summer camps and Kick It Up clubs for at-risk students at several middle and high schools.

But the focus remains on adult and student one-on-one relationships. Currently, the organization fosters about 70 such pairings and has a waiting list of roughly 17 students who need mentors. Most of those are boys.

Logan Thomas, who was recognized as this year’s top male mentor, said he hopes to be an inspiration to others.

“It was hard at first to be recognized for this because I did this because it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I did it because Austin [Schlosser] is a great kid and I love hanging out with him.

“But, I was extremely honored and if it helps another person be motivated to make a difference in a child’s life then that was what made me think this [award] is great.”

As for Schlosser, he’s glad to have Thomas in his life.

“He’s taught me a lot of things, like how to be respectful of other people and how to just live life,” he said.

Dylan Richardson, a student at South Forsyth High School, also spoke highly of his mentor, James McCoy, who received an award for having the longest mentoring relationship.

McCoy has mentored Richardson for more than six years.

“I was lacking a male role model in my life,” Richardson said. “When Mentor Me gave me James, it filled in the role model figure that I needed.

“He’s been an inspiration to me and gave me motivation to do the very best in everything I do.”

Christine Roberts received an award for top female mentor of the year for her paring with McKenzie Cochran.

John Heath Jr. was presented the organization’s individual donor of the year award, while Tommy Bagwell earned recognition as Mentor Me’s longest standing contributor.

Virgilio Perez-Pascoe, chairman of the organization’s board of directors, said the breakfast was a success.

“I think it was very exciting to hear from the mentees and their families because one never knows when doing the day-to-day things what happens, and when someone shows you the influence, that’s really the key.”