Brian Hairston recognized for commitment to youth mentoring

College Mentors for Kids presented Brian Hairston, Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development agent in Henry County/Martinsville, its Youth Mentoring award as part of its 2017 Inspire Awards celebration held Feb. 23 in Indianapolis. Seven inspiring community leaders were named Mentors of the Year for mentoring excellence in the workplace and community by College Mentors for Kids.

Lopez presents Hairston the youth mentoring award

Cody Lopez, associate director for programming for College Mentors for Kids (right), presents Brian Hairston, Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development agent in Henry County/Martinsville, the Inspire Award for Youth Mentoring.

Hairston was recognized by multiple mentees for mentoring through the 4-H program. “Brian Hairston is one of the most inspiring, down to earth people I know. He not only pushes you to go beyond your limited, but he is there with a helping hand along the way. He sees your abilities and potential before you do and never gives up on the bright future he sees ahead for you. Mr. Hairston has opened many doors for me by making me escape my comfort zone to go above and beyond in order to reach my goals.”

“The Inspire Awards were launched eight years ago to honor mentors in our community because we know that mentoring transforms lives. We see it in the lives of the mentors we celebrate at Inspire, and we also see it in the lives of the kids and college students we serve through the College Mentors for Kids mentoring program,” said Josh Brown, College Mentors for Kids board chair.

College Mentors for Kids is an innovative nonprofit with a mission to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. The organization operates 35 campus-based chapters across Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

The Inspire Awards are an annual event designed to celebrate mentoring in the workplace and community. Nominations from around the country are accepted, and selection committees choose the Mentors of the Year from each category who are honored at the luncheon along with a Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree.

For a complete list of the 2017 award recipients and information about College Mentors for Kids, please visit