Summer 2022 Newsletter
Excellence Awards and Recognition Celebration
MEGA Mentors held its annual end-of-school-year recognition event and dinner June 3 to celebrate the vast accomplishments of student mentees, mentors and schools.

Joining together in-person for the first time in two years at the Chesterfield Technical Center - Hull Street, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air.

Multiple awards were presented including "Student of the Year," "Mentor of the Year," "Coordinator of the Year," "Liaisons of the Year" and "Community Partnership."

Hening Elementary was honored for "School of the Year" and was awarded $5,000 from MEGA Mentors to help the school continue doing great work.

"We are extremely grateful for every single person and community partner that has made a difference in the lives of our CCPS students," said Greg Cummings, MEGA's Vice President of Programming. "Thank you to all who have helped make this past school year as successful as it was!"
MEGA Mentors students receive various awards during the 2022 Excellence Awards and Recognition Celebration June 3. Photo by Trevon Facey.
Hening Elementary was honored as the "School of the Year" with $5,000 during the 2022 Excellence Awards and Recognition Celebration June 3. Photo by Trevon Facey.
Spring IT Career and Exploration Program Kick-off
MEGA Mentors launched its first ever Information Technology (IT) Boot Camp for middle and high school CCPS students. Meeting on select Saturdays in March and April, participants learned about the different components of computers, particularly hardware and software. They were introduced to the four main categories of IT professionals and its integration into mainstream fields.

The IT Career and Exploration Program's goal is to direct students to the technology careers that best suit them. It was spearheaded by the Programs Committee and Rodney Mullins, a veteran MEGA mentor and current board member. Mullins tapped into his expansive IT background to bring the program to life.

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Speakers' Bureau Spotlight
MEGA's Speakers' Bureau program introduces our students to real people from various walks of life as they discuss their life experiences and careers. The goal is to show students that regardless of their upbringing or environmental circumstances, success is possible through hard work, dedication and applying the MEGA core values of: Respect, Responsibility, Effort and Achievement.

This past school year, the speakers below shared their stories and valuable insights both virtually and in-person.
Marvin Edwards
Providence Middle School's after-school "Rampage" program welcomed guest speaker Marvin Edwards March 24. A human resources specialist with the Defense Logistics Agency, Edwards spoke of his life story: from growing up in the Richmond area, to dedicating 26 years in the Army, and now working in the Communications field.

During their sessions, MEGA students frequently asked Edwards what motivated his school and career decisions. Although all four of MEGA's core values played a significant role in his life, Edwards emphasized the importance of Respect: he believes loving oneself is respecting yourself and others.

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Michael Herring
During his virtual meeting February 8 with MEGA students from Manchester Middle, Michael Herring was asked, "What would your advice be to Michael Herring, the middle schooler?" 

In his eloquent and insightful way, Herring shared the importance of being prepared and having balance, while ensuring your current actions afford you future options. During his reflections, Michael shared several memorable thoughts and advice, including "Have a good time with balance," and "Teachers were pushing me because they saw my potential."

Herring also talked about his roles and responsibilities as the Managing Partner for McguireWoods, a full-service legal and public affairs firm, and contrasted it with his previous responsibilities as the Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Richmond. His reflections showed how MEGA's core values fit into his path and success.
Cortez Dial
"How are you investing your time?" Cortez Dial, Ed.D., posed that question March 2 to MEGA students at Carver College and Academy. Dial asked students a series of questions on which to reflect, including:
  • What are you spending your time on?
  • Does it reflect what you value?
  • Who are you spending your time with?
  • Are they helping you grow, learn and achieve your goals?
The students engaged in vigorous conversation as they heard Dial's experiences and answered these questions. At the end of the session, several students approached Dial for his contact information to continue the conversation about higher education and work/life preparation after high school.

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Season of Sharing/FABS 2022
MEGA's Season of Sharing kicked off December 1, 2021, and concluded January 15, 2022, with the annual Fine Art Benefit and Sale (FABS). Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every fundraising activity of the campaign was conducted virtually. However, this year was the first time art was showcased at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Richmond.

"The giving community, especially our corporate sponsors, were generous with their financial support of this year’s fundraising event," said Mack Moore, MEGA's treasurer and a board trustee. "We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and volunteers for supporting the students at Chesterfield County Public Schools.”
New Sponsor Highlight
Thank you to MEGA's newest corporate and individual sponsors! You are the backbone of our programs.

– Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust (February 2022)
– Walmart (December 2021)
– Bell Associates (July 2021)
– The Titmus Foundation, Inc. (July 2021)
CCPS Volunteer Application Renewal
Members who have completed the CCPS volunteer application in the past will receive a renewal notification via email. The timeframe in which members will receive the email depends on the original application date, so please keep an eye out for the email and take action immediately. Please also check your SPAM inbox. The email will come from "Raptor System" and the subject is "Application Renewal Notice."

Below are examples of the application renewal notice email and the subsequent approval email.
Join MEGA Mentors!
If you're not currently a MEGA member and would like to become a classroom mentor, join one of our committees or volunteer in another capacity, please fill out our membership application to get started.
Note: To become a MEGA Mentor member, you must complete the membership application AND attend a New Member Orientation & Training session. If you have only completed one of these two requirements, you will be considered a Pending Member and cannot fully participate in certain activities, such as classroom mentoring. Note: the Annual Membership Meeting typically held in August/September does not qualify as new member training.
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