The Inspire Awards is a signature event of College Mentors for Kids. Held in Indianapolis, Indiana each February, the awards recognize mentors in the workplace and community in seven industry categories. The awards celebrate mentors: people who have sat down with you over coffee and given advice, challenged you to grow, listened to new ideas, and encouraged you. The awards are a great way to honor the person who gave you the courage to take a new leap in your career or inspired you to pursue your passions.
Nominations for the Inspire Awards are open from December – late January. Five finalists are selected in each category and industry leaders who serve on selection committees select the award winners. The winners are announced at the Inspire Awards luncheon each February. The awards luncheon attracts more than 500 community leaders. Each year a Lifetime Achievement Award winner is also honored.
Nominations are accepted in the following categories: accounting, legal & finance; business, retail & services; construction, technology & engineering; education, government & nonprofit; health & health sciences; marketing, media & athletics; youth mentoring.