FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/9/19
Atlantic Beach, NC: This week, the President and CEO of Frontrunners Development, Inc., Mary Kurek, announced the launch of the World Hope Youth Mentors (WHYMentors) program in partnership with the Sub Saharan Open University in Nigeria. The program is the result of interviews conducted while Kurek was producing an edition of her social-impact magazine.
The WHYMentors pilot program matches 23 mentees from 5 countries (3 in Africa) with mentors from 7 countries for the purposes of elevating career and entrepreneurial development as well as to expand cultural boundaries. Kurek, who co-founded 2 NC youth leadership programs praised by former NC Governors, James Hunt and Beverly Perdue, has a background in working with international programs. She has been cultivating her network of social-impact game-changers for several years, curating them through her online magazine, The Introducer, and its companion group, The Frontrunners League of Social Impact Innovation. Over the summer, she and the Director-in-Residence of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Program & Founder of the Sub Saharan Open University, Dr. Osita Aniemeka, met while she was producing the edition of her magazine focused on Developing Youth as Global Citizens. Once Kurek shared with Aniemeka that every youth program leader interviewed for that edition needed mentors, Aniemeka shared his dream of a global mentoring program, and they got to work planning the realization of that dream.
WHYMentors is running as a pilot program now through the end of the year with review early next year before rolling out 2020 cohorts. Says Kurek, “We are partnering with the program leaders I interviewed for the magazine who have recruited the mentees and will help us co-manage. WHYMentors could quickly become critical to the economy of some of these marginalized areas as localized programs start to grow as a result. Our mentors are members of my Frontrunners League and are changing lives with their own innovations, so we know the impact potential with this program.”
Partnering with WHYMentors is the global nonprofit Living Learning and Working, PlatForum (the online dashboard being used for the program), and The Gooddler Foundation. WHYMentors has already received endorsements from World Humanities Commission Ambassador, Rubina Ali and the Traditional Prime Minister of Ngor Autonomous Community, Ngor Okpala L.G.A. Imo State, Nigeria.
Frontrunners Development, Inc. (FDI) is a social impact business development agency that matches business needs with resources for clients in social enterprise, innovation, and funding/accelerator spaces. The agency’s clients hold contracts with NASA, Microsoft, AT & T, Samsung, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, several international country/state governments, and NGOs. FDI produces the first international business networking magazine focused on social impact spaces aimed at stirring up meaningful action. Founded in 2017, the magazine gets views from 136 countries and has a partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The Frontrunners League of Social Impact Innovation is the curated network of the game changers featured in the magazine as well as others who join membership to receive the same business development benefits. Kurek, who founded FDI is a former NC Governor’s staff member and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.