Quincy Jones Named `Mentor of the Year'

The Associated Press
Monday, December 11, 2006; 8:49 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Quincy Jones' stockpile of awards is about to grow higher _ he's been named "Mentor of the Year," by Harvard University's School of Public Health.

The music mogul, 73, is the inaugural recipient of the honor, which will be presented during National Mentoring Month in January 2007.

"Quincy Jones' entire life is a testament to the power of mentoring," Jay Winsten, associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement Monday. "He has served as a role model for using the power of celebrity to improve the lot of humankind."

National Mentoring Month, now in its sixth year, aims to recruit volunteer mentors to work with young people. The theme of the month is "Pass it on. Mentor a child." The monthlong effort also includes "Thank Your Mentor Day" on Jan. 25.


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