DULUTH, Ga., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses (America's Best) and nationally renowned standup comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley are recognizing and saying "thank you" to Marie Huntley – a finalist in the national America's Smiliest Role Model Contest – for her work to inspire and mentor young students in the Fort Lauderdale community.
Huntley is dedicated to preventing juvenile delinquency among at-risk youth and has inspired many young people to make positive behavior changes in their lives through her non-profit organization, On-Call Leadership, Inc. Through "The Deterrence Project," Huntley is partnering with Broward County Schools to provide guidance and advice for teachers and parents dealing with troubled students. Huntley helps teens focus their minds on more positive thoughts by hosting seminars, talent shows, step shows and offering 1:1 mentoring.
"Mentoring teens today is not an easy roll, but Marie is the prime example of what a caring passionate mentor should be," said Marie's nominator, Shirley Jones. "She's known as a 'big sister' to many in the community and has found a way for deterring kids away from falling into the system."
About The America's Smiliest Role Model Contest
America's Best and Rickey Smiley partnered to create the America's Smiliest Role Model Contest to recognize role models around the nation who are making a difference in their communities and inspire more people to step up and do the same. The search for America's Smiliest Role Model took place in September and October of 2014. The contest was open to anyone in the U.S. and nominations were submitted online at AmericasBest.com/Smiley.
As an America's Smiliest Role Model Finalist, Huntley will receive a Rickey Smiley Eyewear™ Prize Pack (two pairs of Rickey Smiley Eyeglasses, with frames, single vision plastic lenses and an eye exam, a $104.95 value) and America's Best will make a $500 donation to the cause of her choice.
SOURCE America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses