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 Mark Shaw – a finalist in the national America's Smiliest Role Model Contest – for his work to inspire and mentor young students in the Sumter, South Carolina, community.
When his community was losing neighborhood services and educational programs for children, Shaw could not sit by and watch it happen. To create a positive environment and a safe haven for inner-city youth, Shaw formed LAY UP, a non-profit organization that offers children after-school and summer programs. Under Shaw's leadership, LAY UP (Leading America's Youth Upward Program) offers tutoring, counseling, mentoring and physical activities for the youth.
"Mark's goal is to steer middle and high school students away from the pitfalls of drugs, gangs, violence and promiscuity and to encourage them to study hard, use proper etiquette and become productive and upstanding members of society," said his nominator, Cassandra Rhodes. "By preparing teens for community leadership and success in their personal lives, Mark's efforts have helped to positively transform our community."
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, Shaw 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 his choice.
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