In 2011, Glenn was the youngest Member inducted into The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The Award is given to individuals in recognition of personal and professional success despite humble and challenging beginnings. In 2013, Glenn became the youngest ever elected to the Association’s prestigious Board of Directors.
Members of Horatio Alger personally fund and award $9 million annually in college scholarships to thousands of young recipients who demonstrate strength in the face of adversity, using their extreme hardships as motivators for success. Students who qualify for a scholarship are often teamed with Horatio Alger members for one-on-one mentoring.
In addition, Glenn built a leadership retreat for Horatio Alger Scholars on Richard Branson’s private Necker Island. The program has not only opened new worlds and encouraged personal growth to deserving youth; the gatherings have also positively influenced the lives of the many industry leaders attending as mentees and speakers.
Glenn and his Executive Team promote and participate in several youth mentoring programs, including:
- Chapman University’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program
- Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services
- Vital Voices, a nonprofit that has mentored more than 14,000 women from over 144 countries
Today, Glenn and his wife Mindy are active mentors of young people with adversities. The Stearns have been honored with many recognitions for their community service and philanthropy, among them: Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “American Couple of the Year”, the Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services “Mentor Award”, and Orange County’s “Giving Is Living Award.” In the Spring of 2014, Orangewood Children’s Foundation will present Glenn and Mindy with “The Golden Heart Award” for their leadership and impact on youth.
There are many rewards to being a mentee and mentor. If you would like to discover more about potential mentoring opportunities, visit www.mentoring.org.