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Anna Blount

Anna Blout Honoree Profile

Anna Blount is the founder and executive director of Team Up Mentoring, a case management and mentoring non-profit for children that aims to cultivate generational change for families affected by trauma.

While on the path to pursuing veterinary school, Blount realized through church volunteer work that her true passion laid with vulnerable children in need of care. She felt called to serve them and recognized that in order to help them succeed, they would need more than just one person’s support – they would need a team – thus Team Up Mentoring began.

More than fifteen years later, Blount continues to dream, research and contemplate ways to best serve vulnerable children and their families. What started simply as a mentoring program to connect youth to caring adults, Team Up now recognizes the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and includes case management services such as wellness outreach, transportation and educational services in the state of Georgia. Uniquely, the organization makes up to an 18-year investment in each family they serve, with children typically joining the program between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, and receiving services up to the age of 21. She believes that authentic, transformative relationships are key to fostering generational change.

Blount not only manages day-to-day operations of the organization and the staff, but also trains other educators and youth-serving professionals to effectively serve and work with trauma survivors. From making school lunches, to strategic planning meetings and everything in between, Blount lives out Team Up’s mantra of “doing whatever it takes to help a child succeed.”

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