A Milledgeville man won the state's Brother of the Year award and is now in the running for the top national honor, which will be announced later this month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national mentoring organization for young children.
"I am ecstatic," LaVance Hurt said. "I'm very honored, but I am a humble man."
Hurt joined the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia three years ago.
That's when he was paired with his little brother, Rubin "RJ" Pyatt, now 13.
"When I mentor, I don't feel like it's a job or a duty. I feel that it's a calling. It's something that I should do," Hurt said.
Hurt says during his own childhood, he was in and out of juvenile centers.
But with the right guidance, he says he was able to turn his life around and get a nursing degree.