Chains Inc., a Delaware nonprofit that provides children and teens with mentors in their chosen career path, recently announced their first ever ‘40 Under 40’ list, highlighting young adult professional who “stand out in all aspects of their lives” and display leadership and morality. Among those selected for the honor were Dover residents Drew Slater and L. Amillion Mayfield.

Chains Inc., a Delaware nonprofit that provides children and teens with mentors in their chosen career path, recently announced their first ever ‘40 Under 40’ list, highlighting young adult professional who “stand out in all aspects of their lives” and display leadership and morality. Among those selected for the honor were Dover residents Drew Slater and L. Amillion Mayfield.

AMILLION MAYFIELD

Q What do you think has enabled you to be so successful so early in your career?

A My sense of urgency! I have so much I want to accomplish, and where I come from, I can’t take time for granted. I also believe the diversity of my movement allows my message to spread faster. I have a good following of book readers, music listeners and people that attend my community events. Lastly, I would attribute my success to the strong work ethic of my mother, inspiration of my daughter and learning from my past mistakes. I won’t stop working until they no longer have to!

 

Q What do you think helped you to earn the 40 Under 40 honor?

A How I’ve used my God-given abilities to affect the community. It’s good to have talent, but it’s great when you can use that talent to help others and make change. I thank God and appreciate Chains, along with everyone who nominated me for this award.

 

Q How do you feel you’ve display leadership and morality?

A I come from humble beginnings of poverty, so I never take opportunity for granted. I’ve lost many friends and family, so I accept responsibility of those living vicariously through me. I have a daughter, not to mention so many youth that look up to me. I may not always do what’s right, but I do what’s righteous for my heart. I’m a leader and want to play a part in making positive statements in our state. The mission is to inspire millions to be one in a million and not another statistic.

 

DREW SLATER

Q What do you think has enabled you to be so successful so early in your career?

A I learned early on about selflessness, helping others and going above and beyond what is asked of you without trying to draw attention to yourself. I have had the great privilege to be around some phenomenal mentors and friends that have guided me along the way. If I can help one person then maybe they will reciprocate and help someone. My first day of work, I went home and said that I love what I do because I get to help people and that feeling has continued for 11 years now.

 

Q What do you think helped you earn the honor?

A I was really surprised that I was chosen among so many qualified candidates. I’ve grown up learning that helping others and volunteering is the most rewarding experience you can have. I did not realize all that I have been involved in until I went through the nomination process. I have been a member of seven different organizations in the last few years and have had thoughts of starting another organization supporting Kent County.

 

Q How do you feel you’ve display leadership and morality?

A I display leadership through leading by example, which is something my family has instilled in me. I am the chair of one committee and have been vocal in all the organizations. I was recently speaking to a group of students and said if you act as if someone, like a child, is watching you then your demeanor and actions will reflect as a role model. The greatest compliment anyone could ever give is to say that they look up to you or aspire to be like you. It’s our job to be role models for the younger generation.