Shark Tank star Daymond John, DJ Spinderella and more honored for mentoring youth

The stars were honored on Tuesday with The Sister Accord Leadership Award in Cincinnati, Ohio, for their work mentoring young men and women. The non-profit organization, founded by Sonia Jackson Myles, empowers young women to eradicate bullying and violence.

“I cannot believe it is actually eight years that The Sister Accord has been doing such amazing work in the community, and mentoring by example,” according to a video of John’s acceptance speech. “I truly believe in mentorship, and I am here because of a tribe of mentors. That is what I try to do on Shark Tank and in my personal life.”

DJ Spinderella told CNN, “I hope this 8th annual Sister Accord Day serves as a reminder to girls and women all over the world to lead with love, reject mean girl mentalities and celebrate one other’s achievements.”

The other award recipients included New Edition’s Johnny Gill, Byron Cage, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Janet B. Reid, and Jim Bechtold.

Jackson Myles told CNN in a statement, “At the Sister Accord Foundation, we believe the world needs love. It is our core; it is our mantra; it is our lifestyle. The number eight represents new beginnings, and I am overjoyed to mark the eighth annual Sister Accord Day, along with our extraordinary list of performers, award-winners, and honorees.”