Many people like to perpetuate the myth of the “self-made man/woman.” However, no one can make it on his/her own. We all need help.

I know that I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had without the kindness of others. Whether it was Mr. Brown’s teaching me how to tie a Windsor knot,or my high school counselors’ helping me get scholarships, or my professional mentors pushing me beyond my comfort levels, I’ve always had people in my corner.

Now I do the same for other people. I mentor teenagers at my church, help my friends in their professional endeavors, and offer my knowledge to new bloggers who are just starting out. One of my favorite things to do is offer random acts of kindness. I may pay for someone’s drink at the coffee shop or send a handwritten note to one of Twitter followers. These may seem like small things, but they always bring a smile to someone’s face.

If you’d like to do your part to help others, you can nominate aspiring young people for unique and exciting apprenticeship experiences through Coca-Cola’s “Pay It Forward” program.

Four lucky nominees will be rewarded with the opportunity for an apprenticeship experience with one of the country’s most respected celebrity history makers:  business mogul Magic Johnson; chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee; or hip hop artist and philanthropist, Common.

Parents, relatives, friends and mentors can nominate aspiring youth between the ages of 16-21, now through March 2nd for a chance to win the apprentice experience. You can nominate up to five young people (the young person can also nominate himself/herself) and be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 sweepstakes with each nomination.

I’d like to offer one lucky Mocha Dad reader an opportunity to win a $120 prize pack.  Each prize pack includes:

  • $100 AmEx card
  • “Pay It Forward” journal
  • Coca-Cola “Pay-It-Forward” t-shirt

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below responding to the following statements:

Describe a time when you were able to “Pay It Forward,” or a time where someone did something special for you and your family.

Additional Entries (These entries will be counted only after the required entry has been submitted)

Mocha Dad’s “Coca-Cola ‘Pay It Forward’ Giveaway” starts on Monday, January 28, 2013 and ends on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winners will be chosen via and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own. The prize was provided by Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway. Total prize value is $120.