25 Jan Campus Director David Milliken Receives National Mentoring Award

Hutton Settlement Children’s Home Campus Director, David Milliken, has been chosen to receive a national Excellence in Mentoring Award through MENTOR: The National Mentorship Partnership. David has been announced as one of the nation’s four recipients of this distinguished honor and will accept his award in Washington, D.C. later this month to be recognized for his commitment to the children of Hutton Settlement and the Spokane community.

David was nominated by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers last year. “It is incumbent upon each of us to be doing our part to make a positive impact in our community, and David is a perfect example of that here in Spokane,” said McMorris Rodgers. “Too many youth in our community face unimaginable hardships and often have no one to look to for advice, for an example, or for mentorship. But when they have no one to look to, people like David step up to serve as a positive and often life-changing force to help guide them along their journey. I want to thank David for his unwavering commitment to the Spokane community and to our area’s youth. Congratulations on this important and well-deserved honor!”

On behalf of the Hutton Board of Trustees, President Mary Kuney stated, “The Board is so proud of David for all of his dedicated work and compassion with the children of Hutton Settlement. His unique style in working with the children comes from continual learning of their needs and an innate ability to mentor. David is well deserving of this National Mentoring Award.”

David has truly shone as a mentor to our youth for the last 20 years. His leadership inspires children to be changemakers within our community and he consistently and enthusiastically encourages youth to feel empowered, heard and loved. The majority of the children coming to Hutton have experienced severe trauma. David makes certain that every child coming through our doors is able to participate in activities that bring them joy, positive childhood memories and lifelong relationships. David’s goal is to transform the children in our care from receivers of services to givers of services by the time they graduate. We are honored to have David as an employee of Hutton Settlement and excited to see his efforts being recognized nationally. We’d also like to thank Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for recognizing David’s service to the community by nominating him for this prestigious award.

Click here to read the article in the Spokesman Review.

Click here to read David’s full nomination.

Photo Credit: Dan Pelle, Spokesman Review

Photo Credit: Dan Pelle, Spokesman Review


David and boys fishing



David on wilderness expedition with children.


David sharing his pasion of fly fishing with one of the girls at Hutton.