St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City
Larry Augustus was selected as the outstanding mentor for Studio 222, an after-school program sponsored by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The program engages professional artists from the Oklahoma City area to provide a positive environment where children can develop strong, healthy self-esteem and resilience against at-risk behaviors.
“Larry gives tirelessly of his time to reach out and provide opportunities for the youth,” said Executive Director Julie Robinson. “He is constantly taking the youth to sporting events, providing opportunities for them to explore career opportunities, oversees basketball and soccer events at Rancho Village Elementary School and volunteers driving vans and assisting at Studio 222 weekly.”
Larry mentors all the youth in the program; however, one in particular, Cisco, an 18-year-old from Northwest Classen High School has benefited from his extended time and attention this past year. Larry has helped Cisco fill out college applications, prepare for the ACT, find and apply for scholarships, college visits, Army/ROTC recruitment efforts, helped him secure employment and housing.
Through Larry’s efforts, Cisco has the opportunity to accept an ROTC scholarship and attend the University of Oklahoma.
According to Robinson, Larry is the first to say, “I get more out of mentoring young people than I give!”