Charles Dodson

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Charles Dodson

LifeLaunch, Stand in the Gap Ministries
Charles Dodson (center), a volunteer for LifeLaunch of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. LifeLaunch is a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries, which serves youth aging out of foster care. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)
Charles Dodson (center), a volunteer for LifeLaunch of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. LifeLaunch is a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries, which serves youth aging out of foster care. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)

Charles Dodson, a digital media senior representative with Cars.com, has been named the outstanding mentor for LifeLaunch, a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries of Oklahoma City.

LifeLaunch serves youth and young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. The program pairs young people with trained volunteers in small groups, where they receive relational, emotional and spiritual support and encouragement. During his 2 ½ years volunteering for LifeLaunch, Charles has mentored three students.

“Charles is an amazing man of integrity, knowledge and compassion,” said LifeLaunch Program Manager Kathy Taylor. “He has worked with young men offering positive encouragement, empowerment and understanding.”

Charles goes out of his way to help his mentees by picking them up for team meetings, offering to take them to get their driver's licenses and being consistent in contacting them, letting them know that he was thinking about them, Kathy said.

“He is a natural leader and is consistent in showing up in the mentee’s lives,” she said. “Charles is a man of faith and is open about sharing his faith with others and praying for them. His warm and caring nature is very contagious.  Anyone who has had the privilege of spending any amount of time with Charles walks away feeling energized and empowered.”