|Yukon High School senior Jeremiah Gibson (center), a volunteer for Teen Trendsetters mentoring and tutoring program, 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. Teen Trendsetters, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students with second-graders for reading activities. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Teen Trendsetters, Yukon Public SchoolsJeremiah Gibson, a senior at Yukon High School, has been selected as the outstanding mentor for Teen Trendsetters of Yukon Public Schools.
The program, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation on Family Literacy, matches high school students one-to-one with first- or second-graders who are at least six months behind their peers in reading. The pairs use Scholastic Brainstorm, a science-based curriculum co-authored by Scholastic and the Bush Foundation. Teen participants receive online reading and leadership training.
Tracy McKeown, student assistance program director for Yukon Public Schools, said Jeremiah has made it a priority to mentor this year with our the Teen Trendsetters program even though he is a very active student.
“He drives over to the elementary school during his lunch to read to his mentee,” Tracy said. “Jeremiah has created a special bond with his mentee who simply adores his time each week with Jeremiah. One week I made a mistake and thought he wouldn’t be able to attend. When his mentee found out he was crushed, and we thought he was going to cry. As we sat down to read together, Jeremiah walked in the room. The mentee was so surprised, his eyes lit up and he was so happy that Jeremiah was able to come after all!”
Jeremiah completed the mentoring training and has not missed even one weekly meeting with his mentee. Tracy said he is very respectful and patient with his mentee even though there are times it’s not easy to keep his attention focused on reading.
Jeremiah’s basketball coach, Scott Raper, said Jeremiah is a positive role model. "He is a great student with well over a 4.0 GPA, very well rounded, and his family is very strong. He is a great team mate and really just an all-around good kid!"
“And I'd have to add he is also a really awesome mentor,” Tracy said.