INTEGRIS Health Positive Directions Mentoring Program
Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, Oklahoma City
|Joey Parker (center), a volunteer for INTEGRIS Positive Directions Mentoring Program in 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. They are joined by Parker’s mentee, Ravon. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Through Positive Directions, INTEGRIS employees provide the educational support necessary to enhance the learning experience of at-risk students at Stanley Hupfeld Academy. Mentors commit to spend one hour per week, during the school day, with their assigned student throughout the school year.
Heather Meldrum, a fifth-grade teacher at Stanley Hupfeld Academy, was among those who recommended Joey as outstanding mentor.
“Joey Parker is one of the most humble people I have ever met,” Heather said. “His desire to serve our students, not only with his time, but with his patience, experience and advice is what sets him apart. Joey has mentored a young man in my class every year since 2007, and each of those young men has come back to see me, and each one always asks about Joey.”
Heather said underserved youth have very little consistency in their lives and find it hard to trust people, let alone build a relationship. “A person like Joey fills the gap,” she said. “He never misses a day and never shows up late. He sets an example that our students don’t see often enough in their homes.
“He has a tremendous heart to serve, and humility to let the student shine in the midst,” Heather added. “I am as blessed as my students that he is part of their lives.”