Oklahoma Mentoring Programs

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative

Oklahoma Mentoring Programs

STATEWIDE PROGRAMS

Oklahoma County
Latino Clubs 4-H Mentoring
, sponsored by the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), is a prevention program designed to enhance the developmental assets of youth, ages 10-15. The goals are to improve academic performance, social competency and strengthen family bonds. Latino Community Development Agency and Tinker Air Force Base
CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
PHONE: 405-236-0701 Ext. 122
EMAIL: lcdaclub@latinoagencyokc.org 

The All Star Tutoring Program serves students K-5th and 6th-8th grades in Dewey, Washington and Osage counties. In the All Star Tutoring Program of On The Rock Ministries, volunteers, adult through high school, work with students third through eighth grade weekly. They spend time working one on one in a computer lab as students work on lessons in Study Island. They are also encouraged to help them set academic and personal goals. The program provides incentives for participants to attend each week with a free fun trip each semester if they attend weekly. The can earn Rock Bucks for prizes as well.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Sandy Dossett, Director of Education Programs and Dixie McClain
PHONE: 918-336-2636
EMAIL: ontherockministries@gmail.com

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, the nation’s most recognized mentoring program, continues to meet the needs of Oklahoma children by providing valuable mentoring programs. Volunteers spend time with students in the school-based program, while Big Brothers and Big Sisters enjoy a variety of activities through the community-based program. Area offices are in Ada, Bartlesville, Claremore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Chase Mowery, Tulsa Area Recruiter
PHONE: 918-728-7932
EMAIL: chase.mowery@bbbsok.org

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma 14,000 strong—14,000 girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low—also known as Daisy. She believed in the power of every girl. Today we continue her mission through programming in our schools designed to reverse the negative statistics for girls in Oklahoma. This programming is for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Oklahoma City metro, but we need your help to reach them all. Whether you can commit 1 hour a week or 5, you will be impacting the lives of girls in our state with our 8 week Community Scouting Program. Contact us today at 800-698-0022 or info@gswestok.org and let us know you want to get involved in our Community Scouting Program. We can’t wait to see the impact you will make!
PHONE:405-528-4475 or 1-800-698-0022
EMAIL:info@gswestok.org

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc. offers volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement provides programs in 24 counties and 67 districts for students K-12. JA is on track to reach its goal of 52,000 students served in 2013-14. Group mentoring in classrooms and experiential learning opportunities include JA BizTown Learning Center in Tulsa, one of 30 in the United States; JA Job Shadow; and JA Investor Challenge. Businesses provide the volunteers.
CONTACT: Erica Irvine, VP of Operations, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-663-2150    
EMAIL: EIrvine@jaok.org
CONTACT: Jo Wise, Regional Director, OKC
PHONE: 405-235-3399
EMAIL: JWise@jaok.org

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide after school and summer “out-of-school” time to mentor and tutor students in high-risk, high-need areas. Click here to access a list of the school districts with Learning Centers. Contact Sonia Johnson at the number below to learn how to sign up in your district.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based 
CONTACT: Sonia Johnson, Director
EMAIL: sonia.johnson@sde.ok.gov
PHONE: 405-522-6225

A champion for foster alumni, R is for Thursday is a statewide collaboration of higher education professionals, community members and organizations, and foster alumni college students/graduates working toward increased understanding and support of former foster youth attending Oklahoma colleges or universities. A foster alumni college student is defined as any person who was in foster care in any state at age 13 or after and is currently enrolled at, or has graduated from, an Oklahoma college or university. R is for Thursday focuses on three specific areas: research and statewide coordination of information, direct service to students (occurs through RisforThursday advocates at the campus levels), and interrogation of public policy impacting foster alumni college students. A network directory, foster alumni registry, and other resources for foster alumni and those wishing to mentor them are available. Foster alumni mentors are needed throughout Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-and campus-based; resource and research
CONTACT: Dr. Kerri Kearney, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University College of Education
PHONE: 405-513-2043
EMAIL: kerri.kearney@okstate.edu

Starbase Oklahoma mentors in the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003. In fall 2015, STARBASE has programs in Midwest (2), at A.S.T.E.C. Charter School, in Canute, at Tulsa Union (2), and Tahlequah. In spring 2016, STARBASE 2.0 Clubs will launch in Lawton, Duncan and Nicoma Park in Choctaw. The DoD STARBASE Program first originated in Detroit, Michigan as Project STARS in 1991. To accommodate the growing demand for additional STEM programs, a structured afterschool mentoring program, STARBASE 2.0, for middle school students was piloted in 2010 at five locations.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool, STEM
CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director, STARBASE Oklahoma
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Peer Support Initiative, under the auspices of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, focuses on pairing veterans who have successfully transitioned to civilian life with veterans who have requested assistance transitioning. Primary candidates are veterans who have utilized SSVF services in the past and have firsthand knowledge of how to navigate the social services and benefits available to them, although any veteran can serve as a mentor. The first eight Veteran Mentors were trained March 2016 and began mentoring soon after. Serving Oklahoma, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, and Pottawatomie counties, this program gives veterans who were able to utilize the SSVF program to become stable an opportunity to reach back and help a fellow veteran. The program also will serve as a continuation of the recovery process for Veteran Mentors as they assist the incoming veteran with becoming stable by giving them a hand up and not a hand out. At the same time, the program will hopefully build a sustained community of veterans that can provide social support for one another through coordinated community service and activities. Participants have thorough training through research-based mentoring methods as well as abundant resources, group outings, activities for mentors-mentees as well as families, and mentor support.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, community-based
CONTACT: Nathaniel Lottie, Peer Support Navigator
EMAIL: nlottie@okgoodwill.org

ADA
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director 
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

ALVA
The Alva Mentoring Program is designed to foster a love of reading in students. Participants can choose to mentor at the K-1st grade building, the 2nd- 3rd grade building, or the 4th- 5th grade building. Mentors spend 30 minutes once a week reading to their student before school. Mentors include those from the community, college, and high school who believe in children. Many retirees have been with the same student from 1st-5th grade.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Kristen Anderson, Media Specialist, Lincoln Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3008
EMAIL: kkanderson@alvaschools.net
CONTACT: Terri Parsons, Media Specialist, Washington Early Childhood Center
PHONE: 580-327-3518
EMAIL :   dparsons@alvaschools.net
CONTACT: Heather Hall, Media Specialist, Longfellow Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3327
EMAIL: hlhall@alvaschool.net

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

ANTLERS
Little Dixie CAA -"Passport to the Future" Mentoring Program is a community-based one-on-one mentoring program matching adult volunteers with youth who have or have had a parent incarcerated in the counties of Choctaw, Pushmataha, and McCurtain.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Doris Long, Victim and Youth Services Program Director
PHONE: 580-298-2921
EMAIL: dlong@littledixie.org

BARTLESVILLE
The Bartlesville Public Schools Volunteer Program coordinates community volunteer opportunities within Bartlesville Public Schools such as elementary lunch buddies mentoring, tutoring and crosswalk guards.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Christina Rigdon, Family Support Coordinator Title I Schools/District Volunteer Coordinator
PHONE: 918-336-3311 ex: 6197
EMAIL: rigdoncv@bps-ok.org

On the Rock Ministries’ All Star Tutoring Program pairs volunteers, adult through high school, with students third through eighth grade weekly. They spend time working one-on-one in a computer lab as students work on lessons in Study Island. Mentors/tutors are also encouraged to help them set academic and personal goals. The program provides incentives for participants to attend each week with a free fun trip each semester if they attend weekly. Participating students from Bartlesville and Dewey, Washington, and Osage Counties can earn Rock Bucks for prizes as well. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Sandy Dorsett, Director of Education Programs and Dixie McClain
PHONE: 918-336-2636
EMAIL: ontherockministries@gmail.com

Boys and Girls Club of Bartlesville, works with youth to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders through a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Keith Goree, Unit Director
PHONE: 918-336-3636
EMAIL: kgoree@bgcbville.org

The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program provides academic-focused mentoring to students in grades 6-12. Students and parents are required to attend quarterly meetings and volunteer activities. Students who successfully complete the mentoring program qualify to receive $4000/yr scholarship to attend one of our partner universities: Rogers State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, or Oklahoma State University.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Karen Lowe-Alton, Executive Director
PHONE: 918-766-6675 
EMAIL: loweyoungscholar@aol.com

MUTUAL Girls Club, begun in 1964 by a group of Methodist women, has evolved into expanded five-day-a-week after-school activities and an all-day summer program with various activities for young girls in grades first through fifth and sixth through eighth. The club’s mission is to provide a safe environment for all girls to learn life skills, discover God-given talents, and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Girls may choose classes on life skills, games and activities, and educational support and learn about community needs and service opportunities. Awards can be earned through academics, service, and attendance. A modest fee is charged for enrolling. Tuesday House, a popular resale business created to produce revenue for the club, provides significant funding.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Expanded learning; faith-based; group mentoring
CONTACT: Penny Meadow, Executive Director
PHONE: 918-336-9151
EMAIL: mutualgirlsclub@cableone.net

Run the Streets is a mentoring program which uses long distance running as a vehicle for change with at-risk and delinquent youth. Run the Streets is a program designed to challenge youth to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with the experience of training for and completing a half marathon. Run the Streets also functions as an alternative to traditional probation for delinquent youth who can complete their probation simply by completing the program. The program is free to all youth, and Run the Streets provides each child with running shoes, running attire, watches, entry fees for races, transportation, meals, parties and rewards. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age train with adult mentors to run a half-marathon after 13 weeks of training. During the season, youth and mentors log approximately 175 miles together in training. Runners train three days per week: Tuesdays in collective running groups at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Thursdays in collective running groups at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday mornings with the entire group at 7:30 a.m.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Becky Balli, RTS Coordinator
PHONE: 918-333-6262
EMAIL: rtsc@runthestreets.org

BEAVER
Beaver’s Dusters Mentoring Program, launched in October 2014, matches community volunteer mentors and high school student peer mentors with elementary students. Among various activities, the mentor-mentee matches play board and physical games as well as do crafts.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and peer mentoring
CONTACT: Linda Downing, Founder and Director
PHONE: 580-625-3221
EMAIL: linda.lltravel@outlook.com

CANUTE
Starbase Oklahoma, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Canute Middle School has one club with one engineer, one energy professional mentor, our educator-mentors, and one parent-mentor. In addition to the clubs’ STEM project, CO2 Dragsters & Introductory Lego Mindstorms, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool, STEM
CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director of Starbase Oklahoma
PHONE: 580-472-3295 (Canute Middle School), 918-833-7757 (Pam Kirk)

CATOOSA
Catoosa High School's Students as Mentors (SAM) program is focused on peer mentoring. A student is chosen by each teacher to represent their advisory class called Advocacy, usually a successful junior or senior. Those 45 students receive training in monthly meetings on how to mentor younger students. The main focus of the mentoring group is freshmen students from their Advocacy class. Each mentor has approximately 3 mentees to assist. Additional responsibilities of mentors are college readiness and school spirit projects.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, school-based
CONTACT: Chris Brown
PHONE: 918-266-8603   
EMAIL: cbrown@catoosa.k12.ok.us

CHELSEA
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

CHEYENNE
Cheyenne Public Schools’ B.E.A.R.S., Building Esteem And Responsibility, began its program in fall 2014 with 36 available mentors and 25 mentees. Cheyenne plans to expand the number of fifth and sixth grade students mentored.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Belinda Chalfant, Elementary School Principal
PHONE: 580-497-3371
EMAIL: belinda.chalfant@cheyenne.k12.ok.us

CLAREMORE
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

DUNCAN
One True Light, Inc. (formerly The Well Outreach, Inc.) is best defined as a "ministry reaching out to area youth through a coordinated effort of Duncan area churches." In 2014-15, the organization began its cornerstone program, Link ONE, an in-school mentoring program in all five Duncan elementary schools and expanding into middle school. Link One made its first introduction in the first week of November 2014 and was on target to reach 50 mentor pairs by the end of February 2015. The organization also has a long range goal to provide engaging and constructive after-school activities for students in a setting where positive role models interact and Link ONE mentors can spend additional time with students. One True Light, Inc. also operates a summer feeding program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, called "Spokes for Hope", which will be interesting its third season in the summer of 2015.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Carol Wanzor, Executive Director
PHONE: 580-467-8133
EMAIL: onetruelight@outlook.com

DURANT
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

EDMOND
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, learning archery, playing catch and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Mr. Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. In addition, Mr. Shaw is working with churches in at-risk areas to set up Trail Life USA groups to reach more boys. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, group mentoring 
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, Founder and Director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

EL RENO
Serving El Reno and surrounding towns, the House of Healing Authentic Girl Mentoring Program started in the spring of 2014 as part of House of Healing’s outreach to teenage girls. It is designed to give each girl an opportunity to engage in a deep relationship with a mentor and for healing to take place for those who are struggling and hurting. At the heart of the mentoring program is the ministry and support to parents. We believe the entire family unit must be healthy for real and lasting change in each girl’s life. The Authentic Girl Mentoring Program is made up of five key components that work together to instill values and confidence in each girl. The five components are Boost, Plunge, One on One, Synthesis, and Equine Experience. Together they create a rich experience that touches each girl at different points and levels in her life. The mentoring program has been designed to be more that a classroom experience, a weekend event, or time with a mentor; but rather it is a multi-dimensional experience over the course of a year that promotes honesty, support, and healing.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, out-of-school
CONTACT: Kathy Boeckman, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-250-4111
EMAIL: kathy@house-of-healing.org

Partners in Active Learning (PALS) is a mentoring program that matches Future Farmers of America (FFA) members with elementary students. El Reno Public Schools’ PALS, serving younger peers in multiple ways since 2001, has evolved into an elective class with about 30 student mentors. Typically, two mentors are assigned to a classroom to help a teacher and her students. In 2015-16, PALS spent Monday and Thursday in designated classrooms and Tuesday and Wednesday in Teen Time, a one-to-one peer mentoring and reading program, for elementary students. National FFA’s PALS has online a well-designed curriculum and resource guide with ideas relevant for many mentoring programs.
CONTACT: Brooke Robertson, Program director/Coordinator & El Reno PS Outreach Director
PHONE: 405-262-1703  
EMAIL: brobertson@elrenops.org

Students Striving for Success
(SSS)
provides one-on-one, weekly mentoring on school property. The El Reno Public School students are recommended by school personnel, and mentors must pass background tests and attend training. In September 2013, exactly 12 months after discussions were begun to establish a mentoring program, we had mentors in the classrooms. Currently, we have 125 mentors and will enlist and train new mentors in January 2014. Presently, there are 150 mentees from kindergarten through seventh grade, and the program will re-evaluate in January.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Dana Gibson, Chairman
PHONE: 405-820-3800
EMAIL: dana02@aol.com

ELK CITY
Merritt Mentors, begun in November 2015, serves any PK-12 student needing a mentor as a match becomes available. Pairs meet once a week for 30 minutes. Two rooms are available for our mentors and mentees, one in the elementary and one in the high school. Local companies helped supply materials and games for the mentoring rooms. Pairs are also welcome to go outside to a practice field or gym to do recreational activities. Merritt Public Schools is a rural district in Western Oklahoma.  All mentors are recommended by someone on school staff. Once Devon Cantrell, the school counselor and program co-founder, has a referral paper for the recommended mentor, she contacts the potential mentor. The process for a potential mentee is quite comparable. A teacher recommends a student. Cantrell makes a match between mentor and mentee. Once all paperwork is returned, a consistent time suitable both for the homeroom teacher and mentor is determined.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Devon Cantrell, Elem. Counselor/Program Coordinator                                                       
PHONE: 580-225-5460
EMAIL: cantrelld@merritt.k12.ok.us

Elk City Middle School's Career Coaches, launched in January 2017 with 10 mentors, is a mentoring program with an emphasis on relationship-building and career exploration. E.L.K.S. stands for Encouraging and Leading Kids to Succeed. In addition to its stellar beginning, Elk City Public Schools is expanding E.L.K.S. into ninth grade in 2017-18 and envisions growing mentoring into elementary grades and other high school grades as well as adding peer mentoring. In fall 2017, the program has 50 mentors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Danny McClure, Director  
PHONE: 580-225-0105                                            
EMAIL: mcclure.danny@elkcityschools.com

ENID
Coach-A-Kid Enid is a collaborative mentoring program between United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, the Education Committee of Enid Metropolitan Human Service Commission, and Enid Public Schools. Beginning in September 2015, the program has active coaching sessions taking place in several elementary schools in Enid.  The objectives of “Coach-A-Kid Enid” are to improve academic achievement with a focus on reading and math, to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, and to help children overcome negative behaviors. Students are selected by teachers and/or counselors and referred to the Coach-A-Kid mentor. Teachers provide information to the mentors regarding the students, and mentors complete an easy-to-use evaluation form after the session for the teacher’s review. Mentors assist with classroom work, recreational activities, or provide one-on-one attention to the mentee.  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, Pre-K-5th Grade
SCHOOL CONTACT: Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way Enid
PHONE: 580-237-0821
EMAIL:  dan@unitedwayenid.org

Beginning in 2016-17, Chisholm High School's National Honor Society members volunteer one hour per week on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons at the Holsinger Home to meet the kids and play or read or do puzzles or just give them attention.  Two high school students at a time devote their entire hour (no cell phones) to the children doing whatever the kids want or Becky Stowers, the home director, need them to do.  The children at the Holsinger Home are excited about the days they know the NHS mentors will come, and the peer mentors cannot wait to go back. Some of mentors are invited to birthday parties in addition to the volunteer hour. The Holsinger Home, a foster care residence, is part of the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care for Children and Youth.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring, site-based
CONTACT: Debbie Hodges, NHS Advisor
PHONE: 580-233-2852 ext. 410
EMAIL: dhodges@chisholm.k12.ok.us

Fifth Grade Mentoring Program, invented circa 1986 by Enid accountant Stan Brownlee and originally targeting sixth graders, this once-a-week, 45-minute-long program has been replicated in other Enid elementary schools. Brownlee invites a surprise guest to be interviewed by two fifth-grade classes every Friday at McKinley Elementary. Students guess who the guest is, and clues are provided as needed. The guest tells what he was like in fifth grade and how he arrived at his present position. Students ask questions and then recite Brownlee’s six life lessons. Each teacher announces her student of the week, and Brownlee gives each a silver dollar. Many grown-ups still have their silver dollars!
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Amber Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources & Communications, Enid Public Schools
PHONE: 580-366-7000
EMAIL: arfitzgerald@enidk12.org

Enid's First Presbyterian Church is in its fourteenth year of a successful partnership with McKinley Elementary School. Originally started as a Girl Scout Gold Award program by Enid High School senior Becky Merritt, the First Presbyterian mentoring project matches each elementary student with a mentor and provides transportation from the school to the church for weekly recreational activities and time with mentors. Church coordinators supply the school with a yellow folder for each student each year. The teacher fills it out weekly, explaining areas where the child needs help. The mentor signs it, asks questions and makes comments. Each mentor is given the teacher’s phone number and/or e-mail so that they can freely communicate during the year. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend Dwight Mission - a Presbyterian Church Camp at Vian, Oklahoma - each summer for one week.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, school-based
CONTACT: Gail Wynne, Director, First Presbyterian Church
PHONE: 580-237-5413
EMAIL: gailbw@gmail.com

The Hope Outreach Parenting Ministry, part of a much larger organization, offers a wide range of parenting services including pre-natal to 18, unexpected pregnancy, pregnancy, fatherhood, non-traditional families, and DHS and court ordered cases. The Earn While You Learn program allows parents to earn dollars to spend in the baby store. Mentoring in addition to videos followed by discussion facilitate parents’ learning and growing. Character First, a research-based character education curriculum, also helps young people develop social skills. Hope Outreach Ministries, the parent organization, also provides services for the homeless, transitional housing, and community care services. A social entrepreneur, Hope Outreach has a successful thrift shop. In addition, Hope Outreach Ministries sponsors an annual Hope Outreach Abstinence Tea, begun in 2007, for seventh-grade girls and an annual Character Based Abstinence Tailgate Bash for seventh-grade boys.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, community-based
CONTACT: Glenda Aebi, Mentor Coordinator/Earn While You Learn
PHONE: 580-237-2292
EMAIL: glenda@hopeoutreach.org

The “SB Crew” mentors at the Carver Early Childhood Center. Stan Brownlee recruited nine of his male friends to mentor four-year-olds in this dedicated Pre-K center. Each mentor takes two to three children at a time and plays educational games with them for 15-20 minutes. They then go back to their assigned classroom and retrieve another group of children. The goal is for all students to be mentored. The student demographics of this school are quite unique, with about 30 percent of the population being non-English speaking at the beginning of the school year. By Christmas break, all of them are speaking English. The “SB Crew” has taken mentoring to a new level. In addition to devoting their time, they have provided Thanksgiving meals to families, paid for a storage building, poured a concrete tricycle track, and donated money so the children could each have their own IPad. Brownlee, a longtime Enid accountant and community leader, is a 2014 Oklahoma Mentor of the Year, honored for developing and continuing his Fifth-Grade Mentoring Program for over 25 years. By his own admission, Stan said he never thought he could be with children this young; now he says he believes this is where he will spend the rest of his life. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Christine Smith, Principal
PHONE: 580-366-8600
EMAIL: cmsmith@enidk12.org

FAIRVIEW
Begun in 2011-12, school-based Mission Mentors spend one hour a week during the school day to mentor an elementary student. Community-based mentors interact with students from grades 6-12 at least three times a month, often through suggested activities.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, community-based
CONTACT: Randi Lackey, Match Support Specialist
PHONE: 580-227-2531
EMAIL: randi.lackey@fairviewschools.net

FOYIL
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

GLENPOOL
Glenpool Mentor Match began in 2013 as a pilot with nine Glenpool Public School male administrators who have volunteered their time with 14 fourth and fifth graders. Continuing to expand, the mentoring program has resulted in an ever-increasing circle of community among students, teachers, and mentors. Students look forward to seeing their mentors because they feel special, mentors receive an emotional reward, and everyone wins as adults come into the school regularly. Liz White, the founder, was inspired by two occurrences. The first is the longtime relationship of Liz’s husband, Scott, and his former Big Brother, Dow Hughes. The second was OFE’s Fall Forum 2012, in which Liz attended Fairview Superintendent Rocky Burchfield’s presentation on Mission Mentors and the panel session of administrators who have mentoring at their schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Elizabeth White, Founder and Director
PHONE: 918-706-2259
EMAIL: glenpoolmentormatch@gmail.com

GUTHRIE
Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, playing catch, and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Mr. Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. In addition, Mr. Shaw is working with churches in at-risk areas to set up Trail Life USA groups to reach more boys.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, Founder and Director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

GUYMON
Cassie’s Kids is intended to help middle school girls see their self-worth and understand their importance. Mentors show these girls that someone cares about them and their future. Mentors encourage them to do well in school, think about college, pick good friends, work hard at their extracurricular activities, and be a kind and loving person. Mentors strive to stay with these girls through high school or as long as they need the program. Many mentees are first-generation Americans.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school and/or school-based
CONTACT: Cassi Jo Schriefer, program director/founder, and Melyn Johnson, director of Main Street Guymon
PHONE: 580-338-6246 (Main Street Guymon)
EMAIL: schriefercj@elanco.com, director@mainstreetguymon.com

Main Street Guymon Transformers’ mission is for Texas County high school students to learn more about themselves, their community, and what they want to do. We also work to help them prepare for college. We accept nominations of freshmen and sophomores in high school. Each student has a mentor, although dual mentoring has been done as needed.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Melyn Johnson, Director, Main Street Guymon
PHONE: 580-338-6246
EMAIL: Director@MainStreetGuymon.com

JUSTUS-TIAWAH
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-724-7474

EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

KREMLIN
The Wildhorse Gang, begun by Gini Zaloudek in 1991 to focus upon “production instead of destruction,” offers pre-school to senior high students opportunities such as learning leadership skills, listening to role models speak, setting and attaining goals, and working on projects, such as recycling of aluminum cans, serving as volunteers at fundraisers and the symphony, and donating to local causes. The Wildhorse Gang also offers an annual $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior in the group.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, weekly
CONTACT: Gini Zaloudek, Founder and Director 
PHONE: 580-874-2278
EMAIL: wildhorseagency@yahoo.com

LANGSTON
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

LAWTON
Lawton Public Schools’ IGNITION is a peer mentoring program that helps freshmen students transition to high school.  Upperclassmen in grades 10th through 12th receive extensive training in leadership and work with freshmen every other week during the school year.  The mentors are trained with curriculum from FOCUS training, which encompasses many topics related to success in high school.  The mentors discuss ways to succeed in high school by paying attention to attendance and discipline as well as developing a four-year high school plan. In addition to the mentor interactions with the freshmen, the mentors must also plan and execute a community-wide service project to help the hungry in the community. In 2016-17, Eisenhower High School, completing its fifth year with the program, is now completely student-led. The mentors plan training, projects and the lessons they share with the freshmen.  The advisers are facilitators and monitor the students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, high school transition
CONTACT: Michelle Churchwell, Eisenhower High School Advisor
PHONE: 580-355-9144
EMAIL:  michelle.churchwell@lawtonps.org
CONTACT: Francy Garner, Lawton High School Advisor
PHONE: 580-355-5170
EMAIL:  fgarner@lawtonps.org
CONTACT: Kristen Keplinger, MacArthur High School Advisor
PHONE: 580-355-5230
EMAIL:  kkeplinger@lawtonps.org           

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Lawton serves as a youth center for children, ages 6-17, who provided with meals, homework assistance, character-building activities and recreation activities through after school and full-day programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Christal Durham, Director
PHONE: 580-357-7541
EMAIL: Christal_Durham@uss.salvationarmy.org

LEEDEY
B.I.S.O.N. Mentors, an acronym for Believe In Some One Now, serves Pre-K through 12th grade students. In a small, Western Oklahoma community of 435 people, Leedey Superintendent Rusty Puffinbarger and B.I.S.O.N. Mentor Coordinator Kris Gore started a mentor program that serves approximately 50 students. Their journey began at the 2011 OFE Fall Forum, where they learned information about how to do this. With the help of six directors serving as the mentoring board, they have rallied the support of their town and in just a short time made great strides with their school’s entire student body.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Kris Gore, Mentor Coordinator
PHONE: 405-317-6062
EMAIL: kris@leedey.k12.ok.us

MANITOU
The Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center is a medium-secure state facility operated by the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The Center houses 60 young men between the ages of 13-19 who have been adjudicated by the courts as juvenile delinquents or youthful offenders. Many young men at the Center come from disadvantaged or chaotic homes and have had little if any positive male role models in their lives Mentors can meet with the young men one night a week from 7-8 p.m. Currently the Center has 19 mentors with 27 boys involved. Many mentors come as individuals and some participate as group members such as men and women from Kairos Torch Prison Ministry and the Christian Motorcycle Association. In addition to mentors, church groups regularly volunteer to provide Sunday services and faith-based activities and offer support and encouragement to the young men at the facility.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Maggie Dawson, Volunteer Services Specialist
PHONE: 580-397-3511
EMAIL: Maggie.Dawson@oja.ok.gov

MCALESTER
Students, enrolled in the McAlester High School Service Learning Class, attend another school in the district four days a week during the first hour of the school day. While at this school, they work with younger students and assist teachers. The high school peer mentors also attend field trips with their schools. Students do fundraisers to purchase meals for families in need around the holidays. Mentees are youths in elementary and middle school. Joe Brawley and Richard Cornish coordinate the mentoring for the McAlester district. This program has been so beneficial to both the mentees and the mentors. Some mentors who have been through this program have gone on to a career in education because of their experiences.
CONTACT: Shawn Calaway, Service Learning Class Teacher/Sponsor
PHONE: 918-423-4776
EMAIL: scalaway@mcalester.k12.ok.us

MIAMI
The Robert S. Gee Scholarship Program, established in 2004, seeks out students who have shown a high degree of academic ability and potential, but whose socio-economic situation presents barriers to reaching their full potential. Students selected for this program receive extensive mentoring and financial assistance aimed at mitigating or minimizing obstacles to academic and personal excellence. Each Gee Scholar, who can be nominated as early as the spring semester of their seventh grade year, receives a teacher mentor and two community mentors. Teachers nominate students. Once selected, students remain in the program through graduation from high school, although they must maintain a “B” average in order to take advantage of financial assistance available through the program. Two of several assessments of the program include college admissions and community buy-in. Examples of financial assistance have included band fees, scrubs for Career Tech student nursing program, college enrollment fees, running shoes and tennis bag, private music lessons, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M concurrent class fees, and appropriate school clothing. The Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation (MPSEF) maintains the program funds separately.
CONTACT: Ginny Stinson, Chairperson of the Robert S. Gee Scholarship Committee (MPSEF)
PHONE: 918-541-4923
EMAIL: ginnystinson1@gmail.com

MIDWEST CITY

STARBASE Oklahoma, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. In 2015-16, Carl Albert Middle School has two clubs with eight Tinker Air Force Base Mentors. In addition to the clubs’ STEM project, Advanced Lego Mindstorms, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

Rose State College's Student Support Services (SSS) is a national TRiO program funded by the Department of Education. The goal is to ensure that participants persist in college and earn an associate’s degree or certificate and/or transfer to a four-year university. Services include transfer assistance, campus visits, academic advisement, workshops, exposure to cultural events, a resource library, educational materials, library orientation, community service referrals, tutoring and academic mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Amber Mitchell, Director of Student Support Services
PHONE: 405-733-7379
EMAIL: amitchell@rose.edu

Rose State University’s Critical Learning in Community Knowledge with Tutoring, Enrichment, Advising and Mentoring (CLICK) is designed to increase student success by increasing retention and academic success. Its focus is on improving critical thinking skills, learning strategies, organizational skills, computer literacy, mathematics, reading skills, grammar, writing skills, and student knowledge of available resources both on and off campus. Students may enroll in CLICK as a college credited class, or all are welcome to join the bi-weekly lab sessions where tenured math, reading, and English faculty work one-on-one with students to help them master material and college life. Professors and professional staff members from English, mathematics, reading, educational planning, and academic  advisement support CLICK members.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate tutoring and mentoring by faculty and staff
CONTACT: Chris Knox, Reading Program Coordinator
PHONE: 405-733-7386
EMAIL: cknox@rose.edu

MULDROW
READ: Reading Encourages All Dreams is a reading mentorship program that pairs trained high school mentors with elementary first through fourth grade students who are struggling with reading. These students meet together once a week at the local library where they strengthen reading skills. READ has served Muldrow for 14 years; however, the guidelines for READ were shared at several state and national conventions and may have been used in any number of cities nationwide. READ has been a remarkable program for our community. We have parents report that their elementary children jump 2-3 letter grades in reading after joining our program. Also, the mentors deal with other issues besides reading. Through positive mentoring, they work on peer pressure, bullying, and other issues with their elementary students. The program has been in existence long enough for some of the elementary participants to grow up and become mentors. It is so thrilling to visit our local library after school and see so many high school and elementary students enjoying reading together.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Kim Henderson, High School Librarian
PHONE: 918-427-3274
EMAIL: kim.henderson@staff.muldrowps.org

MUSTANG
The Not Alone Project is a peer-to-peer mentoring program that pairs individuals based upon experience. Pairing is done primarily through story-sharing on the organization’s website or through connection campaigns, such as HopeNow and NotAloneLocal. The goal is to become a globally recognized starting point for hope. Mentors and mentees can tell their stories or find a story and then connect. An international organization servicing all cities and countries, The Not Alone Project is based in Mustang and has a large mentoring community in Canadian and Oklahoma counties. The target audience is for people over the age of 18.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, online
CONTACT: Bradley King, Co-Founder and Director
PHONE: 405-593-1179
EMAIL: brad@thenotaloneproject.org

NORMAN

Alameda Reading Tutoring Program provides one-on-one reading/tutoring/mentoring for Cleveland County elementary students via an enrollment process with mentor availability. Most of the program’s students and mentors reside in Cleveland County, e.g., Norman, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Lexington, Slaughterville, Little Axe, Purcell, Blanchard and other county towns. With a focus on reading and language arts, mentors and mentees, grades levels K-5th, meet at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. In 2014-15, 35 mentors are enrolled with substitutes available for mentors who must miss a meeting. Alameda Church of Christ also mentors with the Whiz Kids program at Parmelee Elementary School in Oklahoma City and offers mentees many other fun and helpful events such as Back to School Roundup (B2SR), the Fall Festival, and Jingle Jam.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Mary Brown Boren, Program Director
PHONE: 405-321-0788
EMAIL: tutoring4christ@gmail.com

Big Brothers Big Sisters Norman as the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to Norman area youth. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Blossom Crews, Area Director
PHONE: 405-364-3722   
EMAIL: blossom.crews@bbbsok.org

Boys & Girls Club of Norman at the Center for Children and Families (CCFI) provides a safe and caring out-of-school environment for children and youth, ages 6-18, who live in neighborhoods that experience high levels of poverty and crime or in homes that need additional support. Services are designed to provide resource connections for the families and opportunities for improved social skills, self-esteem and child development of the youth. The Club’s after-school, evening, and summer enrichment opportunities include programs for academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development; recreational activities, positive adult mentoring; and family-oriented events and activities.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Vernon Hooks, Unit Director
PHONE: 405-364-1420
EMAIL: vhooks@ccfinorman.org

Bridges of Norman Inc. Career Coaching Program
provides caring adult mentors who serve as sounding boards and supports for the homeless high school students who live at bridges. They are community volunteers trained by the program to listen and guide, rather than to parent or judge. Career coaches make a minimum of a one-year commitment to get together for dinner, a show, a coke, etc., with a student once or twice a month, and to keep connected via text or however the pair choose to communicate. The match is overseen by the career coaching director, who sets up three group activities a year with all mentors and students. The director also helps the mentor set up two job shadows for the student in their areas of interest. Coaches often attend school events, take prom pictures, and spend time with their students. The coaching director keeps in touch with mentors via email to give them weekly reports about current school activities so they can have talking points and encourage or study with their students during testing times. Bridges assists high school students who live alone due to a family crisis, including the death of a parent, parental incarceration, or homelessness, by offering 20 individual apartments with sliding-scale rent based on the student’s income, connection to other social service agencies, assistance with almost any school-related activity, and college scholarships. In return, students are accountable for various criteria including maintaining grades and attendance. In the last three years, 95% of Bridges students have gone on to higher education.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, community-based
CONTACT: Katelyn Gleason-Dockery, Director of Social Services 
PHONE: 405-579-9280
EMAIL: kdockery@bridgesnorman.org

The Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program, coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools. Each mentor spends at least one hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary school student.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Beverly Woodrome, Director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

The Community After School Program (CASP) of Norman provides a safe, supervised before and after school environment for school-age children who would otherwise be left unsupervised while their parents begin or complete their workday. CASP provides before and after school care to more than 700 elementary children in 16 programs in the Norman Public School system. Be Smart is a tutoring program offered to children in CASP. Tutors are paired one-on-one with an elementary student and meet at the school site twice a week for 30 minutes.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Brenda Birdsong, Director of Child Services
PHONE: 405-366-5970
EMAIL: Info@caspinc.org

Kid's Hope USA is a national program adopted by First Baptist Church to work with at-risk children at a local elementary school, Lincoln Elementary. Our mentors are members of our church who devote one hour each week with their student, helping to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs at a crucial time in the child's life.
CONTACT: Angela Atkins, Director of Community Ministries
PHONE: 405-321-1753
EMAILS: kidshope@fbcnorman.org, angelaa@fbcnorman.org 

Loveworks Leadership Inc. runs various types of programs in Norman, Western Heights in Oklahoma City and Ponca City. In partnership with key community supporters, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership is a free-of-charge program that focuses on leadership and character development, experiential learning and community impact. Through interactive lessons, Loveworks' In-School Leadership Classes teach the fundamentals of character and leadership utilizing media, creative activities, and guest speakers to fully engage student interest and create unforgettable moments. During the school semester, there are Community Impact Events, providing volunteers and students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community enrichment projects and events. Summer Leadership Camps are week-long experiences designed to connect hands-on learning projects tailored to students’ unique interests and make life-skills learning a blast.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, In-school, Community Impact Events, Camps
CONTACT: Daniel “D” Smith, After-school Director
PHONE: 405-517-2101
EMAIL: daniel@Loveworksleadership.org

Norman High School upper level Spanish students volunteer to teach Spanish at five local elementary schools that feed into Norman High School. These students, responsible for their own lesson planning and instruction, teach for 30 minutes a week from 8:00-8:30 before their high school classes start. The program began in 2014-15 with 15 mentors and three elementary schools. In 2016-17, 38 high school Spanish mentors are participating at Monroe, Lincoln, Madison, Washington and Kennedy elementary schools. Those efforts translate into serving 18 elementary classrooms and approximately 420 fourth- and fifth-grade students. This program has been nominated for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2016 Global Engagement Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring, Spanish-speaking
CONTACT: Darcy Pippins, Spanish teacher, Norman High School
PHONE: 405-366-5812
EMAIL: dpippins@norman.k12.ok.us

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Norman Police Department’s Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) serves seventh and eighth grade students in Norman Public Schools. The purpose of PAL is to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while also exposing them to future careers in serving their community, while participating in activities. The goal of the program is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and to empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. The three-week experience blends classroom learning with hands on activities to expose participants to a variety of topics including: fitness, patrol tactics, criminal investigations, traffic safety, self-defense, firearms safety, internet dangers, and weekly character values.  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Summer camp and continuing outreach of school resource officers
CONTACT: Officer Ali Jaffery
PHONE: 405-321-1600
EMAIL: ali.jaffery@normanok.gov 

The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, Interior Design Junior/Senior Student Mentoring Program has been developed and established through the Interior Design Board of Visitors and the Interior Design Faculty to mentor currently enrolled junior and senior level Interior Design students. The goal is to share experience, knowledge, and guidance between students and design professionals. All members of the Interior Design Board of Visitors participate as mentors as well as alumni and selected practitioners recommended by the board members. Mentors can be architects, interior designers, industry related artisans and product/service representatives. The mentors and their student mentees agree to have at least one ‘face to face’ meeting and a minimum of once per month contact during the academic year. The students are mentored by practitioners for advice on the profession, projects, material applications and other design related topics. This program continues with each student/mentor match through the student’s graduation. The mentoring program is promoted at the beginning of each Fall Semester where connections are made between practitioners and one or more students who have expressed an interest in the program. Students and practitioners have an opportunity at the end of each semester to evaluate their satisfaction of the program. The evaluation will provide feedback to build upon successes or make modifications to the program as needed.
CONTACT: Elizabeth Pober, Director, Division of Interior Design
PHONE: 405-325-6764
EMAIL: epober@ou.edu

Students in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences Cathryn L. & Jon R. Withrow Leadership Scholars Alumni Mentoring Program are paired with an alumni or friend of the College of Arts and Sciences for a mentoring relationship. Established by the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors in 1996, the Leadership Scholars program recognizes the brightest and most involved students in the college. Students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes are selected on the basis of grade point average, university or community service and leadership potential. Leadership Scholars meet regularly for leadership development activities, guest speakers, social events and community service. The students often assist the college by serving as hosts during events. Leadership Scholars brings students together from a variety of backgrounds, academic disciplines and experiences for the purpose of expanding their leadership education. During monthly meetings, students learn about important aspects of leadership, including ethics, volunteerism, diversity, personal responsibility and other topics. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Dr. Rhonda Dean Kyncl, Assistant Dean
PHONE: 405-325-2077 
EMAIL: rkyncl@ou.edu

Stilettos is a professional women’s support group for the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball program established by Coach Sherri Coale in 2004. Her goal was to surround her players with professional women who would be role models for them. Recently, the In Your Court/In Your Shoes mentoring program was launched pairing both a Stilettos member and former player with a current member of the team to provide one-on-one mentoring on and off the court. Additional Stilettos members provide mentoring, support and encouragement as part of the Front Court or Back Court. Every year the players will be assigned new one-on-one mentors (Stilettos) and former players.  By the time they graduate, the players will have a very large cadre of dedicated Stilettos and former players who are IN THEIR COURT and IN THEIR SHOES, and they will have made life long connections. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College campus/athletic department-based
CONTACT: Emily Mattson, OU Women’s Basketball Office Manager
PHONE: 405-325-8322
EMAIL: emattson@ou.edu

The JCPenney Leadership Center within the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma has several events focused towards developing organic and natural mentoring relationships. Events organically to connect associates with alumni include but are not limited to regular alumni lunches with associates, the spring Alumni Career Conference begun in 2014, and incorporating leadership alumni in regular leadership and professional activities such as developing emotional intelligence in the workplace. In 2013, Clayton launched the Leadership Center Peer Training Program, in which seven peer trainers design and deliver the new member curriculum, consisting of seven foundational leadership and professional development programs. These peer trainers become, in addition to curriculum facilitators, serve as informal mentors in guiding the new candidate associates through the new member process regarding program expectations and guidelines.
CONTACT: Melia Alderman, Assistant Interim Director
PHONE: 405-325-2501
EMAIL: melia@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Janine Rainbolt College of Education’s Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision (EACS) Program within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is an academic unit that serves graduate students interested in K-12 education leadership. Faculty members mentor aspiring school principals, district superintendents, practitioners and researchers. Some doctoral students aspire to work for state departments, nonprofits, think tanks or research organizations which serve K-12 education. Other doctoral students are trained to serve in the faculty member ranks at higher education institutions to research, teach and serve within the field of K-12 education leadership and policy. The EACS Program:

  • Provides coursework that includes foundations in theory and research evidence which are directly applied to leadership practice.
  • Facilitates projects and internships within schools and districts so that students/mentees gain access to a wider network of effective practicing principals and superintendents.

Advanced graduates students/mentees interested in research and policy are given additional experience with research methods to evolve into academic scholars. This includes experience writing for publication and giving local, national and international presentations. These same mentees network with policymakers, national and international organizations which house education decisionmakers and leading academic scholars. EACS offers advanced graduate students research assistantship positions in which they work closely with a faculty member to collaborate on their research agenda and provide extensive networking opportunities to meet professional goals. The Janine Rainbolt College of Education also recognizes an outstanding faculty mentor in this program with the Patricia L. Hardré Graduate Mentoring Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, faculty mentoring of graduate students
CONTACT: Dr. William Frick, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
PHONE: 405-325-4202
EMAIL:  frick@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Advising is a faculty mentoring program for graduate students. All graduate students are assigned a faculty member as their initial advisor. Once the students learn more about the program and the expertise of each faculty member, they select their mentor, or chair, of their committee.  Since 2009, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Advising’s goals have been to get to know students' interests, talents and career objectives and to have faculty help them succeed. Many of the doctoral students, for example, want to teach in a university setting so the faculty mentors help them develop a portfolio of accomplishments in service, teaching and research before they graduate. In the 2015 graduating class, on average, Ph.D. students had already published more than three articles and presented papers at a minimum of six conferences, and a few had books published. In 2015-16, approximately 800 graduate students were enrolled in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, 500 in the master’s program and 300 in the doctoral program. The personal, highly interactive relationship between faculty mentors and student mentees includes regularly meeting with mentees, inviting them to college-sponsored events and opportunities including wine and cheese tastings, a speaker series, informal conversations with snacks or coffee, and an annual Diversity Scholar’s Event among others. The close faculty/student interactions offer the students chances to engage in original research, publications and presentations as a matter-of-course. The Janine Rainbolt College of Education also recognizes an outstanding faculty mentor in this program with the Jon E. Pedersen Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, faculty mentoring of graduate students
CONTACT: Anna Steele, Senior Graduate Programs Support Specialist
PHONE: 405-325-1081
EMAIL:  anna.steele@ou.edu

As part of the Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program, upperclassmen in the College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma serve as mentors or tutors to students enrolled in sophomore courses. The program enhances leadership, technical and communication skills by leading younger peers, and provides personal and professional development through connections and acquaintances.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Susy Calonkey, Development Officer 
PHONE: 405-325-2621
EMAIL: scalonkey@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma’s ConnectU is a mentorship program that pairs new students with upperclassmen to provide each individual student with tools and resources to maximize success at the University of Oklahoma. By carefully partnering incoming students with older mentors that can guide and advise them, ConnectU hopes to show new Sooners a personalized path to achieving all of their goals. After the initial mentor training, this student-led program communicates chiefly by social media. Details about events, mentor-mentee activities, mentor tips, mentee challenges and other information arrive via social media. Formed in July 2013, this program is listed on Facebook with links for Google Doc mentor and mentee applications.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
EMAIL: ouconnectu@gmail.com

The OU Cousins program, created in 1996 by President and Mrs. David Boren, matches an international or exchange student with one or two American students and invites them to participate in one or two monthly programs either free or of minimal charge. Students, who are matched according to hobbies, majors, and countries of special interest, are also encouraged to get together outside of official Cousins events. The goal of the program is to develop understanding, friendship, and unity among U.S., international and exchange students at the University of Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College- and community-based
PHONE: 405-325-3163
EMAIL: oucousins@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma’s William M. Majors Energy Management Mentoring Program matches junior and senior students with energy executives in the Oklahoma City area. Mentors and mentees meet once a month for lunch and a special guest speaker at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club. The group also has a social once a semester. Funding is provided by the OCAPL (Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen) and the OERB (Oklahoma Energy Resources Board). Both mentors and mentees must apply for this prestigious program, which falls under the auspices of the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate
CONTACT: Steve Long, Director of the Energy Managment Program  
PHONE: 405-325-0758
EMAIL: slong@ou.edu

The Dean’s Leadership Council, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, consists of engineering students with excellent academic credentials, leadership and communication skills. They serve as mentors to freshman and transfer engineering students, tutors for courses in engineering curricula, and student recruiters for engineering major. Peer mentor responsibilities are specific and large, but mentors can become eligible for the DLC Scholarship.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Julie Dahlgren, Assistant to the Associate Dean 
PHONE: 405-325-2621
EMAIL: jdahlgren@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma’s Jerry Holmes Engineering Leadership Program for Engineers & Scientists serves the Gallogly College of Engineering and the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy undergraduate and graduate students with professional and leadership development through mentoring, workshops, curriculum, networking with practicing engineers, professional issues, life skills, guest lectures, corporate visits, service opportunities, and other enhancements. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Kimberly Graves Wolfinbarger, Director
PHONE: 405-325-3721
EMAIL: kimw@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Honors College Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program aims to encourage incoming honors freshmen to get involved in the university community, to help them find a sense of belonging, and to give them positive role models. It also aims to integrate them into academic culture and to make them aware of the attitudes and opportunities that tend to make honors students successful. To those ends, it pairs upperclassmen mentors in the OU Honors College with two incoming freshmen each. The mentors meet with their two freshmen mentees every two weeks, becoming friends with them and helping them to find their footing during their first year as undergraduates. In the 2016-17 academic year, 55 mentors will serve a predicted 110 freshmen.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Lisa Tucker, Director of External and Alumni Relations
PHONE: 405-325-9088
EMAIL: honorsmentorship@gmail.com

The University of Oklahoma’s Honors College launched its Student-To-Professional Mentoring Experience (STPMX) in Spring 2015 with 65 Oklahoma City-area professionals as mentors. Alumni, corporate and nonprofit business leaders provide a professional exchange of information and networking opportunities for top-ranked Honors College students whereby the undergraduates will establish vital contacts and gain indispensable insight to career placement as they transition from student to professional in highly competitive specialized job markets. Partnering professionals share their skills, knowledge and best practices on how to build a successful career in their chosen field. Leading professionals, corporations and metro area-based businesses host a series of receptions and dinners for up to 20 Honors College students per event. The OU Honors College aims to provide one to two Student-To-Professional Mentoring Experience opportunities during the Spring and Fall semesters. Current partnering professionals represent law, banking and finance, medicine and healthcare, urban development and city planning, and not-for-profit businesses. Up to 75 OU Honors College undergrads participate per year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professional to college students
CONTACT: Lisa Tucker, Director of External and Alumni Relations
PHONE: 405-325-9088
EMAIL: ljtucker@ou.edu

The Division of Management & Entrepreneurship Board of Advisers Mentoring Program in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business is designed to help Division of Management & Entrepreneurship majors make the transition from school to work. Students are paired with local executives to help them develop as professionals and prepare themselves to add value in the work place from day one. Mentees are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have been admitted to Price College and have declared one of the Division of Management & Entrepreneurship majors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate
CONTACT: Mark Sharfman, Ph.D.
PHONE: 405-325-5689
EMAIL: msharfman@ou.edu

NOWATA
Boys and Girls Club of Nowata, works with youth to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders through a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. This Native American/Traditional Club, serving over 600 youth members ages 5-18, is the only youth advocacy after-school program in the county. Its mentoring program serves 100 participants, and it has a waiting list.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school 
CONTACT: Emily Harris, Program Director 
PHONE: 918-273-1007
EMAIL: eharris@bgclubnowata.org

OKLAHOMA CITY
A Ride into the Future Mentoring Program, sponsored by Alpha Theta Boulé, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, focuses upon a group of young African-American male youths at Millwood Elementary School. Since its founding in 2012-13 by Robert Alexander and Johnny Griggs, the mentoring commitment dedicated to these youths extends from elementary school through high school graduation. This program is one of Alpha Theta Boulé chapter’s three-pronged approach to the social action initiatives established by the international organization.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Johnny R. Griggs, M.D., Program Director
PHONE: 405-949-4001

American Fidelity Assurance Company’s Buchanan Elementary Partnership provides mentoring/tutoring once a week for 30 minutes. Most of the mentored students are second grade or older, and many mentors and mentees have been matched for several years. Other American Fidelity employees read to the younger students but not every week. The partnership also provides some random needs.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Lisa Burchfield, Sr. Communications Specialist
PHONE: 405-523-5977
EMAIL: lisa.burchfield@americanfidelity.com

In 2011, the [Artspace] at Untitled initiated a [Press] Mentorship Program to work with a small group of high school students who have limited exposure to art but want the opportunity to learn more about printmaking and the book arts. This intensive mentoring extends over a three year period with monthly visits to the studio. The [Press] at [Artspace] at Untitled facility provides the equipment needed to teach etching, lithography, serigraphy, collography, relief, bookmaking, and bookbinding. Staff and mentors teach students how to write about their work, build portfolios, and create presentations that can be used to apply for university scholarships and grants. This process supports youth through building critical communication, social skills, and positive relationships with peers and adults. As of Fall 2017, ten schools have mentorship programs. Other programming includes the Mission Academy, which focuses upon youths in recovery, and summer programs. In addition, [Artspace] at Untitled also collaborates with public school art programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Art
CONTACT: Holly Hodge, Operations & Public Relations
PHONE: 405-815-9995
EMAIL: artspace@1ne3.org

ASTEC Charter SchoolsASTEC Peer Mentoring Program, created in 2014-15 by Misty Kimbrough, Dean of Students, matches approximately 60 seniors primarily with seventh graders through a service learning class in which mentors earn 1.25 credits per semester. Three days a week, the mentors go into middle school classes. One day a week the match can be out of class. On “short” Wednesdays, in which the school day ends at 1:25 p.m., Ms. Kimbrough meets with mentors to discuss ideas and concerns. Mentors also have weekly assignments and projects, e.g., the Selfie Project. The final exam is the mentors’ writing their mentees a summer letter, which the advisor reads before giving to the mentees. In 2015-16, teacher Lisa Fore integrated the peer mentoring component into the seniors’ Capstone class. To graduate, ASTEC seniors must have 100 hours of community service, which can include taking their mentee to a game or other activity outside of school time.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring 
CONTACT: Lisa Seay, Dean of Instruction
PHONE: 405-947-6274
EMAIL: lseay@asteccharterschools.com

Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma City is the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to Norman area youth. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Jacquelyn Edwards, OKC Area Director    
PHONE: 405-943-8075     
EMAIL: jacquelyn.edwards@bbbsok.org    

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County offers tutoring, mentoring, recreational activities and more to children ages 6-18. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. To be eligible, a child must be a member of the Boys and Girls Club and attend the club on a consistent basis. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County are safe places to learn and grow -- all while having fun. Innovatively, in fall 2015, the club staff began the Alternative to Suspension Program, in which selected students who have been suspended from school come to the club for 10 days, where trained staff teaches the students tools that can help them return to school.
CONTACT: La Rissa Conn, Director Arts & Volunteers
PHONE: 405-521-9292
EMAIL: lconn@bgcokc.org 

Boys & Girls Club School Sites: Each location share the school’s facility and have reached capacity at 150 members each day.

The Britton Christian Church BBC Learning Center, was designed with the intention of partnering with parents to meet their child’s educational needs. This is a faith-based after-school tutoring/mentoring ministry for elementary, middle school, and high school children in grades one through 12. Each child is paired with a tutor/mentor to help build relationships and trust between the tutor and child so as to enable tutors to understand better and meet the child’s educational needs. The focus of this ministry is to empower kids and communities through education for an eternal reward. BCC Learning Center serves youth from northwest, northeast, and south Oklahoma City as well as Edmond.
CONTACT: Tre’ Clark, Community & Education Pastor
PHONE: 405-848-2046
EMAIL: tre@brittonchurch.com

Camp Fire USA's Heart of Oklahoma teaches youth leadership skills, team-building skills and training to become camp counselors. Mentees served include 6th-8th grades and 9th-12th grades. Camp Fire also offers new programming. Outdoor School offers a hands-on, science based program for Pre-K through 8th grade students and soft-skilled learning programs for elementary school and high school-aged boys and girls. Through the rock wall and ropes courses, staff provides team building activities for schools, businesses and other groups. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Herb Gilkey, Executive Director  
PHONE: 405-254-2069
EMAIL: herb@campfireusa-ok.org

In 2008, Prescott, a mentor in the OKC Warriors Mentoring Program, launched the Canaries Running Team, a free running team offered to girls, ages eight and up, in the South Oklahoma City area. The team attends OKC Warriors mentoring every Monday, meet twice per week for running practice, and competes in monthly races. Everything about the Canaries is teaching the girls and boys their extraordinary value; even our team name lends itself to an opportunity to speak this truth into the youths’ lives. The team became coed in spring 2013. The message is “What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail - even numbering the hairs on your head! So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries.” Matthew 10:29-31
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, faith-based
CONTACT: Abby Prescott, Founder, Director, Running Coach
EMAIL: abby@canariesrunningteam.org

Chesapeake Energy's mentoring program was created in 1995 as one of the company's first volunteer programs. Each week, hundreds of Oklahoma City Chesapeake mentors volunteer up to an hour at one of four inner-city schools (Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, Horace Mann Elementary and North Highland Math and Science Academy). Since the program began, Chesapeake employees have impacted the lives of thousands of children. The results have improved reading scores, decreased drop-out rates, and created positive relationships between students and volunteers, and encouraged support for other events to support the schools in a number of ways, including donating school supplies, warm coats for winter and toy drives for the holidays. The selfless spirit of "giving back" from thousands of Chesapeake mentors over the years has made the Chesapeake Mentoring Program the largest corporate mentoring program in the state of Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Rachel Hudgens Gunnoe, Mentoring Director
PHONE: 405-843-5350
EMAIL:  rachel.hudgens@chk.com

CityCare's Whiz Kids creatively addresses inner-city social and educational crisis by matching tutor/mentors with at-risk students in the Oklahoma City, Crutcho, Crooked Oak and Putnam City school districts. Teachers select students to participate in Whiz Kids because they are reading below their grade level and can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Tutors are paired with a child and meet weekly during the school year for a one-on-one after school tutoring session. Whiz Kids sites are churches in each school's community that donate their facility and provide tutors and an on-site coordinator. These urban churches are partnered with suburban churches to bring the resource of people back to the inner city. Each Whiz Kids session includes one hour for one-on-one tutoring, 10 minutes for snack time and 20 minutes for "Club Time" (a group session that addresses character issues with biblical principles).
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based
CONTACT: Amy Bruce, Communication & Development Manager
PHONE: 405-602-2815
EMAIL: amy@whizkidsok.org

Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board
(COWIB) has both adult and youth WIOA funded programs in Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. The youth program provides programs and services that ensure youth acquire the education, skill, work experience and support they will need to reach their full potential and successfully transition to productive adulthood. Individuals 16-24 with one or more of the following barriers may benefit from our program: Pregnant/Parenting, Foster Youth, Justice System, Homeless/Runaway, Individual with a Disability, Low Income and Basic Skills Deficient, or English as a second language.
TYPE: Community-based, career/workforce oriented
CONTACT: Yolanda Alexander, Youth Services Program Manager 
PHONE: 405-622-2026 X 301
EMAIL: yolandaalexander@cowib.org

Community Advance is a nonprofit organization begun by Northwest Baptist Church to expand its mission to advance the life-skills of underprivileged and underperforming individuals and families in its Northwest Classen Learning Community Consortium of schools, including Northwest Classen High, Taft Middle and six elementary schools comprising a total of approximately 4,500 students. The goal is to expand the summer and after-school program, The CLUB, into all-year resources eventually extending through high school and into postsecondary in addition to providing a learning center and computer training laboratory. THE CLUB programming for Taft students includes snacks, life skills, goal-setting, career exploration, dinner, and options, e.g., drum line, fashion design, script-writing and filming, recording a song and others. Mentors vary in age from high school seniors to one 85-year-old.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Natalie Duncan, Program Director
PHONE: 405-595-2745
EMAIL: natalie.duncan@communityadvance.org

The Edwards Christian Leadership Academy (ECLA), sponsored by the Tabitha Baptist Church and volunteer community partners, is unlike the typical afterschool mentoring/tutoring program. On Tuesdays, the academy offers a full one and a half hours devoted to kindergarten through sixth grade children at Edwards Elementary School. ECLA’s goal is to reach the kids in more than one area of their lives in order to impact the child in such a way that they are well rounded and wholly developed and to surround and expose them to solutions and opportunities not otherwise available or presentable to them because of economics or culture. Activities to support them encompass areas such as Christianity, academics, emotional support, moral issues, life skills, guidance and direction. Supporters and volunteers who would like to contribute to this effort to help these children see their own potential and become leaders of their own communities are welcome.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, faith-based
SCHOOL CONTACT: Rhonda J. Mitchell, Program Coordinator
PHONE: 405-412-4764
EMAIL: rjlmitchell@gmail.com

Exploring, Boy Scouts of America, Last Frontier Council
Exploring is a career-based mentorship program for young men and women ages 14-21 years old. The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide real world hands on experience and develop other critical skills necessary for success in a career and/or college including leadership opportunities, character development, social and professional networking, and community and civic service. Businesses and community organizations initiate a specific Career Explorer Post by matching program resources to the interests of youth in the community. Currently, Exploring posts represent over 100 different career fields. Explorer Posts as of October 2017: 

  • Norman Regional Hospital’s Health Exploring Post 2901
  • Norman Police Department Post 2009
  • Blanchard Police Department Post 2007
  • Union City Police Department Post 2017
  • Midwest City Police Department Post 2624
  • Edmond Police Department Post 2655
  • Oklahoma County Sheriff Post 2199
  • OKC Metro Fire Safety and Emergency Services Post 2060
  • OKC Metro Skilled Trades Post 2065
  • Vatterott College Specialty Trades Post 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                

TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, career-based group mentoring
CONTACT: Kassie Wrobel, Exploring Executive                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHONE: 918-313-5410                                                                                                                                                                                                        EMAIL: kassie.wrobel@scouting.org

FaithWorks of the Inner City offers Tuesday Specials and Thursday Tutoring-Mentoring. Tuesday Specials features a variety of small group activities from karate, art and cooking to dance and guitar. Thursday Tutoring-Mentoring, one-on-one, emphasizes reading, math and homework. Eighty-one hundred Pre-K-12th grade mentees also receive a meal each day. In the summer of 2012, teens mentored younger children by developing a reading and activity program around the theme “Time Machine.” Additional programs include Mommy and Me Class (for three-year-olds and their mothers), ESL, Teen Impact, a housing program, The Word on Wednesday, and special events such as the back-to-school bash. FaithWorks of the Inner City serves southeast Oklahoma City in the Shidler-Wheeler area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, faith-based
CONTACT: Sally Goin, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 405-601-7600
EMAIL: sally@faithworksokc.com

The Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (F.A.C.T.) is a program of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Its mission is "to positively impact inner-city youth who are at-risk to participate in delinquent or gang-related activities, through positive police contact and community partnerships with the ultimate purpose of altering the youth's perspective on life, their academic future and potential for success." Through mentoring, character-building, and family/youth discussions, F.A.C.T. offers options for change. The program has two Oklahoma City locations: NE F.A.C.T. Center at 1220 NE 33rd Street and Hathaway F.A.C.T. Center at 3916 S. Lindsay.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Lt. Wayland Cubit, Program Supervisor
PHONE: 405-231-2121
EMAIL: wayland.cubit@okc.gov

Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, based at the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, is a local fishing mentoring program based upon national model created and sponsored by the Future Fisherman Foundation and the Bass Federation. This program is designed to give children of all ages a basic knowledge of the great sport of fishing. The program uses this sport to show children a safe and enjoyable alternative to the problems and negative influences our young people are exposed to in our society. With the help of great mentors like local law enforcement officers, the University of Oklahoma Fishing Team members ,and local professional fishermen, the children meet and work with successful role models. They are taught much more than fishing and are shown that by making the right choices in life you can become a successful and productive individual. The combination of the fishing education and the quality mentoring make this program a great way to address the importance of avoiding problems with drugs, alcohol and other negative influences. The Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs at SHAWV is tailored toward elementary students, mostly fifth graders, and the school’s needs, but the model is highly successful with middle school and high school students nationwide.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Michael D. Schwartz
PHONE: 405-605-9369
EMAIL: michael.schwartz@integrisok.com

I’m-Possible is an after-school mentoring program educating seventh and eighth grade leadership students about the benefits of college and higher education but also teaching life lessons and building confidence. Jay Green and Chris Wright, co-founders and mentors, meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to open conversations about mentees’ lives and futures. The long term goal of I’m-Possible is to increase the number of leadership-ready and college-accepted students within Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School. Mentors also provide opportunities such as attending leadership conferences. Wright graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2017, and Green will graduate in 2018-19.                                         
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Jay Green, President and Co-Founder
EMAIL: jay.green@ou.edu

In The Gap, a faith-based organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, mentors children from pre-K through fifth grade through character education in schools and after-school Bible Clubs. The purpose of IN THE GAP’S Community Programming is to provide a structure that will foster instructing children in character and the Christian life. The second purpose is to bring communities together by strengthening neighborhood relationships, improving neglected areas, and assisting to foster a positive environment for children and families. By facilitating the various programs, our goal is to connect compassionate youth and adults, both locally and abroad, with children and their families in order to help them succeed in life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The international organization, founded in 2010, specializes in character coaching, teacher training, leadership development, and hands-on community impact and enrichment.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Darcie Isit, Community Program Director
PHONE: 405-748-0712
EMAIL: disitt@inthegap.org

INTEGRIS Health joined forces with the Oklahoma City Public School System in 1992 to launch the Positive Directions Mentoring Program. During the 2011/2012 school year, more than 380 mentors participated, donating over 6,400 hours of mentoring time. In Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS provides mentors to Fillmore Elementary and Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village Charter School. The mission of Positive Directions is to provide the educational support necessary to enhance the learning experience of at-risk students. Our goals and objectives are to build self-esteem, provide positive role models, provide assistance in overcoming negative behaviors, and improve classroom participation and academic success of children. Our mentors spend one hour per week, during the school day, with their assigned student throughout the school year. Our returning mentors continue to work with their student from the previous year in order to provide the continuity these students desperately need.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Tobi Campbell, Director, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village Charter School
PHONE: 405-717-9831
EMAIL: tobi.campbell@integrisok.com

Kids Hope USA is a national mentoring program which pairs one church with one school. First Baptist Church is partnered with Eugene Fields Elementary located at 15th and Klein. After training with carefully prepared material from Kids Hope USA, each mentor meets with one child- the same child- an hour per week during the school day. Mentors commit to a minimum of two years with the same child. Paired with each mentor is a prayer parter who prays for that specific child’s need throughout the mentoring relationship. Mentors are required to be members of FBC. Kids Hope’s mission statement is: One child, one church, one school, one hour.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and Faith-based
CONTACT: Marie Davis, Kids Hope Coordinator (OKC office)
PHONE: 405-232-4255
EMAIL: marie_davis05@sbcglobal.net

Latino Clubs 4-H Mentoring, sponsored by the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), is a prevention program designed to enhance the developmental assets of youth, ages 10-15. The goals are to improve academic performance, social competency and strengthen family bonds. Program locations at Tinker Air Force Base and the Latino Community Development Agency. 
CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
PHONE: 405-236-0701 Ext. 122
EMAIL: lcdaclub@latinoagencyokc.org

Lilies & Reeds Society provides incentives to help students achieve better attendance and improve grades in school. We help get and keep students on a healthy path to build and successfully reach short- and long-term goals regarding relationships, school, career and personal life. Lilies & Reeds Society Teen Parent Mentoring Program of Oklahoma uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. Our mission is to lower teen pregnancy statistics by filling students with wisdom through mentoring, volunteer work and fun-filled activities that will encourage them to mentor other young students. Our target groups are at-risk youth in 5th - 12th grades primarily in alternative and secondary schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Latasha Howell, Founder & CEO
PHONE: 405-805-6062
EMAIL: liliesandreeds@gmail.com

Link Crew is a peer mentoring program designed to develop junior and senior high school students into leaders at school. Link Crew leaders, role models for the freshman class, make freshman feel welcome and help them learn how to be successful in school. During the summer, Link Crew leaders attend the mandatory 10 hours of annual training before the upcoming school year. They lead freshman orientation for as many as 450 freshman, and mentor their freshman "crews" for the entire school year. Leaders plan social evetns, academic follow-ups, and other activities such as goal-setting, school traditions, character development and academic guidance. Link Crew is part of the Boomerang Project.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: High School transition, peer mentoring

CONTACT: Jean McDaniel, John Marshall High School Advisor
PHONE: 405-587-7200
EMAIL: jamcdaniel@okcps.org

CONTACT: Darci McGlasson, Northwest Classen High Scool Advisor
PHONE: 405-587-6300
EMAIL: demcglasson@okcps.org

CONTACT: Melissa Smith, U.S. Grant High School Advisor
PHONE: 405-587-2295
EMAIL: mssmith1@okcps.org

Loveworks Leadership Inc. runs various types of programs in Norman, Western Heights in Oklahoma City and Ponca City. In partnership with key community supporters, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership is a free-of-charge program that focuses on leadership and character development, experiential learning and community impact. Through interactive lessons, Loveworks' In-School Leadership Classes teach the fundamentals of character and leadership utilizing media, creative activities, and guest speakers to fully engage student interest and create unforgettable moments. During the school semester, there are Community Impact Events, providing volunteers and students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community enrichment projects and events. Summer Leadership Camps are week-long experiences designed to connect hands-on learning projects tailored to students’ unique interests and make life-skills learning a blast.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, in-school, Community Impact Events, Camps
CONTACT: Daniel “D” Smith, After-school Director
PHONE: 405-517-2101
EMAIL: daniel@loveworksleadership.org

The Mentoring Project (@TMProject) regularly operates nationally faith-based mentor trainings and has hands-on mentor sites in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Portland, Oregon. TMP also conducts faith-based trainings across North America, rotating through different communities. The Oklahoma City program, called @TMPOKC, works with local Mentor Link organizations and churches to introduce new mentors to their mentees. OKC metro area mentors are invited to attend monthly OKC Mentor Moments. In 2014, OKC hosted its first annual Long Live Mentoring Conference that featured national speakers, thought leaders, and practitioners of mentoring. See the website’s calendar of events to register for the next REWRITE Mentor Training Experience.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, mentor training 
CONTACT: Bruce Doane 
PHONE: 877-214-3553
EMAIL: advocate@thementoringproject.org

Mercy Healthcare employees mentor Linwood Elementary School students one-on-one once a week during periods established by the teacher and principal. Mercy also provides a Neighborhood Health Fair and ad hoc health resources for Linwood families such as free flu shots. As a result of the Mercy Healthcare’s Community RoundTables, participants in four states felt positive health care should be in schools. The Sisters of Mercy Health System has given the gift of the web-based resource HealthTeacher, which provides information and lesson plans K-12 for about 16 topics to all Mercy communities. More than 100 school districts, representing 370,000 students, have already signed on in the three-state area of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Gaylene Stiles, M.Ed., Community Outreach
PHONE: 405-752-3604
EMAIL: gaylene.stiles@mercy.net

Metro Career Academy, M.A.S.S. Mentoring Program (Mentors Assisting Student Success), is a school-based program for student’s 9th-12th grade. Our mentoring program connects students with caring adults to help cultivate interpersonal skills, academic and career goals as they prepare for successful employment and life in a global society. The program is versioned as a Lighthouse of Stability, Hope and Opportunity, while modeling standards of lifelong development and community for our students and stakeholders, through one-on-one, group and community service mentoring activities. Our mentors are asked to commit one hour per week during the school year, face-to-face, or via e-mail. Beginning in 2013, M.A.S.S. serves 160 students of Oklahoma County.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
PHONE: 405-595-4327

Novo Ministries once-weekly, faith-based mentoring programs are called Novo Bible Clubs. They typically last for 1 1⁄2 hours and highlight opportunities for Biblical teaching and healthy mentoring relationships from caring role models. The unique small group-large group format allows for strong peer relationships, life-changing teaching, high energy fun, and good mentoring conversations. Volunteers serve as small group leaders, help with snacks, teach in large group, greet children, serve as buddies, and more. Program sites include public elementary schools, community centers, housing development, and apartment complexes. Programs meet in the afternoon or early evening hours.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, after-school/evening programs
CONTACT: Luke Small, Community Outreach Coordinator
PHONE: 405-208-4255
EMAIL: lsmall@novaministries.org

The City of Oklahoma City, after a pilot at Heronville Elementary School during the last two months of school in 2012, began a reading buddies mentoring program in which executives and mid-level salaried city employees dedicate an hour each week. The program developed from a joint task force meeting with officials from the Oklahoma City Public Schools District. That pilot program was so successful that a second program was established at Hayes Elementary in January 2013, and a reading curriculum was created. Benchmark data will be reviewed for further confirmation. The City Council and City staff is supportive of many ways to build youth leadership and opportunities, e.g., the First Tee Program, which teaches 18 traits or qualities through golf to kids 7-17.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Debi Martin, City Council Chief of Staff
PHONE: 405-297-2424
EMAIL: debi.martin@okc.gov

OKC Dream Center uses sports, individual mentoring, and summer and afterschool programs to build relationships between positive mentors and at-risk youth. This one-on-one mentoring program, held Mentoring Mondays from 6-7 PM, gives students the opportunity to work on reading, school work, character development and positive activities. The program is open to students in grades K-5th and 6th-8th. In addition, Prodigy Project Afterschool Program serves 24-48 youths. The OKC Dream Center also distributes and clothing to needy families among other services. Programming and reach increase each year. Dream Center exists to reach, rescue, and restore people in poverty.
CONTACT:Kandace Williams
PHONE: 405-634-2615
EMAIL: kandace@dcokc.org

The Oklahoma Goodwill Industries’ GoodGuides™ program engages adult volunteers in the OKC metro area who commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a minimum of one year. GoodGuides™ mentors are good listeners, encouraging, supportive, flexible, patient, tolerant, and respectful of individual differences. Benefits include:
•Personal fulfillment: making a difference for a youth in need
•Satisfaction: helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
•Personal growth: training sessions and group activities
•Personal ongoing support and supervision
•Mentee/Mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, and recognition events
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Tim Proctor, Good Guides Program Manager
PHONE: 405-278-7165
EMAIL: tproctor@okgoodwill.org

The Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Mentoring Program connects Oklahoma County teens in foster care with caring, responsible adults who will help teach practical life skills necessary for a thriving adulthood. Many teenagers in foster care do not pick up life skills many young adults take for granted – things like opening a bank account, creating a resume, et cetera. The mentoring curriculum instructs mentees in skills related to career development, health and nutrition, academics, family and consumer science, and other areas – all the while developing a meaningful relationship with their mentor. Mentors must undergo a Department of Human Services background check and are asked to make at least a 1-year commitment, meeting for about 8 hours per month one-on-one. Group events are also scheduled.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, afterschool
CONTACT: Alyssa Brittain, Volunteer Coordinator
PHONE: 405-232-4453
EMAIL: abrittain@olfc.org 

The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) exists in partnership with the Oklahoma City Police Department to serve students and schools in Oklahoma City. PAL provide athletic programs, leadership skills training, and service opportunities to the students and schools involved in our programs. The majority of PAL programs happen at local schools.  Four full time police officers run the programs in designated OKCPS schools during school hours.  In addition to that, the PAL Center offers afterschool mentoring and martial arts programs, as well as our elementary athletic leagues, which take place after school and on weekends during their respective seasons.  Any high school student in our program is considered a peer mentor, and all OKC PAL involvement will be considered as service hours. We aim to drive change by providing positive opportunities for our youth and their future.  We are all about Cops Helping Kids Succeed!  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, after-school
CONTACT: Peter Evans, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-632-2240 
EMAIL: OKCPAL@okcpal.org

Oklahoma Media Company mentors emphasize learning to read, setting and achieving goals, and building positive self-worth. The most important part of the program is just being a part of their student’s life on a consistent basis. The Oklahoma Media Company, also known as OPUBCO Communications Group, mentors first and second graders at Oklahoma City Public School’s North Highland Elementary School. The mentors also provide other school support such as trick or treating for kindergarteners and annually taking the fifth grade class on a visit to a state university.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Will Gage, Marketing, Events and Mentoring Coordinator  
EMAIL: wgage@oklahoman.com
CONTACT: Ryan Free, Director of Marketing
EMAIL: rfree@oklahoman.com
PHONE: 405-475-3338

In 2011, the [Artspace] at Untitled initiated a [Press] Mentorship Program to work with a small group of high school students who have limited exposure to art but want the opportunity to learn more about printmaking and the book arts. This intensive mentoring extends over a three year period with monthly visits to the studio. The [Press] at [Artspace] at Untitled facility provides the equipment needed to teach etching, lithography, serigraphy, collography, relief, bookmaking, and bookbinding. Staff and mentors teach students how to write about their work, build portfolios, and create presentations that can be used to apply for university scholarships and grants. This process supports youth through building critical communication, social skills, and positive relationships with peers and adults. Current Mentorships include Southeast High School, Mission Academy, Harding Fine Arts Academy, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, and ASTEC Charter School. In addition, [Artspace] at Untitled also collaborates with public school art programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Art
CONTACT:  Holly Hodge, Operations & Public Relations                         
PHONE:  405-815-9995                
EMAIL:  artspace@1ne3.org

At Positive Tomorrows, tutors/mentors meet one hour every Wednesday for the entire school year. Each tutor/mentor is paired with one student and helps him or her with math, reading and other homework each week. Tutors/Mentors also provide an opportunity for students to interact one on one with an adult and to develop the social and relationship-building skills homeless children tend to miss out on. Giving students much more than just an academic boost, the mentors serve as a dependable adult, role models and friends for some of Oklahoma City’s most at-risk youth. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only private elementary school specifically for homeless children. More than 100 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade attend Positive Tomorrows each year, where they receive education while their families get support to create a better life.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Saundra Ogden, Volunteer Coordinator & Donor Relations
PHONE: 405-556-5082
EMAIL: sogden@positivetomorrows.org

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City serves as a youth center for children, ages 6-17, who are provided with meals, homework assistance, character-building activities and recreation activities through after-school and full-day programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Joshua Huling, Director
PHONE: 405-677-4781
EMAIL: Joshua.Huling@uss.salvationarmy.org

SandRidge Energy employees are reading coaches for Reading Explorers at Edwards Elementary School. Utilizing the Accelerated Reading program, mentors chart results for their two mentees each week. SandRidge partners with Public Strategies and the It’s My Community Initiative to focus upon northeast Oklahoma City schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: David Kimmel, Communications and Community Outreach Director
PHONE: 405-429-5500
EMAIL: dkimmel@sandridgeenergy.com

Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, playing catch, and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Mr. Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. In addition, Mr. Shaw is working with churches in at-risk areas to set up Trail Life USA groups to reach more boys.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, Founder & Director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

The SONIC Tutor Tot Program is a partnership between SONIC Headquarters and Wilson Arts Integration School. The partnership provides tutors to help young people improve literacy and reading comprehension, supplies volunteers to assist the faculty and staff and provides financial assistance for field trips, yearbooks and other school projects. SONIC employees tutor one hour every week or every other week with a Tutor Buddy, and their time at the school counts as time at work.
Each year, SONIC and its employees organize a winter holiday party during which each student receives presents, cookies and juice. Additionally, those students with a SONIC Tutor Tot, as the SONIC tutors are known, come to SONIC headquarters for a special luncheon at the end of the school year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Becky Rickard, Manager of Community Affairs & Archives
PHONE: 405-225-5608
EMAIL: becky.rickard@sonicdrivein.com

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Studio 222 offers a free arts-based program for middle school youth where professional artists from the community are hired to teach all types of visual and performing arts.  The program also offers life skills and leadership training.  Volunteers are available to the youth during the program that runs Monday-Thursday during the school year. Studio Lifetime is for high school and college age youth who attended during middle school.  This program offers a weekly time of fellowship, fun and life skills.  Students in this program are paired with mentors for guidance, encouragement and support.  A Network Resource Guide is being prepared for this group as a way for members of the community to offer services to students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, middle school through postsecondary
CONTACT: Julie Robinson, Director of Missions
PHONE: 405-609-1009
EMAIL: jrobinson@stlukesokc.org

STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. In 2015-16, A.S.T.E.C. Charter School has one Tinker Air Force Base mentor, one retired Tinker Air Force Base mentor, and five A.S.T.E.C. teacher-mentors. In addition to the club’s STEM project, PowerHouse Alternative Energy Construction, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director
PHONE: 405-947-6274 (A.S.T.E.C.), 918-833-7757 (Pam Kirk's number)
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

The mentoring program at TEEM (The Education & Employment Ministry) exists to break cycles of incarceration through building meaningful, life-giving relationships. Mentoring relationships are important to provide accountability, a sense of community, support, and encouragement for TEEM participants in the process of reentering our community. Mentees vary in age from 18-70, and TEEM prefers a mentor that is older than the participants. The goal is to serve over 200 mentees in the next two years in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Re-entry
CONTACT: Jenna McCullock, Mentor Coordinator, Site Supervisor
PHONE: 405-235-5671, ext. 212
EMAIL: jmccullock@teem.org

Y Achievers, a program of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, is a college readiness and career exploration program designed to help underserved, first generation college bound and minority teens to achieve higher education.  The program operates during the school year. The programs mentioned below are currently offered in the following OKC high schools: Capitol Hill, Douglass, John Marshall, Northeast, Northwest Classen and Santa Fe South Charter.
The four programs are:

  •  The Y Achievers Freshman College Readiness 
  • Y Achievers Sophomore Leadership Summit
  •  Y Achievers Junior Career Exploration
  •  Y Achievers Senior University 101

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, school-based
CONTACT: Shannon Presti, Teen Leadership Initiatives Coordinator
PHONE:  405-297-7728
EMAIL:  spresti@ymcaokc.org

Begun in 1995, the Youth Leadership Exchange, or YLX, is the high-school-age programming arm of Leadership Oklahoma City, Inc. YLX programs are school-year-long classes that meet one day a month. The classes are designed to teach the participants how to be better community leaders through volunteer service. Classes include exposure to organizations that work in the community as well as lessons and practice in skills that are useful in community work. Members for the classes are selected from applications and are as diverse as possible, enabling the class members to experience working with young people from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives, an important ability for community leaders. Since 2000, LOKC has also recruited 45 young men and women (sophomores, juniors and seniors) to participate in our Youth in Action program. 

Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) programming currently includes:

  • Leadership Skills program, for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, a community information program
  • Youth in Action program, for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and a skills-based program 
  • The Youth Council of Oklahoma City, for high school juniors and seniors, a project of the City of Oklahoma City managed by YLX, which educates and involves teenagers in city government. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Amber Shelton, YXL Director 
PHONE: 405-463-3331
EMAIL: ylx@lokc.org

OOLOGAH-TALALA
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

OWASSO
J.A.M.E.S., Inc. Educational Doula is designed to help pregnant and/or parenting teens in ninth through twelfth grades become self-sufficient and integrate into the community successfully. Participants are encouraged to obtain a higher education degree. Just About Mothers Excelling in School’s (J.A.M.E.S.) mentoring continues throughout the mentee’s college experience. Communities served include Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Alisa Davis-Bell, Executive Director
PHONE: 918-402-3547
EMAIL: alisa.bell@jamesinc.org

PONCA CITY
Loveworks Leadership Inc. runs various types of programs in Norman, Western Heights in Oklahoma City and Ponca City. In partnership with key community supporters, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership is a free-of-charge program that focuses on leadership and character development, experiential learning and community impact. Through interactive lessons, Loveworks' In-School Leadership Classes teach the fundamentals of character and leadership utilizing media, creative activities, and guest speakers to fully engage student interest and create unforgettable moments. During the school semester, there are Community Impact Events, providing volunteers and students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community enrichment projects and events. Summer Leadership Camps are week-long experiences designed to connect hands-on learning projects tailored to students’ unique interests and make life-skills learning a blast.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, in-school, community impact events, camps
CONTACT: Daniel “D” Smith, After-school Director
PHONE: 405-517-2101
EMAIL: daniel@Loveworksleadership.org

New Life Trails uses animals to touch the heart of kids so their minds are teachable. New Life Trails has 10 acres of trails where the animals are located. Children and youth visit the trails and animals, and the animals go to the schools, churches, and tutoring facilities. New Life Trails has developed and published its own highly successful tutoring material. Pre- and post-testing shows a 35 to 60% retention increase during tutoring segments. The NLF organization works with the Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation and conducts a two-week camp during the summer with arts and crafts, science experiments, animals, Bible character training, bullying training and skits, math games, reader's theatre, and cumulative skills curriculum books. On Tuesday and Thursday, New Life Trails implements an after-school tutor/mentor program following the same format as the summer camp. In addition, NLT works with public and private schools to integrate the curriculum into the classroom and with families and individual parents for academic and character training. New Life Trails serves Ponca City, Newkirk, Blackwell, Tonkawa, Kay County, Osage County, and surrounding Northern Oklahoma Area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, afterschool, faith-based, group mentoring/tutoring, K-12th
CONTACT: Deborah Renee Spears, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 580-763-7349
EMAIL:  newlifetrails@gmail.com

Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation
involves four churches being utilized to assist students at three elementary schools with Math and Language Arts in grades three through five. Students are assigned by the individual school staffs, and parents are involved with approval and transportation from the church facility. Students are transported from the school to the church facility, provided a healthy snack, and work with their assigned tutor for approximately one hour either one or two days per week. Sometimes work is done in small groups. The NOATF has received desktop computers from the school district for the students to use as an additional tool.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Laura Southard
PHONE: 580-762-2431
EMAIL: southard@cableone.net

POTEAU
The Boys & Girls Club of Leflore County’s YES Mentoring Program is a school-based mentoring program serving students in fourth through eighth grade. Mentors spend approximately 30 minutes once a week with their mentee. The sessions are arranged during P. E., art, music or lunch. Sometimes the mentors remain with their mentees during their class activity or they may go to a designated site to work on a project together such as: designing t-shirts, building models, playing board games. If the weather permits, they may also go outside to play baseball, football, soccer, and/or basketball. They also may simply go for a walk on the school grounds, play on the playground equipment or just hang out and talk. State Senator Kenneth Corn, State Representative Neil Brannon, attorneys, bankers, firemen, college baseball coach, ministers, college students and other caring community citizens are among the group of caring individual who volunteer their time to help make a positive difference in the life of a child.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Arielle Perry, Executive Director
PHONE: 918-647-7136
EMAIL: ceobgclc@gmail.com

PRYOR
The Boys and Girls Club of Green Country’s Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) is designed to assist students with homework during the Club’s Power Hour, which begins at 4:30 p.m. daily. The program is located at all Boys & Girls Club locations in Mayes and Adair counties. AMP mentors are required to mentor a minimum of 3-5 hours per week. Mentors participate in an orientation prior to beginning the program and are required to meet monthly with a mentoring advisor. Mentors are instructed on how to interact with and encourage students. The Boys and Girls Club of Green Country serves over 1100 students in K-12 grades.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Sylvia Morgan, Administrative Assistant 
PHONE: 918-825-9843
EMAIL: smorgan@greencountrybgc.org

Pryor Public Schools

  • Leaders of Future Tigers (L.O.F.T.) is a partnership between the Pryor High School Leadership students and a select group of fourth through sixth grade students to focus on learning life-long leadership skills, emphasizing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become actively involved in the Pryor community at an early age. The students will seek first to understand and learn about the community and the needs of the community. They also complete a service-oriented learning opportunity each month during the school year.
  • Students in the Walking Wednesday: Safe Routes to Schools meet at a designated drop off site on Wednesday and high school leadership students walk them to their school. The program allows high school students to build relationships with elementary students, parents, and staff by taking a proactive approach in getting to know the elementary families while walking to school. Creating safer routes to Pryor’s three elementary schools allow physical activity to be integrated into every person’s daily life. With proper guidance and training, Walking Wednesday has resulted in less school traffic, fewer emissions, more active and healthier children, and more involved parents. Due to exercising before school, students arrive energized and ready to learn. What started out as a mentoring program has turned into building a sense of “neighborhood” for the entire community. Walking Wednesday is a partnership between the city of Pryor, Cherokee Nation, and Pryor Public Schools. 
  • Elementary Robotics, an after-school program, has high school students working with the robotics teams. Peer mentors provide suggestions, take photos of accomplishments, help with various housekeeping tasks, and encourage mentees.
  • Special Tigers Club, created by student Anthony Martinez in 2013-14, serves students with severe and profound special needs. Each club member is partnered with a special needs student, and together they accomplish various projects.                                                                                                            
  • Lincoln Challenge classes have fifth grade students mentoring third grade students and sixth grade students mentoring fourth grade students.
  • High School Heroes, begun in 2014-15, has high school mentors working with at-risk elementary students. 
    CONTACT: John Potter, PHS Teacher
    PHONE: 918-825-2340
    EMAIL: potterj@pryorschools.org

Through Third Graders Go to Work: Mayes County Project, an interactive six-lesson curriculum, third-grade students learn about a local business. A teacher visits a business for a day to learn about the target company. A business man or woman spends time at school with the students, and eventually the students tour the company. Examples of curriculum include learning new vocabulary and workforce qualifications, analyzing a student’s own human resources, completing a job application and interview, applying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the workplace, etc. Barbara Hawkins, with the Chamber of Commerce, developed this highly successful program over a decade ago and has forged a solid business-education bond.
CONTACT: Barbara Hawkins, President, Pryor Chamber of Commerce
PHONE: 918-825-0157
EMAIL: info@PryorChamber.com

Thunderbird Youth Academy is designed to provide 16-19 year old high school drop outs the opportunity to gain control over their lives. The program utilizes a structured approach to self-discipline, improving self esteem and physical fitness, thereby addressing the needs of the “whole person.” One of the most important requirements for each participant is to have at least one mentor. The role of a mentor is to serve as a role- model, friend, and advocate. Mentors are matched by gender and must be at least 21 or older. The Academy, a division of the Oklahoma National Guard and the National Guard Bureau Youth Challenge Program, is state and federally funded with no tuition charge to the family.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community
CONTACT: Vicki Smiddy, Mentor Coordinator
PHONE: 918-824-4853
EMAIL: vicki.smiddy@omd.ok.gov

SALLISAW
Sallisaw Public Schools Mentoring Program is a mentoring program for students at Liberty Elementary. Sallisaw high school sends around twenty students over once a month to mentor the students at Liberty. During this time, mentors talk with the students and do different activities/projects with them. Students are selected by collaborating with teachers and parents to identify student need. The program serves around twenty students from first and second grades.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Sarah Jackson, Sallisaw High School Counselor
EMAIL:  sjackson@sallisawps.org

SEQUOYAH
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-724-7474
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

STILLWATER
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stillwater (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Sarah Manuel, Area Director
PHONE: 405-624-9922
EMAIL: sarah.manuel@bbbsok.org

The Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program, coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools. Each mentor spends at least one hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary school student.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Beverly Woodrome, Director of the Boren Mentoring Initative  
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business Mentoring Program has been developed to offer OSU Alumni and Friends the opportunity to interact with currently enrolled full time Spears School of Business students. Mentors share their experience, knowledge, network, and guidance with business students via bi-weekly communication and on campus events. Communication may be via e-mail, text, phone, Skype, Chronus, or face-to-face. Mentors and full time students enrolled in the Spears School of Business are matched at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. This program runs concurrently with the fall and spring semesters. Mentors/students typically conclude their relationship at the end of each semester.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Brandy Polo, External Relations Officer, Spears School of Business
PHONE: 405-385-5179
EMAIL: bpolo@OSUgiving.com

Cowboy Cousins, organized by the OSU Student Government Association, is a mentor program set up to help international students learn about the culture on campus. Student mentors are paired with an international student for either one semester or an entire academic year. As a Cowboy Cousin, mentors are expected to attend planned events that occur at least twice a month, as well as meet up with your "cousin" on a biweekly basis for lunch, dinner or just to hang out. This is a great way to learn about the culture of other countries as well as help integrate international students onto the OSU campus! In 2014-15, Cowboy Cousins has had over 20 events for members to attend throughout the year. Some of activities have been ice skating in Oklahoma City, pumpkin carving at Halloween, country western dance lessons, Cultural Night, and kayaking at Boomer Lake.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer-mentoring
PHONE: 405-744-9885
EMAIL: osucowboycousins@gmail.com

Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology hosts four mentoring programs.
  • Architecture Success Coaching program is a seven-week program for all Arch/Arch Engineering Freshmen with upperclassmen serving as mentors.
  • WISE Program (Women Inspiring Successful Engineers) involves upperclass CEAT women mentoring incoming freshmen women CEAT students.
  • CEAT Summer Bridge Program involves 90 incoming freshmen attending a three-week program before school begins. During that time, they are mentored by CEAT upperclassmen and administrators
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer and/or alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Lance Millis, Director, Student Academic Services
PHONE: 405-744-5276
EMAIL: lance.millis@okstate.edu

  • CEAT Scholars Program selects approximately 25 new freshmen each year to receive mentoring and other enrichment programming from CEAT upperclassmen, administrators as well as legislators and corporate heads.

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer and/or alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Amanda Williams, Scholarship Coordinator
PHONE: 405-744-4257
EMAIL: a.n.williamss@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University’s LASSO Center has programs to help all OSU students succeed as they transition into college and throughout their college experience.  

  • Tutoring Program: Over 100 hired peer tutors provide one-on-one tutoring in over 400 undergraduate courses. LASSO tutors complete a training program that has been certified through the College Reading and Learning Association.  Students are able to schedule appointments to meet with a tutor up to seven times per week in any of the courses that covered.  The tutoring process is student-directed and peer tutor-facilitated rather than the tutor’s being seen as the “expert” meant to provide answers. 
  • Supplemental Instruction ProgramThis program targets traditionally challenging courses that serve as introductory courses or “gateway” courses, e.g., for example, “Introductory Biology”, “General Chemistry”, “Introduction to Microeconomics”, etc.).  “SI Leaders” are hired students, who have successfully completed the course previously and earned an “A”.  SI Leaders sit in on the current lectures alongside students who are enrolled in the class. That SI Leader is implanted in the class to serve as a mentoring presence for enrolled students.  Students can ask the SI Leader questions before or after lecture, they can sit next to the SI Leader in class to better model successful student behaviors.  SI Leaders are students who are passionate about the course and equally passionate about helping other students succeed.  The SI Leaders also hold three weekly group review sessions over content covered in that week’s lecture and office hours for one-on-one collaboration.

CONTACT: Scott Alexander, Coordinator, Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction 
PHONE: 405-744-5020
EMAIL: scott.r.alexander@okstate.edu

  • Academic Success Coaching: Full-time coaches meet with students who typically self-identify as experiencing some issue or challenge that is hindering their success at OSU.  The coach works with that student to identify their areas of personal skill and strengths, facilitates the student’s discovery of how they can best approach that challenge by employing their strengths, suggests areas for further skill exploration and development, and supports the student’s growth. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, adult/professional mentors 
CONTACT: Mike Seaman, Coordinator, Academic Support Center
PHONE: 405-744-2451
EMAIL: mike.seaman@okstate.edu

The Division of Institutional Diversity (ID) at the Oklahoma State University (OSU), is a group of programs designed to assist and support underrepresented and underserved students achieve and maintain environments, where all members are actively broadening their perspectives about differences; actively seeking to know individuals; actively including all members of the community in every aspect of the organization; and where students achieve academic excellence. 

  • The Diversity Academic Support/TRiO (DAS and TRiO)  programs create a more inclusively diverse community of learners at OSU. DAS works with all individuals interested in promoting this work.
  • The Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) and the Inclusion Leadership Program (ILP) are among the initiatives set forth to accomplish these goals. Students in these two programs mentor high school students through college-preparatory workshops and one-on-one peer mentoring during the academic year. TRiO programs funded by the Department of Education include the Upward Bound (UB) and Student Support Services (SSS) programs.  The UB program mentors junior and high school under-represented students, while the SSS program provides peer mentoring for first-generation, low income, and students with disabilities enrolled in academic programs at OSU. In addition, First 2 Go,” a program for first-generation college students, utilizes students who have complete the program to peer mentor incoming first-generation students. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: High school, collegiate, peer and/or alumni mentoring
CONTACT: Dr. Jovette Dew
PHONE: 405-744-5335
EMAIL: jovette.dew@okstate.edu
CONTACT: Dr. Precious Elmore Sanders
PHONE: 405-744-5481
EMAIL: precious.elmore-sanders@okstate.edu

Human Sciences Ambassadors, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University is a group of undergraduate leaders who serve as peer mentors to freshmen, meet with prospective students who visit OSU’s College of Human Sciences, provide tours to prospective students and engage in related leadership activities. Mentoring through the Ambassadors’ program continues through graduation. Mentees become the mentors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Laura Little Price, Academic Counselor
PHONE: 405-744-5053
EMAIL: laura.h.little@okstate.edu

STROUD
Jacob’s Ladder Foundation (JLF) is a community-supported educational after-school program designed to enrich elementary-age children identified with learning problems. Only children with learning challenges, identified and recommended by their regular classroom teachers, are accepted into the JLF Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Kim Wheeler
PHONE: 918-968-2545
EMAIL: kwheeler@stroudnb.com

The Stroud Public Schools Mentoring Program is designed to meet the academic needs of identified students in grades K-12.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Joe Van Tuyl, Superintendent of Schools
PHONE: 918-968-2541
EMAIL: jvantuyl@stroud.k12.ok.us

TAHLEQUAH
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

The Native American Mentoring Program
, sponsored by the Cherokee County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, provides a chance for students to have more positive relationships in Cherokee County. This program is designed to enhance the development of youth from third to sixth grade by allowing students to be more involved with 4-H. Mentors work directly with the youth in the schools to build academic and social skills. During after school programs throughout Cherokee County each week, mentors will spend one hour with their mentees while delivering educational lesson plans provided by the extension office as well as doing an activity or craft all while making memories that will last a lifetime. The Native American Mentoring Program also organizes family fun nights where mentors, mentees, and their family members can interact with one another while participating in activities ranging from game nights to skate nights and so much more.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, afterschool, group mentoring
CONTACT: Carl Wallace, County Director
PHONE: 918-456-6163
EMAIL: carl.wallace@okstate.edu

STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs. In 2015-16, Woodall Middle School has one club with three mentors from STARBASE and one Woodall teacher-mentor.  In addition to its STEM project, Lego Mindstorms & VEX Robotics and Rocketry, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
SCHOOL CONTACT: Dr. Geary Crofford
PHONE: 918-456-1581(Woodall Middle School)
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

TULSA

100 Black Men of Tulsa Inc., serves youths in grades six through twelve in the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County. The 100 mentors youth through a worldwide network of chapters. Across the United States and Internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and 100 Black Men International are positively impacting the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs such as Mentoring the 100 Way and Collegiate 100®. Chapters also deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and that change the lives of tens of thousands of youth annually. Mentoring the 100 Way® - A holistic mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities. Through chapter operated one-on-one and group mentoring efforts, our members forge relationships that positively impact our greatest resource: our youth. The program focuses on building essential skills needed to become productive, contributing citizens. The Tulsa chapter, which has added three more schools in 2015-16, is focusing on group mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and after-school
CONTACT: Eddie L. Evans, President 
PHONE: 918-625-1336
EMAIL: eledle@sbcglobal.net

Asbury United Methodist Church Youth Mentoring/Tutoring Missions 

  • A&W - Asbury and Whitman Elementary Connection is Asbury's Partner in Education with Walt Whitman Elementary through the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteer as a Reading Listener, Lunch Bunch, math tutor, test monitor, work room or library aide with Asbury's partner school. Transportation is provided from Asbury for Lunch Bunch...eat lunch with a special friend. (Asbury won the Partner of the Year Award for 2011-2012.) Examples of A&W relief-type activities:

1. Provide Thanksgiving baskets yearly to 25 families
2. Provide "angel tree" Christmas gifts. (Usually 50 children)
3. Began a Family Resource Room collecting items such as deodorant, toilet paper, soap, laundry soap (toiletries and such non-food stamp items). If a teacher hears of a family need, she or he may come in at any time to pick up a needed item.
4. Ongoing donating of items such as Kleenex, hand sanitizer, underwear, socks, mittens, coats.
5. Responding to family crisis (situations are brought to our attention by a counselor such as finding furniture and clothing for a family.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Cathy Carney
PHONE: 918-697-9529
EMAIL: carneyclub@sbcglobal.net

  • Global Gardens is an after-school educational ministry for children from Union 6th & 7th Grade Center. Through hands-on inquiry based learning, Global Gardens teaches an all-encompassing curriculum that connects the garden with other disciplines and allows students to connect the learning in the garden to both school learning and real life experiences.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
    CONTACT: Katie Thompson
    PHONE: 918-392-1179
    EMAIL: kthompson@asburytulsa.org
  • Paraclete Program is unique program pairing a couple with a mentee beginning in his or her senior year and continuing through college graduation. Both empty nesters and young couples who mentor are asked to contact the mentee at least twice a month face-to-face and/or through electronics, e.g., texting or phone calls. With generous assistance from school counselors, mentors assist each senior in navigating senior year, enrolling in college, contacting the bursar’s office if problems with scholarships arise, and offering morale support. Having a strong human link available for encouragement and guidance is essential for success. Dana Harrison, the wife of Asbury’s senior pastor, Tom, founded the program in 2012-13, and currently their mentee is now in college.
    TYPE: After-school
    CONTACT: Dana Harrison, Director
    PHONE: 918-492-1771
    EMAIL: dharrison@asburytulsa.org
  • Project Transformation: Transforming the Lives of Children is an eight-week, summer literacy day camp for educationally underserved children in Oklahoma. It is affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. There are two to three church sites in Tulsa. Many children served by this program have unstable home situations as well as a lack of positive, consistent role models in their lives resulting in a lack of trust and feelings of abandonment. Each day during Project Transformation children read with an adult mentor for 30 minutes. This element of positive one-on-one interaction fosters a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for at-risk elementary age children. The camper’s reading level improves stimulating subsequent academic life successes. The adult volunteers also assist with art, music, theatre, computers, field trip enrichment and recreational activities. Asbury provided lunch for the college interns and on site volunteers plus an evening meal for the Interns. We made available our church shuttles with drivers for field trips as needed and provided some lodging for the interns. We also provided monetary assistance and this year enjoyed giving 500 service hours with 110 adult volunteers. We often express the feeling that we too are “transformed” with this rewarding opportunity to encourage and interact with young children. Since the program began in 2004 in West Tulsa, it has served 2,754 children while providing outreach opportunities for over 7,000 volunteers. This year the program was implemented in Bartlesville, Muskogee, Moore, and Oklahoma City as well as here in Tulsa. Asbury UMC enthusiastically considers it a privileged to participant in this rewarding program.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: Summer literacy day camp, faith-based
    CONTACT: Joanne Stadler, Coordinator for Project Transformation
    PHONE: 918-622-3614
    EMAIL: ej2stadler@cox.net
  • Young Lives is a mentoring program to develop one-on-one relationships with pregnant teens and young mothers and help introduce teens to Jesus Christ. Volunteers must be at least college age.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based
    CONTACT: Katlyn Reinhardt
    PHONE: 918-361-6731
    EMAIL: tulsayounglives@gmail.com
  • Youth At Heart, co-sponsored by Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church, grew out of Asbury’s serving children living in low-income housing in Tulsa for 36 years. The program was originally organized in 1976 as Destination Discovery by Asbury’s Pastor Bill Mason and Joe Harris to provide educational, social and spiritual programs for children in low-income housing during the after school hours. In 2003 at the urging of United Way Destination Discovery was merged with Helping Hands of Tulsa to provide uniform programs in each of the eleven apartment communities that they serve. The resulting organization was named Youth At Heart. Its mission is to shape, support and encourage inner-city youth. This organization now manages nine Tulsa Housing Authority recreation centers and provides children enrichment programs consisting of tutoring and character-building activities in eleven communities. Using Asbury shuttles, volunteers have been bringing 20 to 25 children, ages six to 12, to Asbury Monday afternoons each week during the school year. Students are at Asbury for one-on-one tutoring and playing constructive, interactive learning games 1 and ½ hours each Monday. The tutors provide help with math, reading and other subjects upon request by the student. Eighteen to twenty adult volunteers work with these children, one-on-one, tutoring them, playing interactive games, bonding and building strong academic skills. This also helps each child develop a positive self-image with a “Can Do” attitude. Some of these children have been involved in our Spring Break mission trips and other Asbury Youth activities. YAH has been an inspiring success, enriching the lives of both the students and the mentors!
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, Faith-based
    CONTACT: Kelvin Bonner, Director of Programs
    PHONE: 918-493-7311, ext. 14
    EMAIL: kbonner@youthatheart.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tulsa and Wagoner County as the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to over two hundred-fifty Tulsa children. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Justin Wood, Area Director
PHONE: 918-744-4400    
EMAIL: justin.wood@bbbsok.org  

Camp Fire USA's
mission is to build caring confident youth and future leaders. By design, Camp Fire's programs, including small group experiences, after school programs, camping and environmental education, and service learning build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on youth-driven leadership experiences for older youth. Camp Fire USA is considered "group mentoring". One of our five essential elements to programming is, "We build youth and adult partnerships." The programming is designed to provide opportunities to build lasting relationships with adults by working together to design, implement, and evaluate what they do. One specific Camp Fire program is Community Building Clubs that pairs one or more adults with 10-15 youth in school-based mentoring relationships.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Amy Hilligoss, Assistant Executive Director 
PHONE: 918-592-2267
EMAIL: ahilligoss@tulsacampfire.org

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW), a mentoring program for teenage girls, helps them understand the society in which they live, identify and analyze solutions for academic and social development, and build life skills for important choices in their daily lives. WEN also provides girls with life changing opportunities to travel internationally with WEN for travel seminars and hosts an annual WEN Summit in Tulsa. Founded in Tulsa, GLOW began its Oklahoma City program in late February 2014. Women Empowering Nations (WEN) is a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of girls and women through self-esteem development, education and leadership outreach programs.  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school  
CONTACT: Carlisha Williams, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 918-810-6883
EMAIL: info@wenations.org

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc. offers volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement provides programs in 24 counties and 67 districts for students K-12. JA is on track to reach its goal of 52,000 students served in 2013-14. Group mentoring in classrooms and experiential learning opportunities include JA BizTown Learning Center in Tulsa, one of 30 in the United States; JA Job Shadow; and JA Investor Challenge. Businesses provide the volunteers.
CONTACT: Erica Irvine, VP of Operations, Tulsa 
PHONE: 918-663-2150
EMAIL: eirvine@jaok.org

Through Life Launch, a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries, mentors invest in the lives of at-risk young people, especially youths aging out of foster care and foster alumni. Supported “wherever they are,” youths receive encouragement toward independence and self-sufficiency. After a training period, a team of three mentors commit to meet with their youth for at least 90 minutes every two weeks for a minimum of one year. Mentors spend six months getting to know their young friend without trying to “fix” him or her. After six months and if the youth is ready, the team begins to help the youth vocalize his or her goals and chart a path to achieving them. With a healthy and trusting relationship as a base, mentors connect each youth to the tools and resources he or she needs to give themselves a hand up. To learn more, read John Venture’s insights. (link below)
http://www.sitgm.org/page/john-ventures-insights-volunteers
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, team mentoring
CONTACT: TJ Warren, Life Launch Program Manager, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-585-6112
EMAIL: twarren@sitgm.org
CONTACT: Rhonda Sokoff, Life Launch Program Manager, OKC
PHONE: 918-585-6112
EMAIL: ktaylor@sitgm.org

Pocket Player Mentors, a program of A Pocket Full of Hope®, is designed to help youth develop life-skills and learning using music, theater and dance. From its founding in 2000 until 2013, it has served over 5,000 youths from seven to twelve years of age in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Osage County. Expanding its impact, A Pocket Full of Hope brought a social responsibility training curriculum to students at Central Junior High, Central High School, McLain Junior High and McLain High School for the 2015-16 school year. Begun as a vision in 2008, A Pocket Full of Hope, Inc.’s Community Revitalization Center and Educational Research Institute, formally Tulsa’s historic Big 10 Ballroom, is becoming a performance hall, home, and cultural tourism center for Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Dr. Lester Shaw, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 918-430-1700
EMAIL: info@apfoh.com

Reading Partners, a national program model, began in Tulsa in 2013, by placing community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills. Its one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student. In 2014-15, Reading Partners had 1,200 mentors at 15 school sites with additional sites scheduled for next year. It’s motto is “One tutor. One child. Infinite possibilities.”
TYPE OF PRGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Jessica Risenhoover, Community Engagement Manager, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-949-1979
EMAIL: jessica.risenhoover@readingpartners.org, volunteertul@readingpartners.org

Based on the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the good shepherd who will leave the 99 to go after the one that is lost, the ReachOne Initiative serves at-risk teens. Many of the students need mature, caring, consistent adults to help them make the transition from high school into the next phase of life including college and/or career. Teen mentees are often emancipated, soon aging out of the foster care system, and/or parenting teen moms and dads. Committing to at least once a week for the school year, ReachOne Initiative Mentors must be willing to invest time getting to know a student and building trust, helping them with school work, exploring job and career choices, etc. An outreach school, the academy’s success is shifting the focus from problem behaviors to building on the strengths of youth. ReachOne Initiative serves approximately 100 at-risk high school students per year Utilizing volunteers/mentors from all over the community, Tulsa Hope Academy, a nonprofit Christian alternative school, welcomes mentors with a heart for at-risk youths. 
TYPE: School-and community-based
CONTACT: Debra Mann, Executive Director of Tulsa Hope Academy 
PHONE: 918-398-8192
EMAIL: debramann@tulsahope.org

Reach & Rise Mentoring Program®, offered by the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, is a National YMCA program designed to build a better future for youth by helping them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults. Reach & Rise supports selected youth ages 6-17. Among many requirements, mentors must pass a background check, provide reference checks, make a one-year commitment, meet with youth 1-3 hours each week, complete 15+ hours of training, and be 23+ years old. Referred by YMCA camp program staff,  school counselors, teachers and principal, mentees must go through an application and screening process.
CONTACT: Susan Baston, Director
PHONE: 918-728-3909
EMAIL: sbaston@ymcatulsa.org

STIRRUPS, Will Rogers College High and Junior High Mentoring Program, was launched by the Will Rogers Community Foundation, Inc., and the Will Rogers Community in Schools the second semester of 2015. Mentors from alumni, churches, and the University of Tulsa meet with seventh- through twelfth-grade students during advisory class.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Johnnie Egbert, Co-founder & Volunteer Coordinator
PHONE: 918-698-9878
EMAIL: egberjo@hotmail.com

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Mentors at Tulsa Public Schools' Sequoyah Elementary School meet one-on-one with their mentee for an hour a week throughout the school year. Sequoyah Elementary School is actively looking for volunteers to serve as mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Dianna Potts. 
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Dianna Potts
PHONE: 918-746-9360
EMAIL: pottsdi@tulsaschools.org

STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Native American Clubs. Union Public Schools has two clubs. In 2015-16:
  • Tulsa Union’s 6th Grade Native American Club has five mentors, one from NORDAM, three from Union staff or faculty, and one from the Tulsa Tech PLTW. In addition to the club’s STEM project, SeaPerch Underwater Submersible Radio-Controlled Vehicle, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
  • Union’s 7th Grade Native American Club has 7 mentors, one from NORDAM, two Union faculty or staff, one from STARBASE, one from Tulsa Tech, and one TANG Environmental professional. In addition to the club’s STEM project of Weather & Rocketry, mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
PHONE: 918-357-4326 (Tulsa Union Middle School), 918-833-9800 (Starbase Oklahoma)
UNION MIDDLE SCHOOL STARBASE CONTACT[S]: Pam Lee, Sue Harlson 
EMAIL[S]: lee.pamela@unionps.org, harlson.sue@unionps.org
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, Director of Starbase Oklahoma
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

Street School Mentoring Program is the only tuition free, non-profit, alternative high school of choice in the Tulsa area that provides education, therapeutic counseling and outreach programs for at risk youth. Potential volunteers complete the mentoring application and a background check. After clearance, the mentor attends a training session and he/she is then paired with a Street School student. Each mentor meets with their mentee for one hour each week at the school.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Jana Emerson, Associate Executive Director
PHONE: 918-833-9800
EMAIL: emersja@tulsaschools.org

The Tulsa Boys' Home has a variety of ways to volunteer. We actively seek and value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our volunteers. We foster an environment in which volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. Our volunteers exemplify the generous spirit of unselfish giving. The purpose of having volunteers is to enhance our programs and services and to provide a positive atmosphere that promotes personal and professional growth and achievement for volunteers. Volunteering creates an opportunity for people in the community to form a partnership with Tulsa Boys' Home. We actively search for mentors to supply our 64 boys with their own personal mentor to aid in their growth and overcome their personal, social, mental and/or drug abuse problems. In 2012, TBH served 196 Oklahomans, sixth through twelfth grade, from every city and county.
TYPE: Community-based
CONTACT: Jeff Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
PHONE: 918-245-0231
EMAIL: jjohnson@tbhinc.org

The University of Tulsa True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program is a year-round expanded learning opportunity that serves qualifying elementary students, kindergarten through sixth grade, and families in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. The primary mission of the program is to provide a safe and structured environment for students during the afterschool hours, specifically in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. The program offers a healthy meal each day; school aligned reading curriculum administered in a small group setting, individual and group mentoring, field trips and social and behavioral supports. The program operates inside Kendall Whittier Elementary School, in Tulsa, OK. The program staff works closely with school staff. It maintains an office inside the school and shares professional development opportunities as offered. In 2013, the program has six paid teaching assistants which work each program day. In addition, the program has an average of eight to ten University of Tulsa students working through the Federal Work-Study program each year. The average length of service of work-study students is four years. Currently the program has one Public Service Intern and one Graduate Assistant. These numbers remain consistent although interns and graduate assistants cycle through. Partners are Kendall Whittier, Inc. Community G.R.O.W. Garden, Kendall Whittier Elementary School, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative and The University School.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Olivia Landrum, Director, True Blue Neighbor Youth Mentoring Program
PHONE: 918-232-4528
EMAIL: olivia-landrum@utulsa.edu

World Baseball Outreach, provides “faith-based mentoring and encouragement to the underserved youth across the Midwest US and in strategic International locations, while building enduring relationships and preparing leaders for tomorrow through baseball and softball." Youth in three grade categories—K-5th, 6-8th and 9th-12th—are served in Tulsa and surrounding Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas nationally and Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Brazil.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Holly Moreland, Facility Coordinator 
PHONE: 918-893-4772
EMAIL: hmoreland@worldbaseballoutreach.org

Young People of the Next Foundation (YPNG) uses modern technology to connect young people, grades 8-12, with mentors who will motivate them to build a record of achievement in high school and get additional education and training. YPNG Mentors also help them make a good career choice by exposing them to a wide variety of career opportunities and the realities of working in those careers and by showing them how to create a plan to reach their career goals. The YPNG program uses virtual classrooms with no more than five students interacting with one mentor. YPNG also does interviews with our YPNG Mentors that are part of our Mentor Library where students can research various careers. YPNG has recently begun doing these interviews as podcasts and are encouraging students to record their own interviews of successful people that YPNG will convert into podcasts and post on the site to share with other students. This program will open doors for students to interact with successful people in careers that interest them and will help students build confidence and learn communication skills. Beginning in 2014, YPNG has 1500 students visited the site each month in 2017.
TYPE: Online through virtual classrooms and podcasts
CONTACT: Bill Langdon, Founder
PHONE: 918-261-4474
EMAIL: administrator@ypng.com

VERDIGRIS
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL Project Director
PHONE: 918-724-7474
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

WEATHERFORD
Positive Pathways is an after-school program that will improve a child’s educational performance while providing educational enrichment. Each child will set educational goals and be able to achieve them with educational support, prided by our future teachers. Our tutors are education majors that work to build self-esteem and confidence in each child while making learning fun through movement and games. This also is providing hands-on experience for these future educators and an educational resource for our public school system.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, elementary-level
CONTACT: Ronda Wheeler, Program Director
PHONE: 580-772-3206
EMAIL: federatedchurch@sbcglobal.net

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP Director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

In the SWOSU Neuroscience Mentoring Program at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Neuroscience Lab, undergraduate students are exposed to novel scientific research and trained to perform experiential learning in the field of neurobiology. Mentees and mentors include high school, undergraduates, high school teachers and college instructors. In this program, everyone is a both mentor and mentee. All learn from and teach one another. Mentees study how neuronal connections are formed and maintained in a developing and adult brain. For these studies, they use a well characterized microscopic worm called C. elegans and translate their findings to more complex organisms such as humans. Through this work, biology undergraduates at SWOSU have produced over 70 oral and poster presentations to scientific meetings in the last five years, published five manuscripts at peer reviewed journals, and communicated their research findings to general public in numerous community outreach events including Brain Awareness Week, Science in Action, and the Women in Science Symposium. The location of the mentoring program is Weatherford, however; students from all over the United States as well as international students from Canada, Cameroon, Nepal, Mexico, and Argentina have participated.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate
CONTACT: Andrea Holgado, Ph.D.
PHONE: 580-774-3230
EMAIL: andrea.holgado@swosu.edu

Weatherford Public School mentors at Burcham Elementary School meet once a week at 7:30 a.m. with one child to read for fun. Mentors participating in the Early Bird Reading Program are not teaching the child to read, but fostering a love of reading. It accomplishes several things: an adult/child relationship, love of reading, practice of reading, and an improvement in reading. This is for all first grade students, regardless of reading level. Mentors are retired teachers, business people, high school and college students, parents and grandparents.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Danielle Schmidt, Program Director
PHONE: 580-774-0812
EMAIL: dschmidt@wpsok.org

WOODWARD
Woodward High School's Freshmen Mentoring Program (FMP) or a Friendly Meeting Place uses upperclassmen to mentor freshmen. Juniors and seniors meet with assigned small groups of freshmen in classrooms each Wednesday for 20 minutes to provide them with information that will help make a more successful transition to high school. Student mentors, who must apply and, if accepted, surrender part of their lunch and serve as role models and guides to high school life all year. Topics vary along with some small and large group activities, e.g., pep rallies, being competitive with the upperclassmen, community service, bullying, campus involvement, grades, motivation, and others. In 2013-14, 28 mentors and 14 faculty members focused upon approximately 200 current freshmen.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Tacy Hurst, English Instructor
PHONE: 580-256-5329
EMAIL: hurst@woodwardps.net

YUKON
INTEGRIS Health established the Positive Directions Mentoring Program in 2007 to pair mentors from INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Regional Hospital with students at Shedeck Elementary and Independence Elementary. During the 2011/2012 school year, 13 mentors participated donating 180 hours of mentoring time. The mission of Positive Directions is to provide the educational support necessary to enhance the learning experience of at-risk students. Our goals and objectives are to build self-esteem, provide positive role models, provide assistance in overcoming negative behaviors, and improve classroom participation and academic success of children. Our mentors spend one hour per week, during the school day, with their assigned student throughout the school year. Our returning mentors continue to work with their student from the previous year in order to provide the continuity these students desperately need.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Tobi Campbell, Director
PHONE: 405-717-9831
EMAIL: tobi.campbell@integrisok.com

In 1969, Yukon Public Schools established Helping Hands, a group of volunteers who assist teachers and work with students. Realizing the need for a mentoring program, the school district implemented a mentoring component to the volunteer organization in 1996. Currently, 131 Helping Hands volunteers serve as mentors, with a total of 578 volunteers helping in other areas. Yukon’s mentoring program is focused on working with students who are struggling with self-esteem or family issues. Mentoring takes place during school hours at the student’s school, and child care is provided for a small fee to mentors who have children between the ages of 18 months to 5 years.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Dianna Mann, Volunteer Services Coordinator
PHONE: 405-354-3716
EMAIL: Dianna.Mann@yukonps.com

RESOURCES

NorthCare is a private not-for-profit community mental health center, established in 1981 to provide mental health services in the north part of Oklahoma County. NorthCare has locations in other communities, but the center is also a resource for special communities and individuals. From assisting teen parents, veterans, and the homeless to those in foster care, probation, and re-entry, NorthCare delivers multiple services for children and adults. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Resource for mental health service programs
PHONE: 405-858-2700

These mentoring resources are provided as a service of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and links to other mentoring programs and resources do not necessarily represent the policies and positions of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.