Oklahoma Mentoring Programs

Pam Ball enjoys spending time with her mentee, Audrianna.
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The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence provides this listing of Oklahoma Mentoring Programs as a service to prospective mentors, families, schools and communities. Statewide programs are featured first, followed by a listing of programs by the city in which they are based.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence provides this directory as a community service and does not approve and/or endorse any specific mentoring programs. Families, educators and prospective volunteers are encouraged to consider the standards and practices of each program. The National Mentoring Partnership offers these suggestions for choosing safe and effective mentor programs.

Register Your Program
To add your mentoring/tutoring program to the directory, please complete our brief online registration form or contact Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Intitiative, at (405) 236-0006.

STATEWIDE PROGRAMS
4-H Youth Development is offered in every county in Oklahoma with an emphasis on leadership, citizenship, and life skill development. The program is open to youth ages 9-19, and in many locations there are programs also for 5- to 8-year-olds. 4-H uses projects to help youth learn valuable life skills in partnership with caring adults in a safe environment. To find the 4-H program in your county, look for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service office listed under County Government in your county seat community.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Kevin Allen, State 4-H Program Leader and Asst. Director
EMAIL: Kevin.Allen@okstate.edu
PHONE: (405) 744-8887

    4-H County Programs
    Funded through a grant from National 4-H Council and the Office of Juvenile Justice Programs, these mentoring programs seek to provide tribal and other youth positive long term relationships with caring teen and adult mentors in a 4-H club or school setting. A significant part of the educational program relates to learning Native American culture. Other programs focus on anti-bullying, nutrition, and academic achievement. Grade levels three-six.

    Hughes County
    Calvin and Stuart Schools
    CONTACT: Debbie Wilson, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
    PHONE: 580-892-2679
    EMAIL: debbie.wilson@okstate.edu

    Cherokee County Schools
    CONTACT: Tristen Dean, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
    PHONE: 918-456-6163
    EMAIL: deant@nsuok.edu

    Pontotoc County
    Stonewall Public School, Stonewall
    CONTACT: Casey Thomas, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
    PHONE: 580-265-4243
    EMAIL: casey.thomas@okstate.edu

    Stonewall and Stuart Public Schools
    CONTACT: Ashlan Wilson, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
    PHONE: 580-332-2153
    EMAIL: Ashlan.Wilson@okstate.edu

    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
      CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
      PHONE: 405- 236-0701 Ext. 122
      EMAIL: 4hclubs@latinoagencyokc.org

    • Tinker Air Force Base
      CONTACT: Lorena Arcila, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
      PHONE: 405-236-0701
      EMAIL: 4hclubs@latinoagencyokc.org

    Tulsa County
    Broken Arrow
    CONTACT: Donna Dunkerson, Extension Program Assistant, 4-H Mentoring
    PHONE: 918-746-3705
    EMAIL: donna.dunkerson@okstate.edu

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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Sharla Hall, CEO
PHONE: 918-576-6400

The DREAM Institute is dedicated to enriching and increasing the success of the higher educational experience of students with disabilities through a three-fold approach, which includes: academic and professional mentorship; academic assistance and scholastic awards. The institute administers academic and professional mentoring programs. An academic mentor is an individual who provides educational and emotional support, and promotes and builds self-advocacy skills in the student, during their higher educational experience. A professional mentor is a community member, who is experienced in the industry the student is studying. The mentor is introduced to the student once the student declares his/her major, to ensure that the student has the proper direction in the area of career preparation and job placement after graduation. The institute also helps recipients find internships at companies where they can groom their professional skills and, if possible, the organization locates a mentor in the company in which the recipients are interning.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Kristy Long
PHONE: 918-660-3408
EMAIL: dream@dreaminstitute.org

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma In-School Mentoring Program reaches more than 8,000 girls in area schools with a program designed to reverse some of the negative statistics among Oklahoma’s youth. The In-School Leadership Program is offered to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in schools across the OKC Metro Area. The in-school program is usually offered 1-5 hours once per week over an eight-week period. The In-School Leadership Program also offers 1-3 day workshops from time to time. The In-School program will focuses on: Health & Nutrition, Fine Arts, Safety, Literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Self Esteem/Self Acceptance, Time Management, Peer Pressure, and Good Citizenship. Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma provides all the materials and training necessary for volunteer mentors. Whether you can give one hour or five hours per week, the In School Mentoring Program can use you!
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Cyndi Munson
PHONE: 405-418-7965
EMAIL: cmunson@gswestok.org

    Girl Scout Satellite Offices in our Outlying Service Areas (Providing mentoring through Troop, In-School and Community Site-Based Programs):

    CONTACT: Carla Burdick, Community Development Executive, District 1 (Alva/Woodward)
    PHONE: 580-237-2187
    EMAIL: cburdick@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Reyne Vanderburg, Community Development Executive,
    District 2 (Anadarko/Elk City/Weatherford)
    PHONE: 405-418-7978
    EMAIL: rvanderburg@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Carla Burdick, Community Development Executive, District 3 Guthrie/Enid/Watonga)
    PHONE: 405-418-7971
    EMAIL: cburdick@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Misti Pryor, Community Development Executive, District 4 (Chickasha/Shawnee/Moore/Norman)
    PHONE: 405-418-7979
    EMAIL: mpryor@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Augelica Burrell, Community Development Executive, District 5 (Altus/Fort Sill/Lawton)
    PHONE: 405-418-7977
    EMAIL: aburrell@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Lynette Blevins, Community Development Executive, District 6 (Ardmore/Davis)
    PHONE: 405-418-7974
    EMAIL: lblevins@gswestok.org

    CONTACT: Carla Burdick, Community Development Executive, District 7 (OKC/Metro Area)
    PHONE: 405-418-7971
    EMAIL: cburdick@gswestok.org

The Oklahoma Afterschool Network (OKAN) works to ensure that all children and youth in Oklahoma have access to safe, enriching learning opportunities during their out-of-school time. OKAN does not provide mentoring or out-of-school time services; it provides support for programs which do and connects them with other people and resources in their communities.
CONTACT: Sheryl Lovelady, Executive Director
PHONE: 405.601.9560
EMAIL: info@okafterschool.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 Melodie Fulmer at the number below to learn how to sign up in your district.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Melodie Fulmer, Director
EMAIL: melodie.fulmer@sde.ok.gov
PHONE: 405-522-6225

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
PHONE: 918-336-2636
EMAIL: ontherockministries@gmail.com

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

The RE Project works with young people who have been on probation, have been staying in detention centers, have been youthful offenders, and those that are in the community and just want a mentor. Our philosophy is that we build someone from the mindset of existence to significance by being a constant in their lives that they may have never had. Our mentors are volunteers and have a passion for helping young people. We are dedicated to providing Hope, Inspiration, and Motivation to achieve things they've only dreamed of in the past. The RE Project is active in Oklahoma County, Canadian County, and Cleveland County but will be expanding to a statewide program specifically where youthful offenders are incarcerated or where juvenile detention centers exist. Mentoring is a piece of what we do, but we believe it is the glue that holds all other initiatives together.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community- and facility-based
CONTACT: Nicole Mayes, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-595-0093
EMAIL: nicole@theREProject.com

ADA
Big Brothers/Big Sisters (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Leslie Withers, Program Specialist
PHONE: 580-320-7175
EMAIL: leslie.withers@bbbsok.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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@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: Shonda Lehr, Media Specialist, Lincoln Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3008
EMAIL: sslehr@alvaschools.net
CONTACT: Terri Parsons, Media Specialist, Washington Early Childhood Center
PHONE: 580-327-3518
CONTACT: Sarah Green, Media Specialist, Longfellow Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3327

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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@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, program director
PHONE: 580-298-2921
EMAIL: dlong@littledixie.org

ARDMORE
Girl Scout Satellite Offices in our Outlying Service Areas:
CONTACT: Melissa Pratt, Community Development Executive, District 6 (Ardmore)
PHONE: 405-312-6815
EMAIL: mpratt@gswestok.org

BARTLESVILLE
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bartlesville (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Charlene Dew, Area Director
PHONE: 918-336-5437
EMAIL: charlene.dew@bbbsok.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
PHONE: 918-336-5678
EMAIL: loweyoungscholar@aol.com

The PEBBLES Program at Jane Phillips Elementary (pre K-5th grade) is designed to build self-confidence and self-worth in the students at Jane Phillips Elementary. Volunteers can serve as a positive role model simply by spending time with a student, having lunch, reading or doing school activities together. This helps students stay in school and become productive members of society. PEBBLES, started in 2008 by Jane Mackey, a Jane Phillips Elementary Pre-K teacher, is an acronym for Positive Eagle Buddies Building Lasting Educational Success.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Jane Mackey
PHONE: 918-336-9479 ext. 23
EMAIL: mackeyja@bps-ok.org

Run the Streets is a running/mentoring program for at-risk and delinquent youth operated by the Richard Kane YMCA in Bartlesville. 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. Youth ages 12 to 18 train three days per week for about 15 weeks each season with adult mentors. 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, rewards and a free membership to the Richard Kane YMCA.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Becky Balli
PHONE: 918-336-0713
EMAIL: rtsc@runthestreets.org

BLACKWELL
A.R.M.S. (Adult Role Models) is a program designed to target youth in single parent homes involving children ages five to 17 years old.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based and community-based
CONTACT: Dolley Rolland, Program Coordinator
PHONE: 580-762-8343
EMAIL: dolleyrolland@hotmail.com

BRAGGS
STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

BURNS FLAT
STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

CANUTE
STARBASE 2.0 is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Club size is 10-15 students with a 1:4 mentor-student ratio. By locale, cadets can choose options such as rockets, CO2 cars, Boe Bots, PTC Signaling Device, LEGO Mindstorms, technology of the performing arts, and other projects in aviation, CAD, health science, aviation, architecture, and construction. STARBASE 2.0 sites are in Canute, Fort Sill, Midwest City and Tulsa (2). Goal-setting and team-building are also demonstrated and developed. STARBASE Oklahoma is a National Guard Youth Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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: Curtis Brown, Geography Teacher/ Basketball Coach
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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

CLAREMORE
Big Brothers Big Sister of Rogers County (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Jessica Wilbourn, Area Director
PHONE: 918-283-1397
EMAIL: Jessica.wilbourn@bbbsok.org

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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

COYLE
The Coyle High School Mentoring Program pairs high school students with elementary school students that are being bullied. The goal of the program is to fight bullying by providing elementary students with positive reinforcement. High school students receive special training and meet regularly with their mentee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Laura O’Hara, school counselor
PHONE: 405-466-2242
EMAIL: lohara@coyle.k12.ok.us

DUNCAN
The Well Outreach Inc. is best defined as a "ministry reaching out to area youth through a coordinated effort of Duncan area churches." Our long range goal is to provide engaging and constructive after school activities for various age groups of students. We also operate a summer feeding program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, called "Spokes for Hope". This summer we hope to feed 300 children each day. We are currently planning toward launch of our cornerstone program, "Link One", an in-school mentoring initiative. Our goal is to place mentors with 75 to 100 children for the 2014 - 15 school year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Carol Wanzor, Director
PHONE: (580) 467-8133
EMAIL: welloutreachinc@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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@okstate.edu

EL RENO
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Teen Center of Canadian County serves as a youth center for youth ages 13 to 18. Open from 3 to 9 p.m., the center offers recreation, snacks and dinner, teen outreach programs, tutoring, mentorship training, college/ACT prep, AAU Summer Basketball, special events and spiritual growth guidance.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Leslie Johnson, Director
PHONE: 405-295-2343

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

EDMOND
GiANT Experiences, based in Edmond, Oklahoma, has global reach. Its Project 859 serves 9th -12th grade youth in one of the most violent areas of Washington, DC. Located in the NE portion of the city, the area is loaded with gang violence. GiANT Experiences (GE) became associated with this program from relationships formed through the National Prayer Breakfast. As an example of this project, last summer, GE brought two of the youth to Oklahoma City. They were given a taste of living outside of a safe four-block area. Introduced to and mentored by men who had overcome obstacles, they toured local industry, were introduced to local culture such as horseback riding, archery and boating, received a private flight lesson at Wiley Post airport, and toured Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech. The experiences can be tailored to the mentees as well as the mentors and their geographic areas.
CONTACT: Ray Sanders, CEO
PHONE: 405-513-5300
EMAIL: rsanders@giantexperiences.org
CONTACT: Wade McCoy, MD - Project 859
PHONE: 405-226-7169

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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@okstate.edu

ENID
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, First Presbyterian Church
PHONE: 580-237-5413
EMAIL: gailw2@suddenlink.net

Girl Scout Satellite Offices in our Outlying Service Areas:
CONTACT: Carla Burdick, Community Development Executive, District 1, 2, and 3 (Enid)
PHONE: 580-237-2187
EMAIL: cburdick@gswestok.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: rlackey@auroraok.org

FORT SILL
The Fort Sill Youth Center's HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15 - 18 year-old youth valuable work experience and workforce preparation training. Participants will have the opportunity to explore secondary education options and a variety of career paths. Hired! offers teens valuable experiences and trainings to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market. The mentor-mentee ratio is about one to two. Upon successful completion of the Term, students are eligible for a cash award. Examples of exploratory career fields in the Hired! Apprenticeship Program include library and information science, child and youth development, sports and fitness management, information technology, engineering, financial management and program development.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Child Youth and School Services/ Fort Sill
CONTACT: Aron J. Byerly, HIRED! Workforce Preparation Specialist
PHONE: 580-442-6745
EMAIL: aron.j.byerly.naf@mail.mil

STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

STARBASE 2.0 is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Club size is 10-15 students with a 1:4 mentor-student ratio. By locale, cadets can choose options such as rockets, CO2 cars, Boe Bots, PTC Signaling Device, LEGO Mindstorms, technology of the performing arts, and other projects in aviation, CAD, health science, aviation, architecture, and construction. STARBASE 2.0 sites are in Canute, Fort Sill, Midwest City and Tulsa (2). Goal-setting and team-building are also demonstrated and developed. STARBASE Oklahoma is a National Guard Youth Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

GUYMON
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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@okstate.edu

LAWTON
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cleveland County – NOW SERVING LAWTON (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
PHONE: 405-364-3722
EMAIL: info@bbbs-cc.org

Girl Scout Satellite Offices in our Outlying Service Areas:
CONTACT: Princess Behrens, Community Development Executive, District 5 (Lawton)
PHONE: 580-748-0603
EMAIL: pbehrens@gswestok.org

National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Epsilon Delta, Kudos and Xinos, mentoring programs for youths in grades nine through twelve, are designed to promote ethical, social and moral values, self-esteem, fundraising, leadership training, goal-setting, college access acquisition and other life skills for success. In addition to workshops such as resume-writing, parliamentary procedure and college/career preparation, students must dress in “uniform” one day a week at school as well as in some group outings. For Kudos, that means wearing a shirt and tie. Over 90% of the Kudos and Xinos attend college, and most stay in contact with their mentors. Students must apply, be interviewed by current Kudos (males) and Xinos (females) to fill any vacancies, maintain a C+ average and perform about 50 hours of community service a year to participate. Retention is usually all four years of high school. Parents, who are taught the importance of their involvement with their children, not only chaperone but contribute fresh ideas. In 1989, Dr. Williams began both Lawton programs based upon the model of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., a professional organization of African American educators, whose fourth purpose is to encourage “the development of the potential of youth.”
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
KUDOS CONTACT: Dr. Cheryl Monts, Director of Professional Development, Lawton Public Schools
PHONE: 580-585-6425
EMAIL: cmonts@lawtonps.org
XINOS CONTACT: Dr. Sylvia Williams
PHONE: 580-580-536-3798
EMAIL: spdkakawms@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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@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 state facility operated within the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The Center houses 78 young men between the ages of 13-20 who have been placed in their custody by the state court system. Mentors can meet with the young men one night a week from 7-8 p.m. Currently the Center has 26 mentors with 30 boys involved. Many young men at the Center come from broken homes and have had little if any positive male role models in their lives.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: community-based
CONTACT: Janet Johnson
PHONE: 580-397-3511 ext. 230.
EMAIL: Janet.Johnson@oja.ok.gov

MIDWEST CITY
STARBASE 2.0 is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Club size is 10-15 students with a 1:4 mentor-student ratio. By locale, cadets can choose options such as rockets, CO2 cars, Boe Bots, PTC Signaling Device, LEGO Mindstorms, technology of the performing arts, and other projects in aviation, CAD, health science, aviation, architecture, and construction. STARBASE 2.0 sites are in Canute, Fort Sill, Midwest City and Tulsa (2). Goal-setting and team-building are also demonstrated and developed. STARBASE Oklahoma is a National Guard Youth Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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

MOORE
Teen Trendsetters™ Reading Mentors, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, has launched its model program at Southmoore High School, which partners with Briarwood Elementary in Moore. Teen Trendsetters™ Reading Mentors is a hands-on, award-winning mentor program, a recipient of the prestigious Harris Wofford Award for “best youth program” in the nation. It offers first, second and third graders an opportunity to take part in a program that will help boost their reading skills, reading scores and confidence in learning. Meanwhile, teens spend one-on-one time each week with their young mentee to learn and bond over books. The program pairs a child – who is at least six months behind their peers in reading - with a local high school teen, who has been trained as a reading mentor. Once a week, the two meet for a fun mentoring session at the elementary school or local community center. Each program has the oversight of an adult advisor, but the teens and their reading partners do the work, have the fun and reap the rewards. Together, the elementary child and the teen mentor work with a series of educational and entertaining books and workbooks to improve reading skills. Schools receive all materials that are needed, including the books and curriculum, which were developed in partnership with Scholastic, Inc. Every elementary student who participates receives more than 14 books over the school year to add to their home library, promoting the joy of reading among families. Teen Trendsetters™ programs take part in annual community service projects. Our mentors and mentees are giving back and making a difference in big ways by taking on and tackling important local issues. From feeding the hungry to collecting books for local charities, to creating care packages for U.S. soldiers, these projects are just another reason why communities love Teen Trendsetters™. The program, first launched in Florida in 2002, has proven so successful it has garnered state funding for the past 12 years and has served as the model for Teen Trendsetters™ programs in states throughout the U.S.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer Mentoring
CONTACT: Laura Rousseau, Southmoore High School
PHONE: (405) 735-4900
EMAIL: laurarousseau@mooreschools.com
CONTACT: Shelley Jaques-McMillin, principal, Briarwood Elementary School
PHONE: (405) 735-4110
EMAIL: shelleymcmillin@mooreschools.com

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: R. Kyle Alderson, Asst. District Attorney for Pawnee & Osage Counties
PHONE: (479) 650-7798
EMAIL: nca2127@aol.com

MUSKOGEE
In the Muskogee Public Schools' Power of an Hour Program, K-12 students are referred by their teachers for the mentoring program. Mentors are asked to sign a commitment for one hour per week for one school year. Mentors must pass a background check, attend the training and a site orientation before mentoring can begin. During the training, mentors are encouraged to be a friend, role model, coach and confidant to the student. The objectives of the mentoring program are to increase self-esteem, develop conflict resolution skills and strategies, help with behavior modification, develop personal responsibility, help set goals for the future, to help the student become a more productive member of society, to help the student through difficult or challenging situations, and to help gain skills and confidence to be responsible for their own future. The mission of the mentoring program is as follows: Believing that all students can be productive citizens, the Muskogee Public Schools Mentor Program is designed to increase their opportunities for success. Individuals interested in serving as a mentor can apply online at the website below.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Madison Tomlinson, Mentor Coordinator
PHONE: 918-684-3700 ext. 1642
EMAIL: madison.tomlinson@mpsi20.org

STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

NEWKIRK
A.R.M.S. (Adult Role Models) is a program designed to target youth in single parent homes involving children ages five to 17 years old.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based and community-based
CONTACT: Dolley Rolland, Program Coordinator
PHONE: 580-762-8343
EMAIL: dolleyrolland@hotmail.com 3

NORMAN
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cleveland County (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Mikaela Borecky, Area Director
PHONE: 405-364-3722
EMAIL: mikaela.borecky@bbbsok.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: Debra Krittenbrink, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-579-9280
EMAIL: dkritten@gmail.com

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
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. The Cranium Crew 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

Established in 2008, D.A.R.E. 2 H.O.P.E., an acronym standing for “Decision-makers Aligned Resolved and Empowered to Helping Others Progress and Excel," is a school based mentoring program at Irving Middle School specifically targeted to African-American students. The mentoring program has been designed to promote and enhance student achievement and well-being through one-on-one mentoring relationships. The goals of D.A.R.E. 2 H.O.P.E. are 1) Create and promote positive African-American mentor/student relationships and 2) Improve academic performance and enhance student development and self-esteem. The students involved are African-American eighth graders and have been referred by the school. They are paired with an African-American mentor of the same gender. Mentors are recruited from the University of Oklahoma community and other surrounding colleges and universities.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Stephanie Williams
PHONE: 405-503-1342
EMAIL: Ka_dst20@msn.com

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
EMAIL: kidshope@fbcnorman.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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@okstate.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

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: Susy Calonkey
PHONE: 405-325-2621
EMAIL: scalonkey@ou.edu

The OU Industrial & Systems Engineering Leadership Program (IELP) provides junior and senior ISE students with opportunities for professional and leadership development. Members attend workshops and seminars led by noted business leaders, visit companies to learn about the modern business environment, and attend lunches and networking events with practicing engineers. The hallmark of IELP is the mentorship program. Students are matched with industrial engineers, usually OU ISE alumni, and meet at least once month to discuss life goals, strategies, decision-making, and other professional issues. We provide materials to guide the discussion for some of the meetings, and mentors and students are encouraged to discuss topics of their own choosing as well. The curriculum we developed is based in part on Lois Zachary's books, The Mentor's Guide and The Mentee's Guide. First-year participants and their mentors read short selections and complete a few worksheets from the books. Topics include goal setting, expectations, and so forth. Once the students have completed the introductory work, we suggest a sequence of articles for discussion. Some pairs stick closely to the suggested topics, while others forge their own paths. Begun in 2010-11, this program has produced some mentoring relationships continuing past graduation.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Kimberly Graves Wolfinbarger, ISE Recruitment Coordinator, IELP founder
PHONE: 405-325-3721
EMAIL: kimw@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: Treasure Sandeford, CPO/Executive Director
PHONE: 918.273.1007
EMAIL: tstandeford@bgclubnowata.org

OKLAHOMA CITY
The Access Midstream Mentoring Program aims to create positive relationships and foster the academic growth of students. Access began its mentoring partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in fall 2013. The first year has been a great success, with more than 100 employees volunteering their time and leadership so that every first-grade student has a mentor. The partnership goes beyond weekly tutoring sessions. Access contributes school supplies and is involved with student holiday celebrations, including trick or treating at the company’s Oklahoma City offices. Students at the school face many challenges including poverty, high turnover, poor attendance and limited parental involvement. In schools with these issues, mentor programs have been shown to foster academic growth, increase student self-esteem and boost school attendance.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Joan Anderson and Merrick Fitzgerald
PHONE: 877-413-1023

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@af-group.com

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oklahoma City (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Rachel Hernandez, Area Director
PHONE: 405-943-8075
EMAIL: rachel.hernandez@bbbsok.org

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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Herb Gilkey, CEO
PHONE: 405-254-2069
EMAIL: herb@campfireusa-ok.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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Jane Sutter
PHONE: 405-525-9191
EMAIL: jsutter@bgcokc.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
PHONE: 405-473-8835
EMAIL: living-4-thetruth@hotmail.com

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: Lisa Pitsiri
PHONE: 405-935-8000
EMAIL: lisa.pitsiri@chk.com

Citizens Caring for Children trains and matches caring adult volunteers one-on-one with foster children. As foster children journey through the state foster care system they are often in need of a stable relationship. Mentors offer friendship, guidance and support. Each prospective mentor must be at least 21 years of age, go through the application and interview process, complete training sessions and consent to background checks. Mentors are required to make at least a one-year commitment to the program and attend monthly in-service meetings to receive ongoing education, training and support. The organization is currently seeking mentors in the Oklahoma City area. Founded in 1984, Citizens Caring for Children provides clothing, shoes, duffel bags, books, school supplies, mentors and other necessities to more than 3,600 foster children each year. Through programs and services including the Resource Center, Shelter Birthday Parties, Back to School, Santa Stop and mentoring, Citizens Caring for Children strives to make a difference in the lives of foster children and break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Holly Livengood, Marketing and Research Coordinator
PHONE: 405-753-4099
EMAIL: hlivengood@cccokc.org

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: Bea Jai Webb, director
PHONE: 405-602-2815
EMAIL: beajai@whizkidsok.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
PHONE: 405-595-2745
EMAIL: natalie.duncan@communityadvance.org

Crossings Community Church
TYPE OF PROGRAMS: After-school and school-based
PHONE: 405-755-2227
EMAIL: pmillington@crossingsokc.org

  • Crossings Community Church’s The Club, begun in 2008, currently reaches 6th-11th graders at John Marshall Middle and High School on Thursday afternoons. In 2013-14, the 10th and 11th graders are on a special leadership track, which will allow the adult volunteers to further invest in their lives and encourage their leadership abilities.
  • Crossings’ Inner-City Ministry is a partnership between Crossings and six Oklahoma City inner-city schools. Elementary schools include Eugene Field, Shidler, Stand Watie and Stanley Hupfeld Academy. Additionally Seeworth Academy and John Marshall Middle & High Schools are supported. Crossings members provide reading tutors, serve as homeroom mom/dad to a teacher for the year, mentor, participate in campus beautification work days, provide supplies to teachers, bless students with backpacks at Christmas, coach students in sports camps, monitor academic tests, hold Bible clubs in the school or community and pray for the students and teachers. Crossings members serve on community advisory boards for several partner schools.

Of all Devon Energy Corporation’s commitments to enhance educational opportunities in the community, none is more important and rewarding than the company’s tutoring program. Three years ago, Devon established a successful partnership with Mark Twain Elementary School, an inner-city, multicultural school located near downtown Oklahoma City. More than 200 tutors signed up for the 2005-06 school year, serving more than 150 students. Since the program began, test scores and grades at Mark Twain have increased dramatically, but it is the confidence the children have gained from the one-on-one attention that makes the program so successful.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Macay McComas
PHONE: 405-552-6108
EMAIL: macay.mccomas@dvn.com

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, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-601-7600
EMAIL: sally@faithworksokc.com

The Family Awareness and Community Teamwork 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

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) is a mentoring program for teenage girls supporting them to 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, the Oklahoma City GLOW program began 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. WEN’s vision is to be a primary resource for inspiring, supporting and connecting female leaders so they grow in a capacity to lead and serve.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Carlisha Williams, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 918-810-6883
EMAIL: info@wenations.org

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: Clarissa Boden, Program Director
PHONE: (405) 748-0712
EMAIL: cboden@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. 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
PHONE: 405-717-9831
EMAIL: tobi.campbell@integrisok.com

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: Belynda Clanton, VP of Programs
PHONE: Headquarters: 918 663-2150
EMAIL: contact@jaok.org

K20 GEAR UP for the PROMISE Mentoring Program encourages community members to work with GEAR UP for the PROMISE students to provide information about college options and financing, while encouraging career planning and academic goal setting. Through one-on-one or group mentoring and project-based mentoring, students are able to spend time speaking with current professionals about their career field, possible future careers for themselves, job outlook and steps that they can take now to begin the process. These interactions are helpful in informing students about institutions of higher education and to open their eyes to career fields that they may not have previously considered. Oklahoma City Public Schools currently participating in the GEAR UP for the PROMISE program. Approximately 4,646 students are eligible to participate in the program. Grade levels involved in 2013-14 are 8th-9th and in 2014-15, grades 9th – 10th.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a U.S. Department of Education program that helps students prepare for and pursue a college education. GEAR UP for the PROMISE builds on community partnerships to:
• Increase the percentage of cohort students who are academically prepared for college and future careers upon graduation from participating schools.
• Increase high school graduation rate and post-secondary education enrollment rates of participating PROMISE schools.
• Increase PROMISE students’ and families knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Stacy Harris, Mentoring Coordinator
PHONE: 405-325-1992
EMAIL: stacyharris@ou.edu

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, Director
PHONE: 405-737-5561
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.
CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, Latino 4-H Clubs Program Coordinator
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: 405-802-6062
EMAIL: liliesandreeds@gmail.com

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 recruiting and training
CONTACT: Dr. John Sowers, President
PHONE: (405) 429-6485
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., Manager, Community Outreach
PHONE: 405-752-3604
EMAIL: gaylene.stiles@mercy.net

Metro Career Academy, M.A.S.S. Mentoring Program (MENTORS ASSISTING STUDENTS 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
CONTACT: Khanita Jefferson
PHONE: 405-595-4327
EMAIL: khanita.jefferson@metrotech.edu

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

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: 405-297-2569
EMAIL: debi.martin@okc.gov

OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation uses wrestling to build relationships between positive mentors and at-risk youth. This one-on-one mentoring program, held Monday nights 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.
CONTACT: Tyler Williams, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-367-3768
EMAIL: okcyouthwrestling@gmail.com

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: Ashleigh Gibson, Program Manager
PHONE: 405.278.7165
EMAIL: agibson@okgoodwill.org

OLFC Mentoring Program, a pilot begun in 2012 by Oklahoma Lawyers for Children using attorney and non-lawyer volunteers, is dedicated to helping a targeted group of teens in the foster care system transition into adulthood. In 2013, Oklahoma has over 10,300 children in foster care, and Oklahoma County shoulders the lion’s share of the active cases. OLFC’s primary mission is to “use the time, talent and resources of qualified pro bono attorneys to represent children in the Juvenile Division of the Oklahoma County District Court.”
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Tsinena Bruno-Thompson
PHONE: 405-232-4453
EMAIL: tthompson@olfc.org

OPUBCO Communications Group 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. OPUBCO Communications Group, which shares mentoring at Oklahoma City Public School’s North Highland Elementary School with Chesapeake Energy, also provides other school support such as trick or treating for kindergarteners and each year takes the fifth grade class on a visit to a state university. OPUBCO mentors 1st – 2nd grade students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Will Gage, Marketing & Events Coordinator
PHONE: 405-475-3543
EMAIL: wgage@opubco.com

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s Each One, Reach One, a campus-wide mentoring program founded by Vice President Williams in the fall of 2013, expands his personal mentoring objective to the entire OSU-OKC campus. He has also developed a mandatory training program for the initiative that outlines information regarding mentor/mentee relationship expectations, the mechanics of a successful conversation, and mentor/mentee relationship boundaries. Faculty and staff members who volunteer to participate are provided the names and contact information for up to three students who are at risk for dropping out of school. The faculty and staff participants are encouraged to communicate with students and promote support services that include tutoring, group study sessions, and meetings with academic advisors to plan semester coursework. Faculty and staff mentors are entered into a prize drawing based on his or her student’s end-of-term performance and persistence to the following semester. In response to the intuitive, over 160 campus mentors have reached out to over 450 students during the 2013/2014 academic year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Campus-based
CONTACT: Bradford Williams, Vice President Student Affairs
PHONE: 405-945-3204
EMAIL: bradford.williams@osuokc.edu

Westwood Elementary Lunch Bunch Tutoring, sponsored by OSU-Oklahoma City, began as a tutoring program but has evolved into so much more. Starting in 2006, a couple of days each week (September through May) at 11:30 am a volunteer from OSU-OKC goes to the library at Westwood Elementary and sits down with a student and listens to them read aloud. Employee volunteers listen to the students read aloud in English and help them with pronunciation, grammar and reading comprehension. In 2009, OSU-OKC began a school supply drive and a penny drive each year to help with supplies for the students and the teachers. The pennies collected go specifically to buy extra copy paper for the accelerated math programs. In 2010, OSU-OKC started offering a scholarship opportunity for each of the fifth graders promoting into middle school. The student and their parents must sign a pledge to graduate high school from an Oklahoma City Public School, stay out of legal trouble, and must be legally eligible to apply for the State of Oklahoma’s tuition grants (currently Oklahoma’s Promise) and other state college tuition waivers and the FAFSA federal grant program. OSU-OKC has pledged to pay the remainder of the students’ tuition and books after the Oklahoma’s Promise and the federal grants have been applied to their Bursar’s accounts. Students will not be required to take out student loans. In 2012, OSU-OKC began organizing a campus tour in the spring of every year for the fifth graders that are promoting into middle school. The sciences, computer technology and public safety programs are promoted by giving the students an opportunity to visit with college professors and participate in science experiments, forensic evidence collection and computer gaming.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Janet Stricklin, OSU-OKC Program Director
PHONE: 405-945-3240
EMAIL: jsstric@osuokc.edu
CONTACT: Susan Robertson, Westwood Elementary Principal
PHONE: 405-235-8810

Prep “U”niversity, begun in 2013, provides mentoring and college preparatory assistance to young ladies 7th -12th grade. Prep U empowers young ladies with the tools necessary to not only dream of a successful future but to know such a future as reality. Through cognitive and creative lounge sessions emphasizing concrete high school and college matriculation strategies, Prep U commissions young ladies to aspire for a life of good success then help someone else.
TYPE: After-school
CONTACT: Christina Kirk, Dean and Director
PHONE: 405-726-1217
EMAIL: christina@prepuniversity.org

Project Ready Mentoring - a Signature Program of the National Urban League - helps 8th-12th grade students make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success. Participants receive academic, social and cultural supports and opportunities designed to develop “readiness:” having the information and perspective necessary for success without needing remediation in college or career. In 2012, Urban League began the program in Oklahoma City. In 2013, thirty-five Project Ready programs served the United States. Mentees participate in 182 hours of service which includes academic enrichment activities, mentoring activities, career readiness activities, college tours, and business tours.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based/community-based
CONTACT: Carrie McClain, Project Ready Mentoring Specialist, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc.
PHONE: 405-424-5243
EMAIL: cmcclain@urbanleagueok.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: Rachel Williams Durham, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 405-556-5082
EMAIL: rdurham@positivetomorrows.org

Project Boys2men is a highly structured disciplinary program for males, ages 10-17 years-old, from the inner city. Our mission is to preserve the dignity and quality of young men by being a positive influence. Project Boys2men works to empower troubled youth and their families through the provision of quality and effective programs, mentorship, and education. Our primary goal is to instill respect, discipline, motivation, teamwork, self control and positive decision making skills in young men. Mentors provide one-on-one guidance, discipline, activities, and encouragement to at risk youth.
TYPE: Community-based
CONTACT: Leander Williams
PHONE: 405-525-2324
EMAILl: projectboys2men@sbcglobal.net

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City 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: Michelle Pritchard, Director
PHONE: 405-677-4781

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. Among other projects, SandRidge partners with Public Strategies to bring Rise and Shine assemblies to eight elementary schools, Hip Hop Plus Change assemblies at Douglass High School, and Reading Explorers Summer Camp to children in northeast Oklahoma City. TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Taylor Doe, Community Relations Representative
PHONE: 405-429-5500
EMAIL: tdoe@sandridgeenergy.com

S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Mentoring Program, sponsored by S.T.A.A.R. Resources Agency, is a gender-specific mentoring program for girls between the ages of 12 and 18. We stand on the scripture Titus 2:4-5. As mentors, we offer guidance and teach these developing women to recognize the right path. We stress that with a sound relationship with God, hope, and determination, the girls can accomplish any goal they have set. With this support, the teens begin to develop temperance and discipline, resulting in increased independence, resiliency, and the development of healthy relationships.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Katawna Stephens, Program Director
PHONE: 405-600-9399
EMAIL: kstephens@staarfoundation.org

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
PHONE: 405-225-5608
EMAIL: Brickard@sonicdrivein.com

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Studio 222 is a free arts-based after-school program targeting inner city middle-aged youth, 6th-12th graders with limited means, to participate in extracurricular activities. Studio 222 runs Monday through Thursday during the school year with some summer activities. In 2011, the program began a pilot with five high school students who attended Studio 222 during middle school. These students, receiving a stipend for participation and academic achievement focused upon preparing for postsecondary school life and other life skills. St. Luke’s volunteers also mentor at Oklahoma City’s Emerson High School (School-based). In July, St. Luke’s participates in Project Transformation, a two-hour, four-day summer literacy camp, in which volunteers read one-to-one with educationally under-served elementary age children. In the 2012-13 school year, St. Luke’s volunteers will also read with and provide birthday parties for the students at Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school for homeless children. St. Luke’s is also planning through the Fall Arts Camp after-school activities such as reading and art at Hillcrest Elementary as well as offering GED classes.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, Faith-based
CONTACT: Julie Robinson, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-232-1371 or 405-609-1009
EMAIL: jrobinson@stlukesokc.org

STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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: Reentry
CONTACT: Jenna McCullock, Mentor Coordinator
PHONE: 405-235-5671, ext. 212
EMAIL: jmccullock@teem.org

Touchstone Youth Project was founded in 2002, in order to serve disadvantaged Oklahoma youth through adventure-based education, mentoring, and life-skills cultivation. Through Touchstone Climbing Club, Oklahoma young people are given the opportunity to participate at Rocktown Climbing Gym in the exciting and challenging sport of technical rock climbing. Touchstone Climbing Club provides a safe haven for teens where they can experience inspiration, adventure, and the chance to successfully overcome difficult challenges.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Steven Charles, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-606-1818
EMAIL: steven@touchstoneyouth.org

Tradesman Mentoring, a gender-specific mentoring initiative of S.T.A.A.R. Resources Agency (Services That Assist And Redeem), is a community-based mentoring program that works specifically with those youths 12-19 years of age, who are on probation with the Oklahoma Juvenile Bureau. We offer guidance and wisdom, assist youth to successfully navigate through their probation plan, and work directly with them, their probation officers, and their parents/appointed system of supports. In Oklahoma County, Tradesman Mentoring serves a multi-ethnic and diverse culture. Other initiatives of S.T.A.A.R. Resources Agency include a Men's Accountability Network, a GED Class, and a vocational program through a WORKFORCE partnership called "SOAR." During the last half of 2013, Tradesman Mentoring has been recruiting and growing, with opportunities now available at the Boys & Girls Club and Ralph Ellison Library.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Primarily community-based
CONTACT: Gerald Scott, Executive Director
PHONE: 405-600-9399
EMAIL: gerald.scott777@gmail.com

United Way of Central Oklahoma has partnered with the Oklahoma City Public School District to launch a pilot tutoring/mentoring program at Kaiser Elementary school. The program pairs a tutor with every second grade student at Kaiser and will focus on improved reading comprehension skills and building positive self-esteem. Tutors spend one hour a week at the school and will meet with two students for 30 minutes each. The pilot program begins in January 2011.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Emma Krueger, Director of the United Way Volunteer Center
PHONE: 405-523-3581
EMAIL: ekrueger@unitedwayokc.org

The Urban Youth Empowerment Program Works (UYEP WORKS) focuses on partnerships with employers, highly skilled program staff, attention to mental health and substance abuse service needs of participants, high quality mentoring and restorative justice project opportunities. UYEP WORKS caters to 18-24 year olds that are ex-offenders or high school drop outs. The program also provides educational and workforce curriculum, exposure to stipend-paying, real world opportunities to gain technical and soft skills, community service and civic engagement.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Linda Craig, workforce director, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc.
PHONE: 405-424-5243
EMAIL: lcraig@urbanleagueok.org

Walmart’s Mi Futuro, based upon a corporately developed program, uses managers from store and above levels to mentor once a month at Webster Middle School. Begun in 2012-13 at Webster, six sponsors, or managers, and two “floater” managers, follow a curriculum stressing that hard work and education are the keys to success. Mentors encourage students to develop a strong positive engagement in their educations, improve communication and leadership skills and develop plans for their own academic and social future success. At the beginning of sessions, a speaker from a background similar to that of the students discusses his or her path to success. The same mentor stays with five or six students for eight months. In May, the program graduates students into ninth grade.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Clydene Howard, Human Resource Manager, Walmart, and Mi Futuro Program Advocate
PHONE: 405-790-0021

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, a skills-based program; and
  • 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: Mary Walsh, 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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

OWASSO
Big Brothers Big Sister of Rogers County (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Jessica Wilbourn, Area Director
PHONE: 918-283-1397
EMAIL: Jessica.wilbourn@bbbsok.org

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 Bell, Executive Director
PHONE: 918-402-3547
EMAIL: alisa.bell@jamesinc.org

PONCA CITY
A.R.M.S. (Adult Role Models) is a program designed to target youth in single parent homes involving children ages five to 17 years old.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based and community-based
CONTACT: Dolley Rolland, Program Coordinator
PHONE: 580-762-8343
EMAIL: dolleyrolland@hotmail.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, ext. 101
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: Clay Roper, Chief Professional Officer
PHONE: 918-647-7136
EMAIL: tcroper@cox.net

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: Kyla Murphy
PHONE: 918-824-1908
EMAIL:  kmurphy@greencountrybgc.org

STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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

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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

SHAWNEE
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Alfonso Nieves, Area Director
PHONE: 405-275-3553
EMAIL: alfonso.nieves@bbbsok.org

STILLWATER
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stillwater (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Stephanie Fry, Area Director
PHONE: 405-624-9922
EMAIL: stephanie.fry@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
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

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 Price, academic counselor, Ambassadors’ staff advisor
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 A. 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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@okstate.edu

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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and after-school
CONTACT: Eddie L. Evans
PHONE: (918) 625-1336
EMAIL: eledle@sbcglobal.net

Asbury United Methodist Church Youth Mentoring/Tutoring Missions
CONTACT: Radhika Aussieker, Local Outreach Coordinator, Asbury UMC
PHONE: (918) 492-1771
EMAIL: RAussieker@asburytulsa.org

  • 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: raussieker@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, Asbury United Methodist Church, 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: Kalyn 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, Coordinator for Youth At Heart
    PHONE: (918) 493-7311, ext. 14
    EMAIL: kbonner@youthatheart.org

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Green Country, Inc. (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based
CONTACT: Marla Mayberry, Area Director
PHONE: 918-744-4400
EMAIL: marla.mayberry@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: Deric Williams, Program Director
PHONE: 918-592-2267
EMAIL: dwilliams@tulsacampfire.org

College Access Career Readiness (CACR) coaches help middle and high school students develop and implement plans for their careers and lives after high school graduation. Beyond training, CACR coaches donate two hours each month, October through May, to a classroom of middle school students. New volunteer “coaches” must attend a two-hour training seminar before being assigned to a school. Once assigned, the coaches will work with the teacher using curriculum developed by TPS to help students understand the relevance of their education and how it translates to their future careers and higher education opportunities. This program, administered through the Tulsa Metro Chamber, is a partnership among the chamber, The University of Oklahoma Tulsa and Tulsa Public Schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Kuma Browne, Education Program Manager, Tulsa Metro Chamber
PHONE: 918-560-0218
EMAIL: kumabrowne@tulsachamber.com

Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) is a mentoring program for teenage girls 13 to 18 years old supporting them to identify solutions for academic and social development and to build life skills for important choices in their daily lives. Women Empowering Nations (WEN) mentors are partnered with the girls during the program to facilitate holistic education sessions and build lasting relationships.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Carlisha Williams, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 918.810.6883
EMAIL: info@wenations.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: Belynda Clanton, VP of Programs
PHONE: Headquarters: 918 663-2150
EMAIL: contact@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: John Venture, Program Director, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-585-6112
EMAIL: jventure@sitgm.org
CONTACT: Kathy Taylor, Oklahoma City
EMAIL: ktaylor@sitgm.org

Mentoring to the Max is a dedicated effort to recruit caring adults to mentor Tulsa children, especially those who are at-risk and make a positive impact on their lives. Key partners and supporters of the Mayor's Mentoring to the Max efforts include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma; Camp Fire USA; City of Tulsa/Tulsa Police Department; Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa and Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative; Going to Bat for Tulsa Kids; Junior Achievement; Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence; Partners in Education; Tulsa Community College's Signature Symphony; Tulsa Public Schools and Union Public Schools; YMCA; Youth Services of Tulsa and YWCA.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Pam Listar, City of Tulsa Communications Officer
PHONE: 918-596-2689
EMAIL: plistar@cityoftulsa.org

On May 21, 2014, the City of Tulsa officially adopted Emerson Elementary and is dedicated to leading the way in our community by serving as an encouraging presence in students’ lives to help them stay in school and succeed in life. During the 2013-14 school year, City employees will be serving as weekly lunch buddies, presenters in their field of expertise, or special guest readers. Our goal is to help open students’ eyes about being engaged citizens, as well as the different positions at the City of Tulsa, which they can aspire to hold upon completion of their education. This school-based program for pre-K through sixth grades begins as Emerson Elementary celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. The school features two kindergarten classes, two pre-K classes, a computer lab, PE and Art, as well as third, fifth and sixth grade strings. Please take a moment to watch the following two City-produced videos:
1. The City of Tulsa’s adoption/signing ceremony
2. How the City is leading the way in our community by mentoring at Emerson Elementary
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Pam Listar, City of Tulsa Communications Officer
PHONE: 918-596-2689
EMAIL: plistar@cityoftulsa.org

The North Tulsa Youth Program provides alternatives to gang involvement, encouraging positive development and helping youth to avoid criminal behavior. The program matches mentors with at-risk youth (7th – 12th grades) in North Tulsa. The targeted youth have identified risk factors such as truancy, difficulty in school, family conflict, alcohol / drug activity, and involvement in the juvenile court system. Upon registering for the program, youth are assigned a mentor. Mentors complete a background check and receive ongoing training and support from the Youth Services of Tulsa program staff. Mentors actively participate in the lives of these youth, meeting with them at least once a week and sharing in a variety of activities, including field trips, tutoring, sports and movies.
TYPE: One-to-one, group and team mentoring
CONTACT: Eddie Evans, Youth Services of Tulsa, Director
PHONE: 918-382-4484
EMAIL: eevans@yst.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: Debbie McCullough
PHONE: 918.398.8192
EMAIL: dmccullough@tulsahope.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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@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.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Dianna Potts
PHONE: 918-746-9360
EMAIL: pottsdi@tulsaschools.org

STARBASE Oklahoma, begun in 1993 with 20 cadets, had 4,061 cadets in 2011-12. Mentors in both the school-based and the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. Fifth-grade classrooms, situated on a military installation, include Tulsa (2), Oklahoma City (2), Camp Gruber, Pryor, Muskogee, Ft. Sill (2) and Burns Flat. Fifth grade STARBASE curriculum includes physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, navigation and mapping, EDP, CAD, mathematics and STEM careers. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003 at Camp Gruber, Pryor and Muskogee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

STARBASE 2.0 is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Club size is 10-15 students with a 1:4 mentor-student ratio. By locale, cadets can choose options such as rockets, CO2 cars, Boe Bots, PTC Signaling Device, LEGO Mindstorms, technology of the performing arts, and other projects in aviation, CAD, health science, aviation, architecture, and construction. STARBASE 2.0 sites are in Canute, Fort Sill, Midwest City and Tulsa (2). Goal-setting and team-building are also demonstrated and developed. STARBASE Oklahoma is a National Guard Youth Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool
CONTACT: Pamela J. Kirk, Director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: Pamela.Kirk@ang.af.mil

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: Lorraine McReynolds
PHONE: 918-833-9800
EMAIL: mcreylo@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

SkillsUSA, a Career Technical Student Organization at Tulsa Technology Center, partners with industry related to the field of study and engages in community service. Our particular SkillsUSA chapter is in its third year (2013-14). As a chapter, we are recognized as a small business. Through the Tulsa Metro Chamber, we have adopted Tulsa’s Hawthorne Elementary School and McClain 8th Grade Center. We have conducted numerous community service partnerships with many industry partners as well.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Richard Stewart
PHONE: Phone 918-828-2066
EMAIL: richard.stewart@tulsatech.edu

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: Kathy Shelton, Coordinator, TU’s True Blue Neighbor Volunteer Center
EMAIL: kathy-shelton@utulsa.edu
CONTACT: Olivia Landrum, Director, True Blue Neighbor Youth Mentoring Program
EMAIL: olivia-landrum@utulsa.edu
CONTACT: Danielle Hovenga, True Blue Community Liaison
EMAIL: danielle-hovenga@utulsa.edu

UpBeat 360 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.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Dr. Lester Shaw, Founder & Executive Director
PHONE: 918-430-1700
EMAIL: info@apfoh.com

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: Barbara Jacobson
PHONE: 918-764-9188
EMAIL: worldbaseballoutreach@cox.net

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. (Click here to read more.)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Melynda Stone, executive director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: mendy.s@volunteersforyouth.com

WEATHERFORD
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
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

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: Kay Porter, Program Manager
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: kay.porter@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
PHONE: 580-774-0812
EMAIL: dschmidt@wpsok.org

WOODWARD
Woodward High School 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: Mrs. Tacy Hurst, English Instructor/ Mrs. JoLynn Love, English and Humanities 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, Stanley Hupfeld Academy
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: Christine Sorrels, director, or Christal Whitmire
PHONE: 405-354-3716
EMAIL: Christine.Sorrels@yukonps.com

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.