Young Men in Action and Gentleman of Lawton High School, Lawton
Mentees: Lawton High School Students
Jeff Elbert is co-sponsor of Young Men in Action (YMIA) and Gentlemen of Lawton High School (GoLHS). Combined, these programs serve nearly one hundred students, working to provide these young men with mentoring and to strengthen their character and leadership skills.
As a math teacher at Lawton High School and Lawton’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year,” Elbert has had the opportunity to help mold students lives as a teacher, wrestling coach and sponsor to several organizations.
“Jeff has been instrumental in ensuring that we, as an organization, address an issue each year that is vital to ensuring that our young men have the resources they need,” said program co-sponsor Kenneth Stallworth. In the last two years, the group has served dinner to those less fortunate at the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner, conducted a clothing collection drive, delivered care packages to veterans and participated in a financial literacy program.
“Mr. Elbert’s commitment to excellence has been essential in our program growth,” Stallworth said. “We want to increase the chances that these young men will make good decisions and display good character.”
Elbert has mentioned on numerous occasions that the most rewarding aspect of his career as an educator is the privilege of serving as a mentor and role model to the students. He understands that students come to school each day with their own challenges and uncertainties.
“He tries his best to instill in the young men that he understands their feelings and cares about them and their well-being,” Stallworth added.
About the Program: Young Men in Action and Gentlemen of Lawton High School are school-based, coach-led programs at Central Middle School and Lawton High School, respectively, that teach young men about personal responsibility, accountability and healthy choices.