INTEGRIS Positive Directions Mentoring Program, Oklahoma City
Mentees: Tyra and Devona
Years Matched: two years, one year
Detective Shari Dixon is an officer with the Village Police Department who serves as a mentor to two students at Stanley Hupfeld Academy, third-grader Tyra and and fifth-grader Devona.
“Detective Dixon is on another level of volunteerism,” said Mentor Program Coordinator Kathy Lowder. “She sees a need and immediately works to address the concern. In addition to her mentoring with Tyra and Devona, Detective Dixon serves as a community mentor every day by volunteering her time and being a presence in her uniform before and after school.”
Both Tyra and Devona have learning differences that Detective Dixon works to address during their mentoring time together. She understands how each student learns and encourages them to advocate for themselves. In addition to academic tutoring, Dixon and her mentees enjoy playing board games and discussing how the previous week has gone at school and at home.
“I love the way Detective Dixon greets our children every day with a smile. Her presence is a symbol of trust and care to our students,” Lowder shared. “Her kindness is contagious, and she is a joy to see every day.”
About the Program: INTEGRIS Health began the Positive Directions Mentoring Program in 1992 as a business/school partnership that encourages volunteers to mentor one hour each week at targeted elementary schools. The objectives of the program are to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, help children overcome negative behaviors and improve the student’s classroom participation.