True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program, University of Tulsa
Tulsa University senior Aisha Hassan has been volunteering for the university’s True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program since her freshman year, making time in her busy college schedule to mentor two students, Jonathan and Emily, from kindergarten through third-grade.
“We greatly appreciate the time that Aisha has spent with our kids through the Youth Mentoring Program,” said Olivia Landrum, program director. “She has been volunteering three or four times a week. It is not always easy or convenient for her to be here, but we appreciate her being here consistently no matter what else is going on.”
In addition to mentoring Jonathan and Emily, Hassan has created a STEM club for girls in the Youth Mentoring Program. In STEM club, the girls learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They have also done a unit on women’s empowerment and finding their self-worth.
“Aisha said she has always had a passion for working with kids,” Landrum said. “She has been working with most of these kids since they were in Kindergarten. They are now her second family. Most of these children would be alone after school, but by being in this program they are getting the one-on-one help that they need. The Youth Mentoring Program has helped this community flourish.”
About the Program: The University of Tulsa’s True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program aspires to help build a better community through quality after-school programming at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School. As a 21st Century Community Learning Center, the program provides equitable educational resources for youth. Program objectives include enhancing literacy achievement, access to healthy nutrition and community gardening, and developing positive social skills to build better citizens.