Alanis Navarrate Corral

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Alanis Navarrate Corral (second from left), a volunteer for Link Crew at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City,  receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left). Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Alanis Navarrate Corral

Link Crew
U.S. Grant High School, Oklahoma City

The Link Crew at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City has nominated Alanis Navarrate Corral as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.

Link Crew, a nationwide peer-mentoring program, is designed to help make the transition into high school easier for incoming freshman students by partnering them with upperclassmen. Junior and senior students are assigned a group of freshman students called “crews” to mentor throughout the school year. Leaders meet with their crews monthly and lead activities including goal setting, school tradition, character development and academic guidance.

Alanis has been a Link Crew leader for two years. She assists in planning and executing social events and doing academic follow-ups with her mentees. This year Alanis has had two crews, each consisting of 10-15 freshmen.

“Alanis exemplifies what it means to be a leader and mentor,” said Melissa Smith, teacher at U.S. Grant High School. “She goes above and beyond for her freshman and her Council. She doesn’t do it because it is a requirement of being a leader/officer; she truly cares about her crew and council members. She keeps in contact with some freshman from her first year as a leader. I absolutely know, without a doubt, that the students she mentors and her Student Council members are better because of her influence, her heart, and her friendship.”