True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring
University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa’s True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring program has selected Carly Costley, a senior accounting major from Bixby, as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program aspires to help build a better community through quality afterschool 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.
Carly is mentoring Valeria and Lilian, both seven years old. Carly assists her mentees with their homework as well as other classroom activities.
“The students see her as a stable and guiding support,” said Program Director Olivia Landrum.
“I love being silly with my mentees,” Carly said. “They are such fun and charming kids, and I feel that maintaining a certain amount of playfulness with them allows me to have a good relationship with them.”
One of Carly’s favorite memories with her mentees was when they spent Halloween together one year. Carly took them to the TU campus and trick-or-treated at the sorority houses. One of their favorite activities was participating in the spider races, where they blew air through a straw to push a plastic spider across the finish line.
“With her encouragement the students feel that they can accomplish anything asked of them,” added Landrum. “Everything the children have learned from her has helped us to create a calm, successful environment in our afterschool program.”