Merleanna Dick

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Merleanna Dick (third from left), receives an Oklahoma Mentor Day award recognizing her as the outstanding mentor for Youth at Heart of Tulsa.  Joining in the presentation are (from left) Oklahoma Mentor Day keynote speaker Alton Carter; mentees Eryn Coleman, Daphne Coleman and Jacy Archuletta; Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (back row, right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren. 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)

Merleanna Dick

Youth at Heart

Youth At Heart (YAH) has selected Merleanna Dick of Tulsa as its outstanding mentor because of her commitment to educating and inspiring the students enrolled in the After-School Teen Enrichment Program.

Since 1976, Youth At Heart has provided quality educational and recreational after-school and summer programs to youth ages 6 to 18 who live in Tulsa public housing and low-income apartment communities. The educational, cultural and recreational programs provide an effective alternative to idleness, vandalism, school truancy, drug use and gang-related activities.

Merleanna is the executive director of Education for Scholars Inc. and has been volunteering for Youth At Heart for four years.

“Merleanna has drawn from her prior education experience in the Science Department at the McClain Senior High School to develop a program uniquely tailored to enhance the educational abilities and skills of the under-resourced students we serve,” said Rodney Gray, director of program management.

Merleanna has taught ACT classes to students as well as organized Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects to numerous teens who have participated in Youth At Heart’s teen after-school program.

“Thanks to Merleanna, program participants are thinking higher education and two seniors in the most recent graduating class will be entering college,” Gray added.