Brandi ReedCamp Fire Green Country
|Brandi Reed, a volunteer for Camp Fire Green Country of Tulsa, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Brandi’s involvement with Camp Fire began when she was in high school and she joined a service-learning project called Teens in Action, which provides after-school programming for fourth- through sixth-graders in a group setting.
“Brandi’s quiet and calm demeanor gave her an immediate connection to some of the shyer youngsters,” said Camp Fire Program Director Deric Williams. “Brandi soon started to come out of her shell, bringing many of the younger students with her. She quickly became one of the most reliable teens in the program.”
Upon aging out of the Teens in Action Program, Brandi began attending Tulsa Community College. Her freshman year, she volunteered as a Teens in Action assistant. Deric said she quickly connected with the teen leaders, providing them with the consistent, fun and educational programming they needed.
Now in her third year of college, Brandi still helps run Teens in Action two afternoons each week. In addition, she walks from her college campus to the Camp Fire office nearly every day of the week to learn from the youth development staff and plan the best experiences she can for her clubs.
“She is always the first to volunteer for special events and continues to go above and beyond for the youth she mentors,” Deric said. “For her five-year commitment to serving youth in challenging circumstances, Brandi is deserving of this recognition.”
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