Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma City
Edmond resident David Boyd, a volunteer at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma's only elementary school specifically for homeless children, has only mentored Waylon Lewis since August 2018, but already they share a close bond.
Positive Tomorrows Volunteer Coordinator Abigail Jones describes Waylon as “an outgoing, friendly and driven individual who has not always had a stable or consistent environment outside of Positive Tomorrows.”
Boyd, aka Mr. David, has served his mentee as a reliable, trustworthy person, helping to make Waylon feel safer and more confident, says Jones.
Also noting that Waylon possesses a nonstop positive energy, Jones credits Boyd with bringing a calming and patient approach that helps his mentee concentrate and focus.
Mentor and mentee’s go-to game is Connect Four, but they share many other interests.
Of his mentor, Waylon said, “He’s so cool. We do a lot of stuff like read and play games, but I like it when we go outside and play basketball or tag.”
And during the 2018 school-wide 5K event, Boyd walked alongside Waylon and his mom, accompanying his mentee across the finish line.
“David is a dedicated, kind and patient volunteer,” Jones says, adding that he also volunteers in several areas around the school, including the lunchroom. He’s always willing to lend a hand or tell a funny story, she adds, also lauding him for the rapport he has developed with the school teachers and staff.
“Both the staff and Waylon’s teacher love seeing the smile on his face every week when he sees Mr. David walk into the classroom during their mentor time,” Jones adds.
Boyd is a retired major in the fire investigation office for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
About the Program: At Positive Tomorrows, tutors/mentors meet one hour each week for the entire school year. Each volunteer is paired with one student and helps him or her with math, reading and other homework each week. Mentors also provide an opportunity for students to interact one-to-one with an adult and to develop the social and relationship-building skills homeless children tend to miss out on.