DJ Brown and La'Tia Simpson

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


La’Tia Simpson (second from left) and D.J. Brown (center), student volunteers for Link Crew at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City,  receive Outstanding Mentor Awards 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)

DJ Brown and La'Tia Simpson

Link Crew
Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma City

The Link Crew program at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City has selected D.J. Brown and La’Tia Simpson as its outstanding mentors 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 students. 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.

“D.J. Brown and La’Tia Simpson are a dynamic duo that has combined their creative minds to support their crew of freshman students,” said Katelyn Perkins, Link Crew coordinator at Northwest Classen High School. “They are admired by many and they both set an example for many younger students in our halls.”

As Link Crew leaders, D.J. and La’Tia have helped freshmen students get involved in school activities and spirit events as well as offered tutoring for them in classes in which they are struggling.

“They truly make Northwest Classen a better place because they care!” Perkins added.