Coach-A-Kid Enid, United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma
Erin Crawford, the chief financial officer for the City of Enid, may be a busy city leader, but she makes time in her schedule each week to mentor a child in need.
Crawford has been selected as the outstanding mentor for Coach-A-Kid Enid because she is proactive and goes the extra mile to spend time with and relate to her mentee, Katy. The two have been matched for one year.
Katy was very shy when the duo first met, but Crawford worked patiently, step by step on building trust and telling Katy how important she is, said Coach-A-Kid Program Coordinator John Anthony Gray. Over time, Katy let her guard down and now greets Crawford with a big hug whenever she sees her.
Crawford encourages Katy’s love for math and plays the game Connect Four with her to help develop math and logic skills. When Katy had to move to another school in Enid, Crawford arranged to continue mentoring at the new location, even leaving work a little earlier, so she could spend time with Katy.
“This is unique,” Gray said. I’ve been in this position for a year and never had a mentor ask to follow their student to another school.”
Crawford has also been instrumental in recruiting new mentors, Gray said. “Having the CFO for the City of Enid as a mentor has a great impact on other city employees who have asked her where she goes on her mentoring day. This has led others to want to mentor.”
Crawford said mentoring is a great way to give back to the community. “It’s a joy to interact with kids who need positive one-on-one interaction,” she said.
About the Program: Coach-A-Kid Enid Mentoring Program is a partnership between the United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, Enid Public Schools and the Enid Metro Commission. Its mission is to improve academic achievement with a focus on reading and math, to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, and to help children overcome negative behaviors. Mentors meet 30 minutes each week with their students during the school year.