|Garrett Cox (center), a volunteer for the Tulsa Tech chapter of SkillsUSA, 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)|
SkillsUSA, Tulsa TechGarrett Cox has been named the outstanding mentor for the Tulsa Tech chapter of SkillsUSA, a national professional student organization dedicated to providing students with opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and citizenship skills. The organization serves students ranging from high school to college who are interested in pursuing careers in trade, technical and skilled service jobs.
Garrett has served as a mentor and tutor since September 2015 through a partnership between Reading Partners in Education, SkillsUSA and Tulsa Technology Center. He mentors 8-year-old Nyla, a student at Hawthorne Elementary School.
“He has helped improve reading scores by mentoring with reading proficiency,” said Richard Stewart, SkillsUSA instructor. “He shows kindness and compassion every time he interacts with the students of Hawthorne.”
In addition to his efforts with Reading Partners, Garrett has helped recategorize the library at Hawthorne. He also volunteers at the local food bank packing food for children in need and has worked with local law enforcement to assist in alcohol compliance checks, Stewart said.
“This young man literally has a servant’s mentality that he will carry with him the rest of his life,” Stewart said. “He has a smile and a heart that will change the world.”