|Yukon resident Kent Treadwell (second from left), a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, 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. They are joined by Treadwell’s mentee, Symone. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Kent Treadwell of Yukon has been named outstanding mentor by Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Region, which fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Kent, who serves as director of Finance for the Oklahoman Media Company, became involved with Junior Achievement in 2002 and has mentored hundreds of Oklahoma City students, from elementary to high school level. In addition, he serves on the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, is an avid recruiter for new mentors and helps in fundraising efforts.
“We have received numerous messages from teachers and students alike sharing how Mr. Treadwell taught them how to prepare for the world of work by conquering soft skills, helping them create resumes, perform mock interviews, and how to research jobs for which they have an interest and aptitude,” said Jo Wise, regional director of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. “One teacher even told us a student from last year contacted her at the beginning of the fall semester to see if Mr. Treadwell was coming back to her class, because he wanted to meet with him.”
Carla Smitherman, a teacher at Northwest Academy, said Kent has volunteered at her school for the past two years and been an invaluable asset and resource to her students.
“He shows wisdom and insight with Junior Achievement assignments and always comes with a smile and enthusiasm,” she said. “He shares his personal career decisions, life experiences, heart aches and has been truly authentic for our students.
“The most important quality he possesses is his ability to connect with students,” Smitherman added. “He gives them the freedom to be happy, silly, sad, frustrated – no judging with Mr. Treadwell. More important we have laughed a lot with Mr. Treadwell! It is very evident he truly cares. We are so grateful to him and commend him for his devotion to students, Junior Achievement and Northeast Academy.”From his many mentees, Kent selected Symone Okoro of Northeast Academy to join him at Oklahoma Mentor Day, noting her enthusiasm to ask questions and share ideas about the lessons. “It was easy to see her leadership qualities and potential,” Kent said. “Throughout my Junior Achievement experience at Northeast Academy, I could always count on Symone to participate, give feedback, and even encourage her classmates in the team exercises. … She is the type of student who makes me want to continue to volunteer in a classroom.”