Students Striving for Success, El Reno Public Schools Foundation
Kirstein Haydon, vice president of treasury management for BancFirst, has served as a mentor for Students Striving for Success since the program’s start and currently is mentoring two girls, Miyoni and Devlyn, both students at the Lincoln Learning Center. She has mentored one for five years, the other for three.
Brooke Robertson, community outreach director/mentoring support specialist for the El Reno Public Schools, says the girls “love to do all the fun girl stuff” together, including shopping, and also lunch and reading together.
“Kirstein is up for anything! She goes to class parties, school assemblies – anything the girls ask her to do. She is all in!” she adds. In return, Robertson says, the girls recently offered to paint their mentor’s new house, just so they could be with her.
Noting that Haydon and her husband have two grown sons, having two energetic, rowdy girls is definitely a challenge for Haydon, and one she embraces.
“Kirstein is dynamic, fun and loves life. She is an awesome positive role model for her mentees,” Robertson says. “Through her, they see that a woman can be anything, accomplish anything, be a leader and be strong while still being loving and kind.”
Haydon says she has learned much from the girls and enjoys their company as well. “We have a bond, for sure! I cannot imagine my week without them. On the rare occasion that I miss my session with them, they get really upset – mad, even. It’s funny but it’s not. I love my girls!”About the Program: Students Striving for Success is a volunteer mentoring organization in partnership with El Reno Public Schools and the El Reno Public School Foundation. The program matches community volunteers with students in grades in first through seventh grade based upon interest, experience and need. Mentors commit to spending 40 to 60 minutes per week one-on-one with their assigned student.