STIRRUPS, Will Rogers College High and Junior High Mentoring Program
|University of Tulsa senior Lizzie DiSilvestro, a volunteer for STIRRUPS, Will Rogers College High and Junior High Mentoring Program, 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)|
STIRRUPS was launched by the Will Rogers Community Foundation Inc. and the Will Rogers Community in Schools program in 2015. The mentoring program matches alumni, local church volunteers, and University of Tulsa students with seventh- through twelfth-grade students during advisory classes.
A University of Tulsa senior in nursing from Kansas City, Lizzie was the first person to sign up to volunteer for the new STIRRUPS Mentoring Program in January 2015.
“I asked Lizzie to help recruit, and that week many members of the Tri Delta house signed up for training. It was very exciting, and Lizzie’s enthusiasm never stopped,” said Johnnie Egbert, program sponsor. “Lizzie became my inspiration literally from that point. “
Johnnie said Lizzie has come into the school with the greatest attitude and care for her mentee, Faith. She has helped “demystify college” for Faith by answering questions about college expectations and study habits.
Lizzie meets with Faith every Friday, discussing grades, how the week has gone, and preparing for graduation in May. Faith's grade point average has improved significantly during her time with Lizzie.
"I have loved my time with this program,” Lizzie shared. “Getting to know Faith has been wonderful."
Johnnie said it has been rewarding to witness the personal attention and encouragement that Lizzie brings to her relationship with Faith. “I know mentoring has built more self-confidence for Faith, and a real bond has been made that will carry on for them both,” Johnnie said. ‘Lizzie is a model mentor.”