Oklahoma Mentoring Programs

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative

Oklahoma Mentoring Programs

MULTI-SITE/COUNTY/STATEWIDE PROGRAMS

Area Offices - Ada, Bartlesville, Claremore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa
Big Brothers Big Sisters
’ evidence-based mentoring programs are designed to create positive, measurable outcomes for youth, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. We match children (we call them Littles) with caring adult role models (we call them Bigs). Our Bigs share experiences with our Littles that expand their world in new ways.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and community-based, one-on-one
CONTACT: Marie Quinten, communications and marketing director
PHONE: 918-728-7940
EMAIL: marie.quinten@bbbsok.org

Dewey, Washington and Osage Counties
All-Star Tutoring Program serves students K-5th and 6th-8th grades in Dewey, Washington and Osage counties. In the All Star Tutoring Program of On The Rock Ministries, volunteers, adult through high school, work with students third through eighth grade weekly. They spend time working one on one in a computer lab as students work on lessons in Study Island. They are also encouraged to help them set academic and personal goals. The program provides incentives for participants to attend each week with a free fun trip each semester if they attend weekly. The can earn Rock Bucks for prizes as well.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Sandy Dossett, director of education programs, and Dixie McClain, tutoring director
PHONE: 918-336-2636
EMAIL: staff@rockbville.org

Eastern Oklahoma - In many cities and towns
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma We're part of 2.6 million—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults—who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. The journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. In 1912, Low organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. The preeminent leadership development organization for girls, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Contact us if you wish to volunteer or find a program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Group (troop) mentoring
PHONE: 1-800-707-9914
EMAIL: customercare@gseok.org

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc. offers volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement provides programs in 24 counties and 67 districts for students K-12. Group mentoring in classrooms and experiential learning opportunities include JA BizTown Learning Center in Tulsa, one of 30 in the United States; JA Job Shadow, JA Investor Challenge and JA Finance Park. Businesses provide the volunteers.
CONTACT: Erica Irvine, VP, operations, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-663-2150    
EMAIL: EIrvine@jaok.org
CONTACT: Jo Wise, regional director, OKC
PHONE: 405-235-3399
EMAIL: JWise@jaok.org

Oklahoma County
Latino Clubs 4-H Mentoring, sponsored by the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), is a prevention program designed to enhance the developmental assets of youth, ages 10-15. The goals are to improve academic performance, social competency and strengthen family bonds. Latino Community Development Agency and Tinker Air Force Base
CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, extension program assistant, 4-H Mentoring
PHONE: 405-236-0701 Ext. 122
EMAIL: lcdaclub@latinoagencyokc.org

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director 
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide after school and summer “out-of-school” time to mentor and tutor students in high-risk, high-need areas. Contact Sonia Johnson at the number below to learn how to sign up in your district.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Sonia Johnson, director
PHONE: 405-522-6225
EMAIL: sonia.johnson@sde.ok.gov

A champion for foster alumni, R is for Thursday is a statewide collaboration of higher education professionals, community members and organizations, and foster alumni college students/graduates working toward increased understanding and support of former foster youth attending Oklahoma colleges or universities. A foster alumni college student is defined as any person who was in foster care in any state at age 13 or after and is currently enrolled at, or has graduated from, an Oklahoma college or university. R is for Thursday focuses on three specific areas: research and statewide coordination of information, direct service to students (occurs through R is for Thursday advocates at the campus levels), and interrogation of public policy impacting foster alumni college students. A network directory, foster alumni registry, and other resources for foster alumni and those wishing to mentor them are available. Foster alumni mentors are needed throughout Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-and campus-based; resource and research
CONTACT: Dr. Kerri Kearney, associate professor, Oklahoma State University College of Education
PHONE: 405-513-2043
EMAIL: kerri.kearney@okstate.edu


Rogers County - Claremore, Chelsea, Foyle, Justus-Tiawah, Oologah-Talala and Verdigris.
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL project director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

STARBASE Oklahoma mentors in the afterschool programs are STEM professionals primarily from the air national guard, army reserves, army, air force and aerospace industry. STARBASE’s Native American Initiative began in 2003. In fall 2015, STARBASE has programs in Midwest (2), at A.S.T.E.C. Charter School, in Canute, at Tulsa Union (2), and Tahlequah. In spring 2016, STARBASE 2.0 Clubs will launch in Lawton, Duncan and Nicoma Park in Choctaw. The DoD STARBASE Program first originated in Detroit, Michigan as Project STARS in 1991. To accommodate the growing demand for additional STEM programs, a structured afterschool mentoring program, STARBASE 2.0, for middle school students was piloted in 2010 at five locations. In 2018-19, STARBASE Oklahoma 2.0 programs are at Oklahoma City's ASTEC Charter School, Midwest City's Carl Albert Middle School, Canute, Lawton Central Middle School, Duncan, Del City's Kerr Middle School, Choctaw's Nicoma Park, Tulsa Union's sixth and seventh grades and Tahlequah's Woodall Public School. STARBASE Oklahoma is a Department of Defense program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
CONTACT: Pam Kirk, director, STARBASE Oklahoma
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org


Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Peer Support Initiative,
under the auspices of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, focuses on pairing veterans who have successfully transitioned to civilian life with veterans who have requested assistance transitioning. Primary candidates are veterans who have utilized SSVF services in the past and have firsthand knowledge of how to navigate the social services and benefits available to them, although any veteran can serve as a mentor. The first eight Veteran Mentors were trained March 2016 and began mentoring soon after. Serving Oklahoma, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, and Pottawatomie counties, this program gives veterans who were able to utilize the SSVF program to become stable an opportunity to reach back and help a fellow veteran. The program also will serve as a continuation of the recovery process for Veteran Mentors as they assist the incoming veteran with becoming stable by giving them a hand up and not a hand out. At the same time, the program will hopefully build a sustained community of veterans that can provide social support for one another through coordinated community service and activities. Participants have thorough training through research-based mentoring methods as well as abundant resources, group outings, activities for mentors-mentees as well as families, and mentor support.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, community-based
CONTACT: Donnie Lewis, program manager, SSVF
EMAIL: dlewis@okgoodwill.org

Western Oklahoma - In many Oklahoma cities and towns
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma Serving 39 counties in central, southern and western Oklahoma, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma provides leadership programs that build girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low—also known as Daisy. She believed in the power of every girl. Today we continue her mission through programming in our schools designed to reverse the negative statistics for Oklahoma girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. We need your help to reach them all. Whether you can commit one hour a week or five, you will be impacting the lives of girls in our state with our eight-week Community Scouting Program. Contact us today! Let us know you want to get involved in our Community Scouting Program. We can’t wait to see the impact you will make!
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Group (troop) mentoring
PHONE: 405-528-4475 or 1-800-698-0022
EMAIL: info@gswestok.org

CITIES

ADA
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director 
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

ALVA
The Alva Public Schools Mentoring Program is designed to foster a love of reading in students. Participants can choose to mentor at buildings for different grades, i.e., K-first, second-third grade or the fourth-fifth grade. Mentors spend 30 minutes once a week reading to their student before school. Mentors include those from the community, college and high school who believe in children. Many retirees have been with the same student from first-fifth grade.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Kristen Anderson, media specialist, Lincoln Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3008
EMAIL: kkanderson@alvaschools.net
CONTACT: Terri Parsons, media specialist, Washington Early Childhood Center
PHONE: 580-327-3518
EMAIL:  dparsons@alvaschools.net
CONTACT: Heather Hall, media specialist, Longfellow Elementary School
PHONE: 580-327-3327
EMAIL: hlhall@alvaschool.net

Northwestern Oklahoma State University hosts four mentoring programs.

  • The Literacy Center on campus offers tutoring to elementary school students in reading
  • Once a year the Northwestern Leadership Class visits a middle school to talk to students about higher education and opportunities at NWOSU
  •  For three years NWOSU has worked with Enid and Woodward Public Schools to recruit students into the education field through the Teach Oklahoma Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, school-based
CONTACT: Dr. Bo Hannaford, vice president of academic affairs
PHONE: 580-327-8406
EMAIL: bshannaford@nwosu.edu

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, faculty mentors
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

BARTLESVILLE
The Bartlesville Public Schools Volunteer Program coordinates community volunteer opportunities within Bartlesville Public Schools such as elementary lunch buddies mentoring, tutoring and crosswalk guards.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Christina Rigdon, family support coordinator, Title I Schools/district volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 918-336-3311 
EMAIL: rigdoncv@bps-ok.org

On the Rock Ministries' All-Star Tutoring Program pairs volunteers, adult through high school, with students third through eighth grade weekly. They spend time working one-on-one in a computer lab as students work on lessons in Study Island. Mentors/tutors are also encouraged to help them set academic and personal goals. The program provides incentives for participants to attend each week with a free fun trip each semester if they attend weekly. Participating students from Bartlesville and Dewey, Washington, and Osage Counties can earn Rock Bucks for prizes as well. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Sandy Dorsett, director of education programs, and Dixie McClain, tutoring director
PHONE: 918-336-2636
EMAIL: staff@rockbville.org

Boys and Girls Club of Bartlesville, works with youth to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders through a broad range of programs in five core program areas: character development, education & career development, health & life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness & recreation. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Keith Goree, unit director
PHONE: 918-336-3636
EMAIL: kgoree@bgcbville.org

The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program provides academic-focused mentoring to students in grades six-12. Students and parents are required to attend quarterly meetings and volunteer activities. Students who successfully complete the mentoring program qualify to receive $4,000 per scholarship to attend one of the program's partner universities: Rogers State University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, or Oklahoma State University.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Karen Lowe-Alton, executive director
PHONE: 918-766-6675 
EMAIL: loweyoungscholar@aol.com

MUTUAL Girls Club, begun in 1964 by a group of Methodist women, has evolved into expanded five-day-a-week after-school activities and an all-day summer program with various activities for young girls in grades first through fifth and sixth through eighth. The club’s mission is to provide a safe environment for all girls to learn life skills, discover God-given talents, and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Girls may choose classes on life skills, games and activities, and educational support and learn about community needs and service opportunities. Awards can be earned through academics, service, and attendance. A modest fee is charged for enrolling. Tuesday House, a popular resale business created to produce revenue for the club, provides significant funding.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Expanded learning; faith-based; group mentoring
CONTACT: Penny Meadow, executive director
PHONE: 918-336-9151 
EMAIL: mutualgirlsclub@cableone.net

Run the Streets is a mentoring program which uses long distance running as a vehicle for change with at-risk and delinquent youth. Run the Streets is a program designed to challenge youth to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with the experience of training for and completing a half marathon. Run the Streets also functions as an alternative to traditional probation for delinquent youth who can complete their probation simply by completing the program. The program is free to all youth, and Run the Streets provides each child with running shoes, running attire, watches, entry fees for races, transportation, meals, parties and rewards. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age train with adult mentors to run a half-marathon after 13 weeks of training. During the season, youth and mentors log approximately 175 miles together in training. Runners train three days per week: Tuesdays in collective running groups at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Thursdays in collective running groups at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday mornings with the entire group at 7:30 a.m.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Kim Camacho, RTS coordinator; Bob Williams, RTS founder
PHONE: 918-333-6262
EMAIL: rtsc@runthestreets.org

BEAVER
Beaver Duster Mentoring Program, launched in October 2014, matches community volunteer mentors and high school student peer mentors with elementary students. Among various activities, the mentor-mentee matches play board and physical games as well as do crafts. Some mentors also volunteer for additional reading with students, and some mentor high school students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-base, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Linda Downing, founder and director
PHONE: 580-625-3221
EMAIL: linda.lltravel@outlook.com

CACHE
Launched in Fall 2018, BEST!, Building Extraordinary Success Today, offers positive role models and leadership opportunities for fifth-eighth grade students through one-on-one mentoring and group activities. Sponsored by the Cache Schools Education Foundation, BEST! empowers youth in area rural communities to explore future career choices and make positive life choices that lead to current and future success. BEST! requires one hour a week during the August-May school year and supports three to four group activities focusing on career, leadership and outdoor adventure.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Rhonda Clemmer, founder and program coordinator
PHONE: 580-585-3748   
EMAIL: bestmentor18@gmail.com

CANUTE
DOD STARBASE Oklahoma is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. Canute Middle School has one club with one engineer, one energy professional mentor, our educator-mentors and one parent-mentor. In addition to the clubs’ STEM project, CO2 Dragsters & Introductory Lego Mindstorms, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
CONTACT: Pam Kirk, director, STARBASE Oklahoma
PHONE: 580-472-3295 (Canute Middle School), 918-833-7757 (Pam Kirk)

CATOOSA
Catoosa High School's Students as Mentors (SAM) program is focused on peer mentoring. A student is chosen by each teacher to represent their advisory class called Advocacy, usually a successful junior or senior. Those 45 students receive training in monthly meetings on how to mentor younger students. The main focus of the mentoring group is freshmen students from their Advocacy class. Each mentor has approximately 3 mentees to assist. Additional responsibilities of mentors are college readiness and school spirit projects.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, school-based
CONTACT: Bridget Tognazzini, librarian and sponsor
PHONE: 918-266-8619    
EMAIL: btognazzini@catoosa.k12.ok.us

CHELSEA  
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-343-2530 
EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

CHEYENNE
Cheyenne Public Schools’ B.E.A.R.S., Building Esteem And Responsibility, began its program in fall 2014 with 36 available mentors and 25 mentees. Cheyenne plans to expand the number of fifth and sixth grade students mentored.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Belinda Chalfant, elementary school principal
PHONE: 580-497-3371
EMAIL: belinda.chalfant@cheyenne.k12.ok.us

CHICKASHA
The Pathways Alumni Mentoring Program, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, supports the principals of co-curricular learning by connecting mentees with established alumni who serve as mentors and guides for professional career development. The program is facilitated through a partnership between the Student Success Center and Alumni Development at the University Applications for both mentor and mentee positions. Matches are made and notified in September and the program calendar runs from October to April. TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, alumni/professional mentoring
CONTACT: Misty McClellan, director of alumni development
PHONE: 405-574-1320
EMAIL: mmcclellan@usao.edu

CLAREMORE

At Rogers State University, mentoring takes place through our early alert system. Faculty or staff identify at-risk behavior in students and complete an online form, which is then submitted to the appropriate resource on campus for follow-up. Retention specialists contact the student to discuss any concerns and then provide the student with necessary campus resources and positive encouragement to address the concern. Another source of mentoring at RSU takes place in its orientation course, which is required of all students enrolled in developmental education. The course curriculum is designed to prepare students for the challenges that lie ahead and to inform them of available campus resources. Other mentoring includes the Honors Program, President's Leadership Class, and HillCamp, our on-campus three-day orientation experience.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer-to-peer mentoring
CONTACT: Dr. Richard Beck
EMAIL: rbeck@rsu.edu


Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate. Other programs empowering youths include the U-Turn Academy, BLAST!, StepUp and prevention initiatives.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: school-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

DEL CITY
WENOK STEM Energy 2.0
WENOK, in partnership with DoD STARBASE Oklahoma, designed and delivered a successful pilot of a twelve-module energy-based curriculum at Kerr Middle School in Del City during 2018-19. This STEM-based curriculum follows the full lifecycle of the oil & gas industry from exploration of oil and gas to renewables and consumable products. STARBASE and WENOK’s program is focused on providing STEM opportunities to young women, targeting schools with a high percentage of at-risk students, through engaging hands-on STEM activities and mentoring. WENOK’s volunteers designed the curriculum and served as facilitators and mentors to students while they shared their own experiences in technical fields within the oil and gas industry. The program teaches young women about the industry while building confidence and stimulating interest in STEM-based careers as they continue their education beyond middle school. In 2019-20, the program returns to Kerr Middle School and a school in the Tulsa metropolitan area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, STEM
CONTACTS: Susan Shons, director of Community Initiatives/STEM, and Maria Simpson, Community Initiatives/STEM Chair, Women’s Energy Network of Greater Oklahoma Chapter
EMAIL: greateroklahoma@womensenergynetwork.org 

DUNCAN
One True Light, Inc. (formerly The Well Outreach, Inc.) is best defined as a "ministry reaching out to area youth through a coordinated effort of Duncan area churches." In 2014-15, the organization began its cornerstone program, Link ONE, an in-school mentoring program in all five Duncan elementary schools and expanding into middle school. Link One made its first introduction in the first week of November 2014 and was on target to reach 50 mentor pairs by the end of February 2015. The organization also has a long-range goal to provide engaging and constructive after-school activities for students in a setting where positive role models interact and Link ONE mentors can spend additional time with students. One True Light, Inc. also operates a summer feeding program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, called "Spokes for Hope," begun in 2012.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Jill Harris, administrative director
PHONE: 405-837-9779
EMAIL: onetruelight@outlook.com

DURANT
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

EDMOND
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, learning archery, playing catch and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Mr. Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. More mentoring focuses upon group activities. Shaw, for example, teaches archery and its life lessons to groups in the area. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, group mentoring 
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, founder and director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

EL RENO
Serving El Reno and surrounding towns, the House of Healing Authentic Girl Mentoring Program started in the spring of 2014 as part of House of Healing’s outreach to teenage girls. It is designed to give each girl an opportunity to engage in a deep relationship with a mentor and for healing to take place for those who are struggling and hurting. At the heart of the mentoring program is the ministry and support to parents. We believe the entire family unit must be healthy for real and lasting change in each girl’s life. The Authentic Girl Mentoring Program is made up of five key components that work together to instill values and confidence in each girl. The five components are Boost, Plunge, One on One, Synthesis, and Equine Experience. Together they create a rich experience that touches each girl at different points and levels in her life. The mentoring program has been designed to be more that a classroom experience, a weekend event, or time with a mentor; but rather it is a multi-dimensional experience over the course of a year that promotes honesty, support, and healing.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, out-of-school
CONTACT: Kathy Boeckman, executive director
PHONE: 405-250-4111
EMAIL: kathy@house-of-healing.org

Partners in Active Learning (PALS) is a mentoring program that matches Future Farmers of America (FFA) members with elementary students. El Reno Public Schools’ PALS, serving younger peers in multiple ways since 2001, has evolved into an elective class with about 30 student mentors. Typically, two mentors are assigned to a classroom to help a teacher and her students. In 2015-16, PALS spent Monday and Thursday in designated classrooms and Tuesday and Wednesday in Teen Time, a one-to-one peer mentoring and reading program, for elementary students. National FFA’s PALS has online a well-designed curriculum and resource guide with ideas relevant for many mentoring programs.
CONTACT: Brooke Robertson, program director/coordinator, El Reno Public Schools outreach director
PHONE: 405-262-1703  
EMAIL: brobertson@elrenops.org

Redlands Community College offers two mentoring programs for students and new faculty.  

  • Redlands Community College Faculty Senate assigns an experienced faculty member to mentor a new full-time faculty member during their first year of employment. Part-time faculty are mentored by their department head.
  • The nursing community at Redlands Community College has a statewide group dedicated to mentoring, support, and the exchange of ideas for each level of academic instruction, LPN, A.D.N., and BSN. These three nursing groups meet annually to better enhance nursing communication.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring, faculty mentoring, professional development
CONTACT: Rose Marie Moore
EMAIL: rosemarie.moore@redlandscc.edu

Students Striving for Success (SSS) Mentor Program provides one-on-one, weekly mentoring on school property. The El Reno Public School students are recommended by school personnel, and mentors must pass background tests and attend training. In September 2013, exactly 12 months after discussions were begun to establish a mentoring program, we had mentors in the classrooms. The program has over 100 mentors and over 150 mentees from kindergarten through 7th grade.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Dana Gibson, chairman
PHONE: 405-820-3800
EMAIL: dana02@aol.com

ELK CITY
Merritt Mentors, begun in November 2015, serves any PK-12 student needing a mentor as a match becomes available. Pairs meet once a week for 30 minutes. Two rooms are available for our mentors and mentees, one in the elementary and one in the high school. Local companies helped supply materials and games for the mentoring rooms. Pairs are also welcome to go outside to a practice field or gym to do recreational activities. Merritt Public Schools is a rural district in Western Oklahoma.  All mentors are recommended by someone on school staff. Once Devon Cantrell, the school counselor and program co-founder, has a referral paper for the recommended mentor, she contacts the potential mentor. The process for a potential mentee is quite comparable. A teacher recommends a student. Cantrell makes a match between mentor and mentee. Once all paperwork is returned, a consistent time suitable both for the homeroom teacher and mentor is determined.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Devon Cantrell, elementary counselor and program coordinator
PHONE: 580-225-5460
EMAIL: cantrelld@merritt.k12.ok.us

Elk City Middle School's E.L.K.S. Career Coaches, launched by the middle school and the Elk City Education Foundation in January 2017 with 10 mentors, is a mentoring program with an emphasis on relationship-building and career exploration. E.L.K.S. stands for Encouraging and Leading Kids to Succeed. In addition to its stellar beginning, Elk City Public Schools is expanding E.L.K.S. into ninth grade in 2017-18 and envisions growing mentoring into elementary grades and other high school grades as well as adding peer mentoring. In fall 2017, the program had 50 mentors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Danny McClure, director  
PHONE: 580-225-0105                                            
EMAIL: mcclure.danny@elkcityschools.com

ENID
Coach-A-Kid Enid is a collaborative mentoring program between United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, the Education Committee of Enid Metropolitan Human Service Commission, and Enid Public Schools. Beginning in September 2015, the program has active coaching sessions taking place in several elementary schools in Enid. The objectives of “Coach-A-Kid Enid” are 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. Students are selected by teachers and/or counselors and referred to the Coach-A-Kid mentor. Teachers provide information to the mentors regarding the students, and mentors complete an easy-to-use evaluation form after the session for the teacher’s review. Mentors assist with classroom work, recreational activities, or provide one-on-one attention to the mentee.  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, Pre-K-fifth grade
SCHOOL CONTACT: Dan Schiedel, executive director, United Way Enid
PHONE: 580-237-0821
EMAIL: dan@unitedwayenid.org

Beginning in 2016-17, Chisholm High School's National Honor Society members volunteer one hour per week on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons at the Holsinger Home to meet the kids and play or read or do puzzles or just give them attention. Two high school students at a time devote their entire hour (no cell phones) to the children doing whatever the kids want or Becky Stowers, the home director, need them to do. The children at the Holsinger Home are excited about the days they know the NHS mentors will come, and the peer mentors cannot wait to go back. Some of mentors are invited to birthday parties in addition to the volunteer hour. The Holsinger Home, a foster care residence, is part of the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care for Children and Youth.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Site-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Debbie Hodges, NHS advisor
PHONE: 580-233-2852 ext. 410
EMAIL: dhodges@chisholm.k12.ok.us

Fifth-Grade Mentoring Program, invented circa 1986 by Enid accountant Stan Brownlee and originally targeting sixth graders, this once-a-week, 45-minute-long program has been replicated in other Enid elementary schools. Brownlee invites a surprise guest to be interviewed by two fifth-grade classes every Friday at McKinley Elementary. Students guess who the guest is, and clues are provided as needed. The guest tells what he was like in fifth grade and how he arrived at his present position. Students ask questions and then recite Brownlee’s six life lessons. Each teacher announces her student of the week, and Brownlee gives each a silver dollar. Many grown-ups still have their silver dollars!
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Amber Fitzgerald, director of HR and Communications, Enid PS
PHONE: 580-366-7000
EMAIL: arfitzgerald@enidk12.org

Enid's First Presbyterian Church in 2002 began its successful partnership with McKinley Elementary School. Originally started as a Girl Scout Gold Award program by Enid High School senior Becky Merritt, the First Presbyterian mentoring project matches each elementary student with a mentor and provides transportation from the school to the church for weekly recreational activities and time with mentors. Church coordinators supply the school with a yellow folder for each student each year. The teacher fills it out weekly, explaining areas where the child needs help. The mentor signs it, asks questions and makes comments. Each mentor is given the teacher’s phone number and/or e-mail so that they can freely communicate during the year. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend Dwight Mission - a Presbyterian Church Camp at Vian, Oklahoma - each summer for one week.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, school-based
CONTACT: Gail Wynne, program director
PHONE: 580-237-5413
EMAIL: gailbw@gmail.com

The Hope Outreach Parenting Ministry, part of a much larger organization, offers a wide range of parenting services including pre-natal to 18, unexpected pregnancy, pregnancy, fatherhood, non-traditional families, and DHS and court ordered cases. The Earn While You Learn program allows parents to earn dollars to spend in the baby store. Mentoring in addition to videos followed by discussion facilitate parents’ learning and growing. Character First, a research-based character education curriculum, also helps young people develop social skills. Hope Outreach Ministries, the parent organization, also provides services for the homeless, transitional housing, and community care services. A social entrepreneur, Hope Outreach has a successful thrift shop. In addition, Hope Outreach Ministries sponsors an annual Hope Outreach Abstinence Tea, begun in 2007 for seventh-grade girls, and an annual Character-based Abstinence Tailgate Bash for seventh-grade boys.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, community-based
CONTACT: Glenda Aebi, mentor coordinator/Earn While You Learn
PHONE: 580-237-2292
EMAIL: glenda@hopeoutreach.org

The “SB Crew” mentors at the Carver Early Childhood Center. Stan Brownlee recruited nine of his male friends to mentor four-year-old children in this dedicated Pre-K center. Each mentor takes two to three children at a time and plays educational games with them for 15-20 minutes. They then go back to their assigned classroom and retrieve another group of children. The goal is for all students to be mentored. The student demographics of this school are quite unique, with about 30 percent of the population being non-English speaking at the beginning of the school year. By Christmas break, all of them are speaking English. The “SB Crew” has taken mentoring to a new level. In addition to devoting their time, they have provided Thanksgiving meals to families, paid for a storage building, poured a concrete tricycle track, and donated money so the children could each have their own iPad. Brownlee, a longtime Enid accountant and community leader, is a 2014 Oklahoma Mentor of the Year, honored for developing and continuing his Fifth-Grade Mentoring Program for over 25 years. By his own admission, Stan said he never thought he could be with children this young; now he says he believes this is where he will spend the rest of his life. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Christine Smith, principal
PHONE: 580-366-8600
EMAIL: cmsmith@enidk12.org

FAIRVIEW
F.A.I.T.H. (Fathers Are In The House), Inc., is a father figure involvement, educational and safety initiative. The three primary goals for the F.A.I.T.H. program are: 1) to provide positive male role models for students, 2) to show students that education and the students themselves are important, 3) to enhance school security, reduce bullying and establish a safer learning environment. Relationship-building activities include being present at drop-off of the students in the morning and greeting them with a smile and high five, attending the school's opening ceremony, interacting with the students throughout the day in the classroom environment when volunteers are available and at the teacher's request. F.A.I.T.H. also fundraises for school supplies for every student in grades Pre-K through 8th grade at Fairview Public Schools, Therapy Swing and other miscellaneous needs. If time permits, F.A.I.T.H. mentors participate and help with every event or need from benefiting the city library, summer reading program, health and wellness initiatives, family-based events and other community activities. Expansion plans will bring F.A.I.T.H. positive male role model mentoring to middle school. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Primarily school-based and community-based 
CONTACT: Timothy Haworth
EMAIL: 4fatherareinthehouse@gmail.com

Begun in 2011-12, school-based Mission Mentors spend one hour a week during the school day to mentor an elementary student. Community-based mentors interact with students from grades six-12 at least three times a month, often through suggested activities. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, community-based
CONTACT: Randi Lackey, match support specialist
PHONE: 580-227-2531
EMAIL: randi.lackey@fairviewschools.net

FOYIL
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

FREDERICK 
Frederick, as a rural community and school system, has much more innovation and forward momentum worth adapting.

  • Big Topics, a voluntary think tank for high school students, explores in detail the events of the modern world and their correlation to past events. Big Topic students meet weekly during lunch. When students actively engage in the conversations, they are awarded points. Students are then awarded scholarships based on their amount of participation. Over $50,000 in scholarships have been presented by 2018.
  • Jr. Topics, a middle school critical thinking and leadership program, is facilitated by teachers Tom Hensley and Clint Reid. The Middle School Leadership Program was added after school due to Jr. Topics' popularity. Frederick Rotary Club provide lunches to the students in Jr. Topics.
  • Bomber YELL, led by Bohannon and Roxie Hill, educator and parent, is a summer program.
Additional examples include the involvement of Dr. Robert L. Woods, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Woods skypes into the Bomber robotics program to offer advice on the engineering. Dr. Woods has also been instrumental in supplying the Bomber robotics program with much needed tools, work benches and tool chests. Clint Reid, the art teacher, has taught students to screen t-shirts so that they learn a marketable skill and generate funds for art. Carisa Schreiner, band and choir teacher, has created an award-winning and community-cementing program. Frederick alumni have raised funds for scholarships and other needs. The Frederick Rotary has developed a leadership program for its younger members.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, community-based  
CONTACT: Lance Bohannon, founder and director
PHONE: 580-335-5516
EMAIL: lancebohannon@lancebohannon.com

GLENPOOL
Glenpool Mentor Match began in 2013 as a pilot with nine Glenpool Public School male administrators who have volunteered their time with 14 fourth and fifth graders. Continuing to expand, the mentoring program has resulted in an ever-increasing circle of community among students, teachers, and mentors. Students look forward to seeing their mentors because they feel special, mentors receive an emotional reward, and everyone wins as adults come into the school regularly. Liz White, the founder, was inspired by two occurrences. The first is the longtime relationship of Liz’s husband, Scott, and his former Big Brother, Dow Hughes. The second was OFE’s Fall Forum 2012, in which Liz attended Fairview Superintendent Rocky Burchfield’s presentation on Mission Mentors and the panel session of administrators who have mentoring at their schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Elizabeth White, founder and director
PHONE: 918-706-2259
EMAIL: glenpoolmentormatch@gmail.com


GOODWELL
Oklahoma Pandhandle State University offers a peer mentoring program for students. Mentors are given scholarships for participating.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Dr. Julie Dinger, vice president for academic and student affairs
PHONE: 580-349-1402
EMAIL: Julie.dinger@opsu.edu

GUTHRIE
Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, playing catch, and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. In addition, Shaw is working with churches in at-risk areas to set up Trail Life USA troops. Certified in archery, Shaw now teaches archery and its life lessons. Some one-on-one mentoring continues but increasingly Soncatchers works with other existing groups, e.g., Mr. Shaw's teaching archery and its life lessons to other groups.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, founder and director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

GUYMON
Cassie’s Kids is intended to help middle school girls see their self-worth and understand their importance. Mentors show these girls that someone cares about them and their future. Mentors encourage them to do well in school, think about college, pick good friends, work hard at their extracurricular activities, and be a kind and loving person. Mentors strive to stay with these girls through high school or as long as they need the program. Many mentees are first-generation Americans.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school and/or school-based
CONTACT: Cassi Jo Schriefer, program director/founder, and Melyn Johnson, director of Main Street Guymon
PHONE: 580-338-6246 (Main Street Guymon)
EMAIL: director@mainstreetguymon.com

Main Street Guymon Transformers’ mission is for Texas County high school students to learn more about themselves, their community, and what they want to do. Mentors also work to help them prepare for college. Freshmen and sophomores in high school may apply. Each student has a mentor, although dual mentoring has been done as needed.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Melyn Johnson, director, Main Street Guymon
PHONE: 580-338-6246
EMAIL: director@mainstreetguymon.com

JUSTUS-TIAWAH
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-724-7474
EMAIL: Celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

KREMLIN
The Wildhorse Gang, begun by Gini Zaloudek in 1991 to focus upon “production instead of destruction,” offers pre-school to senior high students opportunities such as learning leadership skills, listening to role models speak, setting and attaining goals, and working on projects, such as recycling of aluminum cans, serving as volunteers at fundraisers and the symphony, and donating to local causes. The Wildhorse Gang also offers an annual $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior in the group.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, weekly
CONTACT: Gini Zaloudek, founder and director 
PHONE: 580-874-2278
EMAIL: wildhorseagency@yahoo.com

LANGSTON
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

LAWTON
Lawton Public Schools’ IGNITION is a peer mentoring program that helps freshmen students transition to high school.  Upperclassmen in grades 10th through 12th receive extensive training in leadership and work with freshmen every other week during the school year.  The mentors are trained with curriculum from FOCUS training, which encompasses many topics related to success in high school.  The mentors discuss ways to succeed in high school by paying attention to attendance and discipline as well as developing a four-year high school plan. In addition to the mentor interactions with the freshmen, the mentors must also plan and execute a community-wide service project to help the hungry in the community. In 2016-17, Eisenhower High School, completing its fifth year with the program, is now completely student-led. The mentors plan training, projects and the lessons they share with the freshmen.  The advisers are facilitators and monitor the students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, high school transition
CONTACT: Michelle Churchwell, Eisenhower High School advisor
PHONE: 580-355-9144
EMAIL:  michelle.churchwell@lawtonps.org
CONTACT: Francy Garner, Lawton High School advisor
PHONE: 580-355-5170
EMAIL:  fgarner@lawtonps.org
CONTACT: Kristen Keplinger, MacArthur High School advisor
PHONE: 580-355-5230
EMAIL:  kkeplinger@lawtonps.org           

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Lawton serves as a youth center for children, ages 6-17, who provided with meals, homework assistance, character-building activities and recreation activities through after school and full-day programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Christal Durham, director
PHONE: 580-357-7541
EMAIL: Christal_Durham@uss.salvationarmy.org

Young Men in Action, founded by Central Middle School Coaches Kenneth Stallworth and De'Andre Swanson, helps young men who participate to accept personal responsibility for their own actions and accept accountability for the climate of the community of which they are a part. Young Men in Action operates upon the premise that "You need to be the change you want to see in the world" and emphasizes the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, fairness, caring, citizenship, respect and responsibility. Mentors try to make the connection between the power of choice and the effect that choice has on individual behavior and consequences. Other topics addressed are the value of education for achieving personal success, life skills, personal hygiene and other aspects that lead to improving self-esteem. Young Men in Action emphasizes community outreach through community service and volunteerism. The group meets at 8:05 a.m. every other Thursday in the small gym at Central Middle School. In 2018, Swanson moved to Lawton High School and has his high school students participate jointly in some YMIA service projects.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based primarily and community-based
CONTACT: Kenneth Stallworth, founder, director and mentor
PHONE: 580-355-8544
EMAIL: kenneth.stallworth@lawtonps.org 

LEEDEY
B.I.S.O.N. Mentors, an acronym for Believe In Some One Now, serves Pre-K through 12th grade students. In a small, Western Oklahoma community of 437 people, Leedey Superintendent Rusty Puffinbarger and B.I.S.O.N. Mentor Coordinator Kris Gore started a mentor program that serves approximately 50 students. Their journey began at the 2011 OFE Fall Forum, where they learned information how to begin their own program after hearing so much about program results from Fairview. With the help of six directors serving as the mentoring board, they have rallied the support of their town and in just a short time made great strides with their school’s entire student body.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Kris Gore, mentor coordinator
PHONE: 405-317-6062
EMAIL: kris@leedey.k12.ok.us

MANITOU
The Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center is a medium-secure state facility operated by the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The Center houses 60 young men between the ages of 13-19 who have been adjudicated by the courts as juvenile delinquents or youthful offenders. Many young men at the Center come from disadvantaged or chaotic homes and have had little if any positive male role models in their lives Mentors can meet with the young men one night a week from 7-8 p.m. Currently the Center has 19 mentors with 27 boys involved. Many mentors come as individuals and some participate as group members such as men and women from Kairos Torch Prison Ministry and the Christian Motorcycle Association. In addition to mentors, church groups regularly volunteer to provide Sunday services and faith-based activities and offer support and encouragement to the young men at the facility.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, site-based
CONTACT: Lena McClung, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 580-397-2615.
EMAIL: lena.mcclung@oja.ok.gov

MCALESTER
Students, enrolled in the McAlester High School Service Learning Class, attend another school in the district four days a week during the first hour of the school day. While at this school, they work with younger students and assist teachers. The high school peer mentors also attend field trips with their schools. Students do fundraisers to purchase meals for families in need around the holidays. Mentees are youths in elementary and middle school. Joe Brawley and Richard Cornish coordinate the mentoring for the McAlester district. This program has been so beneficial to both the mentees and the mentors. Some mentors who have been through this program have gone on to a career in education because of their experiences.
CONTACT: Shawn Calaway, service learning class teacher/sponsor
PHONE: 918-423-4776
EMAIL: scalaway@mcalester.k12.ok.us

MIAMI
The Robert S. Gee Scholarship Program, established in 2004, seeks out students who have shown a high degree of academic ability and potential, but whose socio-economic situation presents barriers to reaching their full potential. Students selected for this program receive extensive mentoring and financial assistance aimed at mitigating or minimizing obstacles to academic and personal excellence. Each Gee Scholar, who can be nominated as early as the spring semester of their seventh grade year, receives a teacher mentor and two community mentors. Teachers nominate students. Once selected, students remain in the program through graduation from high school, although they must maintain a “B” average in order to take advantage of financial assistance available through the program. Two of several assessments of the program include college admissions and community buy-in. Examples of financial assistance have included band fees, scrubs for Career Tech student nursing program, college enrollment fees, running shoes and tennis bag, private music lessons, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M concurrent class fees, and appropriate school clothing. The Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation (MPSEF) maintains the program funds separately.
CONTACT: Ginny Stinson, chairperson, Robert S. Gee Scholarship Committee (MPSEF)
PHONE: 918-541-4923
EMAIL: ginnystinson1@gmail.com

MIDWEST CITY

DOD STARBASE Oklahoma, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. In 2015-16, Carl Albert Middle School has two clubs with eight Tinker Air Force Base Mentors. In addition to the clubs’ STEM project, Advanced Lego Mindstorms, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

Rose State College's Student Support Services (SSS) is a national TRiO program funded by the Department of Education. The goal is to ensure that participants persist in college and earn an associate degree or certificate and/or transfer to a four-year university. Services include transfer assistance, campus visits, academic advisement, workshops, exposure to cultural events, a resource library, educational materials, library orientation, community service referrals, tutoring and academic mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Amber Mitchell, director, student support services
PHONE: 405-733-7379
EMAIL: amitchell@rose.edu

Rose State University’s Critical Learning in Community Knowledge with Tutoring, Enrichment, Advising and Mentoring (CLICK) is designed to increase student success by increasing retention and academic success. Its focus is on improving critical thinking skills, learning strategies, organizational skills, computer literacy, mathematics, reading skills, grammar, writing skills, and student knowledge of available resources both on and off campus. Students may enroll in CLICK as a college credited class, or all are welcome to join the bi-weekly lab sessions where tenured math, reading, and English faculty work one-on-one with students to help them master material and college life. Professors and professional staff members from English, mathematics, reading, educational planning, and academic  advisement support CLICK members.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate tutoring and mentoring by faculty and staff
CONTACT: Chris Knox, reading program coordinator
PHONE: 405-733-7386
EMAIL: cknox@rose.edu

MULDROW
READ: Reading Encourages All Dreams is a reading mentorship program that pairs trained high school mentors with elementary first through fourth grade students who are struggling with reading. These students meet once a week at the local library where they strengthen reading skills. READ has served Muldrow for 14 years; however, the guidelines for READ were shared at several state and national conventions and may have been used in any number of cities nationwide. READ has been a remarkable program for our community. We have parents report that their elementary children jump 2-3 letter grades in reading after joining our program. Also, the mentors deal with other issues besides reading. Through positive mentoring, they work on peer pressure, bullying, and other issues with their elementary students. The program has been in existence long enough for some of the elementary participants to grow up and become mentors. It is so thrilling to visit our local library after school and see so many high school and elementary students enjoying reading together.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Kim Henderson, high school librarian
PHONE: 918-427-3274
EMAIL: kim.henderson@staff.muldrowps.org

NORMAN
Alameda Reading Tutoring Program provides one-on-one reading/tutoring/mentoring for Cleveland County elementary students via an enrollment process with mentor availability. Most of the program’s students and mentors reside in Cleveland County, e.g., Norman, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Lexington, Slaughterville, Little Axe, Purcell, Blanchard and other county towns. With a focus on reading and language arts, mentors and mentees, grades levels K-5th, meet at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. In 2014-15, 35 mentors are enrolled with substitutes available for mentors who must miss a meeting. Alameda Church of Christ also mentors with the Whiz Kids program at Parmelee Elementary School in Oklahoma City and offers mentees many other fun and helpful events such as Back to School Roundup (B2SR), the Fall Festival and Jingle Jam.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Crystal Neill, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 405-321-0788
EMAIL: crystalneill@ou.edu  

The Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program, coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools. Each mentor spends at least one hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary or middle school student.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Beverly Woodrome, director, Boren Mentoring Initiative
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Norman as the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to Norman area youth. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Blossom Crews, area director
PHONE: 405-364-3722   
EMAIL: blossom.crews@bbbsok.org

Boys & Girls Club of Norman at the Center for Children and Families (CCFI) provides a safe and caring out-of-school environment for children and youth, ages 6-18, who live in neighborhoods that experience high levels of poverty and crime or in homes that need additional support. Services are designed to provide resource connections for the families and opportunities for improved social skills, self-esteem and child development of the youth. The Club’s after-school, evening, and summer enrichment opportunities include programs for academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development; recreational activities, positive adult mentoring; and family-oriented events and activities.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Vernon Hooks, unit director
PHONE: 405-364-1420
EMAIL: vhooks@ccfinorman.org

Bridges of Norman Inc. Career Coaching Program
provides caring adult mentors who serve as sounding boards and supports for the homeless high school students who live at bridges. They are community volunteers trained by the program to listen and guide, rather than to parent or judge. Career coaches make a minimum of a one-year commitment to get together for dinner, a show, a coke, etc., with a student once or twice a month, and to keep connected via text or however the pair choose to communicate. The match is overseen by the career coaching director, who sets up three group activities a year with all mentors and students. The director also helps the mentor set up two job shadows for the student in their areas of interest. Coaches often attend school events, take prom pictures, and spend time with their students. The coaching director keeps in touch with mentors via email to give them weekly reports about current school activities so they can have talking points and encourage or study with their students during testing times. Bridges assists high school students who live alone due to a family crisis, including the death of a parent, parental incarceration, or homelessness, by offering 20 individual apartments with sliding-scale rent based on the student’s income, connection to other social service agencies, assistance with almost any school-related activity, and college scholarships. In return, students are accountable for various criteria including maintaining grades and attendance. Approximately 95% of Bridges students have gone on to higher education.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, community-based
CONTACT: Katelyn Gleason-Dockery, director, social services 
PHONE: 405-579-9280
EMAIL: kdockery@bridgesnorman.org

The Community After School Program (CASP) of Norman provides a safe, supervised before and after school environment for school-age children who would otherwise be left unsupervised while their parents begin or complete their workday. CASP provides before and after school care to more than 700 elementary children in 16 programs in the Norman Public School system. Be Smart is a tutoring program offered to children in CASP. Tutors are paired one-on-one with an elementary student and meet at the school site twice a week for 30 minutes.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Brenda Birdsong, director, child services
PHONE: 405-366-5970
EMAIL: Info@caspinc.org

Kid's Hope USA is a national program adopted by First Baptist Church to work with at-risk children at a local elementary school, Lincoln Elementary. Our mentors are members of our church who devote one hour each week with their student, helping to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs at a crucial time in the child's life.
CONTACT: Angela Atkins, director of community ministries
PHONE: 405-321-1753
EMAILS: kidshope@fbcnorman.org, angelaa@fbcnorman.org 

Loveworks Leadership Inc. runs various types of programs in Norman, Western Heights in Oklahoma City and Ponca City. In partnership with key community supporters, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership is a free-of-charge program that focuses on leadership and character development, experiential learning and community impact. Through interactive lessons, Loveworks' In-School Leadership Classes teach the fundamentals of character and leadership utilizing media, creative activities, and guest speakers to fully engage student interest and create unforgettable moments. During the school semester, there are Community Impact Events, providing volunteers and students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community enrichment projects and events. Summer Leadership Camps are week-long experiences designed to connect hands-on learning projects tailored to students’ unique interests and make life-skills learning a blast. Loveworks' programming has developed a large entrepreneurial emphasis to benefit youth long term. From its founding in 2011 to 2018, Loveworks Leadership has impacted over 10,000 students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, in-school, community impact events, camps
CONTACT: Daniel “D” Smith, after-school director
PHONE: (405) 397-9576
EMAIL: daniel@Loveworksleadership.org

Norman High School upper level Spanish students volunteer to teach Spanish at five local elementary schools that feed into Norman High School. These students, responsible for their own lesson planning and instruction, teach for 30 minutes a week from 8:00-8:30 before their high school classes start. The program began in 2014-15 with 15 mentors and three elementary schools. In 2016-17, 38 high school Spanish mentors are participating at Monroe, Lincoln, Madison, Washington and Kennedy elementary schools. Those efforts translate into serving 18 elementary classrooms and approximately 420 fourth- and fifth-grade students. This program has been nominated for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2016 Global Engagement Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring, Spanish-speaking
CONTACT: Darcy Pippins, spanish teacher, Norman High School
PHONE: 405-366-5812
EMAIL: dpippins@norman.k12.ok.us

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Norman Police Department’s Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) serves seventh and eighth grade students in Norman Public Schools. The purpose of PAL is to foster relationships that will bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while also exposing them to future careers in serving their community, while participating in activities. The goal of the program is to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens and to empower them to act as a positive influence in our community. The three-week experience blends classroom learning with hands on activities to expose participants to a variety of topics including: fitness, patrol tactics, criminal investigations, traffic safety, self-defense, firearms safety, internet dangers, and weekly character values.  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Summer camp and continuing outreach of school resource officers and volunteers
CONTACT: Officer Ali Jaffery
PHONE: 405-321-1600
EMAIL: ali.jaffery@normanok.gov 

The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, Interior Design Junior/Senior Student Mentoring Program has been developed and established through the Interior Design Board of Visitors and the Interior Design Faculty to mentor currently enrolled junior and senior level Interior Design students. The goal is to share experience, knowledge, and guidance between students and design professionals. All members of the Interior Design Board of Visitors participate as mentors as well as alumni and selected practitioners recommended by the board members. Mentors can be architects, interior designers, industry related artisans and product/service representatives. The mentors and their student mentees agree to have at least one ‘face to face’ meeting and a minimum of once per month contact during the academic year. The students are mentored by practitioners for advice on the profession, projects, material applications and other design related topics. This program continues with each student/mentor match through the student’s graduation. The mentoring program is promoted at the beginning of each Fall Semester where connections are made between practitioners and one or more students who have expressed an interest in the program. Students and practitioners have an opportunity at the end of each semester to evaluate their satisfaction of the program. The evaluation will provide feedback to build upon successes or make modifications to the program as needed.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professionals to college students
CONTACT: Elizabeth Pober, director, division of interior design
PHONE: 405-325-6764
EMAIL: epober@ou.edu

Students in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences Cathryn L. & Jon R. Withrow Leadership Scholars Alumni Mentoring Program are paired with an alumni or friend of the College of Arts and Sciences for a mentoring relationship. Established by the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors in 1996, the Leadership Scholars program recognizes the brightest and most involved students in the college. Students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes are selected on the basis of grade point average, university or community service and leadership potential. Leadership Scholars meet regularly for leadership development activities, guest speakers, social events and community service. The students often assist the college by serving as hosts during events. Leadership Scholars brings students together from a variety of backgrounds, academic disciplines and experiences for the purpose of expanding their leadership education. During monthly meetings, students learn about important aspects of leadership, including ethics, volunteerism, diversity, personal responsibility and other topics. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based
CONTACT: Dr. Rhonda Dean Kyncl, assistant dean
PHONE: 405-325-2077 
EMAIL: rkyncl@ou.edu

Sooners Stilettos is a professional women’s support group for the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball program established by Coach Sherri Coale in 2004. Her goal was to surround her players with professional women who would be role models for them. Recently, the In Your Court/In Your Shoes mentoring program was launched pairing both a Stilettos member and former player with a current member of the team to provide one-on-one mentoring on and off the court. Additional Stilettos members provide mentoring, support and encouragement as part of the Front Court or Back Court. Every year the players will be assigned new one-on-one mentors (Stilettos) and former players.  By the time they graduate, the players will have a very large cadre of dedicated Stilettos and former players who are IN THEIR COURT and IN THEIR SHOES, and they will have made life long connections. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College campus/athletic department-based
CONTACT: Kelsey Reynolds, OU women’s basketball office manager
PHONE: 405-325-8322
EMAIL: kreynold@ou.edu

The JCPenney Leadership Center within the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma has several events focused towards developing organic and natural mentoring relationships. Events organically to connect associates with alumni include but are not limited to regular alumni lunches with associates, the spring Alumni Career Conference begun in 2014, and incorporating leadership alumni in regular leadership and professional activities such as developing emotional intelligence in the workplace. In 2013, Clayton launched the Leadership Center Peer Training Program, in which seven peer trainers design and deliver the new member curriculum, consisting of seven foundational leadership and professional development programs. These peer trainers become, in addition to curriculum facilitators, serve as informal mentors in guiding the new candidate associates through the new member process regarding program expectations and guidelines.
CONTACT: Breea Clark, J.D., director, JCPenny Leadership Program
PHONE: 405-325-2501
EMAIL: breea@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Janine Rainbolt College of Education’s Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision (EACS) Program within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is an academic unit that serves graduate students interested in K-12 education leadership. Faculty members mentor aspiring school principals, district superintendents, practitioners and researchers. Some doctoral students aspire to work for state departments, nonprofits, think tanks or research organizations which serve K-12 education. Other doctoral students are trained to serve in the faculty member ranks at higher education institutions to research, teach and serve within the field of K-12 education leadership and policy. The EACS Program:

  • Provides coursework that includes foundations in theory and research evidence which are directly applied to leadership practice.
  • Facilitates projects and internships within schools and districts so that students/mentees gain access to a wider network of effective practicing principals and superintendents.

Advanced graduate students/mentees interested in research and policy are given additional experience with research methods to evolve into academic scholars. This includes experience writing for publication and giving local, national and international presentations. These same mentees network with policymakers, national and international organizations which house education decisionmakers and leading academic scholars. EACS offers advanced graduate students research assistantship positions in which they work closely with a faculty member to collaborate on their research agenda and provide extensive networking opportunities to meet professional goals. The Janine Rainbolt College of Education also recognizes an outstanding faculty mentor in this program with the Patricia L. Hardré Graduate Mentoring Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, faculty mentoring of graduate students
CONTACT: Dr. William Frick, associate professor, program coordinator
PHONE: 405-325-4202
EMAIL:  frick@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Advising is a faculty mentoring program for graduate students. All graduate students are assigned a faculty member as their initial advisor. Once the students learn more about the program and the expertise of each faculty member, they select their mentor, or chair, of their committee.  Since 2009, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Graduate Student Advising’s goals have been to get to know students' interests, talents and career objectives and to have faculty help them succeed. Many of the doctoral students, for example, want to teach in a university setting so the faculty mentors help them develop a portfolio of accomplishments in service, teaching and research before they graduate. In the 2015 graduating class, on average, Ph.D. students had already published more than three articles and presented papers at a minimum of six conferences, and a few had books published. In 2015-16, approximately 800 graduate students were enrolled in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, 500 in the master’s program and 300 in the doctoral program. The personal, highly interactive relationship between faculty mentors and student mentees includes regularly meeting with mentees, inviting them to college-sponsored events and opportunities including wine and cheese tastings, a speaker series, informal conversations with snacks or coffee, and an annual Diversity Scholar’s Event among others. The close faculty/student interactions offer the students chances to engage in original research, publications and presentations as a matter-of-course. The Janine Rainbolt College of Education also recognizes an outstanding faculty mentor in this program with the Jon E. Pedersen Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, faculty mentoring of graduate students
CONTACT: Anna Steele, senior graduate programs support specialist
PHONE: 405.325.4525
EMAIL:  anna.steele@ou.edu

As part of the Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program, upperclassmen in the College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma serve as mentors or tutors to students enrolled in sophomore courses. The program enhances leadership, technical and communication skills by leading younger peers, and provides personal and professional development through connections and acquaintances.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Madena McGinnis, coordinator, undergraduate programs and scholarships 
PHONE: 405-325-4393
EMAIL: mmcginnis@ou.edu

The OU Cousins program, created in 1996 by President and Mrs. David Boren, matches an international or exchange student with one or two American students and invites them to participate in one or two monthly programs either free or of minimal charge. Students, who are matched according to hobbies, majors, and countries of special interest, are also encouraged to get together outside of official Cousins events. The goal of the program is to develop understanding, friendship, and unity among U.S., international and exchange students at the University of Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College and community-based
PHONE: 405-325-3163
EMAIL: oucousins@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma’s William M. Majors Energy Management Mentoring Program matches junior and senior students with energy executives in the Oklahoma City area. Mentors and mentees meet once a month for lunch and a special guest speaker at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club. The group also has a social once a semester. Funding is provided by the OCAPL (Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen) and the OERB (Oklahoma Energy Resources Board). Both mentors and mentees must apply for this prestigious program, which falls under the auspices of the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate
CONTACT: Steve Long, director, energy managment program  
PHONE: 405-325-0758
EMAIL: slong@ou.edu

The Dean’s Leadership Council, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma, consists of engineering students with excellent academic credentials, leadership and communication skills. They serve as mentors to freshman and transfer engineering students, tutors for courses in engineering curricula, and student recruiters for engineering major. Peer mentor responsibilities are specific and large, but mentors can become eligible for the DLC Scholarship.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Julie Dahlgren, assistant to the associate dean 
PHONE: 405-325-2621
EMAIL: jdahlgren@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma’s Jerry Holmes Leadership Program for Engineers & Scientists serves the Gallogly College of Engineering and the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy undergraduate and graduate students with professional and leadership development through mentoring, workshops, curriculum, networking with practicing engineers, professional issues, life skills, guest lectures, corporate visits, service opportunities and other enhancements. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professionals to college students
CONTACT: Kimberly Graves Wolfinbarger, Ph.D., director
PHONE: 405-325-3721
EMAIL: kimw@ou.edu

The University of Oklahoma Honors College Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program aims to encourage incoming honors freshmen to get involved in the university community, to help them find a sense of belonging, and to give them positive role models. It also aims to integrate them into academic culture and to make them aware of the attitudes and opportunities that tend to make honors students successful. To those ends, it pairs upperclassmen mentors in the OU Honors College with two incoming freshmen each. The mentors meet with their two freshmen mentees every two weeks, becoming friends with them and helping them to find their footing during their first year as undergraduates. In the 2016-17 academic year, 55 mentors will serve a predicted 110 freshmen.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Lisa Tucker, director, external and alumni relations
PHONE: 405-325-9088
EMAIL: honorsmentorship@gmail.com

The University of Oklahoma’s Honors College launched its Student-to-Professional Mentoring Experience (STPMX) in Spring 2015 with 65 Oklahoma City-area professionals as mentors. Alumni, corporate and nonprofit business leaders provide a professional exchange of information and networking opportunities for top-ranked Honors College students whereby the undergraduates will establish vital contacts and gain indispensable insight to career placement as they transition from student to professional in highly competitive specialized job markets. Partnering professionals share their skills, knowledge and best practices on how to build a successful career in their chosen field. Leading professionals, corporations and metro area-based businesses host a series of receptions and dinners for up to 20 Honors College students per event. The OU Honors College aims to provide one to two Student-To-Professional Mentoring Experience opportunities during the Spring and Fall semesters. Current partnering professionals represent law, banking and finance, medicine and healthcare, urban development and city planning, and not-for-profit businesses. Up to 75 OU Honors College undergrads participate per year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professionals to college students
CONTACT: Lisa Tucker, director, external and alumni relations
PHONE: 405-325-9088
EMAIL: ljtucker@ou.edu

The Division of Management & Entrepreneurship Board of Advisers Mentoring Program in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business is designed to help Division of Management & Entrepreneurship majors make the transition from school to work. Students are paired with local executives to help them develop as professionals and prepare themselves to add value in the work place from day one. Mentees are sophomores, juniors and seniors who have been admitted to Price College and have declared one of the Division of Management & Entrepreneurship majors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professionals to college students
CONTACT: Mark Sharfman, Ph.D.
PHONE: 405-325-5689
EMAIL: msharfman@ou.edu

NOWATA
Boys and Girls Club of Nowata, works with youth to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders through a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. This Native American/Traditional Club, serving over 600 youth members ages five-18, is the only youth advocacy after-school program in the county. Its mentoring program serves 100 participants, and it has a waiting list.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school 
CONTACT: Shae Wyckoff, program director
PHONE: 918-273-1007
EMAIL: bsheezy28@yahoo.com

OKLAHOMA CITY
American Fidelity Assurance Company’s Buchanan Elementary Partnership provides mentoring/tutoring once a week for 30 minutes. Most of the mentored students are second grade or older, and many mentors and mentees have been matched for several years. Other American Fidelity employees read to the younger students but not every week. The partnership also provides some random needs.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Lisa Burchfield, senior communications specialist
PHONE: 405-523-5977
EMAIL: lisa.burchfield@americanfidelity.com

In 2011, the [Artspace] at Untitled initiated a [Press] Mentorship Program to work with a small group of high school students who have limited exposure to art but want the opportunity to learn more about printmaking and the book arts. This intensive mentoring extends over a three year period with monthly visits to the studio. The [Press] at [Artspace] at Untitled facility provides the equipment needed to teach etching, lithography, serigraphy, collography, relief, bookmaking, and bookbinding. Staff and mentors teach students how to write about their work, build portfolios, and create presentations that can be used to apply for university scholarships and grants. This process supports youth through building critical communication, social skills, and positive relationships with peers and adults. As of Fall 2017, ten schools have mentorship programs. Other programming includes the Mission Academy, which focuses upon youths in recovery, and summer programs. In addition, [Artspace] at Untitled also collaborates with public school art programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Art
CONTACT: Alexa Healey, education and print studio director
PHONE: 405-815-9995
EMAIL: artspace@1ne3.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma City is the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to Norman area youth. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Jacquelyn Edwards, OKC area director    
PHONE: 405-943-8075     
EMAIL: jacquelyn.edwards@bbbsok.org    

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County offers tutoring, mentoring, recreational activities and more to children ages 6-18. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. To be eligible, a child must be a member of the Boys and Girls Club and attend the club on a consistent basis. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County are safe places to learn and grow -- all while having fun. Innovatively, in fall 2015, the club staff began the Alternative to Suspension Program, in which selected students who have been suspended from school come to the club for 10 days, where trained staff teaches the students tools that can help them return to school. The Boys & Girls Club at Memorial Park is the original club.
CONTACT: LaRissa Conn, director, arts and volunteers
PHONE: 405-521-9292
EMAIL: lconn@bgcokc.org 

Boys & Girls Club School Sites: Each location share the school’s facility and have reached capacity at 150 members each day.

The Britton Christian Church's BBC Learning Center was designed with the intention of partnering with parents to meet their child’s educational needs. This is a faith-based after-school tutoring/mentoring ministry for elementary, middle school, and high school children in grades one through 12. Each child is paired with a tutor/mentor to help build relationships and trust between the tutor and child so as to enable tutors to understand better and meet the child’s educational needs. The focus of this ministry is to empower kids and communities through education for an eternal reward. BCC Learning Center serves youth from northwest, northeast, and south Oklahoma City as well as Edmond.
CONTACT: Tre’ Clark, community and education pastor
PHONE: 405-848-2046
EMAIL: tre@brittonchurch.com

Camp Fire USA's Heart of Oklahoma teaches youth leadership skills, team-building skills and training to become camp counselors. Mentees served include 6th-8th grades and 9th-12th grades. Camp Fire also offers new programming. Outdoor School offers a hands-on, science-based program for Pre-K through 8th grade students and soft-skilled learning programs for elementary school and high school-aged boys and girls. Through the rock wall and ropes courses, staff provides team building activities for schools, businesses and other groups. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Herb Gilkey, executive director  
PHONE: 405-254-2069
EMAIL: herb@campfireusa-ok.org

Camp HOPE America, a program of Palomar, Oklahoma City Family Justice Center, is the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program for children exposed to trauma in the United States. The goal is to give children and teens their childhood back and help them find a Pathway to HOPE. Camp Hope America's vision is to break the generational cycle of family violence by offering healing and hope to children and adults who have witnessed and been impacted by family violence. Launched in 2016, Camp Hope uses fun-filled avenues to bring HOPE into the lives of its campers. At camp counselors and mentors discuss important life lessons such as: forgiveness, our future is brighter than our past and that we all need each other. Daily kids learn about heroes who had overcome difficult times and chosen to do good things with their lives, despite their hardship. Children are challenged with trust exercises, team building, rock climbing, yoga and empowered with character trait awards. By utilizing meaningful activities, we create an environment where kids feel safe, seen, encouraged, and loved. Mentors are members of law enforcement and those working with youths with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Site-based
CONTACT: Kellen Mack, program director 
PHONE: 405-552-1006
EMAIL: kellen.mack@okc.gov

In 2008, Prescott, a mentor in the OKC Warriors Mentoring Program, launched the Canaries Running Team, a free running team offered to girls, ages eight and up, in the South Oklahoma City area. The team attends OKC Warriors mentoring every Monday, meet twice per week for running practice, and competes in monthly races. Everything about the Canaries is teaching the girls and boys their extraordinary value; even our team name lends itself to an opportunity to speak this truth into the youths’ lives. The team became coed in spring 2013. The message is “What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail - even numbering the hairs on your head! So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth mor than a million canaries.” Matthew 10:29-31. This is one of several programs sponsored by Inner City Church, south Oklahoma City. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, faith-based
CONTACT: Abby Prescott, founder, director and running coach
EMAIL: abigail.r.prescott@my.occc.edu

Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB) has both adult and youth WIOA funded programs in Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. The youth program provides programs and services that ensure youth acquire the education, skill, work experience and support they will need to reach their full potential and successfully transition to productive adulthood. Individuals 16-24 with one or more of the following barriers may benefit from our program: Pregnant/Parenting, Foster Youth, Justice System, Homeless/Runaway, Individual with a Disability, Low Income and Basic Skills Deficient, or English as a second language.
TYPE: Community-based, career/workforce oriented
CONTACT: Yolanda Alexander Scott, youth services program manager 
PHONE: 405-622-2026 ext. 301
EMAIL: yolandascott@cowib.org

Chesapeake Energy's Mentoring Program was created in 1995 as one of the company's first volunteer programs. Each week, hundreds of Oklahoma City Chesapeake mentors volunteer up to an hour at one of four inner-city schools (Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Harding Charter Preparatory High School, Horace Mann Elementary and North Highland Math and Science Academy). Since the program began, Chesapeake employees have impacted the lives of thousands of children. The results have improved reading scores, decreased drop-out rates, and created positive relationships between students and volunteers, and encouraged support for other events to support the schools in a number of ways, including donating school supplies, warm coats for winter and toy drives for the holidays. The selfless spirit of "giving back" from thousands of Chesapeake mentors over the years has made the Chesapeake Mentoring Program the largest corporate mentoring program in the state of Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Rachel Hudgens Gunnoe, mentoring director
PHONE: 405-843-5350
EMAIL:  rachel.gunnoe@chk.com  ‎

CityCare's Whiz Kids creatively addresses inner-city social and educational crisis by matching tutor/mentors with at-risk students in the Oklahoma City, Crutcho, Crooked Oak and Putnam City school districts. Teachers select students to participate in Whiz Kids because they are reading below their grade level and can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Tutors are paired with a child and meet weekly during the school year for a one-on-one after school tutoring session. Whiz Kids sites are churches in each school's community that donate their facility and provide tutors and an on-site coordinator. These urban churches are partnered with suburban churches to bring the resource of people back to the inner city. Each Whiz Kids session includes one hour for one-on-one tutoring, 10 minutes for snack time and 20 minutes for "Club Time" (a group session that addresses character issues with biblical principles).
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based
CONTACT: Amy Bruce, communication and development manager
PHONE: 405-602-2815
EMAIL: amy@whizkidsok.org

The City of Oklahoma City, after a pilot at Heronville Elementary School during the last two months of school in 2012, began a reading buddies mentoring program in which executives and mid-level salaried city employees dedicate an hour each week. The program developed from a joint task force meeting with officials from the Oklahoma City Public Schools District. That pilot program was so successful that a second program was established at Hayes Elementary in January 2013, and a reading curriculum was created. Benchmark data will be reviewed for further confirmation. The City Council and City staff is supportive of many ways to build youth leadership and opportunities, e.g., the First Tee Program, which teaches 18 traits or qualities through golf to kids 7-17.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Debi Martin, chief of staff, City Council
PHONE: 405-297-2424
EMAIL: debi.martin@okc.gov

Community Advance is a nonprofit organization begun by Northwest Baptist Church to expand its mission to advance the life-skills of underprivileged and underperforming individuals and families in its Northwest Classen Learning Community Consortium of schools, including Northwest Classen High, Taft Middle and six elementary schools comprising a total of approximately 4,500 students. The goal is to expand the summer and after-school program, The CLUB, into all-year resources eventually extending through high school and into postsecondary in addition to providing a learning center and computer training laboratory. THE CLUB programming for Taft students includes snacks, life skills, goal-setting, career exploration, dinner, and options, e.g., drum line, fashion design, script-writing and filming, recording a song and others. Mentors vary in age from high school seniors to one 85-year-old.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Natalie Duncan, program director
PHONE: 405-595-2745
EMAIL: natalie.duncan@communityadvance.org

Oklahoma City Community College's award-winning Connecting Students with Mentors for Success (SCMS), begun in 2015 by Bryon A. Dickens at the request of OCCC President Jerry Steward, is a program designed originally to provide African-American male students with mentors and intra-campus resources to facilitate successful academic achievement, higher retention rates, and graduation completion. Students are prepared to continue their education at a four-year institution. The SCMS program focuses on connecting students with professionals in their area of interest who offer support, guidance, and engagement according to each student’s need. The data and mentee comments have been so remarkable that the program in 2018-19 is expanding to include African-American women and Hispanic men and women. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professional to college students
SCHOOL CONTACT: Bryon A. Dickens, CSMS director 
PHONE: 405-682-1611, ext. 7753
EMAIL: bdickens@occc.edu 

The Edwards Christian Leadership Academy (ECLA), sponsored by the Tabitha Baptist Church and volunteer community partners, is unlike the typical afterschool mentoring/tutoring program. On Tuesdays, the academy offers a full one and a half hours devoted to kindergarten through sixth grade children at Edwards Elementary School. ECLA’s goal is to reach the kids in more than one area of their lives in order to impact the child in such a way that they are well rounded and wholly developed and to surround and expose them to solutions and opportunities not otherwise available or presentable to them because of economics or culture. Activities to support them encompass areas such as Christianity, academics, emotional support, moral issues, life skills, guidance and direction. Supporters and volunteers who would like to contribute to this effort to help these children see their own potential and become leaders of their own communities are welcome.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, faith-based
SCHOOL CONTACT: Rhonda J. Mitchell, program coordinator
PHONE: 405-412-4764
EMAIL: rjlmitchell@gmail.com

Exploring, Boy Scouts of America, Last Frontier Council
Exploring is a career-based mentorship program for young men and women ages 14-21 years old. The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide real world hands-on experience and develop other critical skills necessary for success in a career and/or college including leadership opportunities, character development, social and professional networking, and community and civic service. Businesses and community organizations initiate a specific Career Explorer Post by matching program resources to the interests of youth in the community. Currently, Exploring posts represent over 100 different career fields. Explorer Posts as of October 2017: 

  • Norman Regional Hospital’s Health Exploring Post 2901
  • Norman Police Department Post 2009
  • Blanchard Police Department Post 2007
  • Union City Police Department Post 2017
  • Midwest City Police Department Post 2624
  • Edmond Police Department Post 2655
  • Oklahoma County Sheriff Post 2199
  • OKC Metro Fire Safety and Emergency Medical Services Post 2060
  • OKC Metro Skilled Trades Post 2065
  • Vatterott College Specialty Trades Post 2018       
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Afterschool, career-based group mentoring
CONTACT: Kassie Wrobel, Exploring executive
PHONE: 918-313-5410
EMAIL: kassie.wrobel@scouting.org

FaithWorks of the Inner City offers Tuesday Specials and Thursday Tutoring-Mentoring. Tuesday Specials features a variety of small group activities from karate, art and cooking to dance and guitar. Thursday Tutoring-Mentoring, one-on-one, emphasizes reading, math and homework. Eighty-one hundred Pre-K-12th grade mentees also receive a meal each day. In the summer of 2012, teens mentored younger children by developing a reading and activity program around the theme “Time Machine.” Additional programs include Mommy and Me Class (for three-year-old children and their mothers), ESL, Teen Impact, a housing program, The Word on Wednesday, and special events such as the back-to-school bash. FaithWorks of the Inner City serves southeast Oklahoma City in the Shidler-Wheeler area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, faith-based
CONTACT: Sally Goin, founder & executive director
PHONE: 405-601-7600
EMAIL: sally@faithworksokc.com


The Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (F.A.C.T.) is a program of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Its mission is "to positively impact inner-city youth who are at-risk to participate in delinquent or gang-related activities, through positive police contact and community partnerships with the ultimate purpose of altering the youth's perspective on life, their academic future and potential for success." Through mentoring, character-building, and family/youth discussions, F.A.C.T. offers options for change. The program has two Oklahoma City locations: NE F.A.C.T. Center at 1220 NE 33rd Street and Hathaway F.A.C.T. Center at 3916 S. Lindsay.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Lt. Wayland Cubit, F.A.C.T supervisor
PHONE: 405-231-2121
EMAIL: wayland.cubit@okc.gov

The Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma's GoodGuides program engages adult volunteers in the OKC metro area who commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a minimum of one year. GoodGuides™ mentors are good listeners, encouraging, supportive, flexible, patient, tolerant, and respectful of individual differences. Benefits include:
•Personal fulfillment: making a difference for a youth in need
•Satisfaction: helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
•Personal growth: training sessions and group activities
•Personal ongoing support and supervision
•Mentee/Mentor group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, and recognition events
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Tim Proctor, Good Guides program manager
PHONE: 405-278-7165
EMAIL: tproctor@okgoodwill.org

Harding Charter Preparatory High School Preparatory Senior Capstone Mentorship Program is an opportunity for seniors to experience firsthand a career in which they are interested. They start by doing a brief research paper on a career at the end of the fall semester. Then they start looking for someone not related to them who would be willing to let them shadow for 28 hours. These hours should occur between the Tuesday after Presidents Day and the end of the second week in April. Seniors are released from school the last hour of the school day Monday through Thursday to go to their mentors, but they do not have to do the mentorship after school. The program accommodates the mentor’s schedule as much as possible. Many do their mentorships over spring break. Mentors and students sign a contract committing to their roles, and students keep a log of each visit. Students discuss their mentorships in their Senior Capstone classes on Friday afternoons. At the end of the seven-week program, students present what they learned to their classmates and teacher, and again at our Mentorship Showcase, an evening event to which mentors and parents are invited. All seniors participate. In 2018 that was 109. Harding is always looking for professionals to be mentors. Medical and engineering professionals are the hardest to find. Harding as a charter school serves a variety of students even as far away as Shawnee.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Kate Martin Ferguson, college advisor
PHONE: 405-606-8742
EMAIL: kerguson@hardingcharterprep.org


Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs
, based at the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, is a local fishing mentoring program based upon national model created and sponsored by the Future Fisherman Foundation and the Bass Federation. This program is designed to give children of all ages a basic knowledge of the great sport of fishing. The program uses this sport to show children a safe and enjoyable alternative to the problems and negative influences our young people are exposed to in our society. With the help of great mentors like local law enforcement officers, the University of Oklahoma Fishing Team members and local professional fishermen, the children meet and work with successful role models. They are taught much more than fishing and are shown that by making the right choices in life you can become a successful and productive individual. The combination of the fishing education and the quality mentoring make this program an effective way to address the importance of avoiding problems with drugs, alcohol and other negative influences. The Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs at SHAWV is tailored toward elementary students, mostly fifth graders, and the school’s needs, but the model is highly successful with middle school and high school students nationwide. Fishermen are always needed to expand programming.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Michael D. Schwartz
PHONE: 405-605-9369
EMAIL: michael.schwartz@integrisok.com

In The Gap, a faith-based organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, mentors children from pre-K through fifth grade through character education in schools and after-school Bible Clubs. The purpose of IN THE GAP’S Community Programming is to provide a structure that will foster instructing children in character and the Christian life. The second purpose is to bring communities together by strengthening neighborhood relationships, improving neglected areas, and assisting to foster a positive environment for children and families. By facilitating the various programs, our goal is to connect compassionate youth and adults, both locally and abroad, with children and their families in order to help them succeed in life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The international organization, founded in 2010, specializes in character coaching, teacher training, leadership development, and hands-on community impact and enrichment.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-base, community-based
CONTACT: Darcie Isit, community program director
PHONE: 405-748-0712
EMAIL: disitt@inthegap.org

INTEGRIS Health joined forces with the Oklahoma City Public School System in 1992 to launch the INTEGRIS Positive Directions Mentoring Program. During the 2011/2012 school year, more than 380 mentors participated, donating over 6,400 hours of mentoring time. In Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS provides mentors to Fillmore Elementary and Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village Charter School. The mission of Positive Directions is to provide the educational support necessary to enhance the learning experience of at-risk students. Our goals and objectives are to build self-esteem, provide positive role models, provide assistance in overcoming negative behaviors, and improve classroom participation and academic success of children. Our mentors spend one hour per week, during the school day, with their assigned student throughout the school year. Our returning mentors continue to work with their student from the previous year in order to provide the continuity these students desperately need.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Tobi Campbell, director, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village Charter School
PHONE: 405-717-9831
EMAIL: tobi.campbell@integrisok.com

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc. offers volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement provides programs in 24 counties and 67 districts for students K-12. JA is on track to reach its goal of 59,000 students for 2018-19. Group mentoring in classrooms and experiential learning opportunities include JA BizTown Learning Center in Tulsa, one of 30 in the United States; JA Job Shadow, JA Investor Challenge, and JA Finance Park. Businesses provide the volunteers.
CONTACT: Jo Wise, regional director, OKC 
PHONE:  405-300-1023
EMAIL:  jwise@jaok.org

Kids Hope USA is a national mentoring program which pairs one church with one school. First Baptist Church is partnered with Eugene Fields Elementary located at 15th and Klein. After training with carefully prepared material from Kids Hope USA, each mentor meets with one child- the same child- an hour per week during the school day. Mentors commit to a minimum of two years with the same child. Paired with each mentor is a prayer partner who prays for that specific child’s need throughout the mentoring relationship. Mentors are required to be members of FBC. Kids Hope’s mission statement is: One child, one church, one school, one hour.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, Faith-based
CONTACT: Marie Davis, Kids Hope coordinator, OKC 
PHONE: 405-232-4255
EMAIL: marie_davis05@sbcglobal.net

Latino Clubs 4-H Mentoring, sponsored by the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), is a prevention program designed to enhance the developmental assets of youth, ages 10-15. The goals are to improve academic performance, social competency and strengthen family bonds. Program locations at Tinker Air Force Base and the Latino Community Development Agency. 
CONTACT: Daniela Chavez, extension program assistant, 4-H Mentoring
PHONE: 405-236-0701 Ext. 122
EMAIL: lcdaclub@latinoagencyokc.org

Through Life Launch, a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries, mentors invest in the lives of at-risk young people, especially youths aging out of foster care and foster alumni. Supported “wherever they are,” youths receive encouragement toward independence and self-sufficiency. After a training period, a team of three mentors commit to meet with their youth for at least 90 minutes every two weeks for a minimum of one year. Mentors spend six months getting to know their young friend without trying to “fix” him or her. After six months and if the youth is ready, the team begins to help the youth vocalize his or her goals and chart a path to achieving them. With a healthy and trusting relationship as a base, mentors connect each youth to the tools and resources he or she needs to give themselves a hand up. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, team mentoring 
CONTACT: Becky Corbin, Life Launch program manager, OKC
PHONE: 918-949-8489
EMAIL: bcorbin@sitgm.org  
CONTACT: TJ Warren, Life Launch program manager, Tulsa 
PHONE: 918-585-6112 
EMAIL: tj@sitgm.org

Lilies & Reeds Society provides incentives to help students achieve better attendance and improve grades in school. We help get and keep students on a healthy path to build and successfully reach short- and long-term goals regarding relationships, school, career and personal life. Lilies & Reeds Society Teen Parent Mentoring Program of Oklahoma uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. Our mission is to lower teen pregnancy statistics by filling students with wisdom through mentoring, volunteer work and fun-filled activities that will encourage them to mentor other young students. Our target groups are at-risk youth in 5th - 12th grades primarily in alternative and secondary schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Latasha Howell, founder and CEO
PHONE: 405-805-6062
EMAIL: liliesandreeds@gmail.com

Loveworks Leadership Inc. runs various types of programs in Norman, Western Heights in Oklahoma City and Ponca City. In partnership with key community supporters, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership is a free-of-charge program that focuses on leadership and character development, experiential learning and community impact. Through interactive lessons, Loveworks' In-School Leadership Classes teach the fundamentals of character and leadership utilizing media, creative activities, and guest speakers to fully engage student interest and create unforgettable moments. During the school semester, there are Community Impact Events, providing volunteers and students with a variety of opportunities to participate in community enrichment projects and events. Summer Leadership Camps are week-long experiences designed to connect hands-on learning projects tailored to students’ unique interests and make life-skills learning a blast.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, in-school, community impact events, camps
CONTACT: Daniel “D” Smith, after-school director
PHONE: 405-517-2101
EMAIL: daniel@loveworksleadership.org

The Mentoring Project (@TMProject) regularly operates nationally faith-based mentor trainings and has hands-on mentor sites in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Portland, Oregon. TMP also conducts faith-based trainings across North America, rotating through different communities. The Oklahoma City program, called @TMPOKC, works with local Mentor Link organizations and churches to introduce new mentors to their mentees. OKC metro area mentors are invited to attend monthly OKC Mentor Moments. In 2014, OKC hosted its first annual Long Live Mentoring Conference that featured national speakers, thought leaders, and practitioners of mentoring. See the website’s calendar of events to register for the next REWRITE Mentor Training Experience.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based, mentor training 
CONTACT: Bruce Doane 
PHONE: 877-214-3553
EMAIL: advocate@thementoringproject.org

Mercy Healthcare employees mentor Linwood Elementary School students one-on-one once a week during periods established by the teacher and principal. Mercy also provides a Neighborhood Health Fair and ad hoc health resources for Linwood families such as free flu shots. As a result of the Mercy Healthcare’s Community RoundTables, participants in four states felt positive health care should be in schools. The Sisters of Mercy Health System has given the gift of the web-based resource HealthTeacher, which provides information and lesson plans K-12 for about 16 topics to all Mercy communities. More than 100 school districts, representing 370,000 students, have already signed on in the three-state area of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Gaylene Stiles, M.Ed., community outreach
PHONE: 405-752-3604
EMAIL: gaylene.stiles@mercy.net

Metro Career Academy, M.A.S.S. Mentoring Program (Mentors Assisting Student Success), is a school-based program for student’s 9th-12th grade. Our mentoring program connects students with caring adults to help cultivate interpersonal skills, academic and career goals as they prepare for successful employment and life in a global society. The program is versioned as a Lighthouse of Stability, Hope and Opportunity, while modeling standards of lifelong development and community for our students and stakeholders, through one-on-one, group and community service mentoring activities. Our mentors are asked to commit one hour per week during the school year, face-to-face, or via e-mail. Beginning in 2013, M.A.S.S. serves 160 students of Oklahoma County.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Khanita Jefferson, program coordinator
PHONE: 405-595-4327
EMAIL: khanita.jefferson@metrotech.edu

Novo Ministries partners with churches, non-profits, and individuals to provide mentoring relationships and programs specifically for at-risk children and youth. As a faith-based, non-denominational non-profit, Novo has been breaking the cycle of destruction, creating hope, and instilling a sense of purpose through life-changing mentoring relationships since 2005. We provide a streamlined and supportive experience for our partners that allows them to focus on their own locally-managed mentorship programs. We support them with whatever needs they have with trainings, curriculum and activities, staff and volunteer support, and many other resources. Novo means change and our goal is to see communities restored, statistics reversed, and lives forever changed. 
CONTACT: Luke Small, community outreach coordinator
PHONE: 405-208-4255
EMAIL: lsmall@novoministries.org

OKC Dream Center uses sports, individual mentoring, and summer and afterschool programs to build relationships between positive mentors and at-risk youth. The NOURISH afterschool program on Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m., gives students the opportunity to work on reading, school work, character development and positive activities. NOURISH participants, open to students from 0-18 years of age, eat dinner at at 5. The OKC Dream Center also has an emergency food pantry, which dispenses enough food for two to three meals from 10-2 p.m. The emergency pantry dispenses enough for 2-3 meals. Once a month on the fourth saturday, called Super Saturday, food is dispensed for a whole month. OKC Dream Center also gives clothing to needy families among other services. An original program of Inner City Church, OKC Dream Center exists to reach, rescue, and restore people in poverty.
CONTACT: Tasha Clark, community resource program director
PHONE: 405-634-2615
EMAIL: info@dcokc.org 

The Oklahoma Lawyers for Children Mentoring Program connects Oklahoma County teens in foster care with caring, responsible adults who will help teach practical life skills necessary for a thriving adulthood. Many teenagers in foster care do not pick up life skills many young adults take for granted – things like opening a bank account, creating a resume, et cetera. The mentoring curriculum instructs mentees in skills related to career development, health and nutrition, academics, family and consumer science, and other areas – all the while developing a meaningful relationship with their mentor. Mentors must undergo a Department of Human Services background check and are asked to make at least a 1-year commitment, meeting for about 8 hours per month one-on-one. Group events are also scheduled.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Brooke Bradley, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 405-232-4453
EMAIL: bbradley@olfc.org 

The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) exists in partnership with the Oklahoma City Police Department to serve students and schools in Oklahoma City. PAL provide athletic programs, leadership skills training, and service opportunities to the students and schools involved in our programs. The majority of PAL programs happen at local schools.  Four full time police officers run the programs in designated OKCPS schools during school hours.  In addition to that, the PAL Center offers afterschool mentoring and martial arts programs, as well as our elementary athletic leagues, which take place after school and on weekends during their respective seasons.  Any high school student in our program is considered a peer mentor, and all OKC PAL involvement will be considered as service hours. We aim to drive change by providing positive opportunities for our youth and their future.  We are all about Cops Helping Kids Succeed!  
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, after-school
CONTACT: Peter Evans, executive director
PHONE: 405-632-2240 
EMAIL: OKCPAL@okcpal.org

At Positive Tomorrows, tutors/mentors meet one hour every Wednesday for the entire school year. Each tutor/mentor is paired with one student and helps him or her with math, reading and other homework each week. Tutors/Mentors also provide an opportunity for students to interact one on one with an adult and to develop the social and relationship-building skills homeless children tend to miss out on. Giving students much more than just an academic boost, the mentors serve as a dependable adult, role models and friends for some of Oklahoma City’s most at-risk youth. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only private elementary school specifically for homeless children. More than 100 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade attend Positive Tomorrows each year, where they receive education while their families get support to create a better life.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Jill Harris, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 405-556-5082
EMAIL: jharris@positivetomorrows.org

Rise and Bridges After realizing that change only comes through dedicated volunteers who show up consistently, the Seeworth Foundation raised funding and began mentoring students in grades eighth-12th at the Alma Justice Seeworth Academy. Mentors are highly trained for success and pour into mentees through all circumstances of their lives.

  • Rise teaches curriculum that centers on personal, emotional, spiritual, and physical development.
  • Bridges educates and inspires 11th and 12th grade students to pursue higher education and/or career opportunities as they transition out of high school. Session curriculum is intended to assist the students to:
            - Enhance general life skills and foster the development of character
            - Provide examples and explore the role of leadership in our own families and our shared communities
            - Identify and practice interview and job skills
            - Clarify individual responsibilities through interaction with home, school and work
            - Offer information on healthy relationships, financial management and etiquette
            - Foster community involvement and serving others
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, one-to-one
CONTACT: Deonte Collier (male mentors)
CONTACT: Shayla Winrow (female mentors)
PHONE: 405-367-9521 
EMAIL: contactus@seeworthfoundation.org
 
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City serves as a youth center for children, ages six-17, who are provided with meals, homework assistance, character-building activities and recreation activities through after-school and full-day programs.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school
CONTACT: Joshua Huling, director
PHONE: 405-677-4781
EMAIL: Joshua.Huling@uss.salvationarmy.org


SandRidge Energy
employees are reading coaches for Reading Explorers at Edwards Elementary School. Utilizing the Accelerated Reading program, mentors chart results for their two mentees each week. SandRidge partners with Public Strategies and the It’s My Community Initiative to focus upon northeast Oklahoma City schools.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: David Kimmel, communications and community outreach director
PHONE: 405-429-5500

Soncatchers Mentoring, a 501 (c) (3) Christian faith-based mentoring organization, is open to boys of all faiths who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, playing catch, and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers Mentors provide positive growth toward manhood. Fun activities also include rocketry, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Although exceptions are made, mentees are from eight years old to adulthood. The vision is that these young men will continue to be mentored as adults even if the activity is only talking over a cup of coffee. Based in Edmond, Soncatchers serve boys from the Oklahoma City area, including Guthrie, Mustang, and Yukon. This organization began with Shaw’s mentoring of boys at Peppers Ranch in 2006. In addition, Mr. Shaw is working with churches in at-risk areas to set up Trail Life USA groups to reach more boys. Increasingly, Shaw works with other groups to teach archery and its life lessons.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Joey Shaw, founder and director
PHONE: 405-308-3128
EMAIL: joeyshaw@soncatchers.net

The SONIC Tutor Tot Program is a partnership between SONIC Headquarters and Wilson Arts Integration School. The partnership provides tutors to help young people improve literacy and reading comprehension, supplies volunteers to assist the faculty and staff and provides financial assistance for field trips, yearbooks and other school projects. SONIC employees tutor one hour every week or every other week with a Tutor Buddy, and their time at the school counts as time at work. Each year, SONIC and its employees organize a winter holiday party during which each student receives presents, cookies and juice. Additionally, those students with a SONIC Tutor Tot, as the SONIC tutors are known, come to SONIC headquarters for a special luncheon at the end of the school year.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Kimberly Cope, manager of community affairs and archives
PHONE: 405-225-5754
EMAIL: kimberly.cope@sonicdrivein.com

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Studio 222 offers a free arts-based program for middle school youth where professional artists from the community are hired to teach all types of visual and performing arts.  The program also offers life skills and leadership training.  Volunteers are available to the youth during the program that runs Monday-Thursday during the school year. Studio Lifetime is for high school and college age youth who attended during middle school.  This program offers a weekly time of fellowship, fun and life skills.  Students in this program are paired with mentors for guidance, encouragement and support.  A Network Resource Guide is being prepared for this group as a way for members of the community to offer services to students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, middle school through postsecondary
CONTACT: Julie Robinson, director of missions
PHONE: 405-609-1009
EMAIL: jrobinson@stlukesokc.org

DOD STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs, for sixth through eighth graders. In 2015-16, A.S.T.E.C. Charter School has one Tinker Air Force Base mentor, one retired Tinker Air Force Base mentor, and five A.S.T.E.C. teacher-mentors. In addition to the club’s STEM project, PowerHouse Alternative Energy Construction, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, director
PHONE: 405-947-6274 (A.S.T.E.C.), 918-833-7757 (Kirk's number)
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

The mentoring program at TEEM (The Education & Employment Ministry) exists to break cycles of incarceration through building meaningful, life-giving relationships. Mentoring relationships are important to provide accountability, a sense of community, support, and encouragement for TEEM participants in the process of reentering our community. Mentees vary in age from 18-70. TEEM prefers a mentor that is older than the participants. TEEM serves Oklahoma City and the surrounding area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Re-entry
CONTACT: Emma Morris, mentor coordinator
PHONE: 405-235-5671
EMAIL: emorris@teem.org

Y Achievers, a program of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, is a college readiness and career exploration program designed to help underserved, first generation college bound and minority teens to achieve higher education.  The program operates during the school year. The programs mentioned below are currently offered in the following OKC high schools: Capitol Hill, Douglass, John Marshall, Northeast, Northwest Classen and Santa Fe South Charter.
The four programs are:

  •  The Y Achievers Freshman College Readiness 
  •  Y Achievers Sophomore Leadership Summit
  •  Y Achievers Junior Career Exploration
  •  Y Achievers Senior University 101

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, school-based
CONTACT: Shannon Presti, coordinator, Teen Leadership Initiatives
PHONE:  405-297-7728
EMAIL:  spresti@ymcaokc.org

Begun in 1995, the Youth Leadership Exchange, or YLX, is the high-school-age programming arm of Leadership Oklahoma City, Inc. YLX programs are school-year-long classes that meet one day a month. The classes are designed to teach the participants how to be better community leaders through volunteer service. Classes include exposure to organizations that work in the community as well as lessons and practice in skills that are useful in community work. Members for the classes are selected from applications and are as diverse as possible, enabling the class members to experience working with young people from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives, an important ability for community leaders. Since 2000, LOKC has also recruited 45 young men and women (sophomores, juniors and seniors) to participate in our Youth in Action program. In 2018, OG&E has become the mentoring partner since OG&E employees are all over the metro area where the YLX members live. Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) programming currently includes:

  • Leadership Skills program, for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, a community information program
  • Youth in Action program, for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and a skills-based program 
  • The Youth Council of Oklahoma City, for high school juniors and seniors, a project of the City of Oklahoma City managed by YLX, which educates and involves teenagers in city government. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Amber Shelton, YXL director 
PHONE: 405-463-3331
EMAIL: ylx@lokc.org

OOLOGAH-TALALA
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program
is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-343-2530
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

OWASSO
J.A.M.E.S., Inc. Educational Doula is designed to help pregnant and/or parenting teens in ninth through twelfth grades become self-sufficient and integrate into the community successfully. Participants are encouraged to obtain a higher education degree. Just About Mothers Excelling in School’s (J.A.M.E.S.) mentoring continues throughout the mentee’s college experience. Communities served include Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Alisa Davis-Bell, executive director
PHONE: 918-402-3547
EMAIL: alisa.bell@jamesinc.org

Through Multiplication Mastery Project from 2015-2017, 47 tutors/mentors have taught mulitplication to 900+ Kay County third and fourth graders. During fall 2017, tutors completed a hihgly successful experiment teaching kindergarteners upper and lower case letters and sounds at Lincoln Elementary, a 99% poverty school. After spring break, tutors will teach the same youths sight words. If this experiment is successful, tutors will teach an early September refresher for new first graders. Western Osage County towns served include Ponca City, Tonkawa, Newkirk and McCord. 
CONTACT: Don Jorgensen, project director
PHONE: 580-765-765-7520
EMAIL: dbackpacker@yahoo.com

New Life Trails uses animals to touch the heart of kids so their minds are teachable. New Life Trails has 10 acres of trails where the animals are located. Children and youth visit the trails and animals, and the animals go to the schools, churches, and tutoring facilities. New Life Trails has developed and published its own highly successful tutoring material. Pre- and post-testing shows a 35 to 60% retention increase during tutoring segments. The NLF organization works with the Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation and conducts a two-week camp during the summer with arts and crafts, science experiments, animals, Bible character training, bullying training and skits, math games, reader's theatre, and cumulative skills curriculum books. On Tuesday and Thursday, New Life Trails implements an after-school tutor/mentor program following the same format as the summer camp. In addition, NLT works with public and private schools to integrate the curriculum into the classroom and with families and individual parents for academic and character training. New Life Trails serves Ponca City, Newkirk, Blackwell, Tonkawa, Kay County, Osage County, and surrounding Northern Oklahoma Area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school, faith-based, group mentoring/tutoring, K-12th
CONTACT: Deborah Renee Spears, founder and executive director
PHONE: 580-763-7349
EMAIL:  newlifetrails@gmail.com

Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation
involves four churches being utilized to assist students at three elementary schools with Math and Language Arts in grades three through five. Students are assigned by the individual school staffs, and parents are involved with approval and transportation from the church facility. Students are transported from the school to the church facility, provided a healthy snack, and work with their assigned tutor for approximately one hour either one or two days per week. Sometimes work is done in small groups. The NOATF has received desktop computers from the school district for the students to use as an additional tool.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Laura Southard, board member
PHONE: 580-762-2431
EMAIL: southard@cableone.net

PONCA CITY
Through Multiplication Mastery Project  from 2015-2017, 47 tutors/mentors have taught multiplication to 900+ Kay County third and fourth graders. During fall 2017, tutors completed a highly successful experiment teaching kindergarteners upper and lower case letters and sounds at Lincoln Elementary, a 99% poverty school. After spring break, tutors teach the same youths sight words. Data continues to be gathered on the efficacy of this system. Western Osage County towns served include Ponca City, Tonkawa, Newkirk and McCord. To download the free latest version of the guide, click here.
CONTACT: Don Jorgensen, project director
PHONE: 580-765-765-7520
EMAIL: dbackpacker@yahoo.com

New Life Trails uses animals to touch the heart of kids so their minds are teachable. New Life Trails has 10 acres of trails where the animals are located. Children and youth visit the trails and animals, and the animals go to the schools, churches, and tutoring facilities. New Life Trails has developed and published its own highly successful tutoring material. Pre- and post-testing shows a 35 to 60% retention increase during tutoring segments. The NLF organization works with the Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation and conducts a two-week camp during the summer with arts and crafts, science experiments, animals, Bible character training, bullying training and skits, math games, reader's theatre, and cumulative skills curriculum books. On Tuesday and Thursday, New Life Trails implements an after-school tutor/mentor program following the same format as the summer camp. In addition, NLT works with public and private schools to integrate the curriculum into the classroom and with families and individual parents for academic and character training. New Life Trails serves Ponca City, Newkirk, Blackwell, Tonkawa, Kay County, Osage County, and surrounding Northern Oklahoma Area.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school, faith-based, group mentoring/tutoring, K-12th
CONTACT: Deborah Renee Spears, founder and CEO
PHONE: 580-763-7349
EMAIL: newlifetrails@gmail.com

Northern Oklahoma Academic Tutoring Foundation involves four churches being utilized to assist students at three elementary schools with Math and Language Arts in grades three through five. Students are assigned by the individual school staffs, and parents are involved with approval and transportation from the church facility. Students are transported from the school to the church facility, provided a healthy snack, and work with their assigned tutor for approximately one hour either one or two days per week. Sometimes work is done in small groups. The NOATF has received desktop computers from the school district for the students to use as an additional tool.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Laura Southard, board member
PHONE: 580-762-2431
EMAIL: southard@cableone.net

POTEAU
The Boys & Girls Club of Leflore County’s YES Mentoring Program is a school-based mentoring program serving students in fourth through eighth grade. Mentors spend approximately 30 minutes once a week with their mentee. The sessions are arranged during P. E., art, music or lunch. Sometimes the mentors remain with their mentees during their class activity or they may go to a designated site to work on a project together such as: designing t-shirts, building models, playing board games. If the weather permits, they may also go outside to play baseball, football, soccer, and/or basketball. They also may simply go for a walk on the school grounds, play on the playground equipment or just hang out and talk. State Senator Kenneth Corn, State Representative Neil Brannon, attorneys, bankers, firemen, college baseball coach, ministers, college students and other caring community citizens are among the group of caring individual who volunteer their time to help make a positive difference in the life of a child.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Arielle Perry, executive director
PHONE: 918-647-7136
EMAIL: ceobgclc@gmail.com

PRYOR
The Boys and Girls Club of Green Country’s Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) is designed to assist students with homework during the Club’s Power Hour, which begins at 4:30 p.m. daily. The program is located at all Boys & Girls Club locations in Mayes and Adair counties. AMP mentors are required to mentor a minimum of 3-5 hours per week. Mentors participate in an orientation prior to beginning the program and are required to meet monthly with a mentoring advisor. Mentors are instructed on how to interact with and encourage students. The Boys and Girls Club of Green Country serves over 1100 students in K-12 grades.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Sylvia Morgan, administrative assistant 
PHONE: 918-825-9843
EMAIL: smorgan@greencountrybgc.org

Pryor Public Schools

  • Leaders of Future Tigers (L.O.F.T.) is a partnership between the Pryor High School Leadership students and a select group of fourth through sixth grade students to focus on learning life-long leadership skills, emphasizing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become actively involved in the Pryor community at an early age. The students will seek first to understand and learn about the community and the needs of the community. They also complete a service-oriented learning opportunity each month during the school year.
  • Students in the Walking Wednesday: Safe Routes to Schools meet at a designated drop off site on Wednesday and high school leadership students walk them to their school. The program allows high school students to build relationships with elementary students, parents, and staff by taking a proactive approach in getting to know the elementary families while walking to school. Creating safer routes to Pryor’s three elementary schools allow physical activity to be integrated into every person’s daily life. With proper guidance and training, Walking Wednesday has resulted in less school traffic, fewer emissions, more active and healthier children, and more involved parents. Due to exercising before school, students arrive energized and ready to learn. What started out as a mentoring program has turned into building a sense of “neighborhood” for the entire community. Walking Wednesday is a partnership between the city of Pryor, Cherokee Nation, and Pryor Public Schools. 
  • Elementary Robotics, an after-school program, has high school students working with the robotics teams. Peer mentors provide suggestions, take photos of accomplishments, help with various housekeeping tasks, and encourage mentees.
  • Special Tigers Club, created by student Anthony Martinez in 2013-14, serves students with severe and profound special needs. Each club member is partnered with a special needs student, and together they accomplish various projects.                                                                                                            
  • Lincoln Challenge classes have fifth grade students mentoring third grade students and sixth grade students mentoring fourth grade students.
  • High School Heroes, begun in 2014-15, has high school mentors working with at-risk elementary students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, after-school
CONTACT: Gary Kennemer, PHS teacher
PHONE: 918-825-2340
EMAIL: kennemerg@pryorschools.org

Through Third Graders Go to Work: Mayes County Project, an interactive six-lesson curriculum, third-grade students learn about a local business. A teacher visits a business for a day to learn about the target company. A business man or woman spends time at school with the students, and eventually the students tour the company. Examples of curriculum include learning new vocabulary and workforce qualifications, analyzing a student’s own human resources, completing a job application and interview, applying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the workplace, etc. Barbara Hawkins, with the Chamber of Commerce, developed this highly successful program over a decade ago and has forged a solid business-education bond.
CONTACT: Barbara Hawkins, president, Pryor Chamber of Commerce
PHONE: 918-825-0157
EMAIL: info@PryorChamber.com

Thunderbird Challenge Program is designed to provide 16-18-year-old high school dropouts the opportunity to gain control over their lives. The program utilizes a structured approach to self-discipline, improving self esteem and physical fitness, thereby addressing the needs of the “whole person.” One of the most important requirements for each participant is to have at least one mentor. The role of a mentor is to serve as a role model, friend and advocate. Mentors are matched by gender and must be at least 21 or older. This program, a division of the Oklahoma National Guard and the National Guard Bureau Youth Challenge Program, is state and federally funded with no tuition charge to the family.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community
CONTACT: TyAna Whiteis, mentor coordinator
PHONE: 918-824-4853
EMAIL: tyana.whiteis@omd.ok.gov

SALLISAW
Sallisaw Public Schools Mentoring Program is a mentoring program for students at Liberty Elementary. Sallisaw high school sends around twenty students over once a month to mentor the students at Liberty. During this time, mentors talk with the students and do different activities/projects with them. Students are selected by collaborating with teachers and parents to identify student need. The program serves around twenty students from first and second grades.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Sarah Jackson, Sallisaw High School counselor
EMAIL:  sjackson@sallisawps.org

SEQUOYAH
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-724-7474
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

STILLWATER
The Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program, coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools. Each mentor spends at least one hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary or middle school student.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Beverly Woodrome, director 
PHONE: 405-236-0006
EMAIL: bwoodrome@ofe.org

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Stillwater (See listing under Statewide Programs)
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, community-based
CONTACT: Shelbi Smithton, area director
PHONE: 405-624-9922
EMAIL: shelbi.smithton@bbbsok.org

Oklahoma State University's College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (C.E.A.T.) hosts eight mentoring programs.

  • Architecture Mentoring Program is a seven-week program for all Arch/Arch Engineering Freshmen with upperclassmen serving as mentors.
  • Chemical Engineering Student Mentor Program - Senior Chemical Engineering majors who are active members of Omega Chi Epsilon (Honor Society for Chemical Engineering) serve as mentors and guides for Junior Chemical Engineering majors through the difficulty transition to and rigorous demands of Professional School (the last two years of the major).
  • Inspiring Successful Engineers (ISE) involves upperclass CEAT men mentoring incoming freshmen CEAT students.
  • CEAT Summer Bridge Program involves 90 incoming freshmen attending a three-week program before school begins. During that time, they are mentored by CEAT upperclassmen and administrators
  • Parker Engineering, Architecture & Technology Experts (PEATE) - PEATEs, as they’re called, are upper class male and female CEAT students who live in Parker Residence Hall with 200+ of the college’s new freshmen.  They serve as examples, guides, tutors and much more as they assist the entire building, but also a small group of Freshmen, through their first year of college and the rigors of studying engineering, architecture or technology.
  • Student Council Big-Little Program has selected upper class men and women act as "bigs’"to the CEAT Freshman Council "Lttles." Bigs act as mentors to the CFC-ers, particularly in the area of leadership both on campus and within CEAT.  They also help connect the freshmen to the student organizations within the college.
  • Scholars Mentoring Program pairs upperclassmen CEAT Scholars with freshmen CEAT Scholars to provide advice and academic support.
  • Women Inspiring Successful Engineers (WISE) involves upperclass CEAT women mentoring incoming freshmen women CEAT students.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer and/or alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Lance Millis, director, Student Academic Services
PHONE: 405-744-5276
EMAIL: lance.millis@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University's College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (C.E.A.T.)  Scholars Mentoring Program selects approximately 25 new freshmen each year to receive mentoring and other enrichment programming from CEAT upperclassmen, administrators as well as legislators and corporate heads.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate; peer and/or alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Amanda Williams, scholarship coordinator
PHONE: 405-744-4257
EMAIL: a.n.williamss@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine mentoring program pairs incoming first year student with both a student and physician mentor. Student mentors provide a colleague for the incoming students to help them navigate academics and provide advice for balancing academics with personal life. Physician mentors provide students with perspective and insight on longer term goals. Of course, all of our students are assigned faculty advisors who also play mentoring roles.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate mentoring, professional mentoring, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Jeff Hackler
EMAIL: jeff.hackler@okstate.edu

Cowboy Cousins, organized by the OSU Student Government Association, is a mentor program set up to help international students learn about the culture on campus. Student mentors are paired with an international student for either one semester or an entire academic year. As a Cowboy Cousin, mentors are expected to attend planned events that occur at least twice a month, as well as meet up with your "cousin" on a biweekly basis for lunch, dinner or just to hang out. This is a great way to learn about the culture of other countries as well as help integrate international students onto the OSU campus! In 2014-15, Cowboy Cousins has had over 20 events for members to attend throughout the year. Some of activities have been ice skating in Oklahoma City, pumpkin carving at Halloween, country western dance lessons, Cultural Night, and kayaking at Boomer Lake.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, peer-mentoring
PHONE: 405-744-9885
EMAIL: osucowboycousins@gmail.com

The Division of Institutional Diversity (ID) at the Oklahoma State University (OSU), is a group of programs designed to assist and support underrepresented and underserved students achieve and maintain environments, where all members are actively broadening their perspectives about differences; actively seeking to know individuals; actively including all members of the community in every aspect of the organization; and where students achieve academic excellence. 

  • The Diversity Academic Support/TRiO (DAS and TRiO) programs create a more inclusively diverse community of learners at OSU. DAS works with all individuals interested in promoting this work.
  • The Retention Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) and the Inclusion Leadership Program (ILP) are among the initiatives set forth to accomplish these goals. Students in these two programs mentor high school students through college-preparatory workshops and one-on-one peer mentoring during the academic year. TRiO programs funded by the Department of Education include the Upward Bound (UB) and Student Support Services (SSS) programs.  The UB program mentors junior and high school under-represented students, while the SSS program provides peer mentoring for first-generation, low income, and students with disabilities enrolled in academic programs at OSU. In addition, “First 2 Go,” a program for first-generation college students, utilizes students who have complete the program to peer mentor incoming first-generation students. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: High school, collegiate, peer and/or alumni mentoring
CONTACT: Dr. Jovette Dew
PHONE: 405-744-5335
EMAIL: jovette.dew@okstate.edu
CONTACT: Dr. Precious Elmore Sanders
PHONE: 405-744-5481
EMAIL: precious.elmore-sanders@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University's College of Human Sciences
  • Human Sciences Ambassadors is a group of undergraduate leaders who serve as peer mentors to freshmen, meet with prospective students who visit OSU’s College of Human Sciences, provide tours to prospective students and engage in related leadership activities. Mentoring through the Ambassadors’ program continues through graduation. Mentees become the mentors.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Laura Little Price, academic counselor
PHONE: 405-744-5053
EMAIL: laura.h.little@okstate.edu

  • Patricia Kain Knaub Center for Student Success serves the educational roles of:
    • Articulating the undergraduate academic programs and accompanying career opportunities
    • Delivering a highly engaging first-year experience for freshmen and transfer undergraduates
    • Delivering effective, student-centered, developmental advising services freshmen while providing professional development services to Human Sciences faculty advisors who advise junior and senior undergraduate students.
    • Providing leadership development opportunities through student leadership organizations, special events, professional development opportunities, prospective student recruitment, mentoring of first-year students, and related endeavors.
    • Engaging students in the career development process from the first-year experience through graduation 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate; faculty mentoring
CONTACT: Shiretta Ownbey, Ph.D., associate dean, Academic Programs and Services
PHONE: 405-744-5053
EMAIL: shiretta.ownbey@okstate.edu

Through the Meridian Technology Center Practical Nursing Peer Mentoring Program students enter two times per year so the “older” students are mentors for the “newer” students.  The mentor/mentee is then given guidelines regarding the requirements of how often to meet and suggested topics to discuss.  These meetings (contacts) start as weekly, then decrease to every other week then monthly as time goes by.  Staff have observed a difference in the cohesiveness of the two cohorts: older students are willing to assist newer students with assignments and skills (which gives them a review) and are overall more supportive of each other.

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Peer mentoring, transition, Career Tech    
CONTACT: Dolores Cotton, MSN, RN, Practical Nursing Coordinator
PHONE: (405) 377-3333, ext. 324
EMAIL: doloresc@meridiantech.edu


Oklahoma State University’s Scholar and Research Development
offers two mentoring programs. 
  • The Freshman Research Scholars program awards first-year students a scholarship to get involved in research in their study area. Staff finds a faculty mentor with whom freshmen work throughout the year and also hosts a Freshman Research Scholars Symposium in April. By identifying a faculty mentor in each freshman’s field in the fall, the freshman is introduced to research and learning about more possibilities. In 2018-19, around 90 freshmen participated in the program.
  • Wentz Research Scholars Program The Lew Wentz Foundation and Oklahoma State University provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Research program. Each year, $4,500 one-year Wentz Research Grants are given to approximately forty undergraduates, sophomore, junior or senior, to conduct Independent research with the guidance of a faculty mentor in any field of study (major). Students identify their own professors. The Wentz Scholars Program also hosts a research symposium.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Professorial mentoring and research
CONTACT: Latasha Tasci, program director
PHONE: 405-744-7612
EMAIL:  schdev@okstate.edu


Oklahoma State University’s LASSO Center has programs to help all OSU students succeed as they transition into college and throughout their college experience.  

  • Tutoring Program: Over 100 hired peer tutors provide one-on-one tutoring in over 400 undergraduate courses. LASSO tutors complete a training program that has been certified through the College Reading and Learning Association.  Students are able to schedule appointments to meet with a tutor up to seven times per week in any of the courses that covered.  The tutoring process is student-directed and peer tutor-facilitated rather than the tutor’s being seen as the “expert” meant to provide answers.
  • Supplemental Instruction Program: This program targets traditionally challenging courses that serve as introductory courses or “gateway” courses, e.g., for example, “Introductory Biology”, “General Chemistry”, “Introduction to Microeconomics”, etc.).  “SI Leaders” are hired students, who have successfully completed the course previously and earned an “A”.  SI Leaders sit in on the current lectures alongside students who are enrolled in the class. That SI Leader is implanted in the class to serve as a mentoring presence for enrolled students.  Students can ask the SI Leader questions before or after lecture, they can sit next to the SI Leader in class to better model successful student behaviors.  SI Leaders are students who are passionate about the course and equally passionate about helping other students succeed.  The SI Leaders also hold three weekly group review sessions over content covered in that week’s lecture and office hours for one-on-one collaboration.

CONTACT: Susan Malek, coordinator, tutoring
PHONE: 405-744-5020
EMAIL: susan.malec@okstate.edu
CONTACT: Tashia Cheves, coordinator, supplemental instruction
PHONE: 405-332-6588
EMAIL: tashia.cheves@okstate.edu 

  • Academic Success Coaching: Full-time coaches meet with students who typically self-identify as experiencing some issue or challenge that is hindering their success at OSU. The coach works with that student to identify their areas of personal skill and strengths, facilitates the student’s discovery of how they can best approach that challenge by employing their strengths, suggests areas for further skill exploration and development, and supports the student’s growth. 

TYPE OF PROGRAM: College-based, adult/professional mentors 
CONTACT: Mike Seaman, coordinator, academic support center
PHONE: 405-744-2451
EMAIL: mike.seaman@okstate.edu

MICAH Mentoring Program at Oklahoma State University began six years ago formally in partnership with Ardmore's MICAH Foundation, Inc. and Brenda Merritt, its director. Designed to eradicate emotional poverty, this intergenerational program teaches students mentoring skills to interact with compassion and respect for the elderly. Students play games, sing songs, have conversations, make garden and lawn improvements, read books, form skits, paint fingernails and basically become a friend with elderly in and outside of residential care units. Students meet at the beginning of each semester to be trained in risk management and elderly etiquette and are assigned to one of six elderly resident housing facilities.  They meet with a resident weekly for a total amount of time of at least 24 hours, to build a personal relationship of caring by interacting and providing one-on-one activity enhancement.  The MICAH Mentoring program began in Ardmore, OK 16 years ago and was introduced to OSU as a model program in 2010.  Primarily centered at OSU, the program has been initiated in other communities as requested. Students are encouraged to continue the program in their residential communities when they graduate from OSU.  The participants are recognized each year for their service to the communities at the OSU President’s Leadership and Service Reception. 

Approximately ninety students have been served by the program at OSU since its inception.  Although not all have finished the program, the concept has been introduced to faculty, staff, alums and others who would hope to see the skills of younger students include the precepts of the MICAH Mentoring Program.  Impact through presentations, training, and recruitment efforts has reached well over 1500 individuals, residents, community and family members, as well as many non-profits. Mentees are generally 70+ years of age and do not have the ability to perform tasks on their own.  We hope to expand this program in the future to include disabled and improve community living options and accessibility.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, community-based with elderly
CONTACT: Joyce Montgomery, coordinator, OSU Student Volunteer Center
PHONE: 405-744-5145
EMAIL: joyce.montgomery@okstate.edu

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business Mentoring Program has been developed to offer OSU Alumni and Friends the opportunity to interact with currently enrolled full time Spears School of Business students. Mentors share their experience, knowledge, network, and guidance with business students via bi-weekly communication and on campus events. Communication may be via e-mail, text, phone, Skype, Chronus, or face-to-face. Mentors and full time students enrolled in the Spears School of Business are matched at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. This program runs concurrently with the fall and spring semesters. Mentors/students typically conclude their relationship at the end of each semester.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate, alumni and professional mentoring
CONTACT: Lindsey Wallace, external relations
PHONE: 405-385-5160
EMAIL: lwallace@OSUgiving.com

STROUD
Jacob’s Ladder Foundation (JLF) is a community-supported educational after-school program designed to enrich elementary-age children identified with learning problems. Only children with learning challenges, identified and recommended by their regular classroom teachers, are accepted into the JLF Program.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-ba, community-based
CONTACT: Kim Wheeler
PHONE: 918-290-9260

The Stroud Public Schools Mentoring Program is designed to meet the academic needs of identified students in grades K-12.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Joe Van Tuyl, superintendent
PHONE: 918-968-2541
EMAIL: jvantuyl@stroud.k12.ok.us

TAHLEQUAH

Northeastern State University hosts eight mentoring programs for students. Student organizations and degree programs offer internal leadership opportunities and mentoring.

  • The Leadership Development Program offers introduction, intermediate and advanced classes to students with the hope to offer a capstone in the future.  Students must attend 5 workshops throughout the semester, complete pre-and-post assessments, and complete a Leadership Experience of their choosing.

  • The Center for Tribal Studies offers scholarships, internships, and student organizations for Native American students. The Center also offers a leadership summit for Indigenous students, hosts the Symposium on the American Indian each year, and is the home of the Native American Support Center.

  • The Native American Support Center offers peer-to-peer mentoring programs for Native American freshman students and offers tutoring services and weekly workshops designed to foster student success in college.

  • Students are paired with a mentor on campus through the Campus-wide Mentoring Program.

  • The Riverhawks Scholar Program is a 4-year certificate program for students with mild and/or moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities. Offers peer mentors throughout the 4-year program.

  • TRIO Services offers support services for low-income, disabled, or first-generation students including tutoring, graduate school preparation, workshops, seminars and peer mentoring.

  • The Future Alumni Network offers admission to alumni events, chances to network with alumni, and opportunities to take on leadership roles.

TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate mentoring, peer mentoring, alumni and/or professional mentoring 
CONTACT: Alisha Fletcher
EMAIL:  fletch@nsuok.edu

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

The Native American Mentoring Program
, sponsored by the Cherokee County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, provides a chance for students to have more positive relationships in Cherokee County. This program is designed to enhance the development of youth from third to sixth grade by allowing students to be more involved with 4-H. Mentors work directly with the youth in the schools to build academic and social skills. During after school programs throughout Cherokee County each week, mentors will spend one hour with their mentees while delivering educational lesson plans provided by the extension office as well as doing an activity or craft all while making memories that will last a lifetime. The Native American Mentoring Program also organizes family fun nights where mentors, mentees, and their family members can interact with one another while participating in activities ranging from game nights to skate nights and so much more.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, after-school, group mentoring
CONTACT: Carl Wallace, extension director
PHONE: 918-456-6163
EMAIL: carl.wallace@okstate.edu

STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Mentoring Clubs. In 2015-16, Woodall Middle School has one club with three mentors from STARBASE and one Woodall teacher-mentor.  In addition to its STEM project, Lego Mindstorms & VEX Robotics and Rocketry, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
SCHOOL CONTACT: Dr. Geary Crofford
PHONE: 918-456-1581(Woodall Middle School)
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, director
PHONE: 918-833-7757
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

TULSA

100 Black Men of Tulsa Inc., serves youths in grades six through twelve in the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County. The men mentor youth through a worldwide network of chapters. Across the United States and internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and 100 Black Men International are positively impacting the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs such as Mentoring the 100 Way and Collegiate 100®. Chapters also deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and that change the lives of tens of thousands of youth annually. Mentoring the 100 Way® - A holistic mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities. Through chapter operated one-on-one and group mentoring efforts, our members forge relationships that positively impact our greatest resource: our youth. The program focuses on building essential skills needed to become productive, contributing citizens. The Tulsa chapter is focusing upon on group mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based and after-school
CONTACT: Eddie L. Evans, president 
PHONE: 918-625-1336
EMAIL: eledle@sbcglobal.net

Asbury United Methodist Church Youth Mentoring/Tutoring Missions 

  • A&W - Asbury and Whitman Elementary Connection is Asbury's Partner in Education with Walt Whitman Elementary through the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteer as a Reading Listener, Lunch Bunch, math tutor, test monitor, work room or library aide with Asbury's partner school. Transportation is provided from Asbury for Lunch Bunch...eat lunch with a special friend. (Asbury won the Partner of the Year Award for 2011-2012.) Examples of A&W relief-type activities are providing Thanksgiving baskets, "angel tree" gifts, a Family Resource Center and family crisis situations.                                                                                                              
           TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
           CONTACT: Cathy Carney
           PHONE: 918-697-9529
           EMAIL: carneyclub@sbcglobal.net
  • Global Gardens is an after-school educational ministry for children from Union 6th and 7th Grade Center. Through hands-on inquiry-based learning, Global Gardens teaches an all-encompassing curriculum that connects the garden with other disciplines and allows students to connect the learning in the garden to both school learning and real life experiences.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
    CONTACT: Katie Thompson
    PHONE: 918-392-1179
    EMAIL: kthompson@asburytulsa.or
  • Project Transformation: Transforming the Lives of Children is an eight-week, summer literacy day camp for educationally underserved children in Oklahoma. It is affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. There are two to three church sites in Tulsa. Many children served by this program have unstable home situations as well as a lack of positive, consistent role models in their lives resulting in a lack of trust and feelings of abandonment. Each day during Project Transformation children read with an adult mentor for 30 minutes. This element of positive one-on-one interaction fosters a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for at-risk elementary age children. The camper’s reading level improves stimulating subsequent academic life successes. The adult volunteers also assist with art, music, theatre, computers, field trip enrichment and recreational activities. Asbury provided lunch for the college interns and on site volunteers plus an evening meal for the Interns. Church shuttles with drivers are available for field trips as needed and provided some lodging for the interns. We often express the feeling that we too are “transformed” with this rewarding opportunity to encourage and interact with young children. Since the program began in 2004 in West Tulsa, it has served thousands of children while providing outreach opportunities for thousands of volunteers. Asbury UMC enthusiastically considers it a privileged to participant in this rewarding program.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: Summer literacy day camp, faith-based
    CONTACT: Joanne Stadler, coordinator for Project Transformation
    PHONE: 918-622-3614
    EMAIL: ej2stadler@cox.ne
  • Young Lives is a mentoring program to develop one-on-one relationships with pregnant teens and young mothers and help introduce teens to Jesus Christ. Volunteers must be at least college age.
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: Faith-based
    CONTACT: Katlyn Reinhardt
    PHONE: 918-361-6731
    EMAIL: tulsayounglives@gmail.co
  • Youth At Heart, co-sponsored by Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church, grew out of Asbury’s serving children living in low-income housing in Tulsa for 36 years. The program was originally organized in 1976 as Destination Discovery by Asbury’s Pastor Bill Mason and Joe Harris to provide educational, social and spiritual programs for children in low-income housing during the after school hours. In 2003 at the urging of United Way Destination Discovery was merged with Helping Hands of Tulsa to provide uniform programs in each of the eleven apartment communities that they serve. The resulting organization was named Youth At Heart. Its mission is to shape, support and encourage inner-city youth. This organization now manages nine Tulsa Housing Authority recreation centers and provides children enrichment programs consisting of tutoring and character-building activities in eleven communities. Using Asbury shuttles, volunteers have been bringing 20 to 25 children, ages six to 12, to Asbury Monday afternoons each week during the school year. Students are at Asbury for one-on-one tutoring and playing constructive, interactive learning games 1 and ½ hours each Monday. The tutors provide help with math, reading and other subjects upon request by the student. Eighteen to twenty adult volunteers work with these children, one-on-one, tutoring them, playing interactive games, bonding and building strong academic skills. This also helps each child develop a positive self-image with a “Can Do” attitude. Some of these children have been involved in our Spring Break mission trips and other Asbury Youth activities. YAH has been an inspiring success, enriching the lives of both the students and the mentors!
    TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, Faith-based
    CONTACT: Kelvin Bonner, director of programs
    PHONE: 918-493-7311, ext. 14
    EMAIL: kbonner@youthatheart.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tulsa and Wagoner County as the premier one-to-one youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to over two hundred-fifty Tulsa children. Independent research demonstrates that the agency’s model of safely providing professionally supported one-to-one relationships has a direct and measurable impact. Volunteers make this impact though either school-based or community-based mentoring. In just four hours a month, children’s lives, kindergarten through 12th grade, are changed through mentoring.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based or community-based programs, one-to-one
CONTACT: Justin Wood, area director
PHONE: 918-744-4400    
EMAIL: justin.wood@bbbsok.org  

Camp Fire USA's
mission is to build caring confident youth and future leaders. By design, Camp Fire's programs, including small group experiences, after school programs, camping and environmental education, and service learning build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on youth-driven leadership experiences for older youth. Camp Fire USA is considered "group mentoring". One of our five essential elements to programming is, "We build youth and adult partnerships." The programming is designed to provide opportunities to build lasting relationships with adults by working together to design, implement, and evaluate what they do. One specific Camp Fire program is Community Building Clubs that pairs one or more adults with 10-15 youth in school-based mentoring relationships.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Jenny Briggs, program director 
PHONE: 918-592-2267
EMAIL: jbriggs@tulsacampfire.org

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Inc. offers volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement provides programs in 24 counties and 67 districts for students K-12. JA is on track to reach its goal of 52,000 students served in 2013-14. Group mentoring in classrooms and experiential learning opportunities include JA BizTown Learning Center in Tulsa, one of 30 in the United States; JA Job Shadow; and JA Investor Challenge. Businesses provide the volunteers.
CONTACT: Erica Irvine, VP of operations, Tulsa 
PHONE: 918-663-2150
EMAIL: eirvine@jaok.org

Through Life Launch, a program of Stand in the Gap Ministries, mentors invest in the lives of at-risk young people, especially youths aging out of foster care and foster alumni. Supported “wherever they are,” youths receive encouragement toward independence and self-sufficiency. After a training period, a team of three mentors commit to meet with their youth for at least 90 minutes every two weeks for a minimum of one year. Mentors spend six months getting to know their young friend without trying to “fix” him or her. After six months and if the youth is ready, the team begins to help the youth vocalize his or her goals and chart a path to achieving them. With a healthy and trusting relationship as a base, mentors connect each youth to the tools and resources he or she needs to give themselves a hand up. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based, team mentoring
CONTACT: TJ Warren, Life Launch program manager, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-585-6112
EMAIL: tj@sitgm.org.
CONTACT: Becky Corbin, Life Launch program manager, OKC
PHONE: 918-949-8489
EMAIL: bcorbin@sitgm.org

Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Pocket Player Mentors, a program of A Pocket Full of Hope®, is designed to help youth develop life-skills and learning using music, theater and dance. From its founding in 2000 until 2013, it has served over 5,000 youths from seven to twelve years of age in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Osage County. Expanding its impact, A Pocket Full of Hope brought a social responsibility training curriculum to students at Central Junior High, Central High School, McLain Junior High and McLain High School for the 2015-16 school year. Begun as a vision in 2008, A Pocket Full of Hope, Inc.’s Community Revitalization Center and Educational Research Institute, formally Tulsa’s historic Big 10 Ballroom, is becoming a performance hall, home, and cultural tourism center for Tulsa.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school
CONTACT: Dr. Lester Shaw, founder and executive director
PHONE: 918-430-1700
EMAIL: info@apfoh.com

Based on the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the good shepherd who will leave the 99 to go after the one that is lost, the ReachOne Initiative serves at-risk teens. Many of the students need mature, caring, consistent adults to help them make the transition from high school into the next phase of life including college and/or career. Teen mentees are often emancipated, soon aging out of the foster care system, and/or parenting teen moms and dads. Committing to at least once a week for the school year, ReachOne Initiative Mentors must be willing to invest time getting to know a student and building trust, helping them with school work, exploring job and career choices, etc. An outreach school, the academy’s success is shifting the focus from problem behaviors to building on the strengths of youth. ReachOne Initiative serves approximately 100 at-risk high school students per year Utilizing volunteers/mentors from all over the community, Tulsa Hope Academy, a nonprofit Christian alternative school, welcomes mentors with a heart for at-risk youths. 
TYPE: School-and community-based
CONTACT: Debra Mann, executive director, Tulsa Hope Academy 
PHONE: 918-398-8192
EMAIL: debramann@tulsahope.org

Reach & Rise Mentoring Program®, offered by the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, is a National YMCA program designed to build a better future for youth by helping them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults. Reach & Rise supports selected youth ages 6-17. Among many requirements, mentors must pass a background check, provide reference checks, make a one-year commitment, meet with youth 1-3 hours each week, complete 15+ hours of training, and be 23+ years old. Referred by YMCA camp program staff,  school counselors, teachers and principal, mentees must go through an application and screening process.
CONTACT: Susan Baston, director
PHONE: 918-728-3909
EMAIL: sbaston@ymcatulsa.org

Reading Partners
, a national program model, began in Tulsa in 2013, by placing community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills. Its one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student. In 2014-15, Reading Partners had 1,200 mentors at 15 school sites with additional sites scheduled for next year. It’s motto is “One tutor. One child. Infinite possibilities.”
TYPE OF PRGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Jessica Risenhoover, community engagement manager, Tulsa
PHONE: 918-949-1979
EMAIL: jessica.risenhoover@readingpartners.org, volunteertul@readingpartners.org

Mentors at Tulsa Public Schools' Sequoyah Elementary School meet one-on-one with their mentee for an hour a week throughout the school year. Sequoyah Elementary School is actively looking for volunteers to serve as mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Dianna Potts. 
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Dianna Potts
PHONE: 918-746-9360
EMAIL: pottsdi@tulsaschools.org

STARBASE 2.0, a National Guard Youth Program, is an afterschool, STEM-based, group mentoring program, called Afterschool Native American Clubs. Union Public Schools has two clubs. In 2015-16:
  • Tulsa Union’s 6th Grade Native American Club has five mentors, one from NORDAM, three from Union staff or faculty, and one from the Tulsa Tech PLTW. In addition to the club’s STEM project, SeaPerch Underwater Submersible Radio-Controlled Vehicle, the mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
  • Union’s 7th Grade Native American Club has 7 mentors, one from NORDAM, two Union faculty or staff, one from STARBASE, one from Tulsa Tech, and one TANG Environmental professional. In addition to the club’s STEM project of Weather & Rocketry, mentors and mentees employ goal-setting and team-building skills.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: After-school, STEM
PHONE: 918-357-4326 (Tulsa Union Middle School), 918-833-9800 (Starbase Oklahoma)
UNION MIDDLE SCHOOL STARBASE CONTACT[S]: Pam Lee, Sue Harlson 
EMAIL[S]: lee.pamela@unionps.org, harlson.sue@unionps.org
STARBASE OKLAHOMA CONTACT: Pam Kirk, direcr, STARBASE Oklahoma
EMAIL: pamela@starbaseok.org

STIRRUPS, Will Rogers College High and Junior High Mentoring Program, was launched by the Will Rogers Community Foundation, Inc., and the Will Rogers Community in Schools the second semester of 2015. Mentors from alumni, churches, and the University of Tulsa meet with seventh- through twelfth-grade students during advisory class.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Susan Mulvaney, site coordinator, Communities in Schools, Mid-America
PHONE: 918-833-9087
EMAIL: susan.mulvaney@cismidamerica.org 

Street School Mentoring Program is the only tuition free, non-profit, alternative high school of choice in the Tulsa area that provides education, therapeutic counseling and outreach programs for at risk youth. Potential volunteers complete the mentoring application and a background check. After clearance, the mentor attends a training session and he/she is then paired with a Street School student. Each mentor meets with their mentee for one hour each week at the school.
TYPE: School-based
CONTACT: Jana Emerson, associate executive director
PHONE: 918-833-9800
EMAIL: emersja@tulsaschools.org

The Tulsa Boys' Home has a variety of ways to volunteer. We actively seek and value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our volunteers. We foster an environment in which volunteers feel welcome and appreciated. Our volunteers exemplify the generous spirit of unselfish giving. The purpose of having volunteers is to enhance our programs and services and to provide a positive atmosphere that promotes personal and professional growth and achievement for volunteers. Volunteering creates an opportunity for people in the community to form a partnership with Tulsa Boys' Home. We actively search for mentors to supply our 64 boys with their own personal mentor to aid in their growth and overcome their personal, social, mental and/or drug abuse problems. In 2012, TBH served 196 Oklahomans, sixth through twelfth grade, from every city and county.
TYPE: Community-based
CONTACT: Jeff Johnson, volunteer coordinator
PHONE: 918-245-0231
EMAIL: jjohnson@tbhinc.org

The University of Tulsa True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program is a year-round expanded learning opportunity that serves qualifying elementary students, kindergarten through sixth grade, and families in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. The primary mission of the program is to provide a safe and structured environment for students during the afterschool hours, specifically in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood. The program offers a healthy meal each day; school aligned reading curriculum administered in a small group setting, individual and group mentoring, field trips and social and behavioral supports. The program operates inside Kendall Whittier Elementary School, in Tulsa, OK. The program staff works closely with school staff. It maintains an office inside the school and shares professional development opportunities as offered. In 2013, the program added six paid teaching assistants which work each program day. In addition, the program has an average of eight to ten University of Tulsa students working through the Federal Work-Study program each year. The average length of service of work-study students is four years. Partners are Kendall Whittier, Inc. Community G.R.O.W. Garden, Kendall Whittier Elementary School, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative and The University School.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Olivia Landrum, director, True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program
PHONE: 918-232-4528
EMAIL: olivia-landrum@utulsa.edu

World Baseball Outreach, provides “faith-based mentoring and encouragement to the underserved youth across the Midwest US and in strategic International locations, while building enduring relationships and preparing leaders for tomorrow through baseball and softball." Youth in three grade categories—K-5th, 6-8th and 9th-12th—are served in Tulsa and surrounding Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas nationally and Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Brazil.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Community-based
CONTACT: Holly Moreland, facility coordinator 
PHONE: 918-893-4772
EMAIL: hmoreland@worldbaseballoutreach.org

Young People of the Next Foundation (YPNG) uses modern technology to connect young people, grades 8-12, with mentors who will motivate them to build a record of achievement in high school and get additional education and training. YPNG Mentors also help them make a good career choice by exposing them to a wide variety of career opportunities and the realities of working in those careers and by showing them how to create a plan to reach their career goals. The YPNG program uses virtual classrooms with no more than five students interacting with one mentor. YPNG also does interviews with our YPNG Mentors that are part of our Mentor Library where students can research various careers. YPNG has recently begun doing these interviews as podcasts and are encouraging students to record their own interviews of successful people that YPNG will convert into podcasts and post on the site to share with other students. This program will open doors for students to interact with successful people in careers that interest them and will help students build confidence and learn communication skills. Beginning in 2014, YPNG had 1500 students visited the site each month in 2017.
TYPE: Online through virtual classrooms and podcasts
CONTACT: Bill Langdon, founder
PHONE: 918-261-4474
EMAIL: administrator@ypng.com

VERDIGRIS
Volunteers for Youth PAL Program is a school based mentoring program that pairs an adult (mentor) with a particular student (mentee) for the weekly meetings. The meetings take place at the school site during the school day. Mentors strive to become the student’s friend, role model, motivator and personal advocate.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Celina Davis, PAL program director
PHONE: 918-724-7474
EMAIL: celina.d@volunteersforyouth.com

WEATHERFORD
Through the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, minority college students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are paired with faculty mentors to learn research skills. Each campus in the Oklahoma Alliance has a campus coordinator who adds extra mentoring to the students in the program. The mentor works with the students to find a "fit" with a faculty mentor and is there to guide the students toward degree completion and hopefully into a graduate program or a work environment suitable to their degree program. Oklahoma Alliance campuses include Lawton, Ada, Langston, Tahlequah, Alva, Stillwater, Durant, Weatherford, Edmond, Norman and Tulsa.
CONTACT: Brenda Morales, LSAMP director
PHONE: 405-744-6710
EMAIL: blm@okstate.edu

Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers two mentoring programs.

  • New faculty are assigned peer mentors by the heads of their departments.
  • The University offers college success coaching for at-risk students.

TYPE OF PROGRAM: College mentoring, peer mentoring, academic success coaching
CONTACT: Dr. James South, provost and vice president for academic affairs
PHONE: 580-774-3771
EMAIL: james.south@swosu.edu

In the SWOSU Neuroscience Mentoring Program at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Neuroscience Lab, undergraduate students are exposed to novel scientific research and trained to perform experiential learning in the field of neurobiology. Mentees and mentors include high school, undergraduates, high school teachers and college instructors. In this program, everyone is a both mentor and mentee. All learn from and teach one another. Mentees study how neuronal connections are formed and maintained in a developing and adult brain. For these studies, they use a well characterized microscopic worm called C. elegans and translate their findings to more complex organisms such as humans. Through this work, biology undergraduates at SWOSU have produced over 70 oral and poster presentations to scientific meetings in the last five years, published five manuscripts at peer reviewed journals, and communicated their research findings to general public in numerous community outreach events including Brain Awareness Week, Science in Action, and the Women in Science Symposium. The location of the mentoring program is Weatherford, however; students from all over the United States as well as international students from Canada, Cameroon, Nepal, Mexico, and Argentina have participated.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Collegiate
CONTACT: Andrea Holgado, Ph.D.
PHONE: 580-774-3230
EMAIL: andrea.holgado@swosu.edu

Weatherford Public School mentors at Burcham Elementary School meet once a week at 7:30 a.m. with one child to read for fun. Mentors participating in the Early Bird Reading Program are not teaching the child to read, but fostering a love of reading. It accomplishes several things: an adult/child relationship, love of reading, practice of reading, and an improvement in reading. This is for all first grade students, regardless of reading level. Mentors are retired teachers, business people, high school and college students, parents and grandparents.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Danielle Schmidt, program director
PHONE: 580-774-0812
EMAIL: dschmidt@wpsok.org

WOODWARD
Woodward High School's Freshmen Mentoring Program (FMP) or a Friendly Meeting Place uses upperclassmen to mentor freshmen. Juniors and seniors meet with assigned small groups of freshmen in classrooms each Wednesday for 20 minutes to provide them with information that will help make a more successful transition to high school. Student mentors, who must apply and, if accepted, surrender part of their lunch and serve as role models and guides to high school life all year. Topics vary along with some small and large group activities, e.g., pep rallies, being competitive with the upperclassmen, community service, bullying, campus involvement, grades, motivation, and others. Mentors and faculty members focus upon approximately 200 current freshmen.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based, peer mentoring
CONTACT: Tacy Hurst, English instructor
PHONE: 580-256-5329
EMAIL: hurst@woodwardps.net

YUKON
INTEGRIS Health established the INTEGRIS Positive Directions Mentoring Program in 2007 to pair mentors from INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Regional Hospital with students at Shedeck Elementary and Independence Elementary. During the 2011/2012 school year, 13 mentors participated donating 180 hours of mentoring time. The mission of Positive Directions is to provide the educational support necessary to enhance the learning experience of at-risk students. Our goals and objectives are to build self-esteem, provide positive role models, provide assistance in overcoming negative behaviors, and improve classroom participation and academic success of children. Our mentors spend one hour per week, during the school day, with their assigned student throughout the school year. Our returning mentors continue to work with their student from the previous year in order to provide the continuity these students desperately need.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Corporate-sponsored, school-based
CONTACT: Tobi Campbell, director
PHONE: 405-717-9831
EMAIL: tobi.campbell@integrisok.com

In 1969, Yukon Public Schools established Helping Hands, a group of volunteers who assist teachers and work with students. Realizing the need for a mentoring program, the school district implemented a mentoring component to the volunteer organization in 1996. Currently, 131 Helping Hands volunteers serve as mentors, with a total of 578 volunteers helping in other areas. Yukon’s mentoring program is focused on working with students who are struggling with self-esteem or family issues. Mentoring takes place during school hours at the student’s school, and child care is provided for a small fee to mentors who have children between the ages of 18 months to 5 years.
TYPE OF PROGRAM: School-based
CONTACT: Dianna Mann, volunteer services coordinator
PHONE: 405-354-3716
EMAIL: Dianna.Mann@yukonps.com

RESOURCES

Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB)
has both adult and youth WIOA funded programs in Canadian, Cleveland, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties. The youth program provides programs and services that ensure youth acquire the education, skill, work experience and support they will need to reach their full potential and successfully transition to productive adulthood. Individuals 16-24 with one or more of the following barriers may benefit from our program: Pregnant/Parenting, Foster Youth, Justice System, Homeless/Runaway, Individual with a Disability, Low Income and Basic Skills Deficient, or English as a second language.
TYPE: Community-based, career/workforce oriented
CONTACT: Yolanda Alexander Scott, youth services program manager 
PHONE: 405-622-2026 X 301
EMAIL: yolandascott@cowib.org

NorthCare is a private not-for-profit community mental health center, established in 1981 to provide mental health services in the north part of Oklahoma County. NorthCare has locations in other communities, but the center is also a resource for special communities and individuals. From assisting teen parents, veterans, and the homeless to those in foster care, probation, and re-entry, NorthCare delivers multiple services for children and adults. 
TYPE OF PROGRAM: Resource for mental health service programs
PHONE: 405-858-2700

These mentoring resources are provided as a service of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and links to other mentoring programs and resources do not necessarily represent the policies and positions of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.