Academic All-State Alumni Mentor ProgramAcademically at-risk children in five Oklahoma communities are reaping the rewards of mentoring through a unique program that pairs them with some of the state’s brightest young scholars. The Academic All-State Mentor Program, coordinated by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools in Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa and Weatherford.
The Academic All-State Mentor Program provides positive academic role models to students in Title I schools, where at least half the children are at or below the poverty level. All-State Mentors spend at least one hour a week volunteering one-to-one with an assigned elementary school student. In some cases, mentors are given worksheets and selected activities to assist their students in areas of specific need. In other schools, mentors are challenged to identify their child's needs and formulate plans to address them.