Mentoring Dates and Activities

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative
Kicking off Oklahoma’s Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge is University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley (center) with mentors and mentees. Oklahoma’s Coaches Mentoring Challenge is a statewide campaign, running Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, to encourage sports fans to mentor young people in their communities. Results will be announced during January 2018, National Mentoring Month. Joining Riley (from left) are Chris Lambakis and mentee Braydon Richey, Students Striving for Success, El Reno; Michael Patlan and mentee Griffin Sellers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Norman; mentees Ian Manues and Sydnie Woodfork (second from right) with Officer Ali Jaffery, Police Activities/Athletic League (PAL), Norman; and Nolan Kelley, an OU chemical engineering senior and mentor in OU’s Chevron Phillips Mentoring Program.

Mentoring Dates and Activities


Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, 2017 - The 2017 Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge has ended, but the posting of coaches who endorsed the call for sports fans to become youth mentors continues into January, National Mentoring Month. Results will be forthcoming. Thanks to all coaches who participated and to all mentoring programs, which are sharing local coaches's posts.

NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH, JANUARY 2018 - Promote, recruit, fundraise & celebrate!

I Am a Mentor Day, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 – Encourage mentors to celebrate their role through social media, stickers, etc. Identify your mentors in various ways, e.g., stickers, tent cards at desk, “I Am a Mentor” image posted on their Facebook pages, etc. Mentors, reflect upon your role and the ways your mentees have enhanced your lives.

National Mentoring Month Kick-off Twitter Chat, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 (3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT) - Sponsored by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, this is a social media opportunity to discuss all the National Mentoring Month and how mentoring is impacting local communities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceMonday, Jan. 15, 2018 – Inspired by the inpspirational words of Martin Luther King, Jr., perform community service as a mentoring group or partner with other community organizations.

International Mentoring Day, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 - Join international conversations on social media with photos, video and photographs.

Oklahoma Mentor Day, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, University of Oklahoma. Recognize outstanding mentors from all types of Oklahoma mentoring programs. To register to attend any or all of the activities, email or call 405-590-4063.

#ThankYourMentorDay, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2019 –Thank your mentors, e.g., with a memento, card, breakfast, cookies, sign, group activity with mentees, etc. Join the international #ThankYourMentorDay campaign on social media!