|Ruth Richers, a volunteer for Youth at Heart mentoring program of Tulsa, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Youth At HeartYouth At Heart has recognized Ruth Richers of Tulsa as its outstanding mentor because of her dedication to the Christ United Methodist Church tutoring program, which serves students at Mark Twain Elementary School.
Since 1976, Youth At Heart has provided quality educational and recreational after-school and summer programs to youth ages 6 to 18 who live in Tulsa public housing and low-income apartment communities. Its educational, cultural and recreational programs provide an effective alternative to idleness, vandalism, school truancy, drug use and gang-related activities.
Ruth, who is an administrative assistant for the Boyd Group, has been volunteering for Youth At Heart for more than eight years.
“Ruth initially became a tutor in 2007 to satisfy a personal desire of impacting a child’s life through the one-on-one weekly tutoring sessions,” said Kelvin Bonner, director of Youth At Heart Enrichment Programs. “Two years later, Ruth embraced the challenge to become a coordinator for the tutoring program after the previous leader retired. As the coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting tutors, planning educational activities for the students, and overseeing the total program.”
While she started by impacting one child, Ruth now positively affects up to 20 children each week in her expanded role, Kelvin added.
“Since she doesn’t have any grandchildren of her own, Ruth fills that void by pouring her love and energy into the Youth At Heart children from Mark Twain Elementary,” Kelvin said. “Ruth says her biggest reward is seeing the students grow and develop throughout the year. We appreciate Ruth’s valuable service in helping Youth At Heart to equip youth for success.”