Treasure Sandeford

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Treasure Sandeford (center), a volunteer with Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren (second from right). Joining in the presentation are Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left) and mentees MaKenzie Gering (left) and Savana Harris. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Treasure Sandeford

Boys & Girls Club, Nowata

Treasure Sandeford has been named the outstanding mentor for the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata. Boys & Girls Club's mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Treasure, who is also the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, mentors 12 year-old Savanah and 10 year-old Mackenzie. According to Emily Harris, program manager at the Nowata Club, Treasure has had one of the longest-running mentoring careers at the Nowata Club. She has mentored Savanah for one year and Mackenzie for three years.

About their mentor, Savanah said, ““Ms. Treasure was always there for me no matter what.” Mackenzie added, “Ms. Treasure is always kind and she really cares about me.”

Treasure spends hours working closely with both Savanah and Mackenzie on homework, reading, arts and crafts, dancing, watching movies, baking and experimenting with science projects.

“The unique bond she has with her mentees is a joy to behold,” Emily said. “She and her mentees are an excellent example of how mentoring should work.”