The Edmond Sun

November 16, 2013

Outstanding youth mentors sought for Capitol event


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative are encouraging youth mentoring organizations across the state to submit their 2013 outstanding mentors for recognition as part of Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol, to be Jan. 15.

“The goal of Oklahoma Mentor Day is to recognize outstanding mentors from all types of youth mentoring organizations around the state and to provide fun, educational activities for the honorees and their mentees to share,” said Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative.  “Mentor Day also draws attention to the value of mentoring and the tremendous impact that mentors make in their mentees’ lives.”

Outstanding Mentor submission forms are available online at www.okmentors.org. Forms are due on or before Dec. 16. To participate, mentoring organizations must be registered as members of the Boren Mentoring Initiative’s statewide network. Organizations not currently listed in the network can join at no cost at www.okmentors.org. Mentoring organizations may include school-based, faith-based, corporate programs, colleges and career-techs or community nonprofits.

Mentors and their mentees will be recognized at a ceremony in the House Chambers beginning at 10 a.m. The event will include lunch and educational activities presented by the Oklahoma City Zoo Education Department. Capping off the day will be an optional mentor-mentee outing to the Devon Ice Rink in downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Mentor Day is held in conjunction with National Mentoring Month in January and sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

The foundation launched the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative in 2006 to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide. Named for foundation founder and chairman David L. Boren and his wife, Molly, the initiative grew out of Boren’s own commitment to mentoring and the impact that mentoring can have on a student’s success in and out of the classroom.

Through the initiative, the foundation works with school districts, businesses, faith groups, mentoring organizations and others to promote mentoring as a positive step toward academic success. The initiative seeks to be a resource for training, best practices, program models and mentoring data. The foundation has established a directory of more than 100 mentoring organizations statewide and provides opportunities for networking, training and promotion among its mentoring partners. The mentoring initiative also serves as a referral and recruitment resource for prospective mentors and mentees. The Mentoring Initiative hosts a blog, “The Oklahoma Mentor,” at okmentor.blogspot.com. The foundation is Oklahoma’s leader for National Mentoring Month activities each January.

For more information, contact Beverly Woodrome, director of the Boren Mentoring Initiative, at 236-0006 or visit www.okmentors.org.