Some examples in Oklahoma City include Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, SandRidge Energy, SONIC Corporation, INTEGRIS Health, Mercy Hospital, American Fidelity and Walmart. Chesapeake's wide range includes elementary, middle and high school programs. AT&T's ASPIRE Program also targets high school-age youths. Building a relationship with youth is much more effective in the long-term than making a monetary donation, although donations to community organizations are always needed. Many of these corporations are reaching out to youth in diverse relational ways.
Recently, we discovered that Rotary International, one of the world's major civic organizations, primarily composed of business leaders, has its own mentoring program. Here is a link to the international website and also a screen shot of the San Antonio Rotary Club's website posting of the program.
Rotarians can participate in existing mentoring programs within their own communities for all students--elementary through high school and postsecondary--if they do not want to sponsor their own initiatives.
It's all about shaping the future, isn't it?
http://www.rotarystudentprogram.org/ International Rotary
http://www.rotarysa.org/YouthMentoring.cfm Rotary Club of San Antonio
|Screen shot of the Rotary webpage|