Monday, December 23, 2013

Magical Mentoring Tour I

The Boren Mentoring Initiative, a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, conducted its first Magical Mentoring Tour on December 13, 2014, at Cameron University in Lawton.

The purpose of the tour to each quarter of the state is to provide an overview of mentoring options.

The agenda of the first tour included presentations about the Boren Mentoring Initiative and its Advisory Committee, school-based mentoring, after-school mentoring, and the four school-based Oklahoma mentoring models along with appropriate videos interspersed between presenters. Box lunches were served, and drawing prizes will be sent to lucky attendees.

Follow-up and consulting in various forms will occur after the event. Beginning a mentoring program is a community strategy and partnership. Attendees also received a post-event critique through Survey Monkey in order to improve future presentations and provide additional information.

From Lawton, three Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence trustees as well as one trustee's husband helped us in creating and launching the event. 'Special thanks to Albert Johnson, Beth Johnson, and Linda and Larry Neal.

Indispensable MM Tour women: Mendy Stone, Trina Kettrles (Cameron) and Christine Sorrels

Keli Collins, counselor, Eisenhower Middle School; Kristy Hardy, assistant principal, Eisenhower MS; Lynn Bellamy, assistant superintendent, Anadarko PS; Beth Johnson, president, Lawton PS Foundation and OFE trustee; Randy Harris, superintendent, Fletcher PS; Lori Hayes, counselor, Navajo PS, Altus; Angela and Jeffrey Bolds, founders of "Men & Me" mentoring program, Lawton; Lennie Orwell, founder of Stand for Something or Fall for Anything and gang expert, Lawton; and Rick Garrison, superintendent, Cheyenne PS, and also co-creator/sponsor of the district's "Life 101" program for seniors.  

 Other attendees of the Magical Mentoring Tour in Lawton are (seated) Jerri Manning, principal, Lawton HS; Jennifer McGrail, director of alumni relations, Cameron University; Martina Callahan, admission counselor, Job Corps, Lawton; Kimberly Perdue, youth career & education coach, ResCare Workforce Services, Chickasha; and Lara Jernigan, youth career coach, ResCare Workforce Services, Chickasha.  Standing are Christine Sorrels, director, Helping Hands Volunteers & Millers Mentor Program, Yukon PS; Jerrold Jones, assistant principal, Lawton HS; Kim Bryant, executive director, Southwestern Youth Services, Altus; Melanie Wilkins, Bonnie Talley and Nancy Bowling, volunteers, The Well Outreach, Duncan; and Mendy Stone, executive director, Volunteers for Youth, Rogers County. Taking the photo was Bev Woodrome, director, the Boren Mentoring Initiative, OFE.

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