Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tulsa's Partners in Education: About Mentoring

Note the different forms of mentoring suggested by the Tulsa 
Partners in Education program. All are applicable in any town. 

City of Tulsa joins Partners in Education program

Posted on: February 28th, 2014
The Honorable Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Tulsa Mayor, First Lady Victoria Bartlett and school leaders on Friday inaugurated the city of Tulsa’s new partnership with Emerson Elementary School, wherein city employees are being asked to spend their lunch hour with Emerson students weekly as part of the Partners in Education program.
The announcement was made at the Mentoring to the Max Breakfast with Dewey Bartlett, where the Tulsa region’s top mentoring leaders and organizations — including Junior Achievement, 100 Black Men of Tulsa and Skills USA — came together to describe how even an hour of one-on-one time with a child can have a dramatic impact on academic performance, behavioral tendencies and overall well-being.

A key component of the Partners In Education program, mentoring is a free and easy way to boost volunteerism and general well-being among your company’s employees, improve community standing and help make a difference in the lives of students. Mentoring can take a number of forms, including:

  • A regular but brief one-on-one session with a student in which a mentor visits informally with the child. Discussion topics might include schoolwork or the child’s home life, but regardless of the topic, the mentor acts as a responsible friend. Just having a stabilizing adult presence can boost a child’s grades and instill self-confidence.

  • Lunch buddies. An even more informal one-on-one mentor relationship, lunch buddies need only spend one lunch hour a week with a student in a friendly lunchtime environment.

  • A one-time “career presentation” to a classroom. Students can benefit from hearing the perspective of a member of the workforce regardless of profession. Exposure to different professions and potential careers can give a child direction in life.

  • Opening up a workplace to guided tours for students. Much like career presentations to classrooms, workplace tours can be a powerful influence on a student’s career choices.

Email Chamber Education Program Manager Kuma Browne at for mentor opportunities.

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