Mentor 4 OK Monthly
Mentoring+ Resources III
September 2021 | Issue No. 18
In This Issue News • Videos • Resources • Inclusion
From the Editor

Thanks to all who continue mentoring remotely, in-person with precautions, or in a hybrid method. You sacrifice to build quality of life, opportunity, and workforce development.

Advocacy Update Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-04) is a sponsor of H.R.3342 - Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2021. Congressman Cole mentors novice legislators in the House of Representatives mentoring program. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02) is an original sponsor of the H.R.3083 - Foster Youth Mentoring Act of 2021. We visited with Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK-05).
Cheyenne at OSSBA/CCOSA Conference
Caption: Mrs. Whitney Moore, JH/HS Principal, and Cayleigh King, Lane Batterton, and Jake Hammer, 7th Grade Talls, at the OKC Convention Center.

Read more, including some Cheyenne mentoring activities. PowerPoint Video coming!
A New-to-Us Reentry Program with Mentoring

Coolest Group Activity

OKC hip hop artist Jabee and Chris Gaylor from The All-American Rejects brought a beats workshop to the kids of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Oklahoma City.
Disability Inclusive Mentoring Certification

Mentor4OK and Beverly Woodrome have received certification for Disability Inclusive Mentoring after completing the National Disability Mentoring Certification Course.
Upcoming Conferences

MENTOR Colorado Mentoring Summit virtual, Oct. 12-14, or in-person, Oct. 21

Mentoring Program Videos
Tarell Earl
Founder and Director, POPS
Alicia Keathley, Tulsa, and Hayden Coffee, OKC, Directors,
Life Launch, Stand in the Gap Ministries
Middle School Students & Opportunity
Mentoring middle school students is critical. A part of the Therapeutic Mentoring Course discussions, Unicef's The Adolescent Brain features a video, compendium, podcasts, and infographics.
Social-Emotional Learning for K-16+

Chicago International Charter School – Bucktown, featured on NBC's TODAY, has significant academic and behavioral results from teachers' being trained in and using social-emotional learning, a daily "Feel Trip." Children from the lowest performance levels have thrived.

Social-Emotional Learning is an important component of successful mentoring, coaching, and teaching. Previously shared with permission, MENTOR Nebraska developed this customizable SEL training for the PALS Mentoring Program in Claremore.

To evaluate the SEL of its mentees, AARP Foundation's Experience Corps values DESSA as pre- and post-tests. Ask your school about The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) Comprehensive System for K-8. Anecdotally, the "sweet spot" of the AARP program's intervention is second through fifth grade.

Older youths and adults who missed skills may benefit from SEL development presented in an age- or situation-appropriate manner.
Disabilities (and Inclusion) - All Ages
Permanent, Temporary, and Situational
Invisible or visible and variable in degree, disabilities can be cognitive, physical, or a combination. Disabilities can separate people from physical and social environments. Through personal biases and anxiety, we can unintentionally ostracize others. Mentoring is inclusive.
Examples: Concussions, tumors, multiple sclerosis, migraines, substance abuse, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), mental illness, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s, Huntington's, muscular dystrophies, meningitis and encephalitis, strokes, neurodevelopment disorders, e.g., aphasia, autism, attention deficit, dyslexia, dyscalculia, intellectual and memory loss.
Megan Sanders,
#MentorNorman Founder
Megan Sanders talks about the why for #MentorNorman - a call to mentor for Oklahomans.
Whitney Dunn
Boys & Girls Club, Norman
Whitney Dunn, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, explains her program and recruits mentors.
Darcy Pippins, Elementary Spanish Mentors
Norman High School's Darcy Pippins and mentors Reece and Landon Gibbins share.
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