Mentor 4 OK Monthly
Promise through Mentorship
February 2021 | Issue No. 12
In This Issue
National Mentoring Month Advocacy and Summit • Videos
Upcoming Webinars • Spotlighting
From the Editor

Consider the word mentor not as a noun to be defined but a verb to be acted upon to validate and encourage another's promise. Oklahoma colleges initiate and perfect the endless opportunities to validate the promise of others through mentoring.

We are expanding our list of college leadership programs, which include mentoring, coaching, leadership development, and connections to internships.

The virtual 2021 National Mentoring Summit had almost 4,000 participants, mostly focused upon K-12. Presentations about research, social capital (networks and connections), youth voice, and equity dominated.

College personnel as individuals may support legislation promoting mentoring for K-12. Mentoring legislation impacts Oklahomans through funding, research, technical assistance, and models while indirectly supporting the pipeline to college.

Two Oklahoma leaders created programs to solve problems: Kodey Toney, who founded the Pervasive Parenting Center (CPRC), and Bryon Dickens, who designed and directs his model for minority students.

We are seeking "My Mentor" stories. OU's Dr. Ronald Anderson, the first contributor, mentioned a college professor from about twenty years ago, and now they have reestablished contact. The story is coming soon. Submit your mentor.

See a mentor shout-out below.

Upcoming videos or webinars include OU's Chevron Phillips Scholar Mentors, J.A.M.E.S. (Just About Mothers Excelling in School), OU's JCPenney Leadership Program, and more.
National Mentoring Month & Summit
The pandemic and winter break hindered Oklahomans' widely celebrating National Mentoring Month in January. Let's plan ahead for and schedule mentoring awareness for next January, especially through mayoral and college presidential proclamations and social media.

  • Oklahoma's National Mentoring Month Ideas
  • K-12+ Mentoring Bills to Champion
  • Links to NMS PowerPoint Presentations
Adaptable ideas for 2022 (OU, OSU mention)
Summary of Mentoring Legislation
National Mentoring Summit Presentations
Virtual Coffee Conversations
The Importance of Mentorship in the Lives of College Minority Students
Bryon A. Dickens
Director, SCMS
Jermaine Peterson
Program Coordinator
Tracey Morales
Program Coordinator
Brian Hilgenfeld, Mentor
Norman's Brian Hilgenfeld excels naturally in mentoring collegians and employees. Division of Management and International Board of Advisors Mentoring Program, Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma.
Upcoming Webinar I
Mentoring Hispanic K-16+ Students & Community
Teri Mora, M.Ed.

Director of Upward Bound, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

March 11, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
Ms. Mora began as a volunteer in the community and became an instrument of change in K-16+ education, community, and mentoring. Learn about programs and techniques for success. OPSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Upcoming Webinar II
Mentoring through TEEM, Inc.
Nikki Sharber

Volunteer Coordinator

TEEM, Inc.

March 25, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
TEEM (The Education and Employment Ministry) takes a three-pronged approach to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma by providing individuals with education, social services, job training, and placement. TEEM holistically prepares its participants for employment by incorporating mentorship, life skills, training, and confidence building into its program.
We Want You!

Interested in speaking about your program at an upcoming Virtual Coffee Conversation? Mentor4OK is looking for speakers. We don't know what we don't know. Adapt what works for others. Send us an email at for more information and scheduling.
Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring
Tulsa Community College
TCC’s President’s Leadership Institute prepares the college’s own staff for leadership responsibilities.
OSDE's EDGE Newsletter
The College and Career Readiness, Oklahoma EDGE, Department of Education. This bulletin is a useful resource for college and career education. Oklahoma EDGE is a collaboration of OSRHE, CareerTech, and OSDE.
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