Oklahoma Mentoring Programs
Promoting Mentoring & Winter Ideas · December 2020 | Issue 11
Features & Mentions

Oklahoma Virtual Coffee Webinars · National Mentoring Month - January
College & Career Readiness Newsletter, OSDE · Winter Holiday Ideas
We Want You to talk about your programs in a webinar, which will be professionally edited and shared. Contact us for scheduling in January, February, March...
Latest Webinar Video

Sharing provides models and inspiration to address local needs.

Melissa Ramirez, the Chief Executive Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, has led the organization's reimagining the way it does volunteer onboarding, fundraising event management, and match engagement. Innovations include technology.

To be posted soon is Norman's Michael Hirsch, Executive Director of Loveworks Leadership, Inc., a progressive middle school mentoring program, Norman. Mentor4OK YouTube
Upcoming Webinars So Far
January 6, 2021 · 9-10:00 A.M.

Mentoring Students with Autism
& Other Disabilities
February 11, 2021 · Noon - 1 P.M.

Mentoring Secondary School
& College Students
Kodey Toney, M.Ed.

Director, Pervasive Parenting Center C.P.R.C. Mr. Toney not only through the center offers resources for families in eastern Oklahoma coping with autism and other disabilities, he is a statewide advocate and leader. The C.P.R.C. is primarily funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Toney has also created and directs a peer mentoring program. Register.
Bryon Dickens, M.Ed.

Architect and director of Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS), Oklahoma City Community College, is presenting his award-winning model for minority students. Accompanying Mr. Dickens will be Ms. Tracey Morales and Mr. Jermaine Peterson, two of his program directors. Program results include retention, improved academics, future vision, and more. Register.
[Oklahoma colleges offering some programming for autistic youths are: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) & University of Tulsa. College Autism Network]
National Mentoring Month events, recognized at the national level, are celebrated on social media. Above link includes everything including videos.

Click the National Mentoring Month link above for details, but mark your calendar and work on the proclamation or have a student oversee participation.
January 7, 2021 
I Am a Mentor Day
A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.

Graphics are available for download from MENTOR.
January 17, 2021
International Mentoring Day
In honor of Muhammad Ali’s birthday, join the international conversation on social media where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.
January 18, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 
A day to share in the inspirational words of Dr. MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
MENTOR's National Mentoring Month Toolkits 2021
Downloadable Everything - Click the Toolkits & Graphics!
Among so much information is a suggested template for a proclamation for elected officials. Oklahoma mentoring programs need to reach out now to elected officials to schedule a proclamation. Read the above links and participate for all of us and our mentees.
January 29, 2021
#ThankYourMentor Day

This is a day to thank your mentors past and present in correspondence, on social media, at socially distanced or outside events with masks, in newspapers, phone calls, texts, and more. Ask mentees to participate as they can, too. Do not miss the opportunity!

MENTOR Colorado's Virtual Coffee Notes, 12-03-20 - Presenters' video, resources, and discussion ideas from MENTOR Colorado. Fundraising resources shared by MENTOR and then by MENTOR Colorado are below.

MENTOR Colorado Virtual Coffee Notes with discussion and resources are always valuable. Look for yourself!
11th Annual National Mentoring Summit - January 27-29, 2021

The Summit has a different (virtual) venue this year, but there will still be plenty of opportunities to connect with and learn from those working in the mentoring field – from researchers to civic leaders to youth advocates!

Registration is open now, and it’s only $75 to register until December 18.
Promoting Mentoring in Oklahoma

Promoting and sharing lead to creating more programs, recruiting more mentors, raising more funds, and learning from others. Universities and Career Techs propel Oklahoma farther forward through mentoring, coaching, internships, and leadership development in addition to academics and training.

Thanks for all you do for Oklahoma!
Oklahoma's network of 29 technology centers on 58 campuses serves high school and adult learners with specialized career training in more than 90 instructional areas. OKCAREERTECH

Oklahoma has approximately 63 campuses for public and private higher education. OSRHE

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission list approximately 1866 and 119 schools respectively. OSDE, OPSAC
National Mentoring Month & Oklahoma

Messaging through word-of-mouth (nationally and in Oklahoma the number one way of recruiting mentors), social media and websites, television and radio, and other methods shape thought and behavior. Talk about your mentoring programs.

Why participate in National Mentoring Month promotions (ranked)?
  • Mentor appreciation
  • Educating and advocating for mentoring
  • Highlighting match impact
  • Mentor recruitment
  • Community service 
  • Fundraising (only one!)

In a separate Mentimeter survey question, participating programs also hoped to receive business and corporate engagement during the National Mentoring Month campaign. Source: MENTOR Colorado Virtual Coffee Mentimeter Survey, 12-03-20
OSDE's Seeking Virtual Speakers

"We are seeking requests for virtual speakers! If you are an Oklahoma college or university Career Advisor, CareerTech Career Advisor, organization, trade association or tribal education agency that wants to share resources with school districts complete this sign-up form to be a virtual speaker at one of our monthly webinars..."

Read the entire newsletter linked below, and sign up to be a speaker or refer a professional involved in your network.

In so many ways, the OK State Department of Education promotes mentoring,
coaching, leadership training, and internships.
Chelsea Hunt
Executive Director of Work-Based Learning & Industry Engagement
Winter Crafts, Celebrations, & Activities
Holiday Activities, Thank Your Mentor or Mentee, Learning

You must look! Do in-person or remotely with kits. Get the mentee's family involved, too, if done remotely!
Gail Wynne
Program Director

A collection of ideas for
Christmas, Hanukkah, January and more.
So much to learn and do!
Share your ideas with us.
Mentors & More

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