Oklahoma Mentoring Programs
Are you promoting & sharing mentoring? · December 2020 | Issue 10
Features & Mentions

National Mentoring Month Revisited · Oklahoma Virtual Coffee Webinars
Winter Holiday Ideas · College & Career Readiness Newsletter, OSDE
Promoting Mentoring in Oklahoma
Synergy among programs creates more awareness of mentoring at all levels. Our unified participation can create more programs, recruiting more mentors, raising more funds, learning from others, and eventually receiving state-level involvement. 
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 tend to shape thought and behavior. We should always be talking about mentoring in Oklahoma.

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

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. We learned so much!

Mentor4OK YouTube Channel See past videos. We believe promoting mentoring, coaching, leadership development, and internships in Oklahoma by Oklahomans creates change. Sharing provides models and inspiration to address local needs.

The December webinar with Michael Hirsch, executive director of Norman's Loveworks Leadership, and Carolyn Le, associate director, inspired us all. Once edited, the video will be posted online. Loveworks Leadership has expanded beyond its core middle school scope.
Upcoming Webinars
Virtual Coffee

January 6, 2021
9-10 AM

Kodey Toney, M.Ed

Pervasive Parenting Center C.P.R.C.

Topic: Working with and mentoring youth with autism
Kodey Toney will share about his organization, advocacy, and working with and mentoring students with disabilities.

"Offering resources for families in eastern Oklahoma coping with autism and other disabilities, the Pervasive Parenting Center is a Community Parent Resource Center funded by a grant from the US Department of Education as well as donations..."

Toney has also begun a peer mentoring program. So much to learn from him!
Virtual Coffee February 11, 2021, Noon-1 PM Register.
Audience: Those mentoring secondary school and college students

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 Dickens will be two of his program directors and perhaps a mentee. Program results include retention, improved academics, future vision, and more.
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.
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. Please reach out now to elected officials in your town to schedule a proclamation.
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!
Ideas & Resources

Holiday Activities, Thank Your Mentor or Mentee, Make-together Gift for Mentee to Give

For In-Person or Remote Mentoring

In Issue 9, we featured nail polish Christmas ornaments, a cinnamon stick ornament, and decorating gingerbread houses, homemade or from commercial kits. Think outside the box by doing group or match activities outside.

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
OSDE's EDGE Newsletter
with January dates and resources. In so many ways, the OK State Department of Education promotes mentoring, coaching, leadership training, and internships. Read more.
Chelsea Hunt
Executive Director of Work-Based Learning & Industry Engagement