NORMAN — The David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative has announced the winners of a contest for Oklahoma mentoring organizations that completed the state’s first Youth Mentoring Survey.
The Boren Mentoring Initiative, which is a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, held a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card and eight $25 gift cards for mentoring groups that submitted their surveys by the Aug. 14 deadline. The survey, which was sent to mentoring organizations statewide, will provide important data about youth mentoring in Oklahoma.
The winner of the grand prize $500 gift card is the Canaries Running Team of Bethany. Recipients of $25 gift cards are Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; Congregation B’nai Emunah’s McClure Elementary Program of Tulsa; Creek County Literacy Mentoring Program of Sapulpa; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s A Ride into the Future Mentoring Program, Oklahoma City; Rose State TRiO Student Support Services, Midwest City; Oklahoma City Police Athletic League, Oklahoma City; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Epsilon Delta Kudos, Lawton; and Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
State Rep. Emily Virgin, a former recipient of the foundation’s Academic All-State Scholarship, did the drawing for the winning mentoring organizations.
The mission of the Boren Mentoring Initiative is to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide. The initiative seeks to be a resource for training, best practices, program models and mentoring data. The foundation also has established a directory of more than 100 mentoring organizations statewide and provides opportunities for networking, training and promotion among its mentoring partners. The initiative, named for Foundation for Excellence chairman David L. Boren and his wife, Molly, grew out of Boren’s own commitment to mentoring and the proven impact that mentoring can make on a student’s success in and out of the classroom.
For more information, call Mentoring Initiative Director Beverly Woodrome at 236-0006 or visit okmentors.org.