Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mentor-Mentee Activities

Although these documents are geared toward females, many apply to either gender. Select your favorites, or adapt as needed.

'Quite useful for discussion!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Minnesota School Mentoring Program

Minnesota's Northfield Public Schools has a school-based, school-led mentoring program for grades 1-12. 

Note that it receives the quality label of "100% Best Practices" from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota's quality standards assessment. 

From the webpage - 

Connected Kids Mentoring
Community Services_ConnectedKids 2Connected Kids is a grant-funded initiative of Northfield Public Schools in partnership with the Northfield Mentoring Coalition. The school-based mentoring initiative pairs adult volunteers one-on-one with students. Mentoring helps youth to develop strengths and talents by supporting the efforts of other significant adults such as parents and teachers. Research has shown that the more caring adults a child has in his or her life, the less likely it is that the child will engage in risky behaviors.

Connected Kids basics …

Who: Youth in grades 1-12 and adults who care about young people

 A one-on-one mentoring relationship, providing friendship, encouragement and academic support.

 Year round, during or after school, for 1 to 2 hours per week plus e-mentoring

 At our elementary schools, St. Dominic or Northfield Middle School

 Mentoring is one of the most effective ways to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.

Community Services_Mentoring Expert Seal

Connected Kids has earned the designation of “Expert Partner” by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota for meeting the highest standards for a quality mentoring program.

Connected Kids benefits …


  • Time with a caring adult
  • Better academic performance and test scores
  • Better attendance
  • Stronger attachment to school
  • Better self esteem and interpersonal relations


  • Extra support for children
  • Safe environment for children
  • Improved relationship with school staff


  • Learn from mentees
  • Reap rewards through helping a young person succeed
  • Honor people who mentored them
  • Help make the world a better place


  • Better test results
  • Improved student behavior
  • Community engagement in education

The Community

  • Kids are more connected to the community
 http://nfld.k12.mn.us/communityservices/connected-kids-mentoring/    Ret. 7-3-14

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Resource: Talking to Youths and Parents

While looking at resources and programs on other states' mentoring partnership websites, we found Connected Kids.

This is an additional resource for mentoring organizations and mentors. 

Cover of the full guide
As more mentoring programs incorporate parental involvement and embed a little parenting/relationship training within pleasant sessions, these tools will be helpful.

Developed and sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Connected Kids offers a clearly written chronological guideline for child development and conversation topics from birth through adolescence. The material is presented in various ways, for example, the overview, complete clinical guide, and PowerPoint presentations of the full training module, tips, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence.

Written for primarily for pediatricians to use with their patients, the topics are practical and necessary. Much can be learned without purchasing additional materials.

We will read through the materials and incorporate ideas in our training for mentors and parents. Share your evaluation of the materials.

Developed and sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics    Ret. 7-3-14

Excerpt from the overview

Slide from the PowerPoint on adolescents

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fishing I

Community-based mentors can take their mentees fishing, and site-based mentoring groups can create a group mentor-mentee fishing or fishing tournament activity. If neither a mentor nor a mentee is a fisherman, both can learn together. Mentoring staff can learn, too, for the group project! 

Consider all the research into types of local fish, their habits and bait preferences. Look at lures. Perhaps learn to tie fly fishing lures. Make stink bait! Practice casting. Visit a hatchery if one is nearby. Discuss "catch and release" for conservation.

How much more fun would it be to have a fish fry afterwards on the same day or the next month? Clean and freeze the fish, of course, if keeping for next month. 'Endless possibilities!

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offers information about fishing--where and how.  From the site - 

Close to Home Fishing Opportunities

Looking for a nearby lake or pond to fish in? Through agreements between Oklahoma municipalities and the Wildlife Department, these areas offer excellent "Close to Home" fishing opportunities in metro areas.

In addition to state fishing license requirements, some municipalities require daily or annual city fishing permits. Check with local officials for details on cost and permit vendor locations. Phone numbers for city offices are listed below.

Close-to-Home Fishing waters have the following additional restrictions:

• Fishing is limited to no more than three (3) rods and reels per person, with no more than three (3) hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). No other fishing methods are allowed, except noodling is allowed in the North Canadian River from the NW 10th Street bridge downstream to the MacArthur Street bridge in OKC.

• All largemouth and smallmouth bass caught must be released (returned to the water) immediately after being taken; no harvest is allowed.

• Channel catfish and blue catfish have a combined daily limit of six (6); no size limits apply.

For all other species, consult the statewide regulations.

Oklahoma City (405) 755-4014:

• Crystal Lake (6625 SW 15th)
• Dolese Youth Park (5105 NW 50th)
• Edwards Park (1515 N. Bryant Avenue)
• Kids Lake (3200 W Wilshire Boulevard)
• Route 66 Park (9901 NW 23rd)
• South Lakes Regional Park (4210 SW 119th) Note - west pond fishing access is closed.
• Zoo Lake (2101 NE 50th) east shoreline only

Choctaw (405) 390-8198:

• Choctaw Creek Park (NE 23rd Street and Harper Road)
• Ten Acre Park (NE 10th Street and Choctaw Road)

Del City (405) 671-2868:

• Eagle Lake (3405 E Reno)

Edmond (405) 216-7641:

Hafer Park (1034 S. Bryant Avenue)
Mitch Park (1501 W. Covell Road)
Bickham-Rudkin Park (450 E. 33rd Street)

Other cities's lakes listed on this website are El Reno, Enid, Guthrie, Harrah, Jenks, Lawton, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Yukon, OKC and Jenks trout fishing and Tulsa.


The Angler's Corner of the website gives helpful information suitable for beginners experts. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/acorner.htm   

Also, the Department of Wildlife Conservation sponsors a Youth Writing Contest. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps.htm

Ret. 7-1-14

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer STEAM Academy Model and Fundraiser

Moon Summer STEAM Academy students,
Rosser Conservation Education Center, 
Congratulations to Sheryl Lovelady, executive director of the Oklahoma Afterschool Network, and her staff for identifying and filling a need with a summer STEAM academy in northeast Oklahoma City. 

Imagine doing something similar with mentoring staff, volunteers, peer mentors, and parents in your area--as a meaningful fundraiser or charity event.

Summer academy combines creativity with 

With the zoo's reusable plastic water bottles

By Tim Willert 
Modified: June 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Published June 17, 2014

A neighborhood improvement project on Oklahoma City's east side has spawned a summer learning program designed to engage children through fun, hands-on experiences. And Legos. Lots of Legos.

About 70 kids from F.D. Moon Elementary School, 1901 NE 13, are participating in a Summer STEAM Academy at Douglass Mid-High School that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. 

First-grader Brandon Edwards and kindergartener Myles Moore stood side-by-side Tuesday, making fishing poles out of Legos.

"I already (built) the fish, now I'm building the fishing pole," Myles, 5, exclaimed.

Brandon got stuck and turned to Janessa Richard of Building Minds, which uses the colorful, interlocking plastic blocks to teach science and engineering concepts to students.

"They're learning how to problem solve, " Richard said. "they mess it up and then they learn how to fix it."

Students also receive two hours of daily reading instruction.

"A lot of them are really interested in science and math," said Freddy Moncada, a fifth-grade teacher at Moon. "You can see that they really want to be here."

The program is the result of a collaboration between the city of Oklahoma City planning department and The Oklahomam Afterschool Network, which designed the program based on the needs of the Culbertson neighborhood.

Among the needs outlined in community surveys: Improving public safety by repairing sidewalks and strengthening the community by improving after-school offerings for students that include STEM--science, technology, engineering and math--subjects and reading intervention.

Photos by Cedric Currin-Moore, OKA
“We wanted something that included art,” said Sheryl Lovelady, executive director of the after-school network. “We wanted the kids to have fun and wanted them to be safe.”     

In another classroom Tuesday, fourth-grader Jeremiah Bennett and several other budding thespians worked on their improvisation skills with a couple of instructors from Oklahoma Children's Theatre.      

“It’s fun and it gives you a chance to free yourself from class,” said Jeremiah, 9.

An after-school program for Moon students is planned for the 2014-2015 school year.

If successful, the program, which will cost Oklahoma City Public Schools $70,000, could be expanded to include Thelma Parks Elementary, officials said.

http://newsok.com/article/4927179  Ret. 6-27-14




Friday, June 27, 2014

Successful Fundraising Ideas

Stumbling upon this thought-provoking fundraising map was serendipitous. Think!

Back to the list--

From our foundation archives, we list some fundraisers executed by local education foundations around the state in 1997-98 and 2001. Of course, we added comments.

Tying certain types of fundraisers to community festivals, holidays or other events should increase audience. 

For example, when the Boren Mentoring Initiative recently took its Magical Mentoring Tour to Guymon, board and staff members as well as volunteers of Main Street Guymon and its Main Street Guymon Transformers mentoring program provided delicious, plentiful "from scratch" salads and homemade rolls for the event lunch. They volunteered their time, resources, and skills for an organization fundraiser, but the attendees "made out like bandits" because of the extraordinary quality of the food and the hospitality. A huge win-win!

ADA - Afghans

ALTUS - Vision Seekers Prints and Belt Buckles

BLACKWELL ‑ Alumni Reunion Luncheon - $1,000 Bell Ringers

BRISTOW - Hall of Fame Dinner

BROKEN ARROW ‑ Selling Books of Students' Quotes - Murder Mystery Dinner

CASHION - Christmas Cards

CATOOSA ‑ Run/Walk; Mall Receipts from Fountain

CHICKASHA - McDonald's Hot Cake Dinner

CLAREMORE ‑ Rotary Club Chili Supper - Change/Double Your Dollalrs Campaign
CRESCENT ‑ "Follies of 1998"

DEER CREEK - Annual Phone Campaign   (Supply scripts!)

DICKSON ‑ Tailgate Party

EDMOND - Honored Teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week 

EL RENO ‑ Boots and Jeans Gala Dinner & Auction

GROVE - Five couples paid $600 each for dinner served by superintendent and principals at Stone Point Supper Club

HENNESSEY - 100-Year Class Reunion (or any year reunion)

KIEFER ‑ Junktique & Basket Auction

HUGO - 8 Km Run and 2 Km Fun Walk/Run  (Some runs allow dogs on leases for the family walk/run.)

JENKS - Annual Jamboree and Auction

KINGFISHER ‑ Talent Show - Trivia Challenge

LAVERNE ‑ Academic Tournament

MUSKOGEE - Musical Dinner Theater 

NORMAN - Annual Mail Campaign

NOWATA ‑ Historic Mansion & Auction

OKARCHE -450 tickets sold to their banquet and auction 

OKEENE - Talent Show  

OKEMAH - Awards Banquet

OKLAHOMA CITY - Mrs. Baird's Bread donated $ .05 per loaf for a six-week period  

OKMULGEE - Stock Market Challenge

OOLOGAH ‑ Concession Stands at Local Rodeo

OWASSO ‑ Holiday Home Tour   ('Garden and Pond Tour, anyone?)

PAULS VALLEY - Basket Action

PERKINS‑TRYON ‑ "An Evening with Will Rogers"

PIEDMONT ‑ Founder's Day Celebration; Indian Taco Dinner

PRYOR ‑ Restaurant Opening - Donor who will match up to $100K

SAPULPA - Golf Tournament (In Oklahoma City, almost every large nonprofit has a golf tournament.)

SAYRE ‑ Masonic Lodge

SEQUOYAH ‑ Wild Thing Feast

STROUD ‑ Christmas Ornaments; Cookbook of Recipes from Teachers - Walk of Fame Brick Program 

UNION - $5 per new account at local bank (Rogers County Bank)

VICI ‑ Oklahoma Opry Concert 

VINITA - Spelling Bee

WAKITA - Planned giving dinner

YUKON - OKC Philharmonic

Also, ask businesses with matching dollars or funding programs/foundations

Service clubs


Real estate agents

Land developers

Sports events, especially golf tournaments

Regarding talent shows, we recently attended the Senior Follies in Oklahoma City. Tickets were $22.50 each except for a small discount for blocks of 10. The performance was in a theater at Oklahoma City University. All of the performers were over 60, including a spry choreographer and tap dancing performer, age 78. Think creatively!

Incidentally, Kiwanis Clubs all over Oklahoma have pancake breakfasts and/or bean dinners often with silent and live auctions. Tip: The two Edmond Kiwanis Clubs make more profit from selling advertising on the paper placemats than on the pancakes. Think about it! 

Sausage Sizzler/Hot Dog Fundraiser Map, Rotary
Bubbles, image maps, flow charts, and all other kinds of images help us perfect fundraising projects from what is required to who does what. 

Share your fundraising ideas.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Parental Involvement I

Schools need parental involvement from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary. These session notes begin a series of ways to involve parents as well as students in education and eventually the college and/or career preparation process. 

Putnam City North High School, which has about 2,000 students, has one person, Dee Dee Stafford, dedicated to scholarships. 

  •      Open House (College Night/College Day)
  •      Financial Aid Night
  •      College Ap Day
  •      Calling tree, marquee, Twitter and other social media

The school hosts open house in the evening with about 10 colleges coming back in the next day to talk to the students for about an hour.  Announcements are made at open house.  Parents are welcome.  On College Ap Day, everyone fills out an application on computers. 

One audience member mentioned using Remind 101, a free service used for notification with parents in multiple ways, to remind youths and parents about meetings, scholarships, etc.  Someone later commented that Remind 101 can sometimes be irritating. [Ruthie Rayner, principal, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, Oklahoma City, uses Remind 101 for her parents and mentors.]  

“A safe way for teachers to text messages students and stay in touch with parents.”   https://www.remind101.com/

Brenda Stinnett at Putnam City High School, which has about 1,800 students, suggests getting students excited so they go home and tell their parents. 

Putnam City's Senior Retreat Site
For the Senior Retreat, each year about 400 seniors divide, one-half of the class on Tuesday goes to Our Lady of Guadalupe Summer Camp facility for a retreat with three sessions.  The other half go to University of Central Oklahoma for a tour.  Then they switch on a different day.  Many students have not set foot on college campuses.  Sessions include career planning, kinds of colleges, etc. [What could be used for a retreat in other communities?]

Putnam City also has a District College Fair (no career or tech) in which students begin to think about possibilities.  In the first year, 800-1000 students participated including all three high schools and Bethany.  The second year, 400 students attended five sessions.  Parents also had a session.  Examples of sessions were career opportunities in the military, FAFSA (usually 50-75 people), etc.   Each year has to be different that the previous ones to encourage attendance.

Session - “Engaging Parents in the College Prep Process” 
Access 360 Conference, September 23, 2013
Conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education
More to come...