Tulsa Mayor, First Lady to talk Mentoring

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Updated: 1/25/2013 3:00 pm Published: 1/25/2013 2:59 pm

The Tulsa Regional Chamber will host the Mayor's Mentoring Breakfast on Wednesday.

The Mayor and First Lady of Tulsa will share their thoughts about the impact of mentoring students of all ages.

“Mentoring helps prepare a child for the future by building character and boosting confidence, said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, “but in spite of the proven benefits, we still have thousands of young people in Tulsa who need positive role models in their lives. I encourage Tulsans to share their time and talents that will greatly enhance a child’s life and education.”

The breakfast will also feature a panel of community volunteers who have helped impact students in Tulsa. The volunteers will share their specific programs and how they help students stay in school by spending time with Tulsa students.

“There’s a lot a school can do with money,” said Kuma Browne, education program manager at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, “but no money can replace the impact of a strong mentor. Whether the mentor is a parent, a teacher or a volunteer the impact of time spent one-on-one with a student is irreplaceable.”

The panelists are from a variety of mentoring organizations in Tulsa including YMCA Black & Latino Achievers, College Access Career Readiness, Partners In Education Lunch Buddies and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. The panelists will take questions and comments toward the end of their presentation.

First Lady Victoria Bartlett said, “My own mentoring experiences with children has opened my eyes to how much they yearn for more one-on-one time with an adult who can be their friend, see their potential and help them fully develop it. Our community needs to nurture these intergenerational connections that will benefit Tulsa’s future.”

The program is January 30th at the Crowne Plaza, 7902 S. Lewis Ave. it begins at 8 a.m. The breakfast is free to attend and open to the public. To register, contact Joanna Slyter at 918.560.0276 or joannaslyter@tulsachamber.com.

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KTorrent - 1/25/2013 3:38 PM
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Great press piece, but in the end, neighborhood mentoring in my neighborhood has been cut off because the volunteers don't feel safe due to gang activity and low police numbers. VOTE BILL CHRISTIANSEN--Dewey is not listening to his own crime commission findings, but Christiansen is listening to ALL and not simply cronies!
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