The Adopt A School Initiative currently has over 500 mentors serving weekly who are matched 1-on-1 with children impacting their development.
This past year, mentors combined to spend over 7,500 hours total building meaningful relationships with their mentees.
We connect mentors to children at 8 different school sites in grades pre-k through 8th grade.
For many children in our community, there isn't someone to turn to in tough times. In a state survey, 1 out of 3 children in Pottawatomie County stated that they did not feel like there was an adult in their life they could share their thoughts and feelings with. The Adopt A School Initiative is helping hundreds of children connect with caring mentors to build resilience and grow in their development even when faced with adversity.
PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
Our in-school mentoring service, called Bison Buddies, exists through a partnership with Oklahoma Baptist Universities Athletic Department. The partnership connects student-athletes to serve as mentors in schools to children 1-on-1. Mentors spend 30-45 minutes weekly with their Bison Buddy to build a meaningful relationship and help them in their development.
Our afterschool mentoring service seeks to provide connection to children most at-risk in our community through intensive 1-to-1 mentoring. Children meet with mentors at Mission Shawnee’s facility weekly for a minimum of 2 hours and participate in a variety of activities designed to help them grow in their development.
"My mentee was having a lot of trouble reading when I first met her. She couldn’t focus on the words and struggled to sound out each letter. Now, she settles in quickly and works really hard. She almost never misreads a sight word! I have loved getting to watch her learn and grow!”
"This semester working with my mentee has been really special because I have seen that she is really beginning to be comfortable around me and I think we were able to build a deeper relationship. There were also several times when she freely shared an aspect of her home life with me without my prompting, which she has never done before.”
“One of my favorite moments of this semester was when my mentee walked in with a huge smile and she told me she got her report card with all A’s! I was so proud of her and that was the most excited I have ever seen her.”