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Making Memories and Building Life Skills through Mentoring

The Boys & Girls Club of Nowata, located in Nowata, OK, is succeeding in opening doors to brighter futures through their mentoring program, made possible by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) pass through funding! Treasure Standeford, Club Chief Professional Officer, and her staff have taken the guidelines of mentoring and expanded the program to meet the needs of their Club youth. What started as a basic mentoring program has flourished into dependable mentor to mentee relationships accompanied with hands on activities that promote life-long learning for all.

What lends to their success with mentor to mentee matches? Being proactive to make sure mentors are up to date with the schedule and they are to keep with their matches and what is expected of them in their role. Standeford explained, “If they [mentors] miss a day or time, they know that they need to make it up to their mentee because the activities and time spent together are important”.

Club youth are presented with the opportunity to build a solid relationship with a mentor while taking part in exciting, exploratory activities. Throughout the duration of the program, participants have been able to learn about important life skills, such as cooking and sewing. However, it is more than just cooking a dish for everyone to enjoy or sewing a project to enter in the local fair. Participants are using other skills such as math for measuring ingredients and science to repair donated sewing machines.

Through dependable mentor/mentee matches and multidimensional activities, Club youth are having positive experiences that will last a lifetime! Our hats are off to the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata and their staff for their great work with mentoring.

Photo Credit: Crystal Blagg, Mentoring Coordinator at Boys & Girls Club of Nowata