Special Recognition for Mentor at Boys & Girls Club of Nowata

Mentoring matters in the lives of youth across the county. Each January, we have the opportunity to create awareness about the positive effects of mentoring, share best practices that create a thriving environment for mentors and mentees, and celebrate the mentors who have impacted our programs so deeply. This year, the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata celebrated one of their dedicated mentors who was recognized at the “Mentor Day at the Capital” event.

As a part of National Mentoring Month, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its Boren Mentoring Initiative accepts nominations for stellar mentors from youth serving mentoring organizations across the state to join in a celebration called “Mentor Day at the Capital”. It is a chance for mentors and mentees alike to honor mentoring and to share fun, educational activities at the Oklahoma state capital. For the first time, the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata nominated one of their mentors to take place in this prestigious event. Rachelle Pearson, who has served at the Club as a mentor for 3 years, was selected as one of over sixty mentors statewide recognized for her efforts in supporting youth through mentoring!

Rachelle and her mentee, Alexis, were invited to spend the day at the capital building where they took part in a recognition ceremony on the Senate Floor for their outstanding mentoring efforts. “The best part of the day was being able to sit in the Senate Floor where all the senators make their big decisions,” commented Alexis. In addition to the recognition ceremony, they were able to spend time with other mentors, mentees, and families and enjoy a multitude of activities that were offered for mentor and mentee pairs.

For Rachelle, the memories of the day were not focused on her recognition but more on the reason why she was there: “The best part of the day was spending the day with Alexis and doing all of the fun activities being offered,” Rachelle remarked.

In comments to the Boren Foundation, Club Chief Executive Officer, Treasure Standeford, stated “Rachelle has shown great stamina, leadership, outstanding friendship and, last but not least, an invaluable love for children. Not only has she been a blessing to the youth she serves, but also to our whole organization.”

Congratulations to Rachelle and the Boys & Girls Club of Nowata for their dedication to mentoring in their community!

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