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Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy lend support for Oklahoma mentoring program

Head football coaches Mike Gundy, of Oklahoma State University, and Bob Stoops, of the University of Oklahoma, are teaming to host the Oklahoma Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 11, 2014 at 11:17 am •  Published: August 12, 2014
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The website also offers information for participating mentoring organizations as well as Oklahoma coaches who would like to register to join the campaign. The site includes ideas and materials for promoting the campaign and recruiting mentors in communities across the state.

In a recent survey of Oklahoma mentoring organizations, the Boren Mentoring Initiative found that the greatest challenge facing mentoring organizations was a shortage of volunteers.

“We need grassroots support from across the state to make this campaign a success for Oklahoma kids,” Director Beverly Woodrome said.

Resources available

The initiative has created a directory of more than 100 mentoring partner organizations statewide and works with those organizations to seek volunteers, offer resources and promote mentoring best practices. The initiative encourages all Oklahoma mentoring programs to join its network free of charge.

The program provides consulting and resources for groups seeking to create new mentoring programs and also hosts Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol, which honors outstanding mentors. Woodrome writes a blog, “The Oklahoma Mentor,” which provides a searchable database of mentoring ideas and best practices.

For more information on the Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge, go to www.okcoacheschallenge.org or contact Woodrome at 236-0006 or bwoodrome@ofe.org.