Sowers, a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. (the “other OBU,” he said, smiling, in a nod to Oklahoma Baptist University), said The Mentoring Project leaders hope to help metro-area individuals learn how to become effective and caring mentors. He said the organization primarily is targeting mentors for young males because there is a huge need for positive role models for this group.
“We don't come in thinking we're the new kids on the block so we're awesome,” he said.
“We train mentors, and we're creating mentoring moments.”
Sowers said in creating The Mentoring Project, he and Miller felt a pressing need to bring to the public's attention the challenges facing children whose fathers are not in the home for various reasons.
“We have a bullhorn on the roof, and we're shouting all the time,” he said. “We want to rewrite the fatherless story right now.”
He said he grew up in a home without a father, so the issue also is personal for him.
Sowers said he thinks mentors win just by showing up in a child's life. And he said mentors often are more blessed by the experience than the youths they mentor.
The year ahead
Sowers said training sessions are planned soon at Frontline Church, led by senior pastor Josh Kouri.
He said the organization hopes to partner for an event at SandRidge in March. Sowers said SandRidge's 5k Santa Run benefited The Mentoring Project. He said he also is discussing training possibilities with LifeChurch.tv, People's Church and Skyline Church.
The organization initially hopes to serve foster children and children whose parents are incarcerated.