Domonique Anderson goes to Martin Luther King Elementary School every Thursday, and in many ways it's the highlight of her week.
Anderson was one of 52 mentors from across the state honored Wednesday at the State Capitol by The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.
The Boren Mentoring Initiative works to promote mentoring and provide networking for mentoring organizations.
Anderson, who works for Access Midstream in Oklahoma City, spends time with her mentee, 7-year-old Keyaira Jones, at her school. Anderson understands why that's important based on her own life.
“My grandmother raised me so it was like a community raising us with church and other local organizations assisting her,” Anderson said. “I'm serving in the Air National Guard and will complete my 10 years in May. The military is really big on volunteering so it was important for me to step out and pay it forward. And she's awesome. I truly love that little girl.”
Chris Greenwell has been a mentor for a year. His mentee, Timmy, 11, is in foster care. Chris and Timmy go to Thunder games or work on homework. It's the time spent together that counts most.
“I feel like I'm making a difference in someone's life,” Greenwell said. “He's been through eight different homes. He's had an abusive past. He remembers a lot of it when we're together. It's important that somebody in his life is consistent and does stuff with him.”