Office of the Mayor
One of the greatest treasures of our city is young people - for
they are the future of our city. As your Mayor, I've had the
pleasure and opportunity to meet many of Tulsa's children and
youth. Our city is blessed with great kids.
My wife, Victoria Bartlett and I are committed to helping
children and youth - especially those who are at-risk - succeed in
school. We know these students need and deserve the attention and
support from a positive role model to help them succeed in
The Mayor's Office spearheads the Mentoring to the Max
initiative, which is a communitywide public awareness program
dedicated to encouraging adults to be involved in children's lives.
Many students just need a listening ear, some extra help with their
school work, or simply your unwavering encouragement to boost their
self-esteem and confidence.
When we spend a little time every week with young people, our
words of praise can also encourage them to stay in school, get a
good education and graduate. This will most assuredly help them
become well-educated, confident and productive citizens, which is
vital to our ci
ty's future economic health.
I also encourage businesses, civic organizations and faith-based
communities to find ways to reach out to Tulsa youth. Three years
ago, my weekly talks with business owners revealed Tulsa didn't
have enough trained and qualified workers to fill jobs. From those
meetings, my administration created Pathways to
Prosperity, resulting in the creation of Oklahoma's first-ever
aerospace academy for high school students, as well as options for
students pursuing well-paying jobs to meet our manufacturing needs.
The City of Tulsa's Learning with a Wrench program is
providing internships for Union High School students interested in
becoming vehicle and heavy-equipment mechanics. It's a win-win for
the interns and our EMD shop personnel.
Follwing the Good Friday shootings, Tulsa area pastors and the
faith-based community joined Mrs. Bartlett and I in initiating a
pilot program - Bridges of Faith for One Tulsa - to engage
at-risk youth in positive summertime activities. I'm so pleased
Bridges of Faith Basketball program is making a difference in
January is National Mentoring Month. Now is the perfect time for
you to be a caring adult in a young person's life. I invite you to
contact your local school and sign up to help Tulsa's youth
succeed. Invest in a child's future and change a life forever.
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Mayor of Tulsa
2015 State of the City
Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., presented his 2015 State of the
City to a packed house at the Cox Convention Center. You can read
his full speech online, along with watching the videos:Be the Reason | The Heart of
Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving
The City of Tulsa is leading the way in safety and is now one of
the few municipalities in the nation to have a comprehensive
distracted driving policy. Please watch "The City of Tulsa
Puts the Brakes On Distracted Driving" video, produced by
the Communications Department.
I also encourage you and your family to follow the City of
Tulsa's lead and take steps to make your own vehicle a
distracted-free zone, not only to save your own life, but the lives
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Make a Difference in a Child's Life Through Mentoring
January is National Mentoring Month and cities all across the
nation are focusing on the need for more mentors in schools to help
children and youth succeed in life.
Here in Tulsa, my wife, Victoria Bartlett and I have supported and
promoted the Mentoring to the Max initiative since I took office.
The Mayor's Mentoring to the Max awareness program pairs caring
adults with children who need a little extra attention to help them
lead successful, productive lives.
Mentoring makes a difference in our community and can positively
impact our city's economic health. As Mayor of Tulsa, I'm committed
to making sure our students are equipped with the knowledge and
skills they need for future success.
Last summer, the City of Tulsa took the lead and adopted Emerson
Elementary which is quite close to City Hall. Currently, 27 City
employees are actively engaged in Emerson, serving as weekly lunch
buddies, special guest readers and presenters (covering their field
of expertise at the City). I'm excited about the opportunity we
have as public servants to give back to our community and make a
difference in these students' lives.
I also hope you'll join us in our mentoring efforts and do
something great for Tulsa - share your gifts with a child to help
him or her succeed in school and prepare for the future. It only
takes an hour or so of your time each week,
either individually or in a group setting.
The time is now; make January the time to give back and nurture a
child. Read more about Mentoring to the Max on our website.
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.