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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 life.

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 youth's lives.

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.

Best regards,
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 ReasonThe Heart of Tulsa #BetheReason

 

Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving

Watch the Video

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 of others.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.

Make a Difference in a Child's Life Through Mentoring

Greetings,
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.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.

 

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