Mayor Dewey Bartlett and First Lady Victoria Bartlett joined by the Tulsa Regional Chamber and its Partners in Education program highlighted National Mentoring Month at the Mayor's Mentoring Breakfast by focusing on career awareness and mentoring opportunities in Tulsa.
Mayor Bartlett said, "I'm dedicated to offering high school students a vocational career path option resulting in good-paying jobs to help close the workforce gap in meeting our manufacturing, aerospace, and engineering/architecture needs. We're currently talking with the Tulsa Housing Authority and the Ace Academy about providing high school students with valuable internships to get them career ready so they have a bright future here in our own Tulsa area community."
Victoria Bartlett spearheads the Mayor's Mentoring to the Max initiative and is pursuing a new initiative that involves visiting with Tulsa area pastors about early childhood education to encourage parents, communities and organizations to talk, read, sing and play together with babies and preschoolers.
"You can never start too early to help your little ones develop their vocabulary skills: Interacting with them in a variety of ways will help them grow by leaps and bounds. We want children to have a good foundation so they are better prepared to succeed when they begin kindergarten," said Mrs. Bartlett.
Beverly Woodrome, director of the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative was joined by Emerson sixth-grade students in presenting special gifts to Mayor Bartlett and First Lady Victoria Bartlett for their outstanding mentoring efforts in Tulsa. The City of Tulsa is leading by example and adopted Emerson Elementary on May 21, 2014. City employees serve as weekly lunch buddies as well as educating and engaging students about topics such as Planning, Tulsa's life-giving water, tree plantings and bike rides to City Hall, to name a few.
Additional speakers at the breakfast included Brian Paschal, Senior Vice President for Education & Workforce, Tulsa Regional Chamber; Aaron Miller, George Kaiser Family Foundation; Betty Foshee, Lee Elementary; Leslie Reynolds, Linde Process Plants; Brandy Kent, Memorial High School; Joel Dougherty, Jerry Swearingen, Ph. D., Joshua Giguiere with InerninTulsa.com; Rana McVay, Tulsa Public Schools; Dee Phillips-Goodnight, East Central High School and Kum Roberts, Program Manager for Education, Tulsa Regional Chamber.
If you're interested in helping a child succeed in school and want to get involved, please contact a nearby school - your caring presence can change a child's life forever.