Jenks High School Senior Victoria Crynes is all about competitions- and winning them! At the Oklahoma Student Inventors competition, she won for inventing improvements to the everyday hospital gown. Then she won first place in the Heritage Week Competition hosted by the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord Pickens Museum. Victoria competed in the 9-12th grade video competition that preserves Oklahoma history and promotes state pride amongst Oklahoma students.
Victoria decided to do a video about Angela Monson who has been a mentor for her since the 9th grade through an out-of-school time program. The University of Oklahoma’s Health Science Center’s EMSA (Emergency Math and Science Academy) trains students for future health science careers. (Just incidentally, Angela is the ” birth mother” of OKAN and has served on the OKAN board since we were born.)
Learn more about mentoring initiatives at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement.
Mentoring is a critical element in every child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. It builds a sense of industry and competency, boosts academic performance and broadens horizons. Along with parents, mentors help young people realize their potential by providing them with support, advice, encouragement and friendship. Afterschool programs, with their history of supporting families and communities, are an ideal platform for successful mentoring programs. This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance explores the many benefits of mentoring.