Be a mentor.
Serve on a mentoring board.
Support local mentoring programs.
Mentoring is an essential component of moving people and organizations forward during life. Quality mentoring impacts those in elementary through high school, college and CareerTech, corporations and businesses, the military, juvenile justice, and other special populations, such as those involved in adult incarceration and reentry, mental health, substance abuse, parenthood, and more. Oklahoma’s creating a supportive culture of mentoring helps us all for generations.
For Oklahoma we endorse:
Mentoring through a trusting, nonjudgmental relationship supports and guides the personal growth of the protégé or mentee to reach his or her full potential or best version of self.
Coaching identifies inappropriate and appropriate behavior, improves performance, and imparts skills that the mentee needs to accept new responsibilities or advance.
Leadership development identifies and develops talent for an organization's future.
Internships allow businesses and nonprofits to identify and recruit potential employees and to expose interns to work dynamics and opportunities.
Apprenticeships are industry-driven, high-quality career pathways where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential (Apprenticeship.gov). The supervisor not only imparts technical skills and experience but also professional and social skills to help the apprentice be an outstanding representative of the business, a future employee or employer, and a contributing community member.