- #MENTORRESOURCE - FATHERLESS GENERATION BY JOHN SOWERS

#MENTORRESOURCE - FATHERLESS GENERATION BY JOHN SOWERS

The story of fatherlessness is being written into the heart of our generation. It is heard in our songs, seen in our movies, read in our blogs. It is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection. A story of missed potential.

But fatherlessness is more than a personal tragedy. It is a growing epidemic. Fatherlessness is the driving force behind gangs, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and suicide. And all too often, the fatherless are either marginalized or ignored.

Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, TMProject President John Sowers shows how awareness, compassion, and intentional intergenerational mentoring can offer a generation hope - hope that will write new stories for generations to come.

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- The Mentoring Project Product Spotlight - #MentorToolkit

The Mentoring Project Product Spotlight - #MentorToolkit

Over the years we have come to realize there are several individuals and groups that share our heart for the fatherless generation, and they want to make a difference. Which is one of the reasons why we created the #TMProjectMentorToolkit.

The #MentorToolkitis designed to make you a great mentor. Our Mentor Toolkit has been used in over 400 communities all across the world, and it will equip you for your mentoring journey.

The kit is offered in two collections - individual and small group.

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- ANNOUNCING - JULY 2018 #MENTORMOMENT: THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (#TBT2018) WATCH PARTY / OPEN GYM

ANNOUNCING - JULY 2018 #MENTORMOMENT: THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (#TBT2018) WATCH PARTY / OPEN GYM

Jerame McNeal Sr, General Manager of Team Louisiana United in this summer's TBT Basketball Tournament on ESPN, recently reached out to ask if he and his team of professional ballers could highlight The Mentoring Project and our cause on this national stage.

Join us at Crossings Community Center for a TBT Watch Party as Team Louisiana United kicks off their quest on Saturday, July 14 at 8am CDT.

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- Mentor Advocate Spotlight: Jerame McNeal Sr of Louisiana United Basketball

Mentor Advocate Spotlight: Jerame McNeal Sr of Louisiana United Basketball

Jerame McNeal Sr, General Manager of Team Louisiana United in this summer's TBT Basketball Tournament on ESPN, recently reached out to ask if he and his team could highlight The Mentoring Project and our cause on this national stage.

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) claims to be the most intense competition in the world - a winner take all battle, featuring several pro, semi-pro and post collegiate players, worth 2 million in prize money and bragging rights. Anyone can enter a team, and fans determine who plays and share in the prize.

This is a competition Jerame has participated in the last couple years. This year's motivation is a little different, though.

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- Mentor Advocate Spotlight: Jeremy Seick of World's Best Dad

Mentor Advocate Spotlight: Jeremy Seick of World's Best Dad

Jeremy Seick, founder of World's Best Dad, recently reached out to let us know he started a company centered around “Nostalgic Memorabilia for Today's Dad” The goal is to encourage dads with daily reminders of how vital their role is to their kids, family and ultimately society as a whole. He plans to do this through branded World's Best Dad memorabilia that draws from nostalgic items he grew up giving his dad, with a relevant spin.

Here's the kicker, Jeremy wants to give 25% of the proceeds to the 25 MILLION kids that are growing up fatherless in the U.S., and he has selected The Mentoring Project as his first and main outlet for giving.

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- #MENTORMOMENT: KICKBALL IN OKC

#MENTORMOMENT:  KICKBALL IN OKC

Announcing The Mentoring Project's May 2018 Mentor Moment:

OKC mentors, let's get outside and enjoy the weather and a good old fashioned game of kickball! Bust out those headbands and long socks or whatever it is that gets you jazzed for competition. We'll play a few innings and then finish our time off with ice cream and popsicles. You can get in the game with an RSVP to advocate@thementoringproject.org.

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- THE TOP 8 REASONS TO RIDE YOUR BIKE FROM AUSTIN TO OKC ON THE MENTORING PROJECT'S 2018 BICYCLE TOUR

THE TOP 8 REASONS TO RIDE YOUR BIKE FROM AUSTIN TO OKC ON THE MENTORING PROJECT'S 2018 BICYCLE TOUR

You aren’t alone: Hundreds of cyclists have ridden their bicycles hundreds of miles on a Venture tour, and 100% of them signed up without knowing if they’d really be able to do it.

“How do I train? Where will I sleep? Won’t my butt hurt so much?” They’ve all had the same questions you do.

But each of these cyclists overcame their fears. And with some encouragement, resources and training, they all successfully rode their bike from start to finish and raised thousands of dollars while doing it.  

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- July Mentor Resource - Activate Leadership by Jon Mertz

July Mentor Resource - Activate Leadership by Jon Mertz

Jon Mertz has been a long time friend and supporter of The Mentoring Project, and earlier this year he released a book focused on leadership and generational connection - it's geared toward Millennials specifically, but this is sure to be a book that brings older and younger generations together as they learn how to collaborate and tutor one another.  For this month's Mentor Resource, we feature Activate Leadership by Jon Mertz.  We asked him a series of questions related to mentoring, his latest book, and future goals.  Take a look below. 

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- January #MentorMoment Highlights: Dinosaur Bones and Jenga Towers

TMProject's January Mentor Moment was an exciting opportunity to learn about dinosaur bones: their discovery history and where they are most likely to be found. Special shout out to ProsforAfrica for sponsoring this Mentor Moment making this experience possible. Each of the mentees were able to get up close and personal in the privately currated dinosaur exhibit. 

We also had a game room and JANGA was king! Mentors and mentees competed in some loud, exciting rounds before transitioning to the exhibit. If they weren't playing Janga, they were either playing 'spoons' or snacking on a donut.

Because of your investment in mentoring and community building, TMPRoject's January #MentorMoment was a big SUCCESS!

 

 

- Laser Tag #MentorMoment Recap

We had SO MUCH fun at our TMProject Laser Tag Mentor Moment! We were able to play two rounds of laser tag before digging in to some yummy pizza!

Everyone had just as much fun picking out their "code name" as they did playing the game! Each person playing was given a vest and a gun and was immersed into the multilevel, black lit arena to compete. By the end of the rounds, everyone was able to take home a final score sheet of their competition. 

Thank you to our supporters and advocates who make our #MentorMoment team building experiences possible! And Mentors, you are the quiet heroes changing the entire course of your amazing mentee's life.

- Dinosaur BONES @TMPRoject #MentorMoment Saturday, January 23rd

Amazing Oklahoma Mentors,
Your mentees are going to LOVE this Mentor Moment! Next weekend, we are rounding up mentors and mentees to experience a guided tour of one of the nation's most exclusive and well know private collections of DINOSAUR BONES. Yep, like the big guys that used to rule the earth.

Our tour will be guided by Jeff who coordinates National Geographic paleontologist supervised digs in multiple states. His stories are hard to believe, but all true.  
If your mentee loves science (or if you WISH your mentee could love science) this is a morning they will never forget.  Only a limited number of mentor/mentee pairs can attend this private tour, Q&A and hands on activity extravaganza so please sign up quickly.
The address for this #MentorMoment will be released to those who RSVP yes before the event fills up. 

January #MentorMoment presented by The Mentoring Project

  • Saturday, January 23rd
  • 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Downtown OKC
  • RSVP to advocate@thementoringproject.org
  • We are excited to see you there!!!

Kari & Team @TMProject

- @TMProject OKC Mentor Training - January 21st 6:00pm

Start the new year investing in your community. What legacy are you building? 

January is National Mentoring Month. We need you in the game. We have incredible kids eagerly waiting for a mentor and that mentor can be YOU.

The Mentoring Project is hosting a volunteer and mentor training Thursday, January 21st to get more Oklahoma leadership directly involved in the lives of the next generation.  

A TMProject volunteer is a caring adult committed to helping kids and The Mentoring Project 1-2 hours a month. A mentor commits to 1-2 hours a week. Where do you fit in?

Join us for pizza and our nationally recognized relational mentor training 6:00pm to 8:0pm hosted alongside our friends at Life.Church NWOKC, located at 5821 NW Expressway OKC 73118. RSVP YES to advocate@thementoringproject.org with your name and number of people attending.

Long live mentoring,
Team TMProject

P.S. Already in youth ministry? Amazing! Bring your team to participate in this relational mentor training that will benefit the program you already serve.

- Launch @TMProject Mentors Into a Great New Year

Dear friend,
As I look back on 2015 - I am proud and humbled by your generosity. Your generous support is fueling a global movement - a movement that is transforming the lives of at-risk children through life-on-life, caring relationships. Every day, we see children doing better socially, children avoiding gangs and drug abuse, graduating from high school with honors and going to college. Because of your support, these children have a better life.  
In 2016, we would love for you to support a mentor. Your gift of $10/month will recruit, train and match mentors with at risk children. Also, by giving $10/month, you will be entered into a drawing to hang out with us at Donald Miller's house in Nashville. Find out more about Don's house party and donate today at: thementoringprojectcommunity.org
Happy New Year,
John