School will soon be back in session, which means Fall semester programming is right around the corner.  This is a really exciting time of year for The Mentoring Project as we settle back into matching and overseeing mentors and mentees at two gang prevention program sites here in Oklahoma City.  

The kids are on our hearts as they prepare for school in the coming weeks.  One of our mentors brought to our attention a church in town that is hosting a Backpacks for Kids event, one that will allow students and families to stock up on school supplies before being back in the classroom.  It made us think there are probably several of those events happening in the next few weeks, so we did some research.

HERE is a list of school supply / backpack drive events happening in the OKC metro area in the months of July and August.*  

Mentors, this could be a great way to show support and interest in your mentee's schooling efforts.  Remember, we become like the people we hang around and your spirit is contagious to them!  Your encouragement in this area of their life could make a huge difference.      

We're excited to start building out some other fun goals for mentor / mentee interactions this semester.  What are some other ways you can think of to intersect your mentee's educational and extracurricular activities experiences this school year?  Let us know with a comment below.    


*For those of you not based in the Oklahoma City area, you can easily find Back to School events in your community with a basic Google search.