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Tahlequah Daily Press

 

March 18, 2017

The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance NORA Leadership Academy is working to implement the nationally known mentorship program, Men in the Making, throughout schools in northeast Oklahoma The program focuses on mentoring male teens and providing the materials to help them successfully transition into skilled, capable young men.


"For boys who may not have a positive male role model in their lives, this program will help them learn practical skills and develop positive character traits," said Liberty Shere, business development consultant for Northeast Technology Center and member of the NORA Leadership Academy. "Even for those boys who already have positive role models, our hope is that this program will help them mature into responsible, productive members of their communities."


The NORA Leadership Academy is in its inaugural year, and the first class - which is made of individuals from a 14-county region - has chosen to use the Men in the Making program as part of its service project. The idea was pitched to the NORA Leadership Academy by Shere and her colleague Sara Stephens, organizational and leadership trainer for Northeast Technology Center.


"The biggest takeaway for me is the opportunity to make positive, long-term impact on young men in northeast Oklahoma," said Stephens. "The Men in the Making clubs are weekly service-learning meetings where young men find a sense of belonging while learning the life skills and personal character traits of confident, capable men."


Each member of the class now plays a role in implementing these programs in schools throughout northeast Oklahoma by securing sponsorships and recruiting mentors. Once a sponsor has been found for each school, the NORA Leadership class can then begin working with individual schools on recruiting boys to the program. The group's goal is to help found Men in the Making clubs in every school district in Northeast Oklahoma.


"Each organization will be closely monitored to track progress and success rates," Stephens said.
"Aside from building confidence in boys during the awkward teenage years, the program has also shown a number of trackable data points, like increased attendance at school, higher percentage of youth holding leadership positions and increased college enrollment."


The Men in the Making program was founded by Jonathan Catherman, best-selling author and speaker. Catherman has been involved in public and private education for 23 years and strives to deliver leadership models and instructional materials for the youth. While developing this curriculum Jonathan Catherman collaborated with Matthew Ohlson, Ph.D., of the Taylor Leadership Institute at the University of North Florida.

"We would love to see a Men in the Making Club in every school district in the NORA Region," said Shere. "We believe it will give them the skills they need to achieve personal and professional growth, and when they succeed, our communities will reap the benefits."


For information on starting a Men in the Making club in a school district, contact NORA Director Darla Heller at d.heller@neokregion.org or 918-772-8334 for a connection to a Leadership Academy representative. Learn more about Men In The Making clubs at www.1mclubs.com.


NORA is a nonprofit organization committed to sustaining and improving Northeastern Oklahoma.
The organization serves as a catalyst and collaborator for finding solutions to the opportunities and challenges facing this growing region.

 

Claremore Progress

March 28, 2017

Representatives from Foyil Public Schools, Mid-America Pipeline and Northeast Technology Center recently came together to celebrate the sponsorship of northeast Oklahoma’s first One Million Men in the Making Club.

The program focuses on mentoring male teens and providing the materials to help them successfully transition into skilled, capable young men.

“I’m looking forward to watching our students grow and gain confidence as young men,” said Foyil Junior High and High School Principal Lance Williams. “As with many rural communities, our young men are in need of strong, positive role models.”

The Men in the Making program was founded by Jonathan Catherman, best-selling author and speaker. Catherman has been involved in public and private education for 23 years and strives to deliver leadership models and instructional materials for the youth.

The One Million Men in the Making program has shown a number of trackable data points such as increased attendance at school, higher percentage of youth holding leadership positions and increased college enrollment.

The program caught the attention of Northeast Technology Center employees Liberty Shere and Sara Stephens, who are currently participating in the inaugural class of the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA) Leadership Academy.

“As part of the NORA Leadership Academy, our class has the opportunity to complete a service project that will benefit northeast Oklahoma,” said Shere, business development consultant for Northeast Tech.

“Our classmates loved the idea of making a positive, long-term impact on young men in Oklahoma, so we began the process of presenting the idea to school administrators and finding sponsors.”

Lance Williams, the junior high and high school principal at Foyil, heard Shere and Stephens present the Men in the Making program information at the Roger’s County Superintendents’ Meeting in February, and he was immediately interested.

“This would be a perfect program at our school,” Williams said of his first impression of the program.

After hearing the presentation, Williams quickly contacted Shere to find out how to bring Men in the Making clubs to Foyil.

“Once a school shows interest in the program, we begin to talk about the logistics of bringing it into the district,” Shere said. “Thankfully, we did not have to look very long for a sponsor for Foyil’s program - Mid-America Pipeline quickly stepped up to make it possible.”

Mid-America Pipeline has operated in the pipeline construction business for 15 years, and even though the company is now based in Tulsa, its roots are in Foyil where it opened in 2003. Mid-America Pipeline Manager R.J. Shultz is a long-time acquaintance of Shere’s, and when she told him about the program, he thought it would be a good resource for kids living in a small town.

“I started working on the pipeline at 15, and between that and my parents, I learned how to do all the things a man should, from fixing a tire to holding doors open for people and saying, ‘yes sir,’” Shultz said. “I hope this program gives the kids a chance to learn how to be nice young men who can get a job and do the right things in life.”

Mid-America’s $2,000 donation will cover the cost of all the books and materials used by the sixth and seventh grade students who participate in the program.

Foyil’s Men in the Making Club will be launched during the 2017-2018 school year, and while Mid-America’s generous donation covers all the costs associated with the program, mentors are still needed.

“We are still looking for two male mentors who are willing to facilitate the program, and they can expect a time commitment of one hour per week,” Shere said. “Anyone who is willing to volunteer their time can contact me, or reach out to Mr. Williams directly.

For information on starting a Men in the Making club in a school district contact Liberty Shere at liberty.shere@netech.edu or 918-476-8252.

To learn more about Men In The Making clubs, visit www.1mclubs.com.

 

Northeast technology Center

March, 30, 2017

Representatives from Foyil Public Schools, Mid-America Pipeline and Northeast Technology Center crowded behind an oversized check to celebrate the sponsorship of northeast Oklahoma’s first One Million Men in the Making Club. The program focuses on mentoring male teens and providing the materials to help them successfully transition into skilled, capable young men.

“I’m looking forward to watching our students grow and gain confidence as young men,” said Foyil Junior High and High School Principal Lance Williams. “As with many rural communities, our young men are in need of strong, positive role models.”

The Men in the Making program was founded by Jonathan Catherman, best-selling author and speaker. Catherman has been involved in public and private education for 23 years and strives to deliver leadership models and instructional materials for the youth. The One Million Men in the Making program has shown a number of trackable data points such as increased attendance at school, higher percentage of youth holding leadership positions and increased college enrollment.

The program caught the attention of Northeast Technology Center employees Liberty Shere and Sara Stephens, who are currently participating in the inaugural class of the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA) Leadership Academy.

“As part of the NORA Leadership Academy, our class has the opportunity to complete a service project that will benefit northeast Oklahoma,” said Shere, the business development consultant for Northeast Tech. “Our classmates loved the idea of making a positive, long-term impact on young men in Oklahoma, so we began the process of presenting the idea to school administrators and finding sponsors.”

Lance Williams, the junior high and high school principal at Foyil, heard Shere and Stephens present the Men in the Making program information at the Roger’s County Superintendents’ Meeting in February, and he was immediately interested.

“This would be a perfect program at our school,” Williams said of his first impression of the program.

After hearing the presentation, Williams quickly contacted Shere to find out how to bring Men in the Making clubs to Foyil.  

“Once a school shows interest in the program, we begin to talk about the logistics of bringing it into the district,” Shere said. “Thankfully, we did not have to look very long for a sponsor for Foyil’s program – Mid-America Pipeline quickly stepped up to make it possible.”

Mid-America Pipeline has operated in the pipeline construction business for 15 years, and even though the company is now based in Tulsa, its roots are in Foyil where it opened in 2003. Mid-America Pipeline Manager R.J. Shultz is a long-time acquaintance of Shere’s, and when she told him about the program, he thought it would be a good resource for kids living in a small town.

“I started working on the pipeline at 15, and between that and my parents, I learned how to do all the things a man should, from fixing a tire to holding doors open for people and saying, ‘yes sir,’” Shultz said. “I hope this program gives the kids a chance to learn how to be nice young men who can get a job and do the right things in life.”

Mid-America’s $2,000 donation will cover the cost of all the books and materials used by the sixth and seventh grade students who participate in the program. Foyil’s Men in the Making Club will be launched during the 2017-2018 school year, and while Mid-America’s generous donation covers all the costs associated with the program, mentors are still needed.

“We are still looking for two male mentors who are willing to facilitate the program, and they can expect a time commitment of one hour per week,” Shere said. “Anyone who is willing to volunteer their time can contact me, or reach out to Mr. Williams directly. We believe this program will give students the skills they need to achieve personal and professional growth, and when they succeed, our communities will reap the benefits.”

For information on starting a Men in the Making club in a school district contact Liberty Shere at liberty.shere@netech.edu or 918-476-8252. To learn more about Men In The Making clubs, visit www.1mclubs.com.