Students Striving for Success is a volunteer mentoring organization in partnership with El Reno Public Schools and the El Reno Public School Foundation.  The program matches community volunteers with students based upon interest, experience, and need.  Students in Grades 1-7 are eligible to participate in this program.

Why become a mentor?

Young people in mentoring relationships are:

  • 53% less likely to skip school

  • 46% less likely to use illegal drugs

  • 37% less likely to skip a class

  • 33% less likely to use alcohol

  • 27% less likely to hit someone

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a volunteer, at least 21 years of age, willing to dedicate time each week to guide the development of a child or youth.  A mentor builds a relationship based on trust and acceptance with their mentee to empower and motive the mentee to succeed.

A mentor is a:

  • Role model

  • Friend

  • Motivator

  • Good listener

Mentor Commitment

A mentor is committed to spend 40-60 minutes per week one-on-one with their assigned student.  The mentor can typically pick out a time that will work for each person in the mentor relationship.  Mentor assignments are typically available Monday – Thursday, from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

How do I become a mentor?

  • Submit a written application

  • Undergo a background check

  • Attend a new mentor training/orientation session

  • Become matched with a student

  • Spend 40-60 minutes a week for the entire school year with your mentee

Board Members:

  • Dana Gibson, Chairman

  • Richard Steanson, Vice Chairman

  • Ronnie Fields, Secretary

  • Gerardo Troncoso, Treasurer

  • Curtis Blanc

  • Charlie Blount

  • Pam Broyles

  • Mark Fryar

  • Linda Hulbutta

  • Alisha Kirkland

  • Chris Lambakis

  • Karen Nance

  • John Schneider

El Reno Public Schools

  •  Craig McVay, Superintendent of Schools, 405.262.1703

  • Brooke Robertson, Community Outreach Director, 405.262.1107


  • Barbara McBroom, Assistant

Great reminder to volunteer to be a Mentor! It’s a wonderful program and so needed for our mentees! Please contact Dana Gibson 405-820-3800 or our fantastic supporters in the El Reno community!!!