Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OKC Caring Hands Project ends, Stanley Hupfeld Academy Mentoring Project Exploration begins

2,520 decorated hands to be shipped at the end of the day 5/4/2017 = $ 4,864 matching donation from Bezos Foundation to
SAVE THE CHILDREN programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia

Centennial High School sent 1,100 ($2,090.00 donation) decorated hands on 5/3/2017

The last group of decorated hands from the Casady After School Program
47 ($83.30 matching donation by Bezos Foundation) OKC Caring Hands 

270 ($ 513.00 matching donation by Bezos Foundation)  OKC Caring Hands decorated by Stanley Hupfeld Academy


Cyclone organizer of the project.  Goal: 1,000 hands = $1,900 matching donation by Bezos Foundation

The first 300 hands in packing box!  Hands were traced by Cyclone YAC leaders Gabrielle and Mallory at different venues, during baby sitting times and by the Bridges Program Teens from Centennial High School
Casady YAC, Brookdale, Statesmen's Club Independent Living, Casady After School Program, UD, Mr. Pena's ,MD, Miss Castro's Spanish classes and Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village students helped decorate the OKC Caring Hands

Webcast between teens in Miami and Nicaragua.  April 27, 2017

Stanley Hupfeld Academy @ Western Village 
Mentoring Program Exploration
1st Site Visit

Positive Directions mentors at Stanley Hupfeld Academy seeks new tutors and mentors!  Hupfeld Academy is located at 1508 N.W. 106th (106th & N. McKinley), and serves the Western Village neighborhood children. 

The Positive Directions program matches mentors with elementary (K-5) students for one-on-one sessions, one hour each week during the school day (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).  The program’s purpose is to build relationships and provide consistent, caring friends and role models for the children, and to help them with their academic and social needs.  Most mentors spend ½ of their time on academic needs/reading, and the other ½ on a fun activity (games, puzzles, walking the track, etc., to encourage casual visiting and building the relationship).  We have two designated mentor rooms at our school site, with all of the supplies and materials needed for mentoring sessions. 

Many of our mentors tell us it’s the best hour of their week, and they gain as much from the experience as their student does!  We have a number of mentors who stay with their student throughout their elementary years. 

Team mentoring is also encouraged; two mentors may team to mentor the same child, alternating weeks, so it is less of a time commitment for those who may find it difficult to mentor an hour each week. 

Interested mentors have to complete a mentor information form.  Mentors will receive a packet containing a photo and information about their student, as well as a mentor nametag and handbook.  There will be an orientation onsite or at Casady if a group decides to mentor.  There are also mentor volunteer opportunities for interested adults.  There is an application process and training for adult mentors also.   For application and more information contact: Tobi Campbell, Director, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village & Positive Directions Mentoring,  Office (405) 717-9831,  Cell (405) 550-3762,  Fax (405) 951-8808

Getting information about the school and the mentoring program application
Mentoring Schedule
Once a week, Casady lunch/ Activities   Day: Chosen by mentors
Lunch @ Stanley Hupfeld: Lunch area for StanHupYAC mentors: TBD.  
Cost of lunch covered by mentors. Lunch with children was discussed, but lunch schedules are hurdles. Mentors lunch offer:Stanley Hupfeld's cafeteria
1st year goal: 8 mentors 
Number determined by Casady van capacity.  Driver Mrs. Clay

Academics Mentors Room


Relationships Building Mentors Room

Activity Room


Cooking class with founder Stanley Hupfeld
In his 20 years of involvement at Western Village/Hupfeld Academy, Hupfeld learned there is nothing wrong with high-risk children's minds.  “The secret sauce is the love teachers have for children. Kids have to feel loved, appreciated and valuable. We had a first class mentoring program, where they received at least one hour a week of undivided attention.”  The vast majority of public school children come from low-income homes. They are “latch key” kids and many of them have never been read to, never owned a book and have illiterate parents.  My grandchild hit kindergarten with 1,000-word vocabulary, basic math skills and a knowledge of history. These public school kids start two years behind on day one. If the system doesn’t catch them up, they stay behind.”

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