Positive Directions

Presentation to Casady Administrators took place the week before finals.  The Cyclone mentors' goal was to offer a criteria to expand the program to incoming freshmen, get to-go lunches provided by Casady School Sage, and have funding allocated for transportation.  Christian stated on an email that the Cyclones Mentors met their objectives.  A testimonial video was produced by Christian and Teddy and will be available here shortly.

Mrs. Tobi Campbell sent the following links for next year's mentors to apply to participate in the program

Returning Cyclone Mentors Application HERE 
New Casady Mentors Information HERE

Cyclone Mentors
Positive Directions Program at Casady School

One of the mentors bought these games for the school that "meant so much to him."
Mentors made a testimonial video to present to administrators.  The presentation aims to expand the program in the school year 2018-2019

Proposal to Administrators

  • Meeting with Mr. Sheldon, Coach T, and Dr. Powell. Must be set up with Mr. Sheldon’s assistant.
  • Preferably during activities. (1:10-1:40)  Sharun set-up meeting on Thursday 5/17 from 10:05-10:50.
  • Evie, Katherine, Christian, Sharun, Teddy, Ford,
  • Tobi Campbell Stanley Hupfeld, PositiveDirections Mentoring Program Director sent 2018-2019.
  • Positive Directions schedule to Christian to coordinate school calendars.  

  • Best Time for Mentoring: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30. Next year this service learning program
  • at Casady will be called Cyclone Mentors. Possibly bring teachers once or twice a month
  • with special hobby or skill to teach the students.
  • Next Year, if program approved: Speak to 8th graders in chapel about SHA mentoring.
  • Teddy and Christian made a video to show the faculty on Thursday, May 11th at 7:30.

Each person will talk about their individual experiences, possibly a specific story. (Testimonial)

Lunch (Sharun):
Lunch in the school year 2017-2018 provided by Stanley Hupfeld for 6 mentors
Request that Sage packages lunches that we can take to SHA each week.
Bring SHA students to school for a lunch in Calvert/campus tour.

Transportation (Christian):
Max of 50 Mentors (25 Teams). One bus, 1 Driver on Wednesdays.  In 2017-2018 cost covered by
Service-Learning Budget with Director as site supervisor accompanying the mentor group.
4 Teams per each grade.
15.00$/Trip: Find out how many days we will travel to SHA across the entirety of year.
Tobi will send Stanley Hupfeld schedule.

Reasons for 9th and 10th Grade Mentors (Teddy):
Students only miss two Sage meals every month so they will not miss out on family styling dining.
4 years of sustainable, relationship building mentoring experience.  
Develops the 7th and 8th SEE Period reading and games experiences at Johnson Elementary
Not anything like an off campus because it is volunteer work.


  • Evie or Ford address any concerns or questions the faculty has
  • Summarize
  • Explain how why we do it, and the effect mentoring has on the students.
  • With the current schedule, any lunch and activities if  experiences missed at school would be
  • outweighed by the work we’re doing.

National Volunteer Week
Thank You to Mrs. Hayes from the "Cyclone Mentors"

Last Mentoring Session of the Year
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
- Sharun brought cookies and drinks, 
-Katherine had a game to play together, 
-Ms. Smith ordered pizza and Subway gift cards  .

Mentors will not attend Positive Directions on February 28th
Parent Teacher Conference Day at Casady

February 21 cancelled due to weather
Expected Attendance
Katherine Evie, Teddy

All mentors will attend the first Wednesday in March as that is the last day for this program.  A special celebration will be hosted by the mentors for their mentees.  The celebration will be courtesy of the Casady Service-Learning Program and YAC

February 14th
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Happy Valentine's Day


Expected Attendance
Sharun, Owen, Ford

February is Black History Month and Random Acts of Kindness Week

Wednesday, February 6th
Expected Attendance
Katherine, Teddy, Evie

Do you know who Clara Luper was?


January was National Mentoring Month

Casady Cyclone Mentors on 
What do they like about mentoring or Why they volunteer?

Ford - he likes coming to SH because his presence enriched the students lives at the same time their presence enriched his life. 

Christian - he likes to help make a difference in the kids lives. 

Teddy - it’s a nice feeling to know the kids look up to us and get excited to see us each week. 

Sharun - it’s fun to work with the kids. 
Wednesday, January 31
Expected Attendance
Sharun, Ford, and Christian

Wednesday, January 24th
Expected Attendance
Katherine, Teddy, Evie

Wednesday, January 17
Expected Attendance
Sharun, Ford, and Christian
Sharun will be speaking at chapel on National Mentoring Month.  The goal is to inspire more seniors to be mentors during National Mentoring Month.  No reflective thoughts or pictures provided.

Wednesday, January 10, 2017
Expected Attendance
Katherine, Teddy, Evie
Mentors should bring UNO Cards set to play with mentees.  Sharun or Miss Smith will buy the extra set missing from the YAC Community Center.
Please send reflections and pictures for this blog.

January is National Mentoring Month:  Could we increase the number of Cyclone mentors this month?


National Mentoring Month is an annual designation observed in January.
NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
  • Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
  • Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
  • Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.
Look into a mentor program to see how it can benefit you and how you can benefit it and use #NationalMentoringMonth to post on social media.
The Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership founded National Mentoring Month in 2002. For more information visit http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/

December 12th: 6th Mentoring Session
Attended: Sharun, Ford, and Christian

Last week, Sharun demonstraed how to draw snowflakes.  Maybe teaching how to make snowflakes from paper could be a nice holiday activity to share at this visit.

 Cyclones were not able to bring the UNO cards for their mentees to take home during the holidays.  Thank you to Sharun for taking the time to select the present for mentees and taking the time to purchase them at Wallmart.

No reflective question or pictures provided for this blog.

December 6, 2017  Fifth Mentoring Session

Evie, Teddy and Katherine were scheduled to attend with Miss Smith.  Casady Service-Learning had a container with small candy canes for the entire school.  Candy canes were going to be shared with students at their holiday party.  Pictures and reflections forthcoming.

November 28, 2017 Fourth Mentoring Session

Cyclones worked with mentees on homework, shared what we did for Thanksgiving and then, played  Some practiced throwing the football outside, others did some art in the loud mentors' room.

Mentors also brought Casady YAC donations to the Santa Store where mentees can get holiday presents for their families with the stars they earn from their mentors.

The reflective question this week was, 
What is fulfilling about mentoring at Stanley Hupfeld Academy?  

There is a lot about mentoring at Stanley Hupfeld that is fulfilling.  I think the thing that stands out to me the most is the fact that I am making change in someone's life.  I love the fact that I can teach someone and help them learn new things

Going to Stanley Hupfeld helps me fulfill working with people as I want to work as a psychologist.  It has helped me to be prepared and know what to expect.

Happy Thanksgiving, we will be back, November 28th

Third Mentoring Session

After Crossword Puzzle Homework Done, a little bit of play time with Casady mentor

Second Mentoring Session
Casady Cyclones joined the Positive Directions mentoring program at Stanley Hupfeld Academy @ Western Village.  Cyclone "buddies" take turns missing an out to lunch and Activities to guide a student from Stanley Hupfeld Academy on Wednesdays.  

The first mentoring session was a get to know mentors and mentees.  The second session was a work on academics with our Cyclone buddies.  Mentees were eagerly waiting for their "Cyclone buddies" with lunch served.  After mentoring sessions, the Casady buddies reflect on the experience.  Christian O. provided the reflective question of the second guidance session, 

How can we make more of an impact on the lives of our mentees?

"I think that one way I can make more of an impact on my mentee is to become a friend as well as a person of guidance  I want Jamarion to be comfortable asking me questions or needing help with things that are happening in his life as well as his school work."

"I can make more of an impact by..learning about the student and the needs they have."

"We could tell the students advice that we use to improve academically and socially so that they can gain self-confidence."
INTEGRIS Health began the Positive Directions Mentoring Program in 1992 as a business/school partnership that encourages volunteers to become mentors at targeted Oklahoma City elementary schools. The objectives of the program are to build self-esteem, establish positive relationships, help children overcome negative behaviors, and to improve the student’s classroom participation.
The time commitment is one hour per week, during the school day. Mentors can be from all areas of our community – business people, college students, retirees, stay-at-home moms, high school students in service programs like Casady and Heritage Hall.
More than 400 mentors are involved providing more than 6,600 volunteer hours. One mentor reports, "So many times I felt good knowing I was making a difference in a student's life. But what I didn't expect was the impact my student made on my life. Mentoring is such a positive experience that I can't imagine NOT doing it. All it takes is a little time."

Casady Service Learning provides transportation on a Casady vehicle, with a Casady driver for the Casady buddies.  The Casady vehicle leaves from the chapel parking lot at 12:35 and returns by 1:35 for Cyclones to be back to class on time.  

Stanley Hupfeld provides lunch and an onsite site supervisor, Mrs. Kathy Lowder, klowder@cox.net to maximize, balanced mentor time with their mentees.

100 students still need mentors at Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village.  Interested teens and adults, please contact Mrs. Carmen Clay, Casady's Director of Service Learning, clayc@casady.org, cell (405)-520-1325 or Tobi Campbell, Director Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village & Positive Directions Mentoring, Tobi.Campbell@integrisok.comOffice (405) 717-9831Cell (405) 550-3762Fax (405) 951-8808.  Mrs. Ruthie Rayner, the principal at Stanley Hupfeld can be contacted at Ruthie.rayner@wacademy.com. 

Meaningful,      Exciting,        Significant

Mentors reflected via cell (405-520-1325) to this directive:  One word that describes the experience and what makes you say that!

"Exciting! Getting to know D'Michael was so exciting because he was genuinely eager to be with us."

"Optimistic! because I am very excited to see where this mentoring goes and my mentee or "little" , and I bonded over roller coasters, siblings, etc.  She is very sweet and I am glad I get the chance to mentor and help her."


Evie is coming next week

Ford is coming next week

Christian is coming next week

Playground and Mentoring Room

We need mentors – 100 students are still waiting.  Please refer a friend!

A few important dates for your calendar:

Wed. 10/26       
Tonight, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Health Fair & Walk the Night Away

Sat. 10/28         
Last SHA Volley Ball Game, Douglas HS, 11:00 a.m.   

Sat. 10/28         
Volunteer Workday, time change due to cold temps – now 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – join us! 

Sat. 11/4           
Our students, and our partnership with Oklahoma Christian, will be recognized at their Basketball Coronation, after their 1:00 p.m. game.

Tues. 11/7        
4th Grade Baking Class, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – volunteers needed!

Thurs. 11/9      
 5TH Grade Fall Ball (ballroom dance demonstration/celebration), 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Gym

Fri. 11/10          
Special Veteran’s Day Assembly -- 8:45 a.m., Cafeteria

Mon. 11/13       
4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – OKC Boathouse District

Sat. 11/11         
Pie for Parents – 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – volunteers needed!

Friends and Family Luncheon -- please join us!  Adult lunches $3.50 (cash).  Schedule attached.
10:30 a.m. student performance.

5th Grade Ballroom Judging, 2:15 p.m.

WEEK OF 11/20 – 11/24 – NO SCHOOL.

Questions or Suggestions?  I’m here! 

Thank you for caring about our kids.  We appreciate you.


Tobi Campbell
Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village
& Positive Directions Mentoring

Positive Directions Mentors at Stanley Hupfeld  

Manual Training, 

Site Visit, 

Delivery of Names of Mentees


Supplies Closet

Positive Directions Connections Started 
on Peace Week 2016
Special thanks to the Casady Art Club, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, Casady After School Care, and Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park for the "Silhouettes of Hope" made by their students.  The silhouettes helped market the drive as "Food for Kids from Kids" in all divisions at Casady and were to match the child artist with a Casady mentor.

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 valued. 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 “latchkey” 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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