The Mentoring Project
An estimated 25 million kids grow up without a dad, including 85 percent of the youth in prison and 71 percent of pregnant teens. SandRidge Energy is proud to support The Mentoring Project (TMP) as it seeks to respond to the crisis of fatherlessness by inspiring and equipping faith communities to mentor fatherless youth.
We know that mentoring changes lives, literally rewriting stories that were once headed for bad endings. According to a study by Big Brothers Big Sisters, after 18 months of mentoring, kids were:
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 33% less likely to hit someone
It’s a simple truth that mentoring has a tremendous impact on children who do not otherwise have positive role models in their lives. SandRidge and TMP are dedicated to helping inspire and equip mentors so that every child in need can find the success they might otherwise never experience.
“Little things make big things happen.”
– John Wooden
That is especially true when a team, or group of people, each repeatedly do the little things that make all the difference. There are times when the needs in our cities and communities seem overwhelming and we may wonder, “What can I do to make a difference?” At SandRidge, our employees believe that together we can do more and that some of life’s most difficult issues can be solved by small acts repeated over time. By pooling their change together, our employees believe they will in fact, make a lasting impact on individuals, families, organizations and communities. They will make a change, together.
Employees and visitors at the Company’s corporate and field offices have the opportunity to drop in their loose change one of the Change Together piggy banks on display. Employees also contribute the “extra cents” from their paycheck each pay period through automatic payroll deduction. Recommendations are received from throughout the company on how to distribute the funds to those in our local communities in need of assistance. A committee of SandRidge employees reviews the needs and dispenses the full amount collected to meet as many needs as possible. Since its implementation, SandRidge employees have helped numerous individuals and families in crisis with items such as groceries, medical expenses and other critical needs.
Margaret Mead made an excellent point when she said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We can make a change together.