What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
My passion when it comes to young people is seeing them reach their potential. I grew up in Lawton OK, and saw countless classmates, fall through the cracks or fall into the cycle of gangs, drugs, and crime. The Largest contributor to this is that they lacked role models that pushed them to do better but also show them that you can break the cycle. Id like to see more public funding go into outreach programs in at-risk schools in our cities.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
Supporting and helping Oklahoma’s youth has been a passion of mine going back to when I was still in my late teens. It started out with helping to organize and convince our High school football team to go into local Elementry schools in Lawton OK, and read to 2nd and 3rd graders. Upon going to college I noticed that our school (SNU) had no such community outreach program so I started one there as well with the help of one of our coaches and 2 other players, we targeted Elementary schools such as Tulakes in OKC that were considered inner-city schools. The main purpose of this program was to make sure these at risks students could see older people (College Football Players in this circumstance) that had similar upbringings break the cycle of drugs and gangs. That if we could overcome broken homes and poverty through education and athletics that they, in turn, could as well. After graduating college I was a volunteer coach in Walters OK for one year, I’ve also been actively involved in OK YFR, we ( CCYFR) put on Farmhand Olympics every August, we also sponsor fire education, driver safety, and outdoor classroom. I also volunteer as the announcer and help with our two annual stock shows in Comanche County for the last 5 years.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
Make sure programs like after/before school is properly funded, Increased funding for mentorship/big brother/sister programs, and proper general education funding.