Taylor Roberts

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Oklahoma Mentor Day

MENTORING PROJECT VOLUNTEER HONORED AT MENTOR DAY

Taylor Roberts (second from left), a volunteer with the Mentoring Project of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren (second from right). Joining in the presentation are Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left) and mentee Nayeli Uribe and her daughter, Kimberly. Roberts mentors through a Mentoring Project initiative serving youth participating in the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Family Awareness and Community Teamwork program.

Taylor Roberts

The Mentoring Project
Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT), Oklahoma City Police Department

The Mentoring Project has named Taylor Roberts as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.

Taylor is part of The Mentoring Project’s partnership that matches caring mentors with kids who participate in the Oklahoma City Police Department's Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT) gang prevention program. Taylor attended The Mentoring Project’s Rewrite Mentor Training at Life.Church Edmond in 2014 and was matched with her 14-year-old mentee, Nayeli, that fall.

Taylor and Nayeli now meet regularly for one-on-one sessions and share outdoor activities together. Taylor said some of her favorite moments with her mentee were when she got Nayeli to try new things like eating lobster, devouring a Pizookie, sledding, kayaking, and running along the Oklahoma River.

“Taylor is very intentional about her relationship with Nayeli,” said Bruce Doane, site coordinator. 

“Nayeli has become like a little sister to me,” Taylor said as she reflected on her relationship with her mentee. “I know that being a mentor to her has allowed me to connect with her on a level that we would not have achieved by simply attending a weekly program.”

“We are happy to celebrate her on Oklahoma Mentor Day,” Bruce added.