Felicia Sykes

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Felicia Sykes (second from left), a volunteer for STARBASE 2.0, STARBASE Oklahoma, Department of Defense in Tulsa, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren during Oklahoma Mentor Day. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left). Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Felicia Sykes

Carl Albert Middle School, Midwest City

Felicia Sykes has been named outstanding mentor for her work with the Department of Defense STARBASE 2.0 after-school club at Union Public School’s sixth- and seventh-grade center in Tulsa.

Felicia voluteers with STARBASE 2.0 through her company, The NORDAM Group Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company where she works as a quality inspector. The company has been a community partner with STARBASE 2.0’s mentoring program since 2010.

Felicia heard about STARBASE 2.0’s mentoring program through her employer and soon got involved with the organization. She was inspired by the program and its positive effect on young minds.  

“Whether they are building and launching rockets, designing solar-powered cars or conducting weather experiments, Felicia can be found in the middle of the activities, being a student as well as a mentor,” said Sue Nicely, administrative program assistant for STARBASE 2.0.

Sykes even encouraged her son to join the program.

“Her enthusiasm and warm smile gives these students confidence and an ‘I can do it!’ attitude,” Nicely said.

STARBASE 2.0 combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with a relationship-rich, school-based environment serving at-risk youth in sixth through eighth grades. The program uses a team mentoring approach, pairing teams of three to four students with one adult mentor for four hours each month to focus on STEM projects, team-building and goal setting.