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.