Sam Minick

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Sam Minick (center), a volunteer for Miller Mentors in Yukon Public Schools, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left) and mentee Riley Cops. 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)

Sam Minick

Miller Mentors
Yukon Public Schools

Miller Mentors, a Yukon Public Schools Helping Hands program, has named Sam Minick, owner of Minick Materials Co., as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.

Launched in 1996, Miller Mentors focuses on working with students who are struggling with self-esteem or family issues. Mentoring takes place during school hours at the student’s school.

A mentor for over four years, Sam has been matched with Riley, an eighth-grader, for about a year and a half. Sam helps Riley think about the choices he makes and lets him know how important he is.

Last fall, Sam took Riley to the University of Oklahoma’s annual Meet the Sooners Day where Riley got to meet the football players and cheerleaders. Sam said that Riley was shy at first but soon warmed up once Sam convinced him to take photos with the cheerleaders.

 “He got all of the girls to sign his football after that,” Minick said. “We had to buy another football he got so many! We had a great time.”

In addition to his work with Miller Mentors, Sam also mentors many of his own young employees. He is even trying to start a mentoring program at his company where employees mentor and tutor kids in the local schools.

“I have received much more than I have given,” Minick said. “I see how much need is out there and I am always trying to recruit more mentors.”