Darrin Roberts

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Darrin Roberts

Link Crew, John Marshall High School, Oklahoma City

Darrin Roberts, a senior at John Marshall, has been named outstanding mentor for Link Crew, a peer mentoring program that helps incoming freshmen transition and be successful in high school.

Link Crew Coordinator Jean McDaniel described Roberts as, “one of the nicest people on the planet,” whom she can always count on as a Link Crew leader.

“His mentorship of the freshman class at John Marshall Mid-High School has been an invaluable gift over the past few years,” McDaniel said. “He has a pleasant nature that draws in his peers like no other.  He is hard working, driven, engaging and caring, which makes him a respected Link Leader.”

McDaniel said she is grateful to Roberts for making school more fulfilling, rewarding and fun and for his leadership style and dedication, showing his mentees right from wrong.

“His mentorship has been an invaluable gift, and I am confident that he has touched many others’ hearts the way he has touched mine,” McDaniel added, stating that she will sure miss him when he graduates in May.

About the Program: Link Crew is a peer mentoring program designed to develop junior and senior high school students into leaders at school. Link Crew leaders, role models for the freshman class, make freshman feel welcome and help them learn how to be successful in school. During the summer, Link Crew leaders attend the mandatory 10 hours of annual training before the upcoming school year. They lead freshman orientation for as many as 450 freshman, and mentor their freshman "crews" for the entire school year. Leaders also plan social events, academic follow-ups, and other activities such as goal-setting, school traditions, character development and academic guidance.