Jake SpirekThe Mentoring Project, Oklahoma City
|Jake Spirek (second from left), a volunteer for The Mentoring Project of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Spirek’s mentee, Jordan. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
The Mentoring Project has named Jake Spirek of Oklahoma City as outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Jake, a knowledge specialist for Blackbaud K-12, is part of The Mentoring Project’s initiative that matches caring mentors with youths who participate in the Oklahoma City Police Department’s gang prevention program. Jake attended The Mentoring Project’s Rewrite Mentor Training at Life Church Edmond in 2014 and was matched with his 13-year-old mentee, Jordan, that fall.
“Jake quickly became a fan favorite among mentors and mentees, consistently showing up each week,” said Mentor Care Director Bruce Doane. “He is now more affectionately known by the kids on program nights as ‘Jake from State Farm,’ after the commercial bit.”
Jake and his mentee have attended several Mentoring Project events and also make time to go to movies and sporting events. One of Jake’s favorite memories is touring the headquarters of Water4, a nonprofit that that works to provide clean water in developing countries. His mentee, Jordan, helped raise money for the organization. Jake also enjoys serving with his mentee at Life Church Edmond during Local Mission Partners weekend to recruit more mentors to the Mentoring Project.
“Jake is one of our most caring, dependable and fun mentors in Oklahoma,” Bruce said. “We love how he is investing in his mentee, Jordan. We are happy to celebrate him on Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol.”