Maria Seigel

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Maria Seigel (second from left), a volunteer with Campfire Green Country of Tulsa, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren (second from right). 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)

Maria Seigel

Camp Fire Green Country, Tulsa

Camp Fire Green Country has selected Maria Seigel of Tulsa as its outstanding mentor of the year for Oklahoma Mentor Day. Camp Fire is one of the nation's leading not-for-profit youth development organizations. Its mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.

Maria, an expanded learning coordinator at Camp Fire Green Country, has mentored over 75 K-12th grade students across Tulsa during and after school hours.

“Mentorship is Maria’s life’s work and the joy she gets from it is evident,” said Camp Fire Green County Program Director Deric Williams. “Anytime she’s given a new task that will help her mentees, she responds with an emphatic, ‘sweet!’ and an ear-to-ear smile, even if it means more work for her.”

Maria also mentors teenage girls at the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center through a partnership with the Juvenile Bureau. In this role, she provides the young women with social-emotional learning activities. She also mentors student athletes with the women’s soccer team at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.

“Bring up Maria to any one of her colleagues or mentees and their first response is nearly unanimous - ‘Maria is awesome!” Williams said.