Taylor RobertsThe Mentoring Project
Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT), Oklahoma City Police Department
The Mentoring Project has named Taylor Roberts as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
Taylor is part of The Mentoring Project’s partnership that matches caring mentors with kids who participate in the Oklahoma City Police Department's Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT) gang prevention program. Taylor attended The Mentoring Project’s Rewrite Mentor Training at Life.Church Edmond in 2014 and was matched with her 14-year-old mentee, Nayeli, that fall.
Taylor and Nayeli now meet regularly for one-on-one sessions and share outdoor activities together. Taylor said some of her favorite moments with her mentee were when she got Nayeli to try new things like eating lobster, devouring a Pizookie, sledding, kayaking, and running along the Oklahoma River.
“Taylor is very intentional about her relationship with Nayeli,” said Bruce Doane, site coordinator.
“Nayeli has become like a little sister to me,” Taylor said as she reflected on her relationship with her mentee. “I know that being a mentor to her has allowed me to connect with her on a level that we would not have achieved by simply attending a weekly program.”
“We are happy to celebrate her on Oklahoma Mentor Day,” Bruce added.