The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program has named Sarah Oskey as June 2018 Mentor of the Month.
Oskey has been matched with her 14-year-old mentee, Sofia, for a year-and-a-half.
“The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program is successful because of volunteers like Sarah,” said Katie Lackler, coordinator of the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program. “She has a kind heart, a great sense of humor and, despite her busy schedule and life changes, it’s clear that her friendship with Sofia takes priority.”
Oskey said one of her favorite memories of her time with Sofia is when they learned to make sushi.
“Sofia did a much better job than I did,” Oskey said. During their time together, they have shared a love of cooking and good food, as well as new experiences like rock climbing at Class 5 Fitness in Sonora.
Oskey and Sofia’s friendship has continued to grow despite several moves and changes in jobs and schools.
“Every day Sarah came over would make my whole day,” Sofia said.
Sofia likes being in the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program because she gets to meet new people.
“She is such a fun person to be around. I love it when we get together and she’s bursting with stories. We laugh a lot,” Oskey said.
Oskey grew up in Arnold and moved back to the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Tim Oskey, almost four years ago. She was looking for a volunteer opportunity when she and her husband received tickets to The Party, the annual fundraiser to support mentoring programs in Calaveras County. Soon after attending The Party and learning about mentoring, Sarah applied to become a mentor with the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.
Oskey also volunteers with Friends of the Fair and is a full-time financial advisor with Edward Jones in Murphys. If she could tell prospective mentors one thing, she said, it would be “Just do it! It becomes a natural part of your life and the reward is so great.”
Calaveras Youth Mentoring is seeking mentors for boys and girls in all areas of Calaveras County.
For more information about the program, call Katie Lackler, Mentoring Program coordinator, at (209) 736-6078, or go online at www.calaverasmentoring.org.