Mentorship program brings inspiration in unlikely places

OKLAHOMA CITY - A local mentorship program is bringing inspiration to unlikely places.

Nathan Moham recently started the Project Search program at Metro Tech.

"I meet new people every day and that's the one thing I like to do is meet new people and eventually be friends with them,” Moham said.

Project Search helps transition students with disabilities into the workplace by giving them the skills they need to make it in the real world.

"This program gives them the opportunity to explore where their skills and interests are so we can put them to work so that everybody wins,” Sheila Hawkins, Program Coordinator said.

Nathan got a full-time job in the kitchen at the Renaissance Hotel just a few months after graduating.

Daniel Gabe is still in the program, working in human resources.

He says this has helped him with important job skills.

"It's been a lot of fun. I'm learning so many different things and I've mostly gotten to learn what the workplace is like,” Daniel Gabe, a student at Metro Tech said.

It's the employees working alongside them that have helped the most.

Big Mike is the breakfast chef and adores working with the students.

"I was raised to always lend a helping hand. No matter who it is, no matter what your ability is, reach out your hand and give a help out, and that's the way I live my life,” Big Mike said.

Big Mike still keeps in touch with past interns always wanting to see what they're doing and giving them encouragement.

That's why he received the "Make A Difference" Mentor award this year.

"He'd always speak to them every morning. 'Hi how you doing?' If he saw them get discouraged, he'd tell them 'it's going to be okay. Nobody's perfect. Let me help you do this,'” Hawkins said.

"All of them is a big influence in my life. I know I've made an influence in their life, but they just don't know how big it was in mine,” Big Mike said.