Mary Oluokun

Sister Sol Chapter Leader

My name is Mary Oluokun and I am an experiential educator, faciliator, and mentor with a demonstrated history of working as a program manager in the non-profit industry. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults, primarily from historically marginalized communities, using outdoor education as a tool to teach and foster social-emotional skills that they can use to navigate their worlds.

As the oldest of seven children, I know that my early training in youth development and mentorshipbegan with my younger siblings. Although I was born in Nigeria, my family relocated constantly, and as a result, my upbringing taught me to value and see the beautiful and needed benefits of diversity within communities across different cultures.

I am an alum of Bucknell University and a Posse Alumni Scholar. I am forever grateful for the experience I gained through these programs. I found my love and curiosity for outdoor education during the pre-orientation backpacking trip, while at university. I learned to bring excitement and creativity to experiential, adventure-based education programs in outdoor spaces.

I have worked in various capacities ranging from program management, to faciliting trainings and workshops, to coaching and mentoring primarily in the non-profit sector. I found creative ways to bridge the education gap during summer for students from historically marginalized communities.  I have a deep love for the life lessons and growth that adventure in the outdoors provides and I hope to be able to share that with the young adults that I work with.