2006 Tulsa Recipients
Associated Centers for Therapy, Inc. –
Wraparound Tulsa Program
Associated Centers for Therapy serves as the host agency for Wraparound Tulsa, a best practices System of Care model that provides comprehensive mental health services, including assessment, evaluation, counseling, therapy, medication management and home-based services to children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Wraparound Tulsa is unique in that the family directs the plan and has full voice and choice in the process. It is a community- based organization that brings together other community agencies that work together in each child’s care (legal, social, educational, mental and physical health services). All of the children served by the program are indigent and one-third have no medical coverage.
Child Abuse Network, Inc. –
Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team Consultation Program
Child Abuse Network provides consultation services for any child involved in a reported case of child abuse. Consultation services include medical evaluations and forensic interviews with the child and mental health services for the entire family to help begin the healing process. Often individuals in crisis do not retain or fully understand all of the information provided during their consultation, so specific informational brochures are used to reinforce the services available for the family. The objective of the consultations and brochures is to provide crisis intervention, links to appropriate therapeutic services and recommendations to community support programs.
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma –
Food 4 Kids Program
Studies show that children who experience chronic hunger have lower test scores, a lessened ability to concentrate and more difficulty with social interactions with other students. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is helping to alleviate this critical situation through the Food 4 Kids Program. The program provides a backpack of shelf-stable food each Friday of the school year for children identified by the school as lacking sufficient food for the weekend or school holiday. Currently, 350 students are enrolled in the program at seven elementary schools in the Tulsa Public School district.
Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. –
Dating Violence and Intervention for Teenagers Program
The Dating Violence and Intervention for Teenagers Program raises community awareness of dating and sexual violence with the goals of dispelling myths about these issues, improving community response to victims and preventing future violence. The program provides lesson plans and presentation materials to guide teachers and community leaders to enable teenagers to understand dating violence and its causes. With 40 percent of girls age 14-17 reporting that they know someone their age that has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend, it is vital to the Tulsa community to have access to curriculum materials for dating violence prevention and intervention.
Girl Scouts Magic Empire Council –
Public Housing Outreach Program
Young women living in public housing communities face special challenges that demand unique methods to assist in personal growth development, character and self-esteem building - not to mention special support to curb violence, illegal drugs/alcohol use and teen pregnancy. The Girl Scouts Magic Empire Council provides membership and participation opportunities to girls in underserved areas of community by offering traditional, weekly Girl Scout troops in public housing community recreation centers. The Public Housing Outreach Program currently serves 540 girls, ages 5-17, living in 14 Tulsa Housing Authority public housing communities.
John 3:16 Mission –
Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program is an accelerated, eight-week literacy program for at-risk children, grades K-5, who have had difficulty learning to read. Taught by accredited teachers, the program utilizes a highly successful phonics-based curriculum with music as the primary delivery vehicle. The goal is for students to achieve rapid improvement in reading comprehension and spelling skills, bringing each student to his or her respective grade level and higher.
Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, Inc. –
After School Achievement Program
The After School Achievement Program is a free, extended learning opportunity that incorporates academic activities with enrichment activities and character development. The program is designed to assist 150 children in North and West Tulsa, grades 1-9, four days per week during the school year and eight weeks during the summer. The program’s goal is to provide daily homework assistance and educational support; after school nutrition, recreation and cultural activities; and age-appropriate conflict resolution, bully proofing and teen pregnancy prevention training for all participants.
Oklahoma Caring Foundation –
Good 4 Me! Program
Good 4 Me! is a childhood obesity prevention project targeted to children, ages 3-5, in preschool or child care settings. The project’s goals are to introduce children to the basic concepts of nutrition and physical fitness; to give educators, caregivers and parents resources to encourage healthy lifestyles and to increase the number of nutrition and physical activity lessons offered to children. The program will impact more than 600 children and 40 educators and caregivers in 2006.
Operation Aware, Inc. –
Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids Program
The Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids program combines Operation Aware’s eight-week prevention program and the Blood and Guts health education program to reach 4th and 5th grade students in four at-risk Tulsa Public Elementary Schools. At each of the targeted schools, at least 80 percent of the students qualify for the free lunch program. The program teaches positive skills, called protective factors, to provide a buffer to moderate the influence of negative risk factors. These skills include violence prevention, anti-bullying techniques, decision making and communication skills, plus health education to promote healthier nutrition and fitness habits.
Sand Springs Community Services –
The Back-to-School Project provides Sand Springs children with back-to-school supplies and clothing items. Students eligible for the program live below the poverty level and qualify for the free lunch program through the Sand Springs, Keystone and Anderson school districts. The project’s goal is for every child to start out "equal" on the first day of school, so each participant receives a $25 school supply voucher and a $35 clothing voucher to purchase back-to-school items. Sand Spring Community Services will assist approximately 450 students this year.
The Salvation Army Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club –
Power Hour Program
Located in an impoverished area of Tulsa, the Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place for more than 700 youth to complete their schoolwork and practice healthy social interaction with adults and peers. The Power Hour Program is a one hour, after school program that provides homework help, tutoring and skill development. The program is designed to improve participants’ math and science skills, reading and comprehension ability, handwriting, spelling and grammar skills.
YWCA of Tulsa –
The TechGYRLS program promotes future self-sufficiency among economically disadvantaged girls, ages 9-13, by increasing their knowledge, skills, confidence and interest in the use of technology, and promoting their entry into technology-related academic and professional pursuits. TechGYRLS participants receive hands-on learning experiences with computer animation and robotics, and interaction with female mentors who are working in technology fields and/or pursuing technology-related degrees. The YWCA of Tulsa offers the program in three, twelve-week cycles per year at the Cox Communications’ Technology Resource Center in the YWCA North Center.