2008 Tulsa Recipients
American Cancer Society – Camp OK Corral
American Cancer Society offers free summer camps for Oklahoma kids with cancer. The camps are staffed by pediatric oncologists, nurses and camp counselors to attend the children's needs. These camps provide a place for children in treatment or remission to become kids again through the summer camp experience. The camp allows children to see they are not alone in their struggle and provides peer support for everyone involved. Camp OK Corral takes place in Arant, Okla., at Shepherd’s Fold Ranch. It’s opened to kids aged 7 to 17 and accepts 60 kids. The kids are encouraged to do things on their own and not to depend on the counselors to cater to them. OK Corral hopes to increase self-confidence and encourage campers to go back home feeling like regular kids and not cancer patients.
Assistance League of Tulsa – Operations School Bell
Assistance League of Tulsa's most visible philanthropic project is Operation School Bell. Through the OSB program, needy area children are provided three new outfits, plus health kits, shoes, a coat, hat, gloves, underclothes and a book. Participants are recommended by Tulsa Public School and outlying school district counselors. Assistance League of Tulsa is a nonprofit, non-sectarian philanthropic organization. Its projects are chosen to benefit the local community. There are no paid employees. Money is raised through efforts of members and is used locally.
Camp Fire USA Green Country Council, Inc. – No Child Left Inside
Camp Fire USA created No Child Left Inside to provide a variety of programming aimed at children and families in low-income areas through Community Building Clubs. Throughout the school year, the No Child Left Inside program invites kids from 17 Tulsa Public Schools for a one-day summer camp. The kids will experience everything a regular summer camp would offer, from fishing, hiking, rock climbing, using natural materials to make crafts, and, of course, making s’mores. By providing low- or no-cost programming through paid leadership, Camp Fire provides services to vulnerable populations where few quality youth-development opportunities exist. This programming includes pre-K through eighth grade age-level clubs, Community Family Clubs and Teens in Action at a variety of community-based sites.
Child Abuse Network, Inc. – Forensic Interviewing Services
Child Abuse Network provides consultation services for any child involved in a reported case of child abuse in the Tulsa area. Consultation services include medical evaluations and forensic interviews with the child. The Forensic Interviewing process allows the child to communicate at his/her level. The interviewers follow a semi-structured process that is consistent with the child’s developmental abilities and is attentive to all forms of communication from the child, i.e., language, behavior, and emotions. CAN also provides mental health services for the entire family to help begin the healing process. This includes informational brochures to reinforce the services available for victims’ families, provide links to appropriate therapeutic services and recommendations to community support programs.
Community Action Project of Tulsa County – Raising College Aspirations-OHLAP Enrollment
The Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program to help Oklahoma students receive higher education. The objective is to enhance educational opportunities for students with limited financial resources by encouraging application to Oklahoma’s Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). OHLAP provides incentives to complete a core curriculum, maintain a GPA, and meet a code of conduct in order to receive free tuition at public Oklahoma universities. To qualify, students must enroll between eighth-tenth grade and the family's income must be $50,000 or less per year at the time the student applies for the program.
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma – Food 4 Kids Backpack 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 filled with 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. The program includes 1,800 students at 37 schools in the Tulsa Public Schools.
Emergency Infant Services – Formula and Milk Program
Emergency Infant Services helps meet the basic human needs of infants and children, through the age of five, whose families are in financial crisis. Through the Formula and Milk Program, they provide formula, milk, food, diapers, clothing and other essential to families enduring a temporary financial hardship, such as job loss or spouse/child abandonment. They assist more than 7,000 children annually in the Tulsa metro area. Their clients can come knowing that they will get immediate assistance, with a minimum of obstacles.
Family & Children’s Services, Inc. – COPES for Kids
Family & Children’s Services’ COPES for Kids program helps children with mental illness and psychiatric emergencies. The program is staffed by specially trained teams to provide telephone and mobile crisis services that respond 24/7 to children and adolescents who are experiencing an acute emotional or behavioral disturbance or psychiatric emergency. The goal is to stabilize children in crisis and prevent potential suicide, homicide, hospitalization and other out of home placements. The COPES for Kids team works with family members and law enforcement, as well as existing health providers and community resources, to facilitate a safe resolution and intervention plan.
Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council, Inc. – Public Housing Outreach Program
Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council helps girls ages 5 – 17 living in 15 different Tulsa Housing Authority Public Housing Communities and other special needs housing. The program provides weekly meetings, led by paid staff, at the public housing facility, plus summer recreational activities and camps. Through this program, the girls are encouraged by adult troop leaders who model positive, responsible behavior. This helps the girls develop better self images and attitudes, helping them to become capable and motivated adults.
John 3:16 Mission – Summer KIDS Camp
The Summer KIDS Camp is an accelerated, eight-week literacy program for at-risk, inner-city 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. At the end of academic instruction, students participate in a graduation ceremony and have the opportunity to attend a 3-day lakeside camp.
Kiwanis Club of Tulsa – Child Spree
Kiwanis Club of Tulsa host the Child Spree event every fall and provides clothes and school supplies for 60 Tulsa area students that live below poverty level and need assistance in purchasing back to school clothes and supplies. Each student has a volunteer escort to help purchase $100 of clothing for the upcoming school year. The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa’s priority is to address the needs of young children in the areas of nutrition, child abuse, child care, early development, maternal and infant health, safety and pediatric trauma, and parenting skills. They also help the community by sponsoring youth groups, highway and park clean-ups, raising money to benefit children and children’s support groups, and providing college scholarships.
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 – Back-to-School Project
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. This year, Sand Spring Community Services will be able to assist 650 students with back-to-school supplies.
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges – Adaptive Recreation Services
The Center For Individuals with Physical Challenges serves monthly over 600 children and adults who are mobility-, dexterity-, or sensory-impaired across Oklahoma’s northeastern region. The Adaptive Recreation Services Program allows these individuals increase opportunities for challenging and enriching leisure and recreation experiences. These programs are designed to remove barriers that keep individuals from participating directly in social activities and allow people with physical challenges the opportunity to play, perform and create, rather than merely observing from the sidelines.
The DREAM Institute – Academic Assistance Tutoring Program for College Students with Disabilities
Academic Assistance Tutoring Program for College Students with Disabilities is one of three programs designed by The DREAM Institute for Oklahoma students with disabilities. The program provides one-on-one tutoring, in addition to scholarships, mentorship, self advocacy and self determination skill enhancement, academic assistance, and overall inspiration to the chosen students. Through the Academic Assistance program, students who otherwise would never have chosen to continue into postsecondary education will now fulfill their dreams of going to college.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium – Cox Connects Students to Science
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium provides area youth the opportunity for a field trip to discover and understand Tulsa’s very rich aerospace history. During this visit, students will experience math, science, and technology through educational tours and hands-on activities at the museum and participate in a state-of-the-art solar system adventure in the planetarium designed to stimulate young minds. Nearly 1,300 public schools students will participate in the program during the 2008/2009 school year.
Tulsa Autism Foundation – Community Outreach Program, Resource Library
Autism is the fastest growing developmental delay in the United States and there are more children diagnosed with autism than with diabetes, cancer, and AIDS combined. The Tulsa Autism Foundation’s mission is to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by autism and related neurological disorders. Through the Community Outreach program, the Tulsa Autism Foundation will provide a large number of resources to benefit local families and professionals who may not have the financial resources or time to locate books, videos, computer software, etc.
Tulsa CASA, Inc. – Recruitment & Retention of CASA Volunteers
Tulsa Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) focuses on the recruitment, training, and support of volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in court. The most critical component of the program’s success is the recruitment and retention of volunteers. Recruitment efforts require funding to support communication through media and marketing materials. Retention of volunteers provides ongoing support through correspondence, quarterly meetings and events to allow volunteers to network and to obtain additional training.
Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, Inc. – Community Voice Mail
The Tulsa Day Center provides a free voice mailbox to people who are homeless in Tulsa. Through the Community Voice Mail program, each voice mailbox is connected to a personal phone number that the client can give to potential employers, landlords, medical personnel and family members. For many people who are homeless, the ability to be contacted specifically increases their opportunities for employment and housing. The center offers a safe, healthy environment for nearly 450 people, including men, women, children and families and encourages them to achieve self-sufficiency. The Center’s mission is to create a one-stop service center for people who are homeless.
Tulsa Partners, Inc. – Children’s Preparedness Workshops
The Tulsa area is no stranger to disasters and emergencies, and children can be especially affected in the aftermath. Therefore, Tulsa Partners provides Children’s Preparedness Workshops to children from Pre-K to middle school. Through the workshops, children will have a greater understanding about disasters and will be better able to deal with a disaster’s effects. This is an interactive workshop with games and storytelling and provides each child with an emergency backpack. The backpack includes a teddy bear, a hygiene kit, flashlight with batteries, whistle, crayons, pen, a journal, a coloring page and a family preparedness guide.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust – Young at Art Scholarship Ticket Program
For more than 20 years, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC) Trust has presented a series of plays and musicals designed for audiences from Pre-K to fifth grade. As part of the Young at Art Scholarship Program, Title I Tulsa Public Elementary Schools are given free tickets and transportation to professional children’s theatre productions at the Tulsa PAC. Last season, approximately 8,000 students from northeastern Oklahoma attended and benefited from the programs. This year, the Tulsa PAC Trust plans to increase the number of tickets given to area Title I schools, plus donate a copy of the book on which the play or musical is based to each participating school library. This way, children can not only read, but also see, hear and experience a story in more than one artistic form.
Youth at Heart – Summer Enrichment Program
The Youth At Heart Summer Enrichment Program is an extension of the agency’s after-school program. It provides educational and recreational activities year-around to children ages 6-18 living in Tulsa’s public housing communities and low-income apartment complexes. Youth are taught how to integrate the life-skills learned into practical, everyday situations by professionals through field trips to places such as the Tulsa County Courthouse, Bank of Oklahoma and local business. The youth will also gain valuable skills in writing, by producing articles about their summer experience for print in the YAH Summer Youth newsletter and website. The YAH Summer program additionally includes sports and recreation, as well as free lunch through the Tulsa Public Schools.