Greater Tulsa is a leader in early childhood education, dedicated to giving our youngest students the foundational skills and knowledge for a strong start.
With just under 1 million people in Tulsa’s metro area, it offers many big city benefits while maintaining the luxuries of a smaller city. Tulsa houses five professional sports teams, an exceptional zoo and aquarium, and several concert venues that draw major artists and performers.
Traffic is minimal, housing is affordable, and the economy is doing well. The city of Tulsa as a whole is great for cost of living. Forbes recently listed Tulsa as number five on their “America’s Most Livable Cities” list. Corps members have found it easy to relax in one of Tulsa’s many parks or to go out on the town to enjoy Tulsa’s nightlife.
Tulsa hosts one of the largest LGBT centers in the region, has deep Native American history and traditions, and a rich Hispanic culture. Tulsa is also home to the Greenwood Historical District—once dubbed America's "Black Wall Street."
If you are coming from a smaller town or area, you will love Tulsa’s sense of community. It’s not uncommon to run into someone you know at a coffee shop or grocery store. Members of the community are eagerly awaiting your arrival and support our corps members from hosting community dinners to serving as mentors through our Sponsor-A-Teacher program. In Tulsa, you immediately have access to city and state leaders who can help make change in our community.
Students qualify for free or reduced lunch in Tulsa Public Schools
Third grade students are proficient or advanced in reading
Students in Tulsa County met all benchmarks for the SAT/ACT exams
Students in the Tulsa and Muskogee school districts are students of color
“Greater Tulsa's strongest attributes are both the quality of its people and the vast opportunities to make an immediate, transformative impact on young lives. Tulsa has a community atmosphere where you will be able to develop life-long relationships just as I have been able to.”
Greater Tulsa at a Glance
Midtown and South Tulsa boast many restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and beautiful neighborhoods and apartments. Although these areas present a bit of a drive to our schools (approximately 20 minutes), they are close to many Tulsa attractions.
Many corps members call the Brady, Detroit, or Greenwood Lofts, located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, home. In fact, more than 80 Teach For America corps members and alumni live in the neighborhood, with the amenities and robust social scene of downtown Tulsa right outside their door. In addition, the George Kaiser Family Foundation supports corps members to find affordable housing in hip downtown Tulsa based on their financial need.
Cherry Street and Brookside are also common neighborhoods where corps members choose to live. These unique neighborhoods offer local shopping, nightlife, and award-winning restaurants.
Birth through Eight Strategy (BEST)
Led by Teach For America alumni Sophia Pappas and Onikah Asamoa-Ceasar, the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) is an exciting opportunity to provide a comprehensive, continuous, and integrated approach that focuses on families to help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Tulsa. BEST approaches their strategy through a continuous support model including strategies that start at pre-conception and end when the child is in third grade. By connecting programs, services, and community agencies, BEST aims to increase the percentage of children who are born healthy, raised in safe and nurturing homes, and ready to enter kindergarten and achieve success by third grade. We are proud to partner with BEST. Learn more about BEST.
We are proud to partner with the Oklahoma Community Service Commission. The Oklahoma Community Service Commission currently administers eight AmeriCorps programs varying from intensive tutoring, mentoring, and teaching in Title One schools and community-based organizations to poverty alleviation through economic opportunity and food security programs. For the 2016-17 program year, 734 AmeriCorps Members are serving throughout Oklahoma in 39 school districts and over 45 non-profit and community organizations state-wide. Please learn more about the important work AmeriCorps members are doing for Oklahomans by clicking here.
Our Regional Partners
We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.
- University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
- University of Tulsa
- Oklahoma State University
- Northeastern State University
- John Hopkins University
- Columbia University
- Lehigh University
- College Bound Academy
- Collegiate Hall Charter School
- Community Action Project
- Greenwood Leadership Academy
- Muskogee Public Schools
- Tulsa Honor Academy
- Tulsa Legacy Charter School
- Tulsa Public Schools