With just under 1 million people in Tulsa’s metro area, Greater Tulsa offers many big city benefits while maintaining the luxuries of a close-knit community. Tulsa is home to three professional sports teams, an exceptional botanical garden, zoo and aquarium, world class museums, and several concert venues that draw major artists, events and performances.
Traffic is minimal, housing is affordable, and the local economy is developing through new businesses, restaurants, and organizations. Overall, the city of Tulsa is great for cost of living - Forbes recently listed Tulsa as number five on their “America’s Most Livable Cities” list. Corps members enjoy relaxing in one of Tulsa’s many parks or going out on the town to experience Tulsa’s nightlife.
Tulsa hosts one of the largest LGBTQ+ centers in the region, has deep Native American history and traditions, and a rich Latinx culture. Tulsa is also home to the Greenwood Historical District—once known as America's "Black Wall Street." 2021 marks one hundred years since the massacre at Black Wall Street in 1921. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission will work to leverage the rich history surrounding this event by facilitating actions, activities, and events to commemorate this historic event.
If you are coming from a smaller town, 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. And in Tulsa, there are opportunities to connect with city leaders who can support your pathway to create change in our community.
Students in the Tulsa and Muskogee school districts are students of color
Students in Tulsa Public Schools are economically disadvantaged
Number of countries Tulsa Public School students represent and speak more than 78 different languages/dialects
“Tulsa is a city with many opportunities. Tulsa is ripe for innovation and community building. Its beautiful parks and green spaces serve as places of entertainment, exercise, and respite.”
Greater Tulsa at a Glance
Tulsa is home to many vibrant neighborhoods & areas within our community. Ask anyone in Greater Tulsa, and they’ll say how convenient it can be that you can get just about anywhere by car in 20 minutes. While we are sharing some information below, we encourage you to connect with our network to learn more about what they love about the community they call home, or check out the Visit Tulsa page for more details:
Located in Midtown Tulsa, this neighborhood is close to the Arkansas River, The Gathering Place park, and many restaurants & shops.
Located just outside of Downtown, Cherry Street is a popular place to enjoy shopping, dining, and living. Stop by a local coffee shop, or browse through locally-owned shops nestled in this neighborhood.
‘The place where people live, work, and entertain,’ as shared on the Downtown Tulsa website. Here, you will find options to experience music, dining, coffee, art & entertainment. A variety of apartments, lofts, and residences are available in the Downtown area, with many buildings featuring historic art-deco inspired architecture.
Attractions in this part of the city include McClure Park, which is notable for its disc golf course, and the popular Admiral Twin Drive-In movie theatre. East Tulsa includes a vibrant Mexican-American and Vietnamese-American population & cultures.
The Greenwood District was known as “Black Wall Street” following World War 1, due to the thriving businesses and surrounding residential areas. However in June 1921, the Tulsa Race Massacre nearly destroyed the entire Greenwood area, causing generational devastation and loss. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, community partners, and individuals are working to honor the victims, family, and community impacted through education, investments, and opportunities to revitalize this incredible area of Tulsa. Today, Greenwood is home to many businesses, housing, and shops like Wanda J’s Next Generation Restaurant, Silhouette Sneakers & Art, & GreenArch Apartments.
As shared on the Kendall Whittier Main Street page, “With a mix of art studios, breweries, restaurants, a historic theater and non-mainstream retail, Kendall Whittier is a unique experience. There is something for everyone in this funky corner of Tulsa. As one of seven Oklahoma Certified Cultural Districts by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the neighborhood houses Tulsa’s oldest independent theater, art studios and classes, music venues, a production studio and print studios in addition to several other locally-owned businesses such as a vintage store, independent bookstore, bridal boutique and a science shop. Foodies flock to Kendall Whittier for a diverse range of restaurant choices. As a hub of Hispanic culture, Kendall Whittier offers some of the best Mexican food in Tulsa.”
Conveniently located near Tulsa’s International Airport, the north side of the city is home to Mohawk Park, which includes the Tulsa Zoo and the Oxley Nature Center, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. North Tulsa is a vibrant community within our city, and is also home to the Greenwood District.
Muskogee is located about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa, and is a partner school district with Teach For America Greater Tulsa. Muskogee is home to Honor Heights Park, local restaurants & shops, and unique museums. Check out more about Muskogee here!
South Tulsa features shopping & dining areas like Tulsa Hills, Riverwalk Crossing, and Woodland Hills Mall, in addition to a variety of apartments, homes, and residences. The Oklahoma Aquarium is also in South Tulsa, which is the only aquarium in the state. South Tulsa is also close to a few suburbs like Jenks and Bixby to the south and west, as well as Broken Arrow to the east.
We are proud to partner with the Oklahoma Community Service Commission. The Oklahoma Community Service Commission currently administers ten 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. More than 730 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.
Birth through Eight Strategy (BEST)
Led by Teach For America alumna Sophia Pappas (New Jersey ‘03), 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 intergenerational 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.
ImpactTulsa, led by alumna Carlisha Williams Bradley (Greater Tulsa ‘11) , is an unprecedented partnership of local community leaders from Education, Business, Civic, Non-Profit, Philanthropy, and the Faith Community, including school districts that represent 90% of Tulsa area students, that have come together to address the most pressing needs facing education today by finding long-term, concrete solutions. In 2020-2021, Teach For America Greater Tulsa is excited to partner with ImpactTulsa as one of their first LIFT partners, with the aim of improving our skills and processes that support making data-informed decisions and adjustments. For more information, visit impacttulsa.org.
While a master’s degree in education is not required to attain a teaching certificate, many corps members and alumni are interested in higher education opportunities aligned to their personal and professional development. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Greater Tulsa region.
The below institutions offer financial benefits to Greater Tulsa corps members and alumni:
At OU-Tulsa, the Kaiser Education Service Loan is an $8,000 forgivable loan available by application to TFA alumni and corps members who live in Greater Tulsa. Programs in the Health Science department are excluded from this partnership, but many alumni have pursued degrees within Education, Social Work, Public Policy, Organizational Dynamics, and more. The application for the Kaiser Education Service Loan opens in the Spring and is advertised through our alumni newsletter and on our alumni Facebook groups. If you have questions about this partnership, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developed by Johns Hopkins faculty and TFA alumni, this dynamic Master of Science in Education – Educational Studies (MSEd) degree program offers more than traditional teacher preparation: It provides transformational teaching skills that reach far beyond the classroom. The curriculum offers three pathways, depending on your career plans: school leadership, teacher leadership, and policy leadership. The curriculum is designed to build upon the skills you develop through the TFA program to increase your impact on your students and community. Available to all regional corps members and alumni currently teaching in the classroom. For more information, visit the JHU website or contact the admissions team at email@example.com or at 1-877-JHU-SOE1.
We have strong partnerships with the below institutions, which offer opportunities for alumni & corps members:
- University of Tulsa
- Northeastern State University
- Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
- Columbia University
- Lehigh University
Teach For America Greater Tulsa has partnered with the following schools to place current corps members to support students throughout Greater Tulsa.
- Collegiate Hall Charter School
- Greenwood Leadership Academy
- KIPP Tulsa
- Muskogee Public Schools
- Tulsa Honor Academy
- Tulsa Legacy Charter School
- Tulsa Public Schools