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Teach For America Greater Tulsa

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.
 

76%

Students qualify for free or reduced lunch in Tulsa Public Schools

36%

Third grade students are proficient or advanced in reading

2/10

Students in Tulsa County met all benchmarks for the SAT/ACT exams

73%

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.”

Austin Fleming

Director of Student Engagement and Instruction

Greater Tulsa Corps Member 2015

  • 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.

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    Oklahoma AmeriCorps

    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.