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Skyline during the day of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo by www.justtulsa.com

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.

75%

Students in the Tulsa and Muskogee school districts are students of color

83%

Students in Tulsa Public Schools are economically disadvantaged

65

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.”

Dr. Ellen Dollarhide McCoy

Greater Tulsa Corps Member 2009

Neighborhood Highlights

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:

Community Partners

  • Oklahoma AmeriCorps logo.

    Americorps

    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.

  • Impact Tulsa

    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.

University Partnerships

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:

District Partners

Teach For America Greater Tulsa has partnered with the following schools to place current corps members to support students throughout Greater Tulsa.

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