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Teach For America Oklahoma City

Join a diverse community of resilient leaders overcoming challenges through perseverance, ingenuity, and commitment to each other. We invite you to #RiseAndRumble with us in Oklahoma City and Lawton to create a brighter tomorrow for our future generations. 

Make an Impact in Oklahoma City and Lawton

You come to the Oklahoma City and Lawton communities to join a network committed to catalyzing change, operating with a spirit of generosity otherwise known as the Oklahoma Standard. A part of our region's DNA is to give until there’s no more to give. There is something special about the way our community rallies around one another whether that is around tragedy, challenge, team, or growth.

Currently, our region supports 88 corps members, over 100 alumni teaching or working in education, and 15 staff members. The majority of our corps teaches in Oklahoma City. We also have a growing presence in Lawton where 100 percent of Lawton’s 2014 charter corps members remained for a third-year as alumni. Subsequent corps members there received public recognition by President Obama for work with the Comanche Nation.

The educational equity ecosystem in our state is poised to make phenomenal progress for children in poverty over the next several years. Teach For America Oklahoma City is proud to be a part of driving that change in our partner communities. Our corps enjoys amazing community support from local business, philanthropists, and the education community in schools and districts.

62%

North East OKC's third graders failed their state reading test.

42%

Oklahoma City's Hispanic students attended a failing school (based on the state report card).

“My family is here, and I am committed to OKCPS—that’s why I returned after working for six years in Camden, New Jersey, where I originally served as a Teach For America corps member.”

Jessica Johnson

Interim principal, Thelma R. Parks Elementary School

Greater Philadelphia Corps Member 2008

Neighborhood Highlights

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    StitchCrew

    Erika Lucas is a Teach For America Board member and founder of StitchCrew. She founded StitchCrew and partnered with the OKC Thunder to launch an accelerator program because she strongly believes that most of the pressing challenges we face today will not be solved through policy or traditional mindset, but by disruptive technologies, bold entrepreneurs and open collaboration. Learn more at: https://www.stitchcrew.com/

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    Urban League

    Since 1946, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has worked to bring social and economic equality to impoverished citizens in their community. Their mission is to assist African Americans, other minorities, and the poor achieve social and economic equality. They work to accomplish this mission through advocacy, research and program services in five major areas:

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    Center for Employment Opportunities - Oklahoma City

    Located on the Southside of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is a leader in serving the adult education and job readiness needs of the community's diverse members. With programming that includes computer skills training, Internet knowledge, resume writing, and job interview preparation, most of which are provided in a multitude of languages, the center continually evolves its offerings to respond to community needs. The OCCC Family and Community Education (FACE) Center also offers a host of other classes. Students who attend OKCC can enroll their children around their class schedule, whether it is in the mornings or the evenings. Other programs at the center include summer camps for children in first through eighth grades; adult enrichment classes such as dance, languages, computers, and music, and ACT preparation workshops.

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    Oklahoma Community Service Commission

    We are proud to partner with the Oklahoma Community Service Commission. The Oklahoma Community Service Commission currently administers 8 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.