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Tulsa YouthWorks

Listing Last Update: October 22, 2018


2750 North Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK 74106

Primary Contact

Christopher Beach

(918) 734-0471

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • Math
  • Volunteer at a Program

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

Program Overview

Located at the historic Wesley Chapel and at EduRec, the YouthWorks initiative has reading rotations during the 30-week after-school program and the 10-week summer camp.

On average, children improve their reading by 1.48 grade levels per semester.

During the 10-week Summer Camp, children enjoy breakfast and lunch, reading, recreation, arts & crafts, service projects, leadership & character lessons, and daily field trips.

During the 30-week After-School Program, children enjoy dinner, reading, recreation, service projects, and leadership & character lessons.

The newest reading-related initiative is the Pizza Factory, a youth-run pizza service that helps the children improve and apply their reading and math skills while making professional pizzas to serve free to homeless individuals and impoverished families, and sell pizzas to earn college/trade school scholarship funds.

Children learn how to read their ingredients, measurements, business words, service words, and pizza industry words.

Mission Statement

Transforming the lives of North Tulsa's children by empowering each one to read, serve others and achieve life dreams.

Hours of operation: After-School: Monday to Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Summer: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost info: We serve children of low-income families who live in North Tulsa and who cannot afford after-school programs or summer camps. There is never a cost to the children we serve for any of our programming.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Seven years ago, my daughter Celeste was 8 and came into the YouthWorks summer camp at Wesley 2 full grade levels behind in reading due to dyslexia. By the end of the summer, she was 1 grade level ahead. She now loves reading books and serves as the reading rotation coordinator for our summer camp." Ashley Waikus

"When 'Marcus' (not his real name) came in to YouthWorks, he couldn't read because he had dyslexia. YouthWorks found a new font that all of his schoolwork could be translated into, and it unlocked a whole new world for him. As his confidence grew with the new font, he was able to begin learning how to read regular print. High school graduation is no longer in doubt."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

YouthWorks defines success with these metrics:

1. The children we focus on normally do not eat dinner at night and only eat the meals given to them at school. Success is when they eat a healthy dinner at YouthWorks each night of the after school program and eat breakfast and lunch during the 10-week summer camp and 3 school break camps.

2. We seek to help the children who are failing in reading. Success is for each child who is behind in reading to improve by at least one grade level per semester and then to get
ahead by at least 1 year. The average improvement
during our 10-week summer camp is 1.48 grade levels.

3. We have discovered that each child struggles in at least 5 areas of their life and we develop one-on-one plans with the children. Success is when we help the children and their family resolve at least 2 of those issues a year.

4. We see amazing heart changes in the children when they are given the opportunity to serve others when they give their professionally made pizzas to the homeless. Success is when each child delivers at least 10 free pizzas to the homeless each semester.

5. Annually, 50.6% of the children we target drop out of
school before graduating. Success is when 100% of our children stay in school because they receive year-round encouragement to keep going.

6. Only 2% of the children in North Tulsa who do graduate from
school are prepared for college. We want our children to first catch up with their peers, and then excel, get the post-high school education they need, and be a part of transforming their own community when they grow up. We teach the children 105 lessons (7 lessons in 15 different life & business topics) to complete through the YouthWorks Pizza Factory. Success is when children complete all lessons in 1 year.

7. A large percentage of the children we target are asthmatic and/or over weight and exercise is not a way of life for them. Success is when each child participates in at least 30 minutes a day during the daily recreation components (basketball, running, etc) each time they are at YouthWorks to get their mind and body in shape for school.

8. Less than 1% of North Tulsa children go on to college or
trade school, primarily due to the lack of family finances to do so. Success is when the children sell 100 pizzas per semester through their pizza business sales presentations to companies, civic groups and churches to earn money for their college scholarships, and when they receive college scholarships from outside sources based on their business leadership experience and scholastic achievement.

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