Odyssey Leadership Academy hosted it’s second 2017 Fall Semester Celebration of Learning event in Bricktown on December 21st, 2017. These events are an opportunity for all of OLA’s students to showcase and share the projects they have been working on during the semester.
Science Museum Oklahoma hosted an Star Wars overnight on Friday Dec 8th, 2017 , and with the help of costumed members of JediOKC, the event was straight out of “A Galaxy Far, Far Away!” Throughout the evening, museum staff presented hands-on exhibits illustrating some of the real scientific ideas behind the Star Wars universe we all know and love.
The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League hosted their annual “Shop with a Cop” on Friday, Dec 8th, at the Target store on North May in OKC. Sixth grade students from Oklahoma City Public Schools received $100 to shop for their family members and themselves alongside an Oklahoma City Police Department officer.
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Healthy Living OKC, the nonprofit that runs theNW OKC MAPS 3 Health & Wellness Center, hosted a free community event called “Diabetes Awareness Day” on November 7th, 2017 to help educate the community about health resources available at their center and around OKC.
On October 7th, Little Light Christian School celebrated the opening of their huge new campus near NE 36th & MLK. Through a tremendous gift from the Jasco Giving Hope Foundation, the school was able to expand into a location with plenty of room to grow.
At Little Light Christian School helps Kids of Incarcerated Parents by:
Giving them hope
Providing a safe place, food, transportation, school supplies and clothes
Giving them access to a private Christian school education at no cost to their families
Connecting KIP’s to mentors and resources in the faith based community
Luggage with Love hosted SOAR, their annual free community celebration event on September 30th, 2017. It was a Touch a Plane event with food trucks, a DJ, face painting, bounce houses, as well as raffles!
Luggage with Love (LwL) endeavors to assist the foster child’s transition to the placement family by providing needed support, clothing and hygiene items soon after a child has been placed in a new home. Most children who are placed in foster care come to the foster home with nothing except what they are wearing. Add to that, families who care for foster children often have very little support.
LwL was founded with the sole purpose of showing love and alleviating the stress and turmoil that can be part of the first night in a new foster home. LwL provides the support during the transition phase to demonstrate love and provide peace when it is needed most. In most cases, on the same day the request is received, LwL delivers a piece of luggage, containing clothing and other supplies to each newly placed foster child.
The Rally for Northwest Classen community coalition hosted another “Pack the Stands” event for the NW Classen home football opener. A free community tailgate proceeded the game. The coalition’s focus is to rally the community around NW Classen students, and develop relationships that lead to mentoring
The Rally for Northwest Classen community coalition hosted another community leader meeting to recruit support for the initiative to rally around student athletes at NW Classen High School, and to promote the Fall 2017 Football Pack the Stands event.
Restore OKC hosted a summer long Kid’s Camp at Thelma Parks Elementary school in Northeast Oklahoma City. The goal of the camps was to give children in the community a safe, structured place to learn, read and develop relationships with caring members of the community.
After the camp, Restore transitioned into facilitating school-year classroom care teams that can continue to support the teachers and students at Thelma Parks.
A group of community partners joined with North Highland Elementary School to host a Back to School Bash to launch the 2017 school year after an uncertain summer, where the school was almost shut down.
The Oklahoma Messages Project operates a highly effective prevention and literacy program that makes a positive differences in kids’ lives and helps mitigate the damage of incarceration. By using multi-media filming of parents in prison reading books to their children, the Oklahoma Messages Project helps maintain and improve the parent-child relationship, boost literacy, and improve the child’s social, emotional, and educational outcomes.
Each year, Oklahoma Messages Project hosts a special event for children age 3 through 16 who are affected by incarceration. The kids are treated to an action-packed day full of fun, food, and new friends!
At Outdoor Adventure Day , each child receives a t-shirt, along with a new backpack and books for summer reading. They can play in the Moon Bounce, inflatable water slide and on the Zipline, paint in the painting station, and read books to cuddly shelter dogs. They have the opportunity to play sports and outdoor games and have a delicious and nutritious lunch in the great outdoors.
ONE OKC is an outdoor event with the mission of representing the fun, culturally rich, economically vibrant, and socially inclusive atmosphere that summarizes the future vision of Northeast Oklahoma City while creating positive energy and awareness around the Renaissance, and engage the youth and young professionals.
In 2017, the second annual ONE OKC event took to NE 23rd street, and was a great day of community fellowship, engagement, connection and information.
Rally 4 Schools spent the 2016-2017 school year working to build a coalition of nonprofits, churches, businesses and community groups who would join together to rally around the sports teams at Northwest Classen High School.
This year the coalition hosted 3 “Pack the Stands” nights and worked to connect churches, community partners and businesses as sponsors to coaches and teams and Northwest Classen, and there are even bigger plans for next year.
Rebuilding Together OKC hosted “Rebuilding Day”, their 25th annual one-day neighborhood build on April 8th, 2017. About 1,000 volunteers from local businesses, churches, corporations, hospitals, and neighborhoods joined together to provide free home repairs on 25 different houses in the Heronville Neighborhood of Southwest OKC.
At the same time as the rebuilds, Heronville Elementary School co-hosted a Community Resource Fair, with 28 agencies offering services to neighbors in the Heronville Community.
The relationships started on this day will continue to grow and develop in the neighborhood as Rebuilding Together plans to stay involved for the next two years.
Open Streets OKC is a local health and wellness project which promotes active transportation as a way to achieve healthier residents with closer ties to their community. For the fourth annual Open Streets event , Uptown 23rd & the Paseo Arts District were combined for one large walkable, bike-able community space.
The next Open Streets event will be on October 29th , in Southwest OKC
Marked is an interactive conference put on by The Spero Project that addresses the fact that in our own communities and abroad, women are being marked by statistics of violence, fear and death. Issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking, incarceration and armed conflict affect women everyday. The Marked conference team simply believe that women should never be marked by statistics of fear, death or violence, but should only be marked by love, hope and a future.
Marked invites followers of Christ to journey together in making real and lasting change in issues challenging women around the world.
Stronger Together OKC hosted their second annual “Crossing the Bridge” Justice conference on March 10-11 at the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus in OKC.
In the midst of growing racial tensions, terrorist threats, and fears, the conference was a step to address relational poverty between ethnic groups, cultures, and social classes, right in our own churches, businesses, schools, and neighborhoods.
Join your friends in the Stronger Together OKC Movement as we bridge the ethnic, social, and class divides with facts, dialogue, and practical solutions among those who desire a better future.
Class Matters hosted a Black Inventors Presentation and Speed Mentoring workshop at the Bryant Events center in NE OKC on February 17th, 2017. The event had dozens of OKC youth taking part in speed mentoring with table talk conversations, an engineering toolbox activity, and a Black History Month presentation on black inventors.
Class Matters is a nonprofit that provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) exposure to socially and economically disadvantaged youth in Oklahoma City. Find out more at class-matters.org
Special thanks to Scott of Laske Images Photography for allowing us to use some of his photos in this video.
Rally for Schools organized a “Pack the Stands” event for the Northwest Classen High School basketball games on February 10th, 2017. The goal was to come support the student athletes during their homecoming games, and show them that their community is behind them.
The evening featured homecoming festivities, giveaways, an announcement of a $100,000 gift to Northwest Classen, and a ceremony honoring the 1959 Northwest Classen football state champs.
Rally for Schools offers opportunities for churches and local businesses to engage with and rally behind local schools and school sports teams. (NewsOK story here)