Mission and Vision
Our mission is to empower promising youth leaders to drive positive impact in Tulsa right now and into the future.
Our vision is a future where Tulsa is a model city for youth-driven impact. The youth are core catalysts for impact in their communities, and communities are actively engaged in identifying, developing, and empowering youth as leaders. Tulsa is consistently cultivating highly effective community leaders eager to empower successive generations.
What We Do
Our afterschool program is a semester long, 25-session youth leadership development and action program that empowers elementary, middle, and high school students to make meaningful change in their schools and communities.
Superintendent's Student Cabinet
In partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Changemakers is responsible for designing and delivering Dr. Deborah Gist's Superintendent's Student Cabinet.
Alumni of our afterschool program can remain involved with Tulsa Changemakers through our Alumni Committee, Power of Youth Alumni Program, and various other alumni opportunities.
Training and Consulting
Tulsa Changemakers staff have a series of workshops available to schools, communities, and partners. All workshops are customizable to the specifications of your group.
If you want change to happen, you don't wait for it, you make it happen."
In their first year of Teach For America in 2015, Jake Lerner and Andrew Spector recognized two things: 1) that their classrooms were filled with exceptional young people capable of creating positive impact in Tulsa right now, and 2) although they (as TFA corps members) were being told by the Tulsa community that they were valuable community assets, their students were not always getting the same message. Jake and Andrew started Tulsa Changemakers because they believe the youth of Tulsa and their families are critical community assets. They are driven by their conviction that long-term and sustainable community transformation happens when communities are mobilized to drive their own change.