News and MEdia
Guide to Speaking at JPS School Board Meetings for Students
Jenks Trojan Torch
September 29, 2022
"For those looking for a guide to speaking at a Jenks Public School Board meeting, this is just the article for you...School Board 101, Making a Public Comment vs a Public Hearing, Common Misunderstandings, How Student Voices Make an Impact, Tips for Speaking, Post Speaking, Building Relationships, and Advocacy, and “What’s Next.”"
Written by Power of Youth alumna Abigail Chow.
Tulsa Changemakers $9.18 Campaign Youth Panel
Tulsa Changemakers YouTube
September 19, 2022
We launched our $9.18 Campaign with a Youth Panel highlighting a few of our Changemakers alumni and their experiences as leaders in the 918. Panelists include alumni Perla, Valeria and Jaden; facilitated by alumna and Changemakers intern Mariana.
What happened when 12 Tulsa 8th graders gave away $10,000?
July 24, 2022
"Last Fall, a unique youth project came together that closed the gap between donors and the projects they fund. The result holds lessons for overall stakeholder impact." Written by Andrew Spector, Co-Founder and Program Director, and Alex Paschal, Program Manager of the Ed Darby Foundation.
Season 1: Teach For America Roundtable
Changing Course Podcast
July 5, 2022
In this Season 1 bonus episode, accomplished educators and students join together to discuss their innovative work. Tulsa Changemakers Co-Founder Andrew Spector is a featured panelist a shared the successes of student-centered spaces and youth-driven impact.
Tulsa Public Schools senior demands better education for future students
News Channel 8
May 17, 2022
A brutal indictment from an 18-year-old high school student telling the adults who run the show that the system is broken. Featuring Changemaker Alum, Jaden from McClain High School.
McLain students get a kick out of their art project: 'The sneaker that started it all'
May 11, 2022
"...Over the course of the school year and with financial help from the Assistance League of Tulsa’s Betty Bradstreet Fund, that artistic interest in shoes evolved to include 71 students building and painting a larger-than-life replica of a Nike Air Jordan 1." Featuring Changemaker Alum and Advisory Committee Member, Christian.
The Tulsa Changemakers Pitch Nights feature motivated Tulsa students with fresh ideas
Good Day Tulsa
May 9, 2022
Featuring Spring 2022 Changemakers, Nyasia from Cooper Elementary and Alex from Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School.
Philbrook's All Youth Exhibit:
Importance of Youth Adult Partnerships
Focus Black Oklahoma, Ep. 16
April 24, 2022
"Engaging youth in this way and putting youth in a position to be leaders in your organization is a really important step. And I think building a city that is responsive to the needs and talents of everyone." Featuring Jake Lerner, Co-Founder and Program Director. Written by Lydia Jeong, Program Manager.
Teach for America One Day
April 19, 2022
"The students and leaders of Kendall-Whittier Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, talk about the Tulsa Changemakers program and how it gives kids a chance to find their voice while they make change in their local communities—before they enter middle school." Featuring Andrew Spector (Co-Founder and Program Director), Andrea Brush (Coach & Coach Mentor), and Kendall-Whittier Changemakers Milly Ambriz Perez, Rosa Linda Gam, Lola Murray.
Show value placed in stakeholders by including them in budgets
March 26, 2022
"If you want youth to help drive decisions in your youth-facing organization, it needs to be in your strategic plan, it needs to show up in the daily responsibilities of your staff, and it needs to be in your budget – because your budget is your values." Written by Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner, Co-Founders and Program Directors.
Changemakers: Tulsa-area students make pitches to create a better world
December 16, 2021
"'Our kids in Tulsa are our assets,' Changemakers coach and mentor Hannah Jarman said. 'We absolutely need to ensure that we are providing them a space to show their power, because they have so many incredible ideas that are often left behind if we don’t give them spaces to speak on them.'"
Tulsa Changemakers hosting youth pitch nights for students hoping to improve communities
News on 6 - Tulsa
December 13, 2021
"Nearly 100 students in grades 3-12 in Union Public schools presented presentations on work they've completed over the course of the fall semester. Some of the topics presented at tonight's Changemakers night include homelessness, bullying, crime, and mental health..." William from Grove Elementary and Lydia Jeong, Program Manager, are interviewed.
Tulsa changemakers youth pitch nights are coming up soon
Good Day Tulsa
December 10, 2021
"They say a city's future belongs to young people, and thanks to Tulsa Changemakers, a lot of very talented and driven students have been working hard to make Tulsa's future brighter. Joining us over Zoom is Kenya Markham from Dolores Huerta Elementary and Sergio Yanez from Union Alt Ed..."
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: AN INTERVIEW WITH TULSA CHANGEMAKER, HELIA ALIREZADOLABI
December 10, 2021
"Seize the power to make the change for the better! That's exactly what Tulsa Changemakers is attempting to do. Their goal is to develop leadership skills and encourage youth to give back to their fellow students and/or community. Here is a Changemaker named Helia Alirezadolabi. She is a freshman at McLain High School..."
Tulsa Changemakers - $9.18 Campaign helps our city's kids succeed
Good Day Tulsa
August 26, 2021
"The second annual $9.18 Campaign for Tulsa Changemakers is going on this month and next month. This morning, Andrew Spector, joins us by Zoom to tell us more about this campaign and the Changemakers themselves."
Tulsa Changemakers and the Importance of Youth Voices
Pod 4 Good
May 6, 2021
"Chris and Jesse are joined by three special guests. Andrew Spector, co-director and founder of Tulsa Changemakers, and two Tulsa Changemaker alums..."
Tulsa Changemakers Promote Youth Leadership Projects
The Black Wall Street Times
April 21, 2021
"Tulsa Changemakers, the local leadership program that teaches youth ages eight to 18 how to make positive changes in their communities, is showcasing community impact projects in May..."
Op-Ed: Why Wait for Tomorrow?
October 28, 2020
"Back in June, Yasmine Gooley, 18, and Jaya Rivers, 17, organized hundreds of people, mostly under 25, in San Diego to protest for racial justice..."
Tulsa Changemakers Expands
Spirit of Leading Podcast
July 21, 2020
"Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner arrived in Tulsa for the 2015 school year as part of the Teach for America program. They saw in their students a wealth of untapped and unchallenged leadership potential..."
Focus: Black Oklahoma off-air, with Jake Lerner, Shyanne, & Tau'Veaz.
Focus: Black Oklahoma
April 23, 2020
Changemakers alumni Tau'Veaz and Shyanne, as well as Tulsa Changemakers Co-Founder and Program Director Jake Lerner, were interviewed about Tulsa Changemakers by Bracken Klar on Focus: Black Oklahoma.
Tackling Inequity From All Angles: The 2020 Social Innovation Award
Teach For America
April 21, 2020
"This year’s group of semi-finalists represents both individuals and teams of entrepreneurs who are working at all levels of the education ecosystem..."
Tulsa Changemakers: Harnessing the Power of Youth
Tulsa Kids Magazine
January 2020 Issue
"Like most people, Nathan Hale junior Emily Lara had a fear of speaking in public. Despite her fear, she had a strong desire to have an impact at her school..."
Tulsa-area students are 'Changemakers' in their schools, community
December 18, 2019
"Seventh-grader Jose Guerrero and his fellow Changemakers at Collegiate Hall heard complaints about police using excessive force against people of color..."
Tulsa Changemakers Youth Gear Up For Pitch Nights in December
December 8, 2019
Changemaker alumna, Kaylie Carranza, and Tulsa Changemakers Co-Founder, Jake Lerner, promote Tulsa Changemakers Pitch Nights on Channel 2.
Business Viewpoint: Youth-Adult Partnerships - from Advisors to Co-Creators
August 18, 2019
"We've learned a lot in our fisrst year running the Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet..."
Tulsa Students Paint Mural Over School Graffiti
May 16, 2019
Springdale Elementary Changemakers beautify their school in partnership with Disrupt Tulsa.
When Kids Leads The Way
One Day Magazine
February 27, 2019
"On a recent Thursday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kristopher Arroyo stood in front of 200 people at Tulsa Community College and called for improvements to Oklahoma's prisons. It was hist first public speaking experience, but he..."
Tulsa Student Leaders Fill Auditorium as They Share How they Are Changing Tulsa For The Better
The Black Wall Street Times
December 14, 2018
"In a packed auditorium at the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity..."
Tulsa Changemakers Helps Students Understand, connect With Communities
December 14, 2018
"Sixth grader Cairo Pray and his classmates set out to donate to the city's homeless residents for their Tulsa Changemakers..."
Business Viewpoint: Building Model City for Youth-Driven Impact
September 9, 2018
"It took one evening for Mkeyela, 11, to write the mission and vision statements and a three-page speech for the Hug Club, an initiative she and her friends..."
Winds of Change
December 1, 2017
"Don’t tell Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner that children should be seen and not heard. The program they developed, Tulsa Changemakers, empowers middle- and high-schoolers to make meaningful change in their schools and communities.."
A Program Called Tulsa Changemakers is Developing a New Generation of Local Leaders
The Frontier - Podcast
June 30, 2017
"Tulsa Changemakers provides a framework for middle and high school students to identify problems and opportunities in their community, then works..."
The Spirit of Leading - Podcast
April 18, 2017
"Andrew Spector and Jake Lerner wanted to make differnce in education. Neither went to college to become teachers. Both are. They signed up with Teach for America, a program to recruit high-performing college graduates to teach in..."
Tulsa Changemakers Program Empowers children to drive change in community
December 10, 2016
"Seated at a kid-size table in a Bell Elementary School classroom, 10-year-old Dra’zone Claybon interjected a research tip during a discussion of..."
Op-Ed: Who Will Change the World for the Better? We Know
August 20, 2016
"Changing our mindset as teachers from “What can we do for our students?” to “What opportunity can we create for them?” sparked our idea for..."