City Year Tulsa Features Joy Hofmeister

FOCUSING ON EDUCATION: State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, second from left, spoke about her vision for education at City Year Tulsa’s Women’s Leadership Luncheon on April 21. The event was co-chaired by Kathy Taylor, left, and Dr. Kayse Shrum, right. Also pictured is Dr. Tom McKeon, vice president and executive director of City Year Tulsa.

City Year Tulsa, an education-focused organization that unites young adults for a year of service in high-need urban public schools, hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon on April 21 at the Tulsa Garden Center. The event is a celebration of City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members who serve on a daily basis as tutors, mentors and role models for students in Tulsa’s highest need public schools.

State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister delivered the event’s keynote address to a distinguished list of over 150 attendees, including area business and community leaders. The Women’s Leadership Luncheon was co-chaired by notable education champions Kathy Taylor ( of Impact Tulsa and former Mayor of Tulsa) and Dr. Kayse Shrum (president and provost of Center for Health Sciences).

“We couldn’t be more grateful to our City Year Tulsa champions, like Joy Hofmeister, who make this important work possible,” said Dr. Thomas K. McKeon, City Year Tulsa executive director. “Our Women’s Leadership Luncheon provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our supporters, as well as our City Year AmeriCorps members who bring energy, talent and dedication to the students they serve every day.”

This year, 50 City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members serve in six Tulsa Public Schools to provide support to students who face the greatest risk of dropping out. Working side-by-side with teachers, corps members use research-based tools to improve students’ attendance, behavior and course performance in math and English. Corps members also lead afterschool programs and school-wide initiatives to improve school culture.

Long-time supporter and partner, Bain Capital, is City Year’s National Event Sponsor. Since City Year’s inception, Bain Capital and its employees have supported City Year with more than $25 million in donations and hundreds of volunteer hours by the firm’s employees. The national event sponsorship includes a donation of $50,000 to each of City Year’s 25 sites nation-wide.

“The support of Bain Capital is making a tremendous impact on our work in Tulsa,” said Dr. McKeon. “We’re honored to partner with an organization that has demonstrated a lasting commitment to helping students in high poverty public schools succeed.”

For more information about City Year Tulsa, visit

Updated 05-11-2015

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