YOUTH LEADERSHIP TULSA
Youth Leadership Tulsa has graduated the 2004-2005 Class. The 9th class, including the representative schools, includes Berryhill: Sarah Wesel. Bishop Kelley: Kathryn Fox, Justin Jaskowiak and Ryan O’Sullivan. Bixby: Hannah Morelli and Hunter Ochsner. Booker T. Washington: Chris Harris, Collin Kent, Elizabeth McCrary and Holly Roe. Broken Arrow: Kat Rabe, Kristin Segura, Nikki Snider and Joseph Tygart. Cascia Hall: Karl Graham, Holly Payne and Trent Wood. Charles Page: Molly Miller. Collinsville: Kelsey Hewlett. East Central: Bilal Haroon. Edison: Ashlie Jones and Katey Schumacher. Glenpool: Rhea Woodcock. Holland Hall: Steven Berklacy, Marc Bullock and Emilie Strom. Homeschool: Cheyenne Karimi. Jenks: Ashley Allison, Peige Davis and Laura Reinhardt. Memorial: Lori Lindsey. Metro Christian: Katie Carpenter and Michelle Kerkstra. Union, Marissa Hill. Will Rogers, Raven Ross.
As part of the YLT program, students identified the community issues of interest to them and collected items to donate to agencies that serve those needs. At the graduation event, they distributed these items to the Day Center for the Homeless, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Family and Children’s Services, the Kendall Whittier Food Bank, the SPCA, St. Elizabeth’s Lodge and Youth Services of Tulsa.
Youth Leadership Tulsa helps talented young people develop their leadership skills. Each month students are exposed to a variety of topics and issues including leadership capacities, values, diversity, communication, trust, team building and community needs. Students develop their understanding about the role of philanthropy and volunteerism in the community and participate in service learning projects.
Students are selected competitively from written applications and references through a process designed to select a diverse group of youth from a broad representation of Tulsa schools. Participants are expected to attend all program sessions to successfully complete the program. Leadership Tulsa works with schools to ensure that students who participate receive approved and excused absences for attending the monthly sessions.
To be eligible to apply, students must be sophomores or juniors while in the program, attend public or private schools or be home-schooled in the greater Tulsa area. All eligible students who are interested in learning more about leadership and who want to get involved in the community are encouraged to submit an application. Youth Leadership Tulsa is especially interested in those students who show an interest in leadership, but who have had few opportunities to get involved. Youth Leadership Tulsa participants include both emerging and established leaders.
There is a $100 participation fee. Payment plans and scholarships are available on request to those demonstrating financial need.
Leadership Tulsa sponsors have included the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the H.A. & M.K. Chapman Charitable Trust, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Temple Foundation, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, American Airlines, Bama Companies, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Technology Center, Sonic, Citgo Petroleum Corporation, the Hille Family Charitable Foundation, the Inasmuch Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson.