Shared goal(s): Support youth during out-of-school time activities
AfterOpp, formed in 2017 as part of The Opportunity Project, a citywide intermediary for expanded learning, is an afterschool and summer program that focuses exclusively on middle school students. In response to COVID-19, AfterOpp has continued to support the social, emotional, and overall wellness needs of the community through wellness checks, virtual programming, and social and emotional learning (SEL) activity bags. Although the program does not typically operate during the summer, because of the pandemic, they are offering virtual programming to their students through a daily text-based system. The program has begun coordinating with the schools and districts to help them get in contact with the youth and families that they serve.
Web site: http://www.theopp.org/afteropp/
Lead organization partners: The Opportunity Project, Young at Heart, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, Humble Warriors Collective, Tulsa Debate League
Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Community-based Non-profit Organization, Direct Service Non-profit Organization
Participant population: Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)
Youth development support targetted: Arts/Crafts/Artistic Expression, Mental Health/Wellness/Mindfulness, Social and Emotional Learning/Character Development
Primary funding source: Government Entity/Grant, Local Philanthropy, Private Philanthropic Foundation
SUPPORT DETAILS: INITIATIVE, PROGRAM, SERVICE
Timeframe: Summer 2020
Total capacity: 125
Health and safety: Not applicable; We are not providing in-person supports.
How do you address inequity?
This is not a top-down programming model. AfterOpp asked families what kinds oactivities they wanted for their kids. Many families expressed an interest in having virtual programming, so AfterOpp worked with partners, such as Youth At Heart and Tulsa Debate League, to provide online clubs where small groups of students could participate in Zoom calls, check-ins, and reflections to ensure that they still receive one-on-one interaction with program staff, maintain positive relationships with one another, and monitor overall well-being. This summer, AfterOpp is offering their virtual programming to students who were enrolled in the program during the school year, as well as students in Tulsa Public Schools to reach young people as many as possible and continue to support students’ social and emotional development.
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OPTIONAL PARTNERSHIP RESOURCES
Mutually reinforcing activities: