Shared goal(s): Continue or Leverage existing partnerships to meet youth needs, Support youth during out-of-school time activities


Relate918 began in 2017 to support preschool to fifth grade students’ learning after school. Relate918, funded by the Wallace Foundation, utilizes social-emotional learning strategies to support youth wellbeing. The program is a member of the Foundation's Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), which studies whether and how students in urban schools will benefit if their schools and after school programming organizations work together to foster social-emotional learning.

Relate918 students are at ten different sites, most of which are elementary schools. At each site, an experienced group of adults leads programming. Some of these after school programming partners include: the YMCA, Tulsa Public Schools Aftercare, and Youth at Heart. Additionally, these groups coordinate enrichment activities for students that are provided by other community partners, such as Global Gardens and Bike Club.

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Lead organization partners: The Opportunity Project, Tulsa Public Schools, YMCA of Greater Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools’ Before and Aftercare program, Youth At Heart, & Tulsa Dream Center

Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Community-based Non-profit Organization, School/School District

Participant population: Organization Staff/Volunteers, Youth (Ages 0-4), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning, Social and Emotional Learning/Character Development, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development

Primary funding source: Local Philanthropy, Private Philanthropic Foundation



Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Spring 2021 (Academic Year), Summer 2020, Summer 2021, Winter 2020 (Academic Year)

Location: Oklahoma

Total capacity: 715

Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance, Multiple hand washing/sanitizing stations, Physical distancing, Required masks for all--adults and youth--on site

How do you address inequity? 

This program provides youth with free after school programming, bridging the after school learning gap. The Wallace Foundation, which funds the program, and CASEL, which provides technical support, are both focused on equity in professional development and programming. These two groups are also committed to culturally appropriate and responsive programming.

Contact information: 

Paige Kennedy
The Opportunity Project


Common agenda: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Continuous communication: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Backbone support: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Mutually reinforcing activities: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Shared measurement: We are SUSTAINING this element.

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