The Opportunity Project and Tulsa Public Schools


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


Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) is the largest urban school district in Tulsa and serves over 36,000 students. Tulsa’s expanded learning intermediary, The Opportunity Project (The Opp), tangentially serves TPS youth through initiatives, Relate918 (a PSELI community) and AfterOpp. In both initiatives, programming is based partnerships with site coordinating youth-serving agencies, community and teacher Learning Partners (club leaders), and the school site itself. Funding for Relate918 and AfterOpp is also a collaborative effort. Due to intentional relationship-building with the district and school leaders, we were able to leverage Title 1 funds allocated directly to the school sites, to help fund out-of-school time programming at two schools: Robertson Elementary (a PSELI implementation site) and Monroe Demonstration Academy, a middle school with an established AfterOpp program.

This partnership speaks to the sustainability of the programs as well as intentional cross-sector relationship-building among community partners. Both Relate918 and AfterOpp seek to offer youth equitable opportunities to learn and practice social and emotional skill-building while building on and enhancing their in-school learning through experiential opportunities after school.

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Lead organization partners: Robertson Elementary: Robertson Elementary school leadership, TPS’ Before and Aftercare program, and The Opportunity Project. Monroe Demonstration Academy: Monroe Demonstration Academy school leadership, City Year Tulsa, and The Opportunity Project.

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

Participant population: Families, Parents/Caregivers/Guardians, 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: Government Entity/Grant, Local Philanthropy, Private Philanthropic Foundation



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

Location: Oklahoma

Total capacity: Robertson: 100; Monroe: 300

Health and safety: Not applicable; We are not providing in-person supports.

How do you address inequity? 

The Opportunity Project is committed to providing not only equitable access to OST opportunities for youth but also intentional professional development addressing these issues. TheOpp seeks to support schools in low-income communities with free and culturally appropriate and responsive programming. We are also supported by several national youth technical assistance organizations, all of whom are committed to address equitable opportunities in OST programming.

Contact information: 

Caroline Shaw, Executive Director, 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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