Tulsa Tutors


Shared goal(s): Prevent summer learning loss


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Opportunity Project established the Tulsa Tutors program to facilitate the maintenance and growth of academic skills for a cohort of Tulsa elementary school students. The Opportunity Project partnered with the YMCA’s Hutcherson branch to provide tutoring services for 57 elementary campers in the summer 2020 session.

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Lead organization partners: The Opportunity Project and YMCA of Greater Tulsa, Hutcherson Branch

Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Direct Service Non-profit Organization

Participant population: Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning, Relationship with a Caring Adult, Mentor, or Tutor, Social and Emotional Learning/Character Development

Primary funding source: Local Philanthropy, Private Philanthropic Foundation

Document: http://brightspots.forumfyi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tulsa-Tutors-Report.pdf


Timeframe: Summer 2020

Location: Oklahoma

Total capacity: 57 students

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

How do you address inequity? 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa Public Schools transitioned to virtual learning in March for the duration of the school year. Last year, the Tulsa Public Schools Data Strategy and Analytics Team found that students lost an average of 40% of their school-year gains over the summer. Three months of virtual learning compounded with the prevalence of summer academic losses posed a threat to student achievement and opportunity. As a result, The Opportunity Project saw a clear need for summer academic enrichment and established the Tulsa Tutors program. The YMCA operates a free camp at the Hutcherson branch for any Tulsa GO Club participants. Of the 57 students served by Tulsa Tutors, 86% qualified for free or reduced lunch. Tulsa Tutors participants were 30% African American, 23% Multi-ethnic, 16% White, 16% Latinx, and 16% American Indian or Alaska Native. Tulsa Tutors served 29 girls and 28 boys over the course of four weeks of tutoring sessions. The cohort included nine English Language Learners (ELLs) and seven Special Education students.

Contact information: 

Courtney King, The Opportunity Project, cking@theopp.org


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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