OCCJ is proud to continue our newest program in collaboration with Greenwood Rising with a new name that better describes what we seek to achieve with this initiative:
Youth Leadership Forum for Community Transformation (YLFCT)
Throughout the centennial year of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, we recognized the importance of creating a space where young people can come together and have meaningful conversations about the relevance and legacy of Black Wall Street and ethnic diversity in the United States and the power within Tulsa-area youth to advocate for change for themselves and their communities.
YLFCT exists to create a space for young people to talk openly and honestly about their communities and work collaboratively to create change in those communities. The primary social impact of creating this space is increased self and social awareness of the participants, creating global citizens. The innovation of this program exists in its approach to student social-emotional learning through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We will use techniques that have proven success from Anytown Leadership Institute in creating a youth-led discussion space where students are able to safely and respectfully have conversations about their experiences with race and ethnicity. The Youth Leadership Forum for Community Transformation will take place over three days with a follow-up action project that students complete after the forum. Those who successfully complete their project will receive a $200 stipend!
It is our goal that students will gain an increased knowledge of the Tulsa's most tragic racial event, their own identities and the ways in which their identities influence their interactions with others.
YLFCT is offered for Tulsa-metro high school students (freshman through seniors) at NO COST and will be held Fall 2022 during the following days and times*:
- Friday, October 28: 5pm - 7pm
- Saturday, October 29: 9am - 5pm
- Saturday, November 5: 9am - 5pm
The program will be in-person, in Tulsa.
*The content of each session builds upon the content from prior sessions. Because of this, all three days are required for full participation.*
Before registering at the link below, please prepare:
a recommendation letter from an adult of a leadership activity the student is involved in (sports, club, youth group, etc.). The letter should speak to what the student can gain from participating in this program. This will need to be uploaded.
responses to the following prompts in 100 words or less:
Please list leadership activities you are involved in.
Why are you interested in participating in the Youth Leadership Forum for Community Transformation?
If you were to rate race relations in the United States from 1-10 (with 10 being "excellent" and 1 being "awful"), how would you rate it and why?
If you were to rate race relations in your school or community from 1-10 (with 10 being "excellent" and 1 being "awful"), how would you rate it and why?
Registration HERE for this year's program!