• U-Turn Academy

    U-Turn Academy, directed by Mr. John Killebrew, targets Rogers County youth (ages 11 to 17) who are on long-term school suspension from any school in the county.  The academy, located at the Claremore Community Center, provides an academic setting with wraparound services.   Students who have been suspended 10 days or more may attend the academy where they will receive assistance from a certified teacher, support from a para-professional and positive influence from a law enforcement officer presence.  The students are in a supervised environment where they stay current on their school work and receive counseling and mentoring services.  Family activities and community service projects are also components of the program. “We are so pleased to welcome long-time Claremore Public Schools…

  • PAL Program

    The PAL Program is a site-based mentoring program that matches a Rogers County public school student with a caring adult mentor. The mentor strives to be the student’s friend, role model, motivator, and personal advocate. The mentor’s purpose is to build self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth in the student while building a friendship. Mentors are good listeners, people who care and people who want to help young people discover their strengths. Students are typically referred to the PAL Program by their teacher or school counselor. This can be for a variety reasons. A common reason is that the student is seen as someone who could benefit from having a caring adult friend at school. Mentors meet with their student once a…

  • BLAST

    Volunteers for Youth’s BLAST Program is offered after school each regular school day for students in grades 6-8. The City of Claremore makes the Claremore Community Center available exclusively to BLAST students until 6 p.m. The program targets students who would otherwise have no safe alternative after school.  The building offers wi-fi and entertainment features include Wii, Rock Band, Air Hockey, Pool, Ping Pong and Basketball.  The neighboring soccer, baseball, and tennis complexes are often used for outdoor recreation.  Rogers State University Honors students and high school volunteers serve as peer mentors and assist daily with recreation and homework time. BLAST summer camps and quarterly Youth Nights round out the alcohol & drug free opportunities for students offered through Volunteers for Youth in…

  • StepUp

    Juvenile Graduated Sanctions ‎”I never thought I would have ever been glad to get in trouble but the StepUp program was great and helped me get on track. I will always remember how much this program helped me!” (A comment from a recent graduate of the Juvenile Graduated Sanctions Program called StepUp.) Another participant commented, “They told me life would be better if I did what is right.” Initiated in May, 2007, StepUp offers juvenile first offenders and those demonstrating signs of delinquent behavior an opportunity to avoid the overcrowded juvenile court system and a chance to get back on track while being closely monitored and supported. A committee of community volunteers meets monthly to initiate and review juvenile cases…

  • Prevention Programs

    DFC Volunteers for Youth’s federally funded Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Project works to reduce substance abuse among our youth, with a particular emphasis on underage drinking and prescription drug misuse. The 10-year project focus is to eliminate factors in the community that increase the risk, and promote the elements that minimize substance abuse.  Because we are a DFC grantee, Volunteers for Youth was also awarded federal grant money allocated by the STOP Act (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage    Drinking).  This funding is dedicated to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth age 12-20.  The youth-serving programs offered by Volunteers for Youth are an ideal setting for putting these protective factors in place and our DFC goals are interwoven throughout…