• 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 is housed with and operated by Rogers County Youth Services at 1810 N Sioux Ave.  It  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.…

  • 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…

  • 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 Oologah community that increase the risk, and promote the elements that minimize substance abuse. 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 each of our projects. We work within the Oologah Community Coalition, a local coalition, on this project. Coalition members represent twelve sectors of the community standing in solidarity with the DFC project as we combat substance abuse issues among…