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 administrator, John Killebrew, to the Volunteers for Youth staff. He is ideally suited for this role and it is our sincere hope that this program will further help to reduce delinquency among 10 to17 year old Rogers County youth,” said Mendy Stone, Executive Director.
“I am enthusiastic about this opportunity to remain an active part of the educational process for students who need a guide down a better path. The partnerships with the City of Claremore who is providing our academy location and with the schools of Rogers County who will refer their suspended students is unique. It is our hope that we will blaze the path for similar programs state-wide,” said Killebrew. The project is funded through a juvenile delinquency prevention grant from the Oklahoma Governor’s State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is administered through the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. Volunteers for Youth is also a Rogers County United Way member agency.
Email our U-Turn Director : John Killebrew