Who We Are

The MISSION of Volunteers for Youth is to positively impact the lives of youth in Rogers County. We SERVE the most vulnerable in our county… youth without a safe place after school, high-risk youth and those who have committed their first offense, and youth experimenting with alcohol and prescription drugs… BECAUSE THEY’RE WORTH IT!

  • History

    In 1998 a group of community members including the Rogers County District Attorney, the Claremore Chief of Police, a local minister, an assistant public school superintendent, and a local businessman attended a statewide conference featuring General Colin Powell’s “America’s Promise”.  Inspired by General Powell, this core group formed the first Board of Directors for Rogers County Volunteers for Youth and obtained the required 501c3 non-profit status.  Their vision was to provide services for Rogers County youth in the areas of mentoring, safe and structured activities, healthy starts, skill building and service opportunities. Currently, Volunteers for Youth offers three youth-serving programs and the Drug Free Communities project.  Volunteers for Youth is supported by individual contributions, grants and fundraisers. Volunteers for Youth partners…

  • Staff

          Melynda (Mendy) Stone is a lifelong Claremore resident, graduating as Class Valedictorian in 1978 from Claremore High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Tulsa in 1981 and has been married to Gary Stone since 1980. They have two grown children, Amanda and Brett. Mendy lead the staff, as Executive Director, dedicated to enriching the lives of young people in our community through several youth focused grants since its inception in 1998 through the Summer of 2015. She is now serving as Volunteers for Youth’s  Community Liaison where she will continue to serve as the “Face of V4Y”. Nancy Turpel is originally from the Chicago area, graduating from the…

  • Board of Directors

    Justin Greer, President Todd Gourd, Vice President Sara Moss Kendra Thompson Cindy Vanaman   Advisory Board Members:   Gene Haynes   Marna Favor Donna Bradley   Kari Forest   Myrtle Prather   Angie Graves   Don Hancock   Ken Seidel Wayne Webster Dee Riddles Leslie Cohen Linda Batty Barbara Blankenship

  • Contact Us

    1700 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.
    Claremore, OK 74017

    918-343-2530
    918-636-4990