Volunteers For Youth
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!
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.
Volunteers for Youth offers youth-serving programs – PAL, BLAST, TSET/HLP, PFS and the Drug Free Communities project. Volunteers for Youth is supported by individual contributions, grants and fundraisers.
Volunteers for Youth partners with each of the school districts in which the PAL Program is operational. We also partner with the City of Claremore Parks & Recreation Department to operate the BLAST After School Program and youth events & camps. The City Parks & Recreation Department provides space to house the after school program, administrative office space and does not charge for utilities. Volunteers for Youth shares office space with Rogers County Youth Services. Corporate partners include RCB Bank, Grand Bank, Wal-Mart Supercenter, the City of Claremore and Baker Hughes Centrilift who allow their employees to leave the workplace and mentor a student in the PAL Program.
… because they’re worth it!
At Volunteers for Youth we have the vision that all Rogers County youth succeed. Our programs in place to achieve this vision include a site-based mentoring program (PAL), a classroom setting for suspended students (U-Turn Academy), an after-school setting for students in grades 6, 7 & 8 (BLAST), a Drug Free Communities project in the Oologah-Talala school district, a Partnership for Success grant to battle prescription drug misuse, and our Healthy Living Program funded through TSET.