Because our total goal and focus is on ensuring students go to college and earn a degree, we have many professionals in the community who serve as mentors or partners.
We would like to acknowledge these organizations or individuals here who are our constant and steadfast supporters and partners:
Oklahoma State University was our very first university partner in 2006 when we founded the program. Our first LFYS Program college graduate (Dec., 2011) attended Oklahoma State University. Degree options abound at OSU for our students.
Our second university partner, Oklahoma Wesleyan University has been a wonderful partner. OKWU has been amazingly supportive of assisting the LFYS Program, as well as aggressively seeking to match endowment funds. This option provides LFYS Program students with the college experience while living close to home.
Rogers State University, our third university partner, joined in 2008. We are pleased to be associated with Rogers State. Several options are available while attending RSU, and many students start school in Bartlesville and then later move to Claremore to live on campus.
The Bartlesville Public School district has been a support throughout the LFYS Program history through the Superintendent, Counselors, and Teachers and Faculty.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Bartlesville Office has been a wonderful partner. They perform the initial interviews, conduct background checks of all mentors, and assist us in the matching of students to mentors. With their expertise and many years of experience, we are able to create long-lasting and successful matches.
Truity Credit Union has worked with the LFYS Program to create a new curriculum for Finance for Your Future. The curriculum is taught by a variety of professionals who work with Truity Credit Union.
Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. As they have noticed that more and more high school and college students are taking on the role of a caregiver for aging loved ones, they have created scholarships to provide support for these students. These scholarships are linked on our Scholarship Resource Chart here or accessed directly here.
Karen Lowe-Alton has worked to create the new Steps 4 Success Program and now teaches the monthly class to 7th and 8th graders in the program. This class replaces and updates Real Life Real Choices and emphasizes the 8 values of the LFYS Program.