Leslie Briggs, University of Tulsa College of Law
Leslie’s project will introduce restorative justice practices to public high school students in Tulsa who have been involved in school-based conflicts. The project will introduce stress and anger management tools and enable students to re-focus on restoring the harm caused. The goal of the project is to lower rates of school suspension, drop-outs and incarceration.
Community Site: Communities in Schools
Athena Chatzigiannidis, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athena’s project seeks to address nutritional needs and classroom confidence issues with 5th grade refugee students and their families. The project will involve a mentorship program focused on developing and caring for an after-school community garden.
Community Site: Jenks East Intermediate School
Mary Clancy, University of Tulsa, Speech Language Pathology
Mary’s project will enable homeless women living in transitional housing to gain the skills and confidence to be active in their children’s learning and education. The project will involve classes on language development, language stimulation, and parental involvement in homework.
Community Site: Lindsay House
Ekene Ezenwa and Raye Reeder, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
Ekena and Raye’s project provides health education and mentorship to high schoolers. Ekena and Ray will work with high school students to create health education workshops for middle school students. This initiative will help high schoolers develop confidence in their leadership and experiences with health education intended to shape their lifelong health.
Community Site: Carrera Adolescent Prevention Program at Union Public Schools
Sunshine Graham, Langston University Rehabilitation Counselling and Disability Studies
Sunshine’s project involves psychoeducation and group therapy to support people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who have physical challenges. The goal of the project is for participants to gain control of their disease and achieve self-efficacy.
Community Site: TBD
Ashley Harvey and Brooke Tuttle, Oklahoma State University Human Development and Family Science
Ashley and Brooke’s project will promote family cohesion, positive communication, and family problem-solving for justice-involved youth and their families. The project will focus on family bonding, consistent parenting, family values, communication and smooth transition from the justice system to the home environment.
Community Site: Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau
Devin Howell, University of Tulsa School of Art
Devin’s project will be an art program that coincides with group therapy for women who are working through addiction. The goals of the project are to empower women through learning new skills, to help foster a sense of community and support, and provide an environment where the participants feel free to explore their creative expression.
Community Site: Resonance Center for Women
Emily Kibler, University of Tulsa Speech Language Pathology
Emily’s project will provide foster parents and parents with children in the foster care system with the education, resources, and support to create a healthy home environment that supports early prevention and intervention of speech, language, and literacy development in their children.
Community Site: The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Christopher McNeil, University of Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher’s project addresses food insecurity among high school students in North Tulsa. His project uses fitness, nutrition, and entrepreneurship to help students thrive in their environment. The goal of the project is improve eating habits and give students the skills to solve problems creatively and sustain healthy lifestyle habits.
Community Site: McLain High School
MacGyver Norris and Kristin Faucett, University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health, Physical Therapy and College of Allied Health, Occupational Therapy
Kristin and MacGyver’s project targets children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Through this project, they will target both the physical and mental aspects of health in order to counter the effects of chemotherapy treatments. Their goal is to allow their participants to finish treatment not just free of cancer, but also healthy.
Community Site: Tandy YMCA and St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at St. Francis Children’s Hospital
Mayra Salazar-Valdiva, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mayra’s project will educate, support, and empower patients dealing with diabetes and hypertension in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The goal of her project is to support her participants to make healthier choices and effectively manage their illnesses.
Community Site: Sequoyah Memorial Hospital