A nonprofit working with Tulsa Public Schools to expand access to after-school programs is urging organizations to apply for funding ahead of a Friday deadline.
The Opportunity Project is helping TPS administer federal virus relief funding it was awarded for an expanded learning initiative. They’re trying to bring learning experiences to thousands of students outside the classrooms, and organizations offering a wide range of programs can apply.
"Everything from archery and hip-hop dance to STEM programming and robotics, book clubs, cooking — we have a really strong desire among our student population for culinary activities. Cooking clubs are always one of the most popular things that we have," said The Opportunity Project Executive Director Caroline Shaw.
Shaw said quality programs from STEM activities to sports can help kids readjust to in-person learning.
"We know from not only our data in Tulsa, particularly from our experiences over the summer, but from data and research studies across the country, that this kind of learning has incredible impacts on young people, everything from supporting academic learning to reducing risk-taking behavior, getting kids more interested in school, staying in school, attending more often," Shaw said.
After-school programs can also help families with no or limited childcare options.
Grants can apply to program plans through the spring semester. Recipients will also get access to training through The Opportunity Project.
The deadline to apply is Friday at 5 p.m. More information about the expanded learning initiative, eligibility requirements and how to apply are at theopp.org/grant-opportunities.