Prior to 2009, a program designated ‘The Club’ — a weekly after-school life skills mentoring program for middle school students (Grades 6-8) — was underway in a cooperative relationship with City Care. Community Advance, Inc. was established in 2009 to provide an organizational vehicle for further development of this and other ongoing community programs, as well as to facilitate the addition of new initiatives designed to respond to unmet needs in our community. Our current programs continue to be focused primarily on student development. A partnership has been developed with nearby area Oklahoma City Public Schools, including seven elementary schools (Buchanan, Cleveland, Gatewood, Kaiser, Linwood, Putnam Heights, Sequoyah), Taft Middle School, and Northwest Classen High School. The Club curriculum has been significantly expanded and now includes an emphasis in each year’s curriculum on career development. Enrollment now exceeds 100 students. Each student is encouraged to participate in the weekly after-school Club program for up to the three middle school years, to maximize the meaningful life skills that will be gained. The Summer Club — offered during the summer school recess —provides six weeks of structured half-day sessions, five days weekly. Sessions include an emphasis on life-skills topics and career development, along with an expanded activities program. A Computer Learning Center has been equipped and provides valuable resources to the career development program, as well as in other program activities.

Community Advance, Inc. programs and activities are accommodated in facilities provided by a partnership with Northwest Baptist Church. These facilities include a gymnasium (high-school regulation playing surface) and activities center, meeting rooms, and staff offices. In addition, a number of volunteer mentors and other personnel assist in these programs.

Community Advance, Inc. annually awards two Kent Humphreys Scholarships to Northwest Classen High School graduates. The awards provide financial assistance for the recipients to enroll for four consecutive years in any institution of higher learning in the State of Oklahoma.

– STAFF –

SENIOR STAFF

Allen R. Marks, Sr.

Allen R. Marks, Sr.

Executive Director

PHONE: 405.595.2741

EMAIL: allen.marks@communityadvance.org

Natalie Legg-Jack

Natalie Legg-Jack

Program Director

PHONE: 405.595.2745

EMAIL: natalie.legg-jack@communityadvance.org

Tiffany Taylor

Tiffany Taylor

Career Development Coordinator & Program Assistant

PHONE: 405.595.2714

EMAIL: tiffany.taylor@communityadvance.org

Larrissa Lockwood

Larrissa Lockwood

Director of Development

PHONE: 405.595.2745

EMAIL: larrissa.lockwood@communityadvance.org

– OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS –

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Randy Foraker

(President)

Jim King

(Chairperson)

Ben Brown

(Corporate Secretary)

Dr. Brent Brown

Kenda Hall

Brent Hale

Marcos Hernandez

Rob Lindley

Kelly McConnell

Debbie Smith

Milford J. Clayton

(Emeritus)

*President & board members are not financially compensated.

 

Community Advance, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Oklahoma. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that Community Advance is exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to Community Advance are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

– OUR FUTURE –

OUR FUTURE

Our future plans are constantly growing! In addition to the programs that are provided directly by Community Advance, we explore opportunities to collaborate with other community resource providers in offering training modules on issues of high relevance in our community.

We plan to partner with other providers to offer the following services:

GED Testing

 

Legal aid

 

Crisis Pregnancy Services

 

Refugee Training

 

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