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.
– SENIOR STAFF –
Allen R. Marks, Sr.
EDUCATION: B.A., Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX; Master’s of Divinity graduate study, Temple Baptist Seminary, Chattanooga, TN. Certified Instructor of Nonviolent Intervention, International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Certified Instructors.
FORMER EMPLOYMENT: Director of Youth Ministry, New Scholar Avenue Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN; Volunteer Director of Community Outreach, then Director of Christian Education, Central Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Extensive mental health treatment experience as Program Coordinator, Counselor, Supervisor & Lead Psychiatric Technician in adolescent & adult in-patient treatment & home based case management for children & adults. Also served as Director of Quality Improvement for a 250-bed residential adolescent treatment center & Monitor and Research Coordinator in Clinical Research projects.
PERSONAL MINISTRY/SERVICE PASSION: “I believe that I am especially equipped to minister cross-culturally & among diverse ethnicities.”
EDUCATION: B.S. in Education, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
FORMER EMPLOYMENT: Teacher (Fifth Grade), Guthrie (OK) Public Schools, then Putnam City (OK) Public Schools
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Volunteered for numerous childrens’ & youth ministries, including mission trips over 10 years to a Romanian gypsy village, mentoring students in THE CLUB (2 years), Youth summer program team leader (4 years) & team leader coordinator (9 years), Director of Community Outreach at Northwest Baptist Church (3 years).
PERSONAL MINISTRY/SERVICE PASSION: “To see students grow academically, socially & spiritually is my continued hope & prayer.”
– PROGRAM STAFF –
Program Assistant & Career Development Coordinator
EDUCATION: B.S., University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
PRIOR EXPERIENCE: Tiffany worked for Oklahoma City Public School as an attendance clerk, classroom assistant, and 5th grade teacher. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with an emphasis in mentoring and tutoring for 4 years.
CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES WITH THE CLUB (Part-time): Facilitate appropriate working relationships between students participating in THE CLUB activities & Taft Middle School, & assist in weekly meetings of THE CLUB. Coordinate the Career Development Curriculum and the quarterly meetings with The Club graduates.
High School Liaison
EDUCATION: B.S. Anderson University, Anderson, IN; Masters in Social Work and Public Administration, The University of Oklahoma
Current Employment: Young Life
EXPERIENCE: Page has partnered with local ministries across Oklahoma City in the last 8 years that include outreach to teen parents, high school and middle school students, and mentoring elementary aged kids.
The Club Student Recruiter (Kaiser)
EDUCATION: B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University; M.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management and Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University
FORMER EMPLOYMENT: Founder of Class Matters
EXPERIENCE: Darron travels extensively making presentations, sharing his life lessons and stories to high school students, first year experience college students, and others, in order to fulfill the vision of Class Matters to “empower our future, one teen at a time.”
The Club Student Recruiter (Taft)
The Club Student Recruiter (Buchanan)
– OUR COMMUNITY –
– RESIDENTIAL DEMOGRAPHICS –
The residents within a three-mile radius of our facilities include:
- Caucasian 65% 65%
- Hispanic 18% 18%
- African-American 11% 11%
- Asian 6% 6%
- Native American 3% 3%
- Other 14% 14%
- Less than $25,000 36% 36%
- $25,000 – $49,999 18% 18%
- $50,000 – $74,999 18% 18%
- $75,000 – $99,999 8% 8%
- $100,000 + 8% 8%
- Property owned 42% 42%
- Property rented 42% 42%
- Property vacant 16% 16%
– ACADEMIC DEMOGRAPHICS –
Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Oklahoma City Public Schools we serve, including:
- Caucasian 24% 24%
- Hispanic 46% 46%
- African-American 14% 14%
- Asian 9% 9%
- Native American 7% 7%
- Multi 12% 12%
- Caucasian 20% 20%
- Hispanic 46% 46%
- African-American 22% 22%
- Asian 5% 5%
- Native American 6% 6%
- Multi 1% 1%
- Caucasian 17% 17%
- Hispanic 47% 47%
- African-American 21% 21%
- Asian 8% 8%
- Native American 4% 4%
- Multi 2% 2%
- Dropout Rate (2009) 24.5% 24.5%
- Single-parent Families 44% 44%
– OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS –
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
• Active in Church and Civil Roles
• Attorney at Law
Dr. Enrique R. Cepeda
• Executive Director,
Thomas School of Int’l. Studies
• Mid-America Christian University
• Marketing Manager (retired)
Dr. Reagan H. Bradford
•Medical Research Physician (retired),
Dr. Brent R. Brown
• Professor of Medicine,
OU School of Medicine
Milford J. Clayton
• Veterans Affairs Director (retired),
US Veterans Administration
• Executive Vice President,
Dr. C. Herman Reece
• Metro Director Emeritus,
• Oral Surgeon (retired)
• Commercial Real Estate Investor/Manager
D. Joe White
• Insurance Agent
• Lead Pastor, Northwest Baptist Church
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 –
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical & balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, & habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. 20 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits & hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 17000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church & nearly half serve as church volunteers.
Celebrate Recovery is now in over 20,000 churches worldwide!
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