Founded in 1996, under the umbrella of the 501(c) 3 nonprofit, City Care, Inc., Whiz Kids Oklahoma is a nonprofit, one-on-one, tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk students in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Whiz Kids Oklahoma collaboratively and creatively addresses Oklahoma City's urban social and educational crisis by matching tutor/mentors with at-risk students. Teachers select students for the Whiz Kids program because they are reading below their grade level and can benefit from a mentoring relationship. Tutors are paired with a child and meet weekly with the same child during the school year for a one-on-one after-school tutoring session. Whiz Kids sites are churches in each school's community that donate their facility and provide tutors and on-site coordinators. These urban churches are partnered with other metro area (typically suburban) churches to provide additional volunteers and tutors, essentially bringing the resource of people back to the urban neighborhoods where the children live. Each site has a liaison teacher from the school that serves as an educational consultant, and is a resource for the volunteer tutors.
In order to qualify for the Whiz Kids program, a school must have at least 87% of its students eligible for free/reduced lunch. Seventeen of the Whiz Kids schools have percentages higher than 95% free/reduced lunch and four are 100% free/reduced lunch. Because of this, Whiz Kids serves children who live in some of Oklahoma City’s most desperate neighborhoods, where poverty, illiteracy and violence often strangle a child’s promise. The schools served by the Whiz Kids program are mostly Oklahoma City Public Schools, but also include a few schools in the Crooked Oak, Putnam City, Mid-Del and Crutcho districts.
Since its inception, with one church, one school and a handful of volunteers, Whiz Kids has grown to serve more than 800 students from 29 at-risk elementary schools, in partnership with 63 churches. It has a current volunteer base of 1,400.
In order to qualify for the Whiz Kids Oklahoma program, a school must have at least 87% of its students eligible for free/reduced lunch. Because of this, Whiz Kids serves children who live in some of Oklahoma City’s most desperate neighborhoods, where poverty, illiteracy and violence often strangle a child’s promise. The schools served by the Whiz Kids program are mostly Oklahoma City Public Schools, but also include a few schools in the Crooked Oak, Putnam City and Crutcho districts.
There are Whiz Kids who were enrolled when Whiz Kids began who have now graduated from college. Many of their parents or guardians didn't finish high school, but these children now have promising careers that require a college degree. We want to continue to see more and more Whiz Kids find success in their adult careers because of the difference Whiz Kids made in their futures.
Each tutor also takes his/her student home. This gives the tutor an opportunity to meet their child’s family and develop a relationship with them.Each tutor is paired with a child and these student/tutor pairs meet once a week during the school year for one-on-one tutoring sessions. In many cases, the mentors/tutors also take their Whiz Kids out for fun activities outside of their weekly sessions. This strengthens the bond between the inner-city children and their mentors. The tutor/mentors also have other opportunities to invest time in their children through the Whiz Kids program and family activities.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements of City Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Whiz Kids is a program under the umbrella of City Care.
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