Mission: PARTNERING WITH HOMELESS FAMILIES TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN AND CREATE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
Results: One year after leaving Positive Tomorrows, students are 68.8% more likely to show increases in school attitudes and 55.3% more likely to show increases in school behavior. Ten years after leaving Positive Tomorrows, adults are 47.6% more likely to have increased parenting skills.
Target demographics: Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma's only private, tuition-free elementary school that specifically serves children experiencing homelessness.
Direct beneficiaries per year: During the current year positive tomorrows added a new kitchen and cafeteria that allowed us to cook food on-site and hire a school chef. This also freed up space in our building to add another classroom, increasing our daily capacity from 58 to 74 students, and to expand services to include pre-k. This year positive tomorrows served 123 students in its education program and provided 32,253 bus rides, 37,654 meals, and 4,170 basic necessities. while students learn in the classroom, our family support department works with families to teach them how to become self-sufficient. Our case managers assess families immediate needs like food, clothing, and shelter first, then focus on long-term planning. Case managers help families increase their income, employment, and ultimately aim to help them obtain stable housing. By focusing on the entire family, we make it possible for children to learn. This year we served 144 families, and a total of 476 individuals in this program. 42% of families m
Geographic areas served: Oklahoma City, OK
Programs: Our education program provides a trauma-informed, differentiated education to students in pre-K through sixth grade, and removes barriers to learning like food, transportation, school supplies, medical care and basic necessities. Students experiencing homelessness are one to two years behind both academically and socially, so our certified teachers create personalized educational plans for students and also focus on social growth. Our goal is not to serve every child from pre-k to sixth grade, but to help students catch up emotionally and academically so that they can successfully transition back into the public school program.