Pivot, Inc., 2020 ONE Awards Finalist

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) will host the 2020 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Thursday, August 27, 2020 (rescheduled from Friday, April 24, 2020). The event will now take place virtually. In the weeks leading up to the event, we are spotlighting the 21 finalists in seven categories.

Pivot, Inc. (Pivot), located in Oklahoma City, is one of three finalists in the Youth category.

“What an honor to be recognized with so many other worthy organizations as a leader in serving youth,” said Jennifer Goodrich, LPC, LADC, president and CEO, Pivot. “This recognition belongs to the staff and volunteers who do the work, the community we serve and, most importantly, the youth who allow us to walk with them in their courage and resiliency to change the paths of their lives.”

According to their website, Pivot was established in 1972, when a group of extraordinary leaders saw the need to provide youth services. At the time, their services included crisis intervention, individual and family counseling and referrals. Since then, they have added programs and services to include an emergency shelter for homeless or displaced youth, independent living services, education support and job assistance, life skills training and practice, mentoring, as well as prevention and intervention programs.

In addition, Pivot offers Teen Service Board (TSB), an opportunity for high school students to help other teens in need and earn community service hours. TSB members “develop valuable workplace ethics and business skills, as well as compassion, empathy and expanded social perspectives.”

Pivot strives to meet housing and basic needs for the young people in the Oklahoma City area who need a safe, secure place to live. Basic needs include food, personal hygiene items and clothing. They provide support and resources for these needs through their food pantry and clothing closets. Pivot provides support to individuals who may be in the “child welfare system, living on their own without parental support, formally juvenile justice involved, or runaway.”

Once a person’s basic needs are met, Pivot works with them to plan their future, from completing their high school education to helping them gain life skills and preparing them for their career. They go from being “alone to connected.”

“I am thankful for all of the people at Pivot, more than I can explain,” said Michaela, client. “Pivot has really made so much possible for me and given me so much hope and inspiration. Hopefully, someday, I can give to the community like the people at Pivot do.”

As part of their investment in the youth they serve, Pivot works to prevent and intervene future bad decisions by working to help identify past trauma, environmental factors, undiagnosed mental disorders and lack of supervision.

Pivot wants to address the root causes and provide therapeutic care for their youth with licensed therapists, youth advocates and specialists who are trained to identify adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

“For the first time, I can say I understand what it is like to feel like I have a family or feel loved again,” said  D.C. client.

To learn more about Pivot, Inc., visit their website:

The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards gala is dedicated to honoring the outstanding work of Oklahoma nonprofits statewide. The ONE Awards also serves as the primary fundraising event for the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Proceeds from the ONE Awards enable OKCNP to serve communities throughout Oklahoma.

To learn more about the 2020 ONE Awards or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org/connect/one-awards/


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