Positive Tomorrows, 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 Saturday, August 22, 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.

Positive Tomorrows, located in Oklahoma City, is one of three finalists in the Youth Services Category.

Positive Tomorrows has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty since 1989. According to their website, they are “Oklahoma’s only elementary school and social services specifically for children and families experiencing homelessness. We give kids stability and a quality education, while their parents get the support they need to create a better life.”

Positive Tomorrows reports Oklahoma is ranked seventh from the bottom among states in the nation for homeless children, with over 7,500 homeless children in central Oklahoma alone. Of those homeless children, Positive Tomorrows served 149 students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Not only did they provide accessible education to their students, they also provided 281 health check-ups, 73 dental check-ups, 59 hearing screenings and 22,773 school means. The services they provided resulted in 68% of families showing improvement, 65% improving their housing and 70% of families experiencing an increase in income.

“I never knew places like Positive Tomorrows existed until I was connected to them through my rehab program,” said a mother of a Positive Tomorrows student. “They help children who are struggling and bring families together to get them the help they need. Being able to allow them to be a part of my child’s life, I know she is safe and loved. It is a really special thing.

Like many nonprofits, Positive Tomorrows offers volunteer opportunities for the community to be involved in their mission. Volunteer positions range from mentors to lunch room volunteers, after school program workers, readers and special event/birthday party hosts.

“I have had such a positive experience with the mentoring program at Positive Tomorrows,” said a Positive Tomorrows mentor. “I get to spend one hour a week with Maria (name changed for privacy) and provide a safe and stable relationship for her. Throughout my time with her, I’ve seen her come out of her shell, and she has developed into quite the confident and goal-oriented young lady!”

To learn more about Positive Tomorrows, visit their website: https://www.positivetomorrows.org/

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.OKCNP.org/connect/one-awards/

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