Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth, 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.

Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth (Thrive), located in Oklahoma City, is one of three finalists in the Health Services Category.

“We are honored to be selected as a finalist for the OKCNP ONE Awards,” said Laura Lang, CEO, Thrive. “Oklahoma has so many stellar nonprofit organizations, and we are humbled to be recognized for our work at such an early point in our organization’s founding. OKCNP has helped us tremendously as we’ve established Thrive and started building our organization, our processes and polices. We are grateful to OKCNP for being standard bearers, providing such support and for shining a light on the critical work of our nonprofit sector.”

Thrive was formed in 2016 to serve as the backbone for a teen pregnancy prevention collaboration. The collaboration’s goal of reducing the teen birth rate by one third was met in 2019, a year earlier than expected. They have now set a new goal through their Momentum Matters plan, where “change agents inform, connect and engage with young people and caring adults.”

Thrive credits the success of the collaboration with partners such as the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Oklahoma County Health Department, Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Variety Care and Teen emPower! These partners provide age-appropriate education, ensure teens have access to reproductive health services and engage youth along with their support systems.

“I just think [the collaboration] is a great example and probably one of only a few in Central Oklahoma where the model of collective impact is actually working,” said a member of Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration. “This one is showing true progress where others are not.”

Thrive’s website compiles resources from partners and other sources not only for teens but for caregivers as well, in hopes of continuing to reduce the number of teen births in Oklahoma. Their resources include downloadable age-appropriate book lists to discuss sexual health with minors.

Furthermore their resources include connections to their partner agencies that provide services for LGBTQ Parents and Allies. Partners include organizations such as Adolescent Medicine (OU Children’s) Roy G. Biv Program, Freedom Oklahoma, OKC Pride, Oklahomans for Equality and PFLAG.

“We believe preventing teen pregnancy should be top-of-mind for improving the overall health and economic well-being of central Oklahoma,” said Dr. Leslie Hudson and Dave Lopez, Community Leaders and Co-Chairs, Thrive Visioning Council. “We have demonstrated that progress is possible with continued investment.. Together, we can make a positive difference in the future of young people and in our community.”

To learn more about Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth, 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

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