Ownership & Empowerment
Over the last seven years, The Met Cares Foundation has worked to eliminate disparities that exist across North Tulsa - and we've done it by working side by side with our community.
At Met Cares, we believe that North Tulsa should be a place where everyone can thrive. That's why we launched the PCAT Fellowship in 2018 to help train North Tulsans to become grassroots organizers. It's why we held dozens of house meetings, held six community town-halls, lead five research teams and hosted two summits to learn about what North Tulsans needed.
Over two years, we engaged more than 1200 residents, turning their ideas and hopes into a list of policy and program recommendations for leaders across our city to implement.
Those recommendations have driven our work ever since. They've lead to the launch of LevelUp Tulsa, the creation of The Art of Us program, the development of Growing Greenwood, the start of the North Tulsa Parent Alliance and more.
We are striving to ensure all North Tulsans have a seat at the table in determining what the future of our community will look like.
Join us - and let's get to work!
Community and Family Engagement
Our Met Cares engagement team is committed to building collective power to support community-driven efforts for change. In the words of Ella Baker, we believe that "strong people don't need strong leaders."
We center our work around lifting up the stories of our community and creating the space and opportunity for all of us to push for bold, lasting change - together.
Building Generational Wealth
At the Met Cares Foundation, we are rooted in the spirit of Greenwood - the epicenter of Black wealth in America.
We seek to undo decades of systemically racist policies and practices that sought to strip generational wealth from Black Tulsans. Click the links below to learn more about the work Met Cares is doing to close the wealth gaps through access to employment and home ownership.
Building Wakanda 2019
Our 2019 Summit
In May of 2019, 300 community members came together to take part in our second Building Wakanda summit. Together, we agreed on a list of 20 policy recommendations and called on our city's decision makers to lead the charge in implementing these necessary, community-lead reforms.
Watch the video to learn more about Building Wakanda and click the button below to dive deeper into the work of Met Cares.
The GLA 5K
In our first annual GLA 5K, over 100 participants and multiple community sponsors came together to raise over $6,000 for after school programming for our amazing GLA students.
Thank you for your incredible support! Check out our recap video below:
Our Engagement Work
A community-lead effort for change
It takes a village to raise a child
The village is a communal investment in building social and emotional skills through literature & mentorship. Volunteers, known as elders, spend 30 minutes a week at Greenwood Leadership Academy reinforcing social and emotional learning tools to help their students reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom!
Our Resilience U programming is changing what community-driven change in Tulsa looks like. Last year, we held five community listening sessions where city decision makers sat at tables and listened to the wants and needs of the people they serve. Each event centered around themes of Education, Policing, Housing or Economic Development. Together, with the community, we created and are working to implement an agenda for real change to address racial and socio-economic disparities throughout Tulsa.
This year, we will be focusing on issues of health, environmental justice and reparations. Click the link below to stay up to date!
Parent Advisory Council
Our school's parents are our greatest asset
The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) exists to serve as the official voice of parents at Greenwood Leadership Academy. Consisting of parent representatives from each classroom and grade level the PAC plays a vital role in improving the experience of GLA families. We believe engaged parents are fundamental to transforming the academic and social outcomes of our students.