Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) is continuing its partnership with Street School to provide a culinary class for the students. Junior League volunteers develop and conduct cooking classes twice a month for high school students participating in Street School’s “Culinary Club.” The partnership began in 2015 and its continued success led to a 100% increase in class size for the 2019-20 school year.
“Street School is the best community placement,” remarked Lindsey Geist, Culinary Club Vice Chair. “Not only is it a ton of fun, but we are able to develop real relationships with the students. Being able to have a weekly influence in the students’ lives helps motivate them to and uncover their true potential. Honestly, they bring more joy into my life than I probably do for them.”
The Junior League classes focus on providing students with affordable and healthy meal options along with basic food preparation education. In addition to learning to cook the meal, students are sent home with ingredients to recreate the dishes. “You can tell that these students have lots to learn, but also so much to teach us. I can’t wait to learn more about them and their school,” commented Lisa Saxon, JLT provisional member and member of the Street School Culinary Club Committee.
The impact of JLT goes beyond the classroom at Street School – with committee members touching students’ lives. “There was a student at Street School who when she turned 18 was able to get her own apartment and stop living on friends’ couches,” explained Kellie Stone, JLT Community Programs Vice President. “She worked two jobs and was attending school with a plan for college. When our committee found out she was moving, we went in together and bought her a few furniture items she was lacking and brought them to her. She was so thankful and excited. Shortly after, we attended her high school graduation and she is now in college! We all keep in touch, and she is hoping to become a therapist to help kids like herself who have struggled with difficult family situations. She is truly amazing!”
Street School is the only tuition-free, non-profit, alternative school in the Tulsa area that provides education along with therapeutic counseling and outreach programs. Street School focuses on drop-out prevention, intervention, and recovery for students in grades 9 through 12. The school operates as a non-profit agency in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools and serves an average of 200 students between ages 14-19 annually. The school’s comprehensive and individualized services enable students to reach their potential and become responsible and productive adults.
Street School is located at 1135 S. Yale Avenue Tulsa, OK 74112. If you would like to learn more or get involved with Street School, visit http://www.streetschool.org/.