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Tulsa Changemakers, the local leadership program that teaches youth ages eight to 18 how to make positive changes in their communities, is showcasing community impact projects in May. Virtual Pitch Night involves three evenings in which students will display and discuss their community impact projects. 

The Pitch Night projects include programs on the climate crisis, people experiencing housing insecurity, police brutality, bullying, COVID-19, mental health challenges, and animal welfare. The programs come from student participants across 23 Tulsa Public Schools as well as Union Public Schools. 

The students have been working on their projects since January, forming teams in elementary, middle, and high schools across Tulsa. The young people started with listening sessions in their communities, then launched their projects in response to the needs of their community members. 

Projects tackle social issues

Marshall Elementary school fourth-grade Changemaker Mia Zuniga-Gonzalez helped create an initiative on police brutality. “Our Changemakers topic is police brutality because we believe that Black people should not be arrested or harmed for something they didn’t do,” Mia said.

Another project tackles community togetherness and support at Tulsa Honor Academy, through the creation of a community garden. “The Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School Changemakers are working on a project to create a garden at our school. We picked this project because we think it’ll affect our community in a beneficial way,” Tulsa Honor Academy seventh-grade Changemaker Melanie Moreno explained. “What we mean by this is that we believe creating a garden could be a little step to helping climate change, it could become a habitat for animals that will benefit our garden, and it’ll improve the agricultural environment of our school/community.”

The Union Public Schools Changemaker Pitch Night virtual programming date takes place May 6 at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Tulsa Public Schools dates are May 25 at 5:30 p.m. and May 26 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Andrew Spector, Co-Founder and Program Director of Tulsa Changemakers, at andrew@leadershiptulsa.org.

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

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