We understand that our program exists in relationship to a variety of communities with whom we maintain
relationships. These include the following:
• Administrators, staff, volunteers and children and youth participants and other members of our afterschool program site community
• Families, guardians, siblings and extended family members
• Educational institutions, including public, charter and private schools, institutions of higher education, career and technology centers and the State Department of Education
• Residents and businesses in our geographical neighborhood
• Local, state and federal governmental agencies and tribal governments
• Partners in our focus on quality afterschool programming and activities, including civic groups, churches, cultural institutions, museums, nationally affiliated and local non-profit organizations and foundations and other afterschool providers, including for- profit, non-profit, school-based and faith-based programs
Synopsis: Our program builds partnerships with a variety of community organizations in order to achieve program goals.
Camp Fire has a Promise: Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Boys and girls learn how to play and work together, while appreciating their similarities and differences in a constructive and positive manner. Clubs allow youth to make new friends, build confidence and self-esteem, as well as earn
awards and emblems, while also participating in outdoor activities, camps, youth-leadership and community service.
Camp Fire staff decided to create programming that help youth realize the dignity and worth of each individual. The staff also created standards and activities that are designed to reduce sexual, racial, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships. Camp Fire partnered with organizations whose missions are to eliminate human barriers based on the assumptions which prejudice individuals. Community partners include Tulsa Area United Way, Youth Services of Tulsa, Family & Children’s Services, Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Oklahoma School for the Blind, All Souls Unitarian Church, Catholic Charities, Community Service Council, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative, Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, Tulsa Community Foundation/Tulsa Reaches Out – LGBT Initiative.
Camp Fire worked to create relationships with local organizations that had information and resources relevant to afterschool program needs. Because they serve a large number of Tulsa County youth, Camp Fire relied on various relationships to provide children and youth with resources and information that promote a quality life. The process helped strengthen partnerships by promoting referrals and dialogue between organizations and agencies.
“By partnering with Family and Children’s Services Systems of Care we are able to touch the whole family unit which broadens the reach of impact.”
– Paige Kennedy
Standard 1. Our program communicates and collaborates with other educators to align our program goals with primary and secondary educational objectives.
A. work together with local school personnel to help determine roles in supporting their educational missions.
B. seek up-to-date information about school events, homework policies, and such.
C draw upon the educational guidelines and standards of local school districts or governing bodies in establishing programming.
Standard 2. Our program shares resources with other afterschool programs.
A. communicate with peer providers to exchange ideas, discuss best practices and work together for continuous improvement.
B. participate in state and national professional organizations focused on quality afterschool programs.
Standard 3. Our program builds partnerships with a variety of community organizations in order to achieve program goals.
A. create programming around the assets available in cultural organizations.
B. connect with civic groups who can supply volunteers and/or materials.
C. create relationships with youth organizations for information and resources relevant to afterschool program needs.
D. draw upon the resources of local, state, federal and tribal governments.
E. create a community learning environment where program activities are linked to real-life/real-world application.
Standard 4. Our program has a system for creating awareness of our existence and for soliciting engagement and support of our various stakeholders to ensure sustainability.
A. use a variety of communication tools to inform all stakeholders about the program — including its goals, activities, achievements, needs, and such.
B. have an effective marketing plan to publicize the program.
C. ensure through defined communication strategies that families understand the mission and goals.
D. work with community partners to leverage resources and support for the children. youth and families served.