The first Innovation Cohort began in January 2021 and includes:

Freedom City
Strives to remove barriers and provide support for students and families in Oklahoma City to reach their potential through mentoring, after-school and tutoring programs.

Children in Northeast Oklahoma City face incredible challenges every single day. See what Freedom City is doing to combat those challenges.

Strives to positively impact Northwest OKC with a holistic approach to child and adolescent development, adult enrichment, and neighborhood empowerment.

At One OKC, everything they do is about partnering with and supporting their neighbors. Learn more through this short video.

Pivot Inc.
Works with youth (ages 12-24) in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas who have overwhelming barriers with no resources to overcome them. They exist to be a force for good, turning young lives around and setting their course for an empowered future.

Youth homelessness is a growing issue due to kids struggling to find their role in today’s society. But Pivot is here to help; learn more.

The second Innovation Cohort began in January 2022 and includes:

BNC Global
BNC Global – a team of enterprise service professionals, that provides a means of elevation to the community through training and development. We are an organization that services all of Oklahoma County, primarily the Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Midwest City, and Del City areas.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma (DSACO) has an office in Oklahoma City and provides support mainly for Central Oklahoma but has assisted families all over the state. Our mission is to raise awareness and provide resources, as well as promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. We do this through a variety of family-oriented events, education workshops, and community awareness campaigns. DSACO envisions communities where everyone — including those with disabilities — is accepted, included, empowered, and given the opportunity and choice to create their own happiness and path to success.

Freedom Oklahoma

Freedom Oklahoma is a statewide advocacy organization that works to secure lived equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, two-spirit and queer people through advocacy, public education, coalition building and empowerment in the civic process.

Latino Community Development Agency

For that past 30 years the Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) has earned an important place in the Hispanic community, serving as the main point of contact for those in need of health and social services. LCDA is the trusted community resource and advocate for Hispanic families who often do not have access to services as a result of cultural, language, and socioeconomic disparities. LCDA partners with a variety of governmental and private organizations at the national and local level for each of the 23 different programs the agency operates. LCDA’s main campus and operations are in Oklahoma County. As a community-based organization many caregivers have or are receiving services from our Agency.

Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention

The POBSC is a collection of churches who work together to advance the kingdom of God throughout the State of Oklahoma. The organization is aligned with the Progressive National Baptist Convention. There are 23 member churches, 17 of which are located within Oklahoma County. There are approximately 3,000 congregants within the network, many of whom serve as caregivers to youth ages 12 to 19 years of age. These include parents, grandparents, guardians, pastors, youth team leaders/teachers, and mentors.

The University of Oklahoma: Health Sciences Center

The Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is housed within the Department of Pediatrics on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. Our Section includes the Child Study Center (CSC), the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), and the Oklahoma Autism Center (OAC). With our numerous programs, we predominantly serve children and families located within Oklahoma County; however, due to the specialized nature of the services we provide, we see children and families from across the state of Oklahoma. Our Section is home to diverse programs to benefit children and adolescents in need of specialized medical and behavioral health services. Our programs include Sooner SUCCESS, Child Guidance, JumpStart Autism Clinic, A Better Chance (ABC) Clinic, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) Medical Clinic, Child Trauma Services, Treatment Programs for Children and Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behaviors, among others.


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