When Students Succeed: Transitioning to Public School


Positive Tomorrows serves students experiencing homelessness by providing transportation, basic necessities, an individualized and trauma-informed education, and enrichment opportunities. Case managers simultaneously partner with families to promote self-sufficiency and stability at home, with the goal being to break the cycle of homelessness. So what does this success look like, and what does it mean for… Read More

Capital Campaign Milestones: Beam Signing


This January, the steel for Positive Tomorrows’ new facility was completed. Students, donors, and staff visited the construction site the second week in January to make their mark before the final beam was welded into place. Wrapped up in bright blue Positive Tomorrows sweatshirts, every student at Positive Tomorrows signed their name on a beam… Read More

Maslow’s Hierarchy of School Needs


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs defines five levels of need that motivate human behavior. It is often represented by a pyramid, with the most immediate needs at its foundation. A child who doesn’t know where his next meal will come from, or where home will be tonight is unable to focus on learning, so the staff… Read More

Back to School Check-Ups


Going back to school at Positive Tomorrows means filling cubbies with school supplies for students and ensuring they have basic needs met so they can focus on learning. It also means making sure kids are healthy, which is why Positive Tomorrows coordinates access to medical, dental, optical, and audiological care for students. The school collaborates with… Read More

Art on Display


Members of the Positive Tomorrows Summer Art Club hopped off the school van in the parking lot of Oklahoma Contemporary. They were full of excitement and concentrating hard to keep their feet from running into the art gallery. The students had participated in Art Club during summer break camp and were on their way to… Read More

Positive Tomorrows Selected to Participate in Catalyst Program


Positive Tomorrows was selected as one of 14 community-based organizations to participate in Stand Together’s Catalyst Program. This six-month program is designed to help innovative groups build capacity and increase their impact to help more people break the cycle of poverty. In addition to receiving personalized coaching in a proven business framework, Market-Based Management®, as… Read More

Summer Camp Fun!


For most children, summer is full of t-ball games, swimming lessons, sleeping late, and playing with friends. But for a child whose main source of nutrition is school meals, summer can mean hunger. Homeless families often lack resources for day camps and enriching activities, making summer a season of fear and uncertainty. At Positive Tomorrows,… Read More

Positive Tomorrows Breaks Ground


Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children, recently broke ground on a new facility and announced it has met its Building Success Campaign goal of $10.2 million raised from the community. An additional $5 million received in New Market Tax Credits will bring the final project total to $15 million. The new facility will more than double the school’s capacity and expand grade levels served.… Read More

Mock Trial With OCU Law


It is not unusual for a child at Positive Tomorrows to have some experience with the criminal justice system. Homeless families are more likely to experience domestic violence, addiction, or to have a parent who is incarcerated. For students at Positive Tomorrows, uncertainty and anxiety often stem from upcoming court dates and navigating the legal… Read More

Joining the Team: Positive Tomorrows Basketball


On an unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon in February, a group of nervously excited third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Positive Tomorrows loaded the school bus. They wore matching blue jerseys, with “STARS” written across the back as they chanted team mantras from their seats. They were members of the Positive Tomorrows Stars basketball team,… Read More