We’re on a mission to partner with families experiencing homelessness to educate their children and create pathways to success. Our work focuses on three areas: reducing barriers, supporting families, and providing a robust education with access to extracurricular activities. Those three objectives lead to stable families and students who are equipped and empowered to break inter-generational cycles of poverty and homelessness.
In 1989, a group of OKC community organizations recognized the need for a new approach to educating homeless children. That group, which included OKC Public Schools, the State Dept. of Education, CampFire USA, Neighborhood Services Organization and the YWCA, founded Positive Tomorrows to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.
For many years, Positive Tomorrows’ mission centered on helping families experiencing homelessness get the documentation they needed to enroll their children in the appropriate local public school.
In time, our purpose has evolved, and our mission has changed. We’ve added robust support networks for families so they can improve their housing, employment and income levels, and we’re leading the charge in developing a comprehensive educational system built to bring students up to grade level academically and socially, so they can successfully rejoin the public school system.
Expanding the Positive Tomorrows model to schools and communities nationally to support families in moving beyond homelessness and toward self-sufficiency.