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El Sistema Oklahoma 2015 from St. Luke's OKC on Vimeo.


Starting in 2013 as a mission of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in partnership with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, El Sistema Oklahoma has established its own 501(c)(3) status while remaining tightly connected to our original partners.  We extend our scope beyond music achievement to focus on our students' social growth & well-being, utilizing music as the tool to connect with & inspire them to achieve in all areas of their lives.  Instruments, instruction, healthy snacks, academic and social support are all provided without charge to our families.  

El Sistema Oklahoma serves 220 students, in grades 3-8, for the 2015-16 academic year.  These students have daily access to trained musical faculty and volunteers who are invested in their success.  Our students come from 11 metro school sites.  81% of our families qualify for the free/reduced meal program.  Children are not auditioned and do not need any prior musical experience before joining El Sistema Oklahoma. 

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UPDATE:  On October 15, 2016, El Sistema students performed at the University of Oklahoma as part of the halftime celebration.  



The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center provides public schools across the state the resources they need to unburden administrators, support teachers, and most importantly, engage students. While membership in the OPSRC is open to all public schools in Oklahoma, we are particularly focused on meeting the needs of smaller schools and districts. They typically lack a large central/administrative office found in larger districts, and the services OPSRC offers are tailored to help address the administrative challenges they face.  Learn more

A Current Project:

Districts around our state are implementing blended learning models in their classroom. A challenge they face is attaining enough devices to be one to one (each student has their own device). OPSRC is currently collecting laptops to convert to Chromebooks for member schools to utilize.  Contact OPSRC staff to learn more and to donate gently used laptops for this important effort. 


First Serve OKC provides a year-round safe environment for youth with an emphasis on physical fitness, education, nutrition, life-skills training and civic involvement.

Find and follow First Serve on the following social media platforms:

Twitter: @firstserveokc
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First Serve OKC is a Fiscal Sponsorship of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma  

In the News: "About 200 northeast Oklahoma City fifth- and sixth-graders are learning how to fix and maintain bicycles in a collaborative program between city planners, Oklahoma City Public Schools and The Oklahoma Afterschool Network."

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The Oklahoma Afterschool Network is a Fiscal Sponsorship of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma  

By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / February 9, 2016
A new partnership between Duncan Regional Hospital, Cameron University and the Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University is generating healthy interest among people who would like to pursue bachelor's degrees in nursing in Duncan.

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Duncan Regional Hospital Health Foundation partners with Communities Foundation of Oklahoma for their endowment needs. 

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