ABOUT GROWING TOGETHER
Research proves it.
Growing Together is known as a community quarterback. That means we guide and support community members, organizations and funders to create vibrant communities for children. To be a successful neighborhood, children must have the right conditions to live, learn and thrive. We work to change the fundamental conditions of a neighborhood to benefit kids, making it a more attractive, mixed income neighborhood for families and businesses.
But we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Our job is to be the connection between businesses, non-profit organizations and other programs. Together, we can all improve our neighborhoods.
Learn more about the science and research of developing neighborhoods here.
Eliminate inequalities that stand in the way for families in vulnerable neighborhoods to succeed.
Working alongside community members in Tulsa to create the conditions that we all want for our own kids: great schools; quality, affordable housing; safe and amenity-rich public spaces, and are invested in the economic development and vibrancy of the community.
- The “Growing Together” collaborative was formed and the name created by neighborhood residents
- Replaced Archer Park playground equipment and renovated pavilion
- Remodeled Admiral Park: added new playground and converted tennis court to multi-use court and added pavilion
- Launched partnerships with City Year, Reading Partners, Communities in Schools, CS, TDS
- First phase of Capital Homes completed (10 homes)
- West Park, Tulsa’s first mixed-income apartment community, completed 128 units
- Kendall-Whittier park remodel completed
- Growing Together became its own, independent entity solely focused on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization
- Created a longitudinal data system to track student progress both in school and connected to Extended Learning Time activities
- Recruited focused partnership of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
- Assisted obtaining a $7m commitment from Zarrow foundation for affordable housing to expand the capacity of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
- Launched Coffee with Parents
- Partnered with the Tulsa Immigrant Relief Fund (TIRF) to support families that experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Partnered with Elote to create Food for Families to provide weekly meal kits to families in need during COVID-19.
- Launched the Mi Gente Loan Fund. This fund is is for Latinx small business owners and independent contractors who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Mi Gente offers funds up to $15,000 with 0% interest and no collateral required.
- Celebrated our 10th Anniversary
- Continued COVID-19 support through the TIRF, Mi Gente Loan Fund, the RESET Grant and Food for Families
- Launched the Community Leadership Institute
National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life
New Book Highlights Purpose Build Communities & Role of Nonprofits in Lowering Crime
Transformative Work of Purpose Built Communities Featured in New Book
A Chance to Succeed: A report by Selig Center for Economic Growth Transforming East Lake: A Case Study by America’s Promise Alliance
It Takes a Neighborhood: Purpose Built Communities and Neighborhood Transformation
Students Experience Successes in the New Year
Growing Together’s Communities in Schools (CIS) team works hard to provide the resources students in our schools need to succeed. They understand each student’s situation
Site Coordinator Program Sees Student Success during the 2021-2022 School Year
In partnership with Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Growing Together works with local schools to place CIS Site Coordinators (SCs) on-site. These SCs connect with
Case Management Program Helps Re-Engage High School Students at Local Schools￼
In partnership with Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Growing Together’s re-engagement program provides intensive case management services to students who have either dropped out of
Communities In Schools Program Aids in Students’ Success Throughout the Pandemic
Growing Together’s Communities In Schools Program puts CIS site coordinators (SC) in local schools to aid students’ success. The SCs connect students with community resources
2020 CIS + Growing Together Coat Drive
Staying Warm This Winter – CIS COAT DRIVE Let’s share the warmth this winter by donating coats to students in our community. Please bring your new or gently used coats,
Partner Highlight: City Year Tulsa
Veronica Rojas-Sotelo has a special place in the heart of Kendall-Whittier neighborhood because she grew up in the community. Her family relocated from Mexico to