Charitable Foundations Mount Effort to Keep Youthful-Offender Center Open

By Canfield, Kevin | Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK), November 20, 2014 | Go to article overview

Charitable Foundations Mount Effort to Keep Youthful-Offender Center Open


Canfield, Kevin, Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK)


A group of charitable foundations will meet with government officials and other interested parties after Thanksgiving to come up with a plan to provide the Tulsa Area Community Intervention Center with the funds it needs to stay open through the end of the fiscal year.

"I bet we get a draft resolution in an hour," said City Councilor Phil Lakin, who will host the meeting.

Lakin, chief operating officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation, noted that The Funders Roundtable meets monthly to discuss community needs.

The group is made up of private, public and corporate charitable foundations.

"They have funded different efforts to alternative sentencing and other alternative programs," Lakin said.

Jim Walker, executive director of Youth Services of Tulsa, which operates the center, told city councilors that the center needs $115,000 or it will have to close in late February or early March.

The current fiscal year ends June 30.

"Frankly, we haven't received any communication that there has been anyone willing to step up," Walker said.

Lakin said he hopes the meeting will result in some "bridge funding" to keep the facility open through June.

But he also encouraged the Community Intervention Center and other interested parties to push the state and other organizations that fund the center to increase their allocations next year.

The Community Intervention Center is a one-stop, centralized intake, assessment and service referral system for juveniles who are arrested for delinquency and misdemeanor offenses in Tulsa County.

Since opening in 2010, more than 6,000 youthful offenders have been processed through the program. …

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