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TYRA Awarded Expanded Learning Grant In Partnership With The Opportunity Project

Tulsa Youth Rowing Association is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $13.2K Expanded Learning Initiative Grant with The Opportunity Project to assist with after-school hours outreach initiatives serving students from Tulsa Public Schools.

The Opportunity Project connects our city’s array of youth-focused programs, services, and curriculum-based efforts, to provide pathways to success for children and youth. Grounded in research that shows learning beyond the classroom improves student success and equips them to reach future goals, The Opportunity Project offers Tulsa’s youth development community the tools and expertise needed to lift up young people in marginalized communities and broaden access to hands-on learning opportunities.

“The Opportunity Project is pleased to support the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association (TYRA) and its gROW Tulsa program by awarding the organizations one of our expanded learning initiative (ELI) grants. This will allow TRYA to serve even more students across Tulsa Public Schools with both physical fitness and STEM activities,” said Caroline Shaw, executive director of The Opportunity Project. “TRYA helps us achieve our mission by connecting children and youth with experiences outside the classroom that aid them in thriving inside the classroom. TRYA’s way of blending STEM activities with physical fitness is a prime example of the high-quality programming we constantly strive to expand to students inside Tulsa Public Schools.”

The Expanded Learning Initiative Grant will enable the club to hire more support staff to help develop its RowingSTEM programs, provide support for TPS students to experience water rowing, and generate interest in rowing activities in the community.

The Expanded Learning Initiative was designed in response to the need for intentional, high-quality, experiential, and equitable learning opportunities for young people in Tulsa Public Schools. Focusing on relationships, engagement, and social-emotional well-being, high-quality out-of-school time (OST) learning has been shown to improve academic outcomes, reduce risk-taking behaviors, and mitigate trauma, such as what many young people experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We can’t thank The Opportunity Project enough for supporting our vision for diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in the rowing community in Tulsa. They have been supporting us since the very beginning of our gROW Tulsa initiative and have continued to encourage and support us through all of the challenges and barriers that exist to providing more access to the sport of rowing,” said Director of Outreach Neil Bergenroth.

The grant provides the ability to financially support Tulsa Public School students in the club’s recreational after-school program and the club’s upcoming June summer camps

For more information on the Grant Opportunities provided by The Opportunity Project, please visit this link.

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