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Course for Change

Diversion Project OKC

Award Date: August 18, 2022
Awarded: $94,583
Arnall Community Fund Award

Course for Change is a mentorship and juvenile delinquency diversion approach to helping at-risk and justice-involved youth develop relationships and demonstrate responsibility and accountability by completing a long-distance running program. As part of the initiative, youth are paired with volunteer mentors and receive the support of a presiding judge responsible for the juvenile docket. To balance the program, community stakeholders are asked to identify additional youth who could benefit from the program. Research demonstrates that foster youth represent a good pool of participants, as they are disproportionately impacted by the juvenile legal system. The Course for Change initiative is modeled after the Washington County (OK) Run the Streets program.

The Arnall Community Funds are administered through Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) and provide grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma that are working to improve outcomes for individuals, children and families involved with animal welfare and in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. The OCCF staff will manage the grant administration process and all grantmaking decisions will be made by OCCF Trustees. Learn more about the process.