Monday, April 4, 2016

Saturday, May 7: 6:30 am-11:30 at Brickown Ball Park Autism Piece Walk

Youth LEAD OKC is a cultural competency program sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Casady High School Service Learning Program, and Mercy School Institute.  It is funded by the Oklahoma City YMCA, Teen Initiatives Program and in-kind donations from participating schools and non profit organizations such as the Respect Diversity Foundation.

YLOKC is a branch of Sharon, Massachusetts Youth Lead Online.

Youth LEAD OKC experiences are developed, planned, and implemented by teens for teens.  Youth LEAD teens come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, economic, and faith backgrounds.  Youth LEADers explore their own identities as well as their similarities and differences and act together to build the next generation of community and global leaders.

Color of the Walk: Red
The PieceWalk was born to give Oklahoma families affected by autism a day of togetherness, a day to support awareness in our state, and a means to support Oklahoma autism programs. With over 7,500 walkers and 700 runners participating in the event each year, it is the largest autism event in our state.  Year after year we hear what a difference it makes to our local Oklahoma families to have a day of our own where no one is judged and melt downs are expected and not frowned upon. The PieceWalk Resource Fair provides a way for families to learn about autism supports, therapies, products, and services that are offered in our state. And most importantly, the event includes entertainment for everyone with face-painting, fun characters, music, and activity tables.There is something for everyone!

What: Autism Walk (Evelyn: YLOKC Facilitator) (Crystal Autism Walk contact)

When May 7th: Autism Walk 6:30am Registration. The walk should be finished by 11 am.  
Walk/5K Schedule:
Registration: 6:30am
Resource Fair: 7:30am
Opening Ceremony: 7:30am
PieceWalk: 9:00am
5K: 8am (NO Late starts permitted)
Closing Ceremony: 10:30am

Where: Location of the walk: Brick town ballpark.  2 S. Mickey Mantel Dr. OKC, OK 73104  Website of the walk

Parking: Is located at in the parking garage just North of Flaming Lips Alley and the ballpark and also in the Chevy event center just East of the ballpark off of Joe Carter. Please note both of these parking locations you will have to pay to park.

Youth LEAD OKC Booth at Resource Fair

YLOKC will get a table(6feet) with two chairs. Carmen will bring red paper to cover the table. We will set-up*** at 6:30 am or on Friday afternoon from 4:00-8:00 pm. Evelyn is checking schedules and gathering supplies from Shannon. Carmen will have all the Casady supplies on Friday.  
Turn Down/Clean-up: YLOKC will clean-up at 11:00 am and everything should be finished by 11:30 am.

a. Casady musicians (string quartet, will play by booth during registration: Players from the East: Volunteers from Casady School: Mohammed S., facilitator)

b. Face Painting and hair spray red: Shannon will provide the supplies. Volunteers on duty at 7:30 am.  Resource Fair opens at 7:30 am

c. Photo Booth: Casady Drama Department will provide the supplies. Carmen will bring them. She will also bring an IPAD to take pictures and mail them or people can take pictures with their phones. Volunteers on duty at 7:30 am.

Expected YLOKC Attendance
Evelyn might be able to get Autism Walk Volunteer T-shirt for YLOKC???
Casady: 5k runners: Pierce Sapper and Jack Ryan. Casady Musicians: Muhammad Saadah Avery Weeks, Tim Lee, and Symon Ma
Walkers: Carmen Clay, Danna Morrison?
Mercy School Institute: Buthiana J. (until 9:30 am)
Northwest Classen: Evelyn Dominguez and NWC STUCO

****Instructions from Crystal

The event is Saturday May 7th at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark located at 2 South Mickey Mantle, OKC, OK 73104. Please arrive no later than 7:00 am on walk day. The vendor resource fair will open to the public at 7:30 am. The 5k begins at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am.  The event will end around 11 am. AutismOklahoma will supply you with 1 6ft table and 2 chairs .

Setup time and date: Setup of your booth is May 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm (No vendor will be allowed to set up after 8pm as we have other items we need to set up). We will have tables set up with your name on the table. Please DO NOT move tables as space is limited. If you do not bring your items to set up on May 6th and will be bringing them the day of the event please note that the sidewalks to get into the ballpark will have heavy traffic with lots of people and vehicle  access off of Mickey Mantle will be closed so we HIGHLY encourage you to bring your things on May 6th. ALL vendors must be set up by 7 am on May 2nd as the gates will open at 7:30 am. Please note that the ballpark will be closed to the public on May 6th and gates will be locked, we advise if when setting up your tables on May 6th to leave most in bins under the tables in stored containers for easy setup morning of May 7th. Please note that AutismOklahoma, the Chickasaw Ballpark, or the Dodgers cannot be responsible for any lost/stolen items that may be left overnight.  
Cleanup/Breakdown: May begin cleanup and breakdown at 11:00 am and must have everything cleared by no later than 11:30 pm. No items can be left behind for later pick up as the ballpark has events that evening.


Thank you from Jeremy Gilley and his Peace One Day Team

We have received Casady School’s YAC and YLOKC fantastic Peace Day banner, a thank you note, and the t-shirt for Jeremy! Jeremy and the team are very thankful for them. The banner looks fantastic and the messages are very inspiring. I hope the students had a lot of fun writing them!

We put the banner on our kitchen wall so we can see it every day! We have also promoted it on our Facebook page! Here’s the link:

We are still a few months away from Peace Day,  are you planning to do your Peace week activity again this year? We are starting to collect Peace Day plans, so please feel free to keep us updated on your event. If you have any pictures you would like to share we’ll be happy to promote them on our social media platforms.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best regards,

Giovanni Baldoni
Education Campaigns Assistant


Peace One Day
St Georges's House
15 St George's Road
United Kingdom

Invitations for YLOKC from YLonline

TIDE 2016 Details
Invite to TIDE Symposium

Youth LEAD's annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Education 
conference is just one month away!

I'm writing with a brief overview of this year's conference, as well as an invitation to our TIDE 2016 Symposium.

Our theme for TIDE 2016 is "Lean in: Transforming Conflict through Communication" - the idea is to train our participants to "lean in" to difficult conversations around issues of identity - race, gender, class, religion, and so on. It's also our aim that participants will learn how to listen deeply, and create safe spaces for conversation and collaboration. 
The skills from this Conference, especially in our current global political climate, are infinitely transferrable and will allow our participants to be unique leaders in school, university, and their future work environments. 
If you know or work with any high schoolers who are interested in bridging the 'difference divide,' please encourage them to register for TIDE at the link below:

TIDE will kick off this year with a Symposium, to which you are warmly invited.  It will run from 1-3 pm on Friday, May 27th, and will echo themes of diversity education, engaging across differences, and fostering inclusive, safe spaces in our society. 

The keynote address will be delivered by the new Chair of the Boston City Council Michelle Wu. The event will also include an address by Emerson College's President Lee Pelton, Colette Phillips, and a panel of key community leaders, thinkers and youth. Janet Penn, Youth Lead's Founder, has graciously agreed to chair the conference along with Sylvia Spears, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Emerson College.

Please see the evite below, and RSVP as soon as possible. We'd love to have you join us, as we broadcast Youth LEAD's mission and work to a wide and talented audience.

And feel free to reach me with any questions (!

With best regards,
Divya Chandramouli
YL Alum '10
TIDE 2016 Conference Director 
Casady Service-Learning Special Invitation to YLOKC:  

Saturday, May 7: Fedex Time Strategic Planning for 2016-2017 , 1:30-4:30 PM Casady Wing Come and work with your group to plan what YLOKC willl promote during the school year 2016-2017 with autonomy, mastery and purpose.  Supplies, Snacks, Drinks provided by Casady Service-Learning Program.


This was our strategic planning result for the year that was 2015-2016

Casady Service Learning Councils

Youth Active in the Community
Help Find Passions to Serve
 Service Opportunities
for youth,to youth, by youth
Established 2005, Grayson Walker’ 07
Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences
Reflect  Connect  Act
Cultural Competency, Identity and Diversity Education Youth Board
Established 2011, Sidney Jones ’15, Sam Karchmer’15, Dané Norwood’15, Sirenee Khadre’16
Meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:06 to 10:40 a.m. in Harper Memorial Wing, building adjacent to Chapel.
Meets first Sunday of the month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at rotating Oklahoma City member high schools , default locations being the YMCA Corporate Headquarters and Casady School Harper Wing
Direct/indirect advocacy and research volunteer opportunities and service learning experiences. This aims to  empower members to find their passion to serve.
Direct/indirect advocacy and research service learning experiences with youth voice and choice. This aims to develop 21st century skills and global citizenship.
2015-16 Theme: Children
Focus Areas: Literacy, Health, Poverty, Self Esteem

August: Clubs Fair; YAC Open Houses;
Reading Pals :  Bodine Elementary mentors - Seniors
September: Peace Week includes 11 days of Global Unity; The World Peace Village; Pinwheels for Syrian Refugee Children-Students Rebuild Challenge October: Hunger Week includes Casady Cans Do Food Drive; OKC Regional Food Bank service days-Freshmen; Fall Fest Clubs fundraiser.
November;  Family Volunteering: Health Project: Placemats/Art Activity for Children Hospital-Juniors
December: Holiday Volunteering, Health Project:: Blood Drive-Seniors, Classroom with a Cause: ICS  Hope for the Holidays Project
January:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day  Of Service; MD: Food Bank, UD: Rebuilding Together: Literacy-Seniors, YLOKCasady: Oklahoma Memorial, Roots of Service Quilt
February: Random Acts of Kindness- Literacy-All grades.  Kindness School Challenge: Reading Blankets for PT
March: Alternative Spring Break for YAC members - Composting: April 23 led by Anna Mann, April 31: STUCO’s Walk-A-Thon
April: April 10-14 National Volunteer Week; Presidential Service Awards: April 11, Global Youth Service Days: April 14-16; Run to Remember; OKC Arts Festival, Fedex Time Strategic Planning, Saturday, April 30th facilitated by Casady’s Development Director, Mr. Evan Walter.
May  Senior send off, YAC Community Celebration event: May 9th, Classroom with a Cause: A Perfect Pair Project: May 2-5.
June: FedEx Time Strategic Planning.2016-2017 via skype or google hangout facilitated by YAC Planning Team 2016-2017
July: Peace Week Planning via skype or google hangout.
Sunday, August 23, 2015 1:30pm – 6:30pm (Kick Off @ OK Kids Korral)
Friday, September 18:  3:00-7:00 pm  Training @ Casady facilitated by Tabitha of Roots and Wings Consulting
Saturday, September 19 10:00am – 8:00pm (Training Retreat)@ Casady with Tabitha from Roots and Wings Consulting
Sunday, October 4, 2015        1:30pm – 3:30pm (Skill)
Sunday, November 1, 2015 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Skill)
Teen4Teens, Monday, Nov 2 12;00-2:00 pm (Experience)
Sunday, December 6, 2015 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Program)
Monday, December 7, 2015     Teens4Teens Experience @Metro Career Academy  Teens4Teens Program
Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:30pm – 4:30pm (Skill)
Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum STEM advocacy
Monday, January 18, 2016      9:45-4:00 pm
MLK Day Experience @ the Memorial Museum, Roots of service quilt
Sunday, February 7, 2016 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Skill)
Advocacy Movies? Autism Event?
Sunday, March 6, 2016         1:30pm – 3:30pm (Program)  Autism Event Planning: Kosher Pizza Cooking Class.  Ushers and registration helpers of Muslim/Jewish Film Institute screening of “A bottle at the Gaza Sea”
Sunday, April 3, 2016              1:30pm – 3:30pm (Senior Send Off)   May 7:  Autism Walk final Planning. Senior Send Off-Advocacy for diversity through exposure to multicultural dancing at International Dance Studio by studio owner, Guatemalan ballerina, Hazel Lopez
Saturday, May 7: Autism Walk 6:30 am-noon, Bricktown Ballpark
Friday May 27-Sunday May 29: TIDE Conference @ Emerson College in Boston facilitated by Youth LEAD online of Sharon,Mass
Sunday, June 5, 2016    1:30pm – 3:30pm (Planning for 2016-2017) via skype or google hangout
Meetings at YMCA Corporate Offices unless otherwise discussed.t 500 N. Broadway, Suite 500, OKC, OK 73102.  Contact Persons:  Carmen Clay, Casady Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair, 405.520-1325 (cell) or Shannon Presti  Director of Teen Leadership Initiatives  405.361.8825 (Cell),