The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has announced its sixth annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class.
The 2018-19 class includes 50 teenagers from 28 high schools across the Sooner State. Five members from last year’s class will return to serve in an advisory council capacity.
Selected students will visit OMRF’s Oklahoma City campus monthly throughout the 2018-19 school year to meet with philanthropic leaders, study the functions of nonprofit organizations, and learn the impact charitable giving makes on a community.
The teens will work on team-building and fundraising projects designed to instill them with the knowledge and skills required for philanthropy, development, networking, fundraising and board service.
“Every year this program continues to empower Oklahoma teens with the tools they will need to become fully engaged in their communities in meaningful ways,” said OMRF Development Associate Caroline Allen. “They gain the knowledge and teamwork skills that will give them confidence to go into their hometowns and local organizations and make an impact. This is just the first step in the journey for all of these promising youngsters.”
Past Teen Leaders classes have worked together to create, organize and operate community events to raise funds for research at OMRF.
The 2018-19 Teen Leaders in Philanthropy are:
- Bishop McGuinness — Hannah Lee, Ryan Schwartz
- Booker T. Washington — Mackenzie Toliver
- Carl Albert — Taryn McLaughlin
- Choctaw – Grace Anderson Jayke Flaggert
- Crossings Christian — Delany Barghols
- Classen SAS — Olivia Griffin, Delancey Griffin, Lauren Roberts
- Dove Science Academy — Iris Amaya, Kim Cabrera, Gil Lara
- Edmond Memorial — Rohan Rajeev
- Edmond North — Sara Azzun, Katie McDonough
- Edmond Santa Fe — Shreya Kumar
- Epic Charter — Evan Smartt
- Harding Charter Prep — Gwen Herrada
- Heritage Hall — Sean Cudd, Ryan Thompson
- Mount Sant Mary — Stephanie Rojas
- Mercy School Institute — Sidra Jawaid
- Mustang — Brittney Tran
- Norman — Lily Arnold, Katie Kernal, Charlotte Mancino, Katherine McPherson, Elisa Velasco
- Norman North — Caden Geist, Emma Hickman, Kayton Kite, Isabelle Pence
- Oklahoma Bible — Coulter Freeman
- Oklahoma Christian School — Joyce Tullis
- Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics —Nitya Arekatla, Carly Bixler, Kevin Thomas
- Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College — Ricky Chavez
- Tuttle — Alli Hodges, Lauren McDaniel
- Western Heights — Rose Nguyen, Jen Rios, Nick Sayegh
- Westmoore — Aaliyah Ramos