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Graduate Oklahoma

(GO) Club was developed in 2005 as a research-based afterschool program recognizing the impact that movement and nutrition have on academic gains. GO Club provides solutions for reversing childhood obesity trends, curbing risky behaviors and anti-social behaviors, improving academic performance and keeping kids in school.

Students in both GO Club Afterschool and Summer GO Club have the opportunity to participate in non-competitive specialized movement, nutrition education, literacy, STEM and arts education. During the school year, we work with nearly 400 students from TPS, Owasso Public Schools and Bixby Public Schools. We have seen dramatic results in GO Club, including improved math and reading test scores, improved attendance rates, and improved flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and core strength.

Schools that participate in our GO program in 2016-17 include: Bailey Elementary-Owasso, Stone Canyon Elementary-Owasso, McClure Elementary-Tulsa, Eugene Field Elementary-Tulsa, Sequoyah Elementary School-Tulsa, Owasso Family YMCA, Daily Family YMCA, Eugene Field Elementary-Tulsa.

We could not do it without our Graduate Oklahoma partners: Tulsa Health Department, Bixby Public Schools, Owasso Public Schools, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Surgical Hospital, and Growing Together.

Summer GO

The YMCA of Greater Tulsa partners with Teach for America and Tulsa Public Schools to provide the afternoon component to morning summer school classes for more than 800 students at four elementary school sites.

Summer GO is based on and created from the success we have had with our GO Afterschool program, a research based program based on wellness, movement and fun. Along with movement and nutrition activities, special themes and activities vary by site and year. Participants also get energetic, enthusiastic mentoring from the scores of young counselors the YMCA hires for the program.


Kids enrolled in the Y’s afternoon program had a 92% attendance rate and had a 10% higher gain in math and 63% higher gain in reading than those kids not enrolled in the afternoon Y program. Summer GO not only has a lasting impact on students but their families as well.

Parents have wonderful things to say about Summer GO!

  • “Money is tight for us these days, and we are thankful that we were able to take advantage of the YMCA’s excellent program.”
  • “Without this, Mason would not have been able to attend summer school either.”
  • “It allowed me to work for an extra month this summer, which kept food on our table. Thank you.”
  • “I was very impressed with the moral support and encouragement my child received, we are sad that it is over.”
  • Frances said, “Mommy, I had fun that I am never going to forget!”

Who GO Serves:

In 2015, the populations we served included:
9% American Indian
23% Hispanic
3% Asian
26% Caucasian
30% African-American
9% Multi-racial


20% live with both parents
46% live with mom
8% live with dad
26% live with other


100% would highly recommend the program to a friend
100% saw a positive increase in their child's behavior over the course of the program
90% saw a reduction in their child's screen time over the course of the program
100% say the program met or exceeded their expectations

A BIG thank you to our funders for Summer GO 2015:

  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation
  • Hille Foundation
  • Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation
  • Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
  • Steven and Malisa Nell

Our wonderful program partners in 2015 were Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa Hub Club, Calliope Youth Circus, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Children's Museum, GoFresh Produce, Tulsa Public Library, Humble Sons Bike Co., and Hutcherson YMCA Aquatics.