Youth at Heart
Youth At Heart (YAH) has selected Merleanna Dick of Tulsa as its outstanding mentor because of her commitment to educating and inspiring the students enrolled in the After-School Teen Enrichment Program.
Since 1976, Youth At Heart has provided quality educational and recreational after-school and summer programs to youth ages 6 to 18 who live in Tulsa public housing and low-income apartment communities. The educational, cultural and recreational programs provide an effective alternative to idleness, vandalism, school truancy, drug use and gang-related activities.
Merleanna is the executive director of Education for Scholars Inc. and has been volunteering for Youth At Heart for four years.
“Merleanna has drawn from her prior education experience in the Science Department at the McClain Senior High School to develop a program uniquely tailored to enhance the educational abilities and skills of the under-resourced students we serve,” said Rodney Gray, director of program management.
Merleanna has taught ACT classes to students as well as organized Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects to numerous teens who have participated in Youth At Heart’s teen after-school program.
“Thanks to Merleanna, program participants are thinking higher education and two seniors in the most recent graduating class will be entering college,” Gray added.