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New free initiative seeks to help Tulsans get higher earning careers

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 20:00:42-05

TULSA, Okla. — Sometimes getting a better job or switching careers requires additional job training, but thousands of Tulsans who don't have the financial freedom to take a break from work.

The Met Cares Foundation has launched 'LevelUp Tulsa' to address that issue for single parents in the community. The foundation held the first information sessions for the city at the Rudasil Library on Tuesday.

"Level up Tulsa is an initiative looking to disrupt poverty by helping Tulsans who want to help themselves," said the Director of Family and Community Ownership at Met Cares Foundation, Greg Robinson.

The LevelUp initiative sets out to help to disrupt the cycle of poverty in Tulsa by providing stipends up to $315 a week to members in their program who are completing training programs with one of their partners.

Organizers say this removes financial barriers for people looking to improve their earning potential.

"That's why this is different from giving something and walking away, this is giving Tulsans the opportunity to take themselves out of the cycle of poverty," said Robinson.

LevelUp initiative applicant, Dannyshia Acker, says this program is exactly what North Tulsa needs.

"Specifically, on the north side, they [people] want to do things, and they want to better themselves, but they don't have the funds to get there," said Acker. "This will be amazing for the community."

To apply for the program, click here.

To ask more questions about the program, you can visit their physical office at the Greenwood Leadership Academy located at 1789 W. Seminal St. which is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

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