Every child has a right to a safe, secure, supportive upbringing. We are committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Tulsa and to equipping our youth with the skills and knowledge they need to lead self-sufficient lives.
Enhancing the quality of life in your home community is a fundamental responsibility of those blessed with the resources to pursue that noble objective. We are proud to support organizations focused on promoting education, child advocacy and youth development in our hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Our efforts are rooted in our belief that when people live free from abuse, neglect and violence, they are able to pursue the education and skills they need to flourish and develop into self-sufficient individuals capable of contributing to their communities.
Today, however, the cycle of child abuse and neglect threatens Oklahoma’s future. Oklahoma ranks among the highest in the U.S. for instances of child abuse and neglect, and a report released by the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths put Oklahoma in the top five states for the rate of child abuse and neglect deaths.
As part of the Schusterman Family Foundation’s broader efforts to stem the tide of abuse and neglect, especially in Tulsa and in Israel, we hope to cast more light on the needs of at-risk children and advance proven interventions that other communities can replicate.
We are also providing service and leadership development opportunities for teens that will help them connect to the values that drive them, contribute positively to the community and enhance their academic achievement. Young people who develop social justice skills and knowledge at a young age are in a position to promote these values throughout their lifetimes.
By directing our investments toward the resolution of a limited number of specific issues, we can achieve our goal of transforming Tulsa’s youth into self-sustaining individuals who will, in turn, plant seeds for their children. We do this by supporting organizations and projects that:
- Develop wide-ranging solutions to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect;
- Directly reduce the number of children affected by abuse or neglect;
- Provide safe, supportive environments for children and families affected by abuse or neglect; and
- Provide service opportunities and leadership development training for teens.