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Future success, powered by education and a strong moral compass

At Whiz Kids, we believe every child deserves a shot at success, especially the most under-resourced. For 23 years, we’ve been working with at-risk kids in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to improve reading skills and comprehension and to foster mentoring relationships with caring adults.


The Problem

Too many kids are being left behind

Reading is a fundamental building block of education, but Oklahoma students are struggling:

  • Child Poverty

    While Oklahoma City has seen substantial growth in the past decade, 1 in 3 children are living in poverty or extreme poverty.

  • Low Literacy Levels

    Approximately 73% of fourth grade students in Oklahoma read below proficiency level, and percentages are even higher in schools in high-poverty neighborhoods.

  • Low Education Spending

    Oklahoma ranks 49th among states in per pupil expenditures. Only two other states spend less than Oklahoma on education.


Our Answer

We’re here to lift kids up

  • Caring Volunteers

    From mentors to teachers to coordinators, we enlist the support of over 1,400 volunteers throughout OKC and its suburbs.

  • Serving 900+ Kids

    Hundreds of kids are involved in the Whiz Kids program at sites all around Oklahoma City.

  • Individual Attention

    It only takes that one person to believe in you. Our mentors make a committment to a child to read with them each and every week.

“As a federal judge, I send people to prison on a weekly basis. I joined Whiz Kids in hopes of being able to do something to perhaps keep a few young people from that fate. For many children, Whiz Kids is one of the few good influences in their lives.”

David L. Russell, U.S. District Judge

Staff

  • Adam Luck

    Chief Executive Officer, City Care, Inc.

    405-609-2400
    adam@citycareinc.org

    Adam is an Oklahoma native and left the state to serve five years in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean Cryptologic Linguist. He has a B.S. degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University. He was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma State Board of Corrections and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Employment Opportunities, a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive employment services to individuals with recent criminal convictions. Prior to joining City Care, Adam served as the Policy Director at the E Foundation for Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State Director for Right on Crime, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation focusing on criminal justice reform. He and his wife Sarah both grew up in Oklahoma and now live in Oklahoma City with their four young boys and yellow Lab.

  • Britanie Ramirez

    Whiz Kids Oklahoma Director

    405-602-2815
    britanie@citycareinc.org

  • Passion Bradley

    PROGRAM MANAGER

    (405) 602-2815
    (405) 536-9714 Fax
    passion@whizkidsok.org

    As the program manager, Passion oversees the coordination of all Whiz Kid partner sites and programs. Passion earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in English as a Second Language from Langston University. Before joining Whiz Kids, she worked in public education for 16 years. She has been involved in education for at least 20+ years, teaching, mentoring and tutoring students in the OKC area.  She has been a leader in professional development, training and coordinating training for educators across Oklahoma.

    Outside of Whiz Kids, Passion is married to Jonathon. Her second job is serving as a taxi driver for her two daughters, one son and one niece. Her family attends Tabernacle Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

     

     

  • Amy Bruce

    Communications and Business Development Manager

    (405) 602-2815
    (405) 536-9714 Fax
    amy@whizkidsok.org

    As Communications and Development Manager, Amy is responsible for getting the message out about the activities and impact of Whiz Kids Oklahoma. Prior to joining our staff in 2016, she worked in higher education for 16 years, helping Oklahoma students and families prepare for college. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor and master’s degree in public relations and media management. Amy became involved in Whiz Kids by serving as a site coordinator at Del City Church of Christ. Outside of work, she and her husband, Cory, live in Choctaw and are the proud parents of three children.

  • Sherri Miles

    Site Administrator

    (405) 602-2815
    (405) 536-9714 Fax
    sherri@whizkidsok.org

    Sherri started with Whiz Kids in the Fall of 2009 as a site coordinator at her church. Whiz Kids was very new to her, but what she realized early on was the need for all kids to improve their reading. As her passion increased for Whiz Kids, a position opened to become a Site Administrator. It was at that time she decided to give back even more to the Whiz Kids program. Sherri is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and spent 4 years at Oklahoma State University, majoring in marketing with a minor in sociology. Sherri is married to her husband of 9 years, Keith Miles. They have one daughter and three sons.

Volunteer Today

Make a difference in a child’s future. Become a Whiz Kids Oklahoma volunteer.