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Future success, powered by education and a strong moral compass

Whiz Kids inspires schools, churches and community partners who feel called to support our city’s most vulnerable and empowers them to be difference-makers in the lives of children at-risk for school failure.


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 1,600 volunteers throughout the OKC area.

  • Serving 950+ Kids

    Hundreds of kids are involved in the Whiz Kids program at 36 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

  • Britanie Ramirez

    Whiz Kids Oklahoma Director

    405-602-2815
    britanie@citycareokc.org

     

    Whiz Kids Director Britanie Ramirez is a Kansas native. She developed an aspiration to meet the needs of local families when she was a young adult.  This resolve lead Britanie to obtain a BA in Sociology and continue study toward an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling.

    Britanie and her family carry a family motto, “See a Need, Fill It.”
    She lives that out, not just in her home, but also in her professional life. Britanie has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations. Prior to joining Whiz Kids, she was the director of the Kids TLC Street Outreach Program in the Kansas City area. There, she worked with young adults age 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Britanie is committed to being part of a movement to motivate and team with churches, youth and families in our city to impact futures in a meaningful way.

    When Britanie isn’t in the office, you will find her sitting next to her husband in a sports setting, cheering on one of her three daughters, snuggling one of her foster babies, or serving at her home church.

  • Passion Bradley

    PROGRAM MANAGER

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

    Operations Manager

    (405) 602-2815
    amy@citycareokc.org

    As Operations Manager, Amy is responsible for the daily operations of the Whiz Kids program and coordination of special projects. She also assists with 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

    Field Site Manager

    (405) 602-2815
    sherri@citycareokc.org

    As field site manager, Sherri works to make sure our Whiz Kids sites have the resources and training they need to be successful.  She 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.

  • Gardenia Celaya

    Operations Assistant

    405-602-2815
    gardenia@citycareokc.org

    As Operations Assistant, Gardenia is responsible for assisting the team with the daily operations of the Whiz Kids program. She is the friendly face and voice you will hear when you first call our office or walk through our doors!

    Before joining Whiz Kids, she worked in early childhood education as a preschool teacher for over 8 years and  has 10 years of experience working for a nonprofit.

    Most recently, she has experience in serving the community, with a special heart for helping parents who are raising a child with disabilities to navigate and find resources for assistance.

    She is passionate about serving under-resourced communities and makes it her personal mission to serve others. Gardenia is also the parent of a child with special needs and passionately advocates for not only her own daughter’s needs but for the rights of all people with disabilities as well.

    Gardenia is presently a college student working toward her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She is married to her husband, Diego and they reside in Edmond and are the proud parents of  two children.

Volunteer Today

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