Youth Leadership Oklahoma Program Overview

Leadership Oklahoma strongly believes in investing in our youth. They are the future of our great state and we believe it is very important to retain Oklahoma’s most valuable asset; its youth.
In 2001, Leadership Oklahoma expanded its mission and focus to create Youth Leadership Oklahoma. The mission of Youth Leadership Oklahoma is to instill in young people a hope, pride and responsibility for Oklahoma’s future. Youth Leadership Oklahoma emulates the adult program by providing leadership opportunities to Oklahoma’s youth and ensuring a deeper understanding of the critical issues our state and nation face as a whole.
Fifty of the state’s top juniors from across the state are chosen through a competitive application process and are then taken on a week long educational
journey in the summer across Oklahoma, learning lessons about leadership, trust, problem solving, communication, cooperation, career opportunities, but most importantly, why Oklahoma is such a great place to live and work.
Leadership Oklahoma believes that to keep highly caliber people in Oklahoma, you must evoke an emotional attachment to it; a sense of loyalty, inclusion, responsibility and accountability. If they are a valued part of the solution, then you must provide a reason to stay. We believe that after these students go through Youth Leadership Oklahoma, they will feel exactly that.
The Youth Leadership Oklahoma program is provided free of cost to those selected to participate. Leadership Oklahoma funds the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program through the support of donations and grants.

Youth Application

Leadership Oklahoma recognizes the importance of investing in our youth. We know they are the future leaders and are weary of seeing our young talent leave our state. We want to entice our youth to stay in or return to Oklahoma. With this in mind, in the summer of 2001, Leadership Oklahoma expanded its mission by building a program that would help us accomplish this goal and Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) was established.

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YLOK Reunion

Each summer following the Youth Leadership Oklahoma program, Youth Leadership Oklahoma holds an all class reunion, where all past graduates of Youth Leadership Oklahoma are invited to attend.

One of the main components of Youth Leadership Oklahoma is getting the chance to get to know and network with other Youth Leadership Oklahoma graduates. By building these networks, the pipeline of Youth Leadership Oklahoma graduates continues to grow even longer than the one week program.

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YLOK Forum

Youth Leadership Oklahoma expanded their mission and program to include a once a year half day leadership forum located in different regions of the state. These forums were started to help promote YLOK, but to also expose high school students of all ages to leadership activities and to get a chance to network with their peers from other schools in their area. These forums are typically held in the Spring and are open to freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend. The forum usually begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes after lunch. The forum is free for all who attend … READ MORE

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Members and Friends of Leadership Oklahoma – we need your help! If you know great candidates for Class 34, please complete the form below for each person, encourage them to apply, and let us know how we can provide support throughout the process. (Self-referrals are permitted.) When the Application for Selection becomes available, we will contact you and/or your referral with an application packet and a personal invitation to apply. We appreciate your interest in Leadership Oklahoma Class 34!


DONATE - What makes Leadership Oklahoma successful? Many would say it is the “LOK Network” which continues to expand with the recent class graduation. Keeping the network connected is critical to the long-term success of our organization and our state. Ultimately, LOK is successful because of you and your generous donations of time, energy, ideas and resources.


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