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Our Mission

Curiosity. Opportunity. Community.

To celebrate our diverse youth by feeding their curiosity, broadening their opportunity, and connecting them with their community.

 

Upcoming Events

  • The 2nd Annual OKC Black Author's Expo
    Jun 26, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Oklahoma City, 803 S Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108, USA
    Our Mission is to eradicate poverty through literacy, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, creative writing skills, and community engagement.
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A Little About Us

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What is Youth First?

Youth First is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering the concepts of #booksandball.

#booksandball

Books both inspire and provide a means of imaginative exploration. Our mission at Youth First is to encourage literacy, reading, and education among athletes and youth sports organizations.

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What We've Accomplished So Far...

As of February 2022, we have:


Donated over 1,100+ books directly to our youth. 


...and we won't stop there!


We are continually looking to expand our growth efforts by working to provide reading stations within local businesses, book donation sights, and drop-off locations within the community.

Future Initiatives

Our future initiatives include tech, music, creative arts, active, counseling and family services, before and after school programs, and SO MUCH MORE.

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Santa Fe Family Life Center Ribbon Cutting
Spencer Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting
OKC Bombing Memorial Volunteers
Cheryl Lister and Vanessa Johnson of EXP Realty - Sponsors
Chevon, Rachel, & Morgan at the Belle Books Boutique & More ONE Year Anniversary Celebration
NLU Basketball Team
Michael Young Foundation 2nd Annual Free Basketball Camp
Venom Basketball Team
Michael Young Foundation 2nd Annual Free Basketball Camp
Kenneth Cooper Middle School - Book Donors
Reader at Santa Fe Family Life Center
Reader at Santa Fe Family Life Center
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Harry Potter Book Giveaway Winner
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Morgan at the 2nd Annual Sick of Sickle Cell High School Showcase
Chevon at the Santa Fe Family Life Center Book Drive
Spencer Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting
Chabli Glaze "Never Give Up" Book Signing
Personal Book Collection Donor
Personal Book Collection Donor
Morgan and Chevon at Santa Fe Family Life Center
Young Reader
Jessica, Founder of the Michael Young Foundation - Book Donor
44th Rose x Youth First
Dwight with OKFadeaway Hoops and Rachel
Michael Young Foundation 2nd Annual Free Basketball Camp
Michael Young Foundation 2nd Annual Free Basketball Camp
Chevon and two of her kids at the Belle Books Boutique & More ONE Year Anniversary Celebration
Morgan at Santa Fe Family Life Center
Personal Book Collection Donor
2nd Annual Sick of Sickle Cell High School Showcase
2nd Annual Sick of Sickle Cell High School Showcase
2nd Annual Sick of Sickle Cell High School Showcase
Brent Walton with Courtside Hoops and Rachel
Allen Russel, Sick of Sickle Cell Founder, and Rachel
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
Courtside Hoops Holiday Season Kickoff
 

Meet the Team

The Faces of Our Organization

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Rachel Jones

Founder & President

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Chevon Adams

Vice President & Co-Treasurer

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Morgan Tillman

Co-Treasurer

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Talesa Gresham

Secretary

 

Meet our Partners

 
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Partner since June 3, 2021

Santa Fe Family Life Center

As a nonprofit organization, the mission of the SFFLC is to improve the health of Oklahomans by providing sports and fitness programs for all abilities.


The SFFLC does this in three ways: providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and disadvantaged youth to participate in sports and fitness activities, fitness opportunities/memberships, and youth sports programming.

Youth First has both a donation bin and free community library at this location.

"Seeing a child light up at the gift of a book…their minds churning with curiosity, excitement dancing in their eyes; that is what inspires me every day to make Youth First a reality."

Rachel Jones, Founder & President

 

Contact Youth First

405.210.0168

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