Who We Are

New Hope serves children of prisoners ages 5 through 18 by providing school-based and community-based after school programs; weekend retreats; holiday gatherings, monthly family social events and residential summer camps. These programs are possible through individual and corporate donations, foundational grants, trained volunteers and a highly qualified staff.

Our Purpose

New Hope is changing the lives of children of prisoners everyday. When a child’s parent goes to prison, many important developmental milestones are put in jeopardy and children suffer, but New Hope is working to break the cycle of generational incarceration in the state of Oklahoma. Through our life affirming programs, children are lifted from isolation and fear into possibility and hope. New Hope addresses the issues these children face through our main service areas: community and school-based after school programs, weekend retreats, summer camps, holiday assistance, and social service coordination.

Who We Serve

In our 2012 programming year, New Hope provided services to 402 children across the state of Oklahoma who have a parent in prison.  The vision of the organization is to “End generational incarceration one child at a time.” 

Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, and the Oklahoma legislature created a Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force in 2011. In the task force report released January 1, 2012 (available on the web site for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, okkids.org), the task force stated that more than 26,000 children in Oklahoma on any given day have a parent in prison. The report stated that these children have increased problems compared to peers, "including school challenges, attachment disorders, behavioral problems, criminal activity, physical health problems, and substance abuse."

A previous study concluded that children who have a parent in prison are five times more likely to enter prison themselves than are their peers (Murray and Farrington, 2005).

These studies show that our state has a societal problem because these at-risk children may never become productive and healthy members of society. New Hope aims to end the societal problem of intergenerational incarceration by helping individual children meet their challenges. Working together with the community to provide quality programs that meet the emotional and psychological needs of children of prisoners, New Hope is changing the lives of children by interrupting the cycle of incarceration, one child a at time. 

What We Do

New Hope has been providing services free of charge to Oklahoma children who have a parent in prison since 1992. The critical need for our programs has grown year after year in Oklahoma, which currently holds one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Over the past 21 years, our programs have greatly expanded to include after-school programs, weekend retreats, holiday parties, and case management services.  

New Hope provides eleven weekly school-based programs in seven schools. These programs and Monday community based programs focus on issues like peer pressure, self-respect, self-efficacy, and making healthy choices using an evidence based circle format where participants can express themselves through arts and crafts, games, journaling and discussions. Tuesday evening after school programs focus on arts and sciences, and a sample of activities include pottery, drumming, dance, photography, culinary arts, and science based projects. Wednesday evening community-based programs focus on recreation for healthy development.

New Hope's summer camps provide a week of fun and learning for children ages 8-18 throughout the state. New Hope provides four age based residential camps as well as an Arts and Science Camp and Counselor-In-Training Camp. 

New Hope’s case management program began in 2012.  New Hope has provided social service coordination for years, but now has a dedicated program to assess needs and coordinate community services for our families who may be experiencing crises. The agency believes that this added client and family support program will significantly increase children’s outcomes.

New Hope also helps children enjoy the holidays through community events. New Hope offers a back to school party with school supplies to help children start off the school year on the right foot, a Halloween party with safe trick-or-treating, thanksgiving baskets, a holiday party with gifts for children to take home and unwrap, a Valentines party, and a spring party complete with an egg hunt. In addition to helping lift the burden on often-overburdened families, these events bring fun and solidarity to our New Hope community. 

Finally, New Hope offers horse retreats, canoe retreats, and a counselor-in-training retreat for children ages 11-18 throughout the school year. 

What We Achieve

New Hope’s objective is to break the cycle of generational incarceration through hope and opportunities for children of prisoners. In our 2012-2013 program year, New Hope provided services to over 400 children of prisoners. More of these children than ever before graduated from high school this year, nine of whom were the first in their families to earn a high school diploma.

New Hope programs are designed to meet the needs of the children we serve and create positive, productive, contributing members of society. The evidenced based and best practices used in all aspects of programs and evaluation processes ensure that we are utilizing the time spent with the clients and resources provided by the community in the most effective manner. The overall goal for the after school and community based programs is to provide the tools needed to make positive decisions that will put the children on the path to success and defy the odds of becoming a future incarcerated Oklahoman.

Using paired t-tests for outcome measurement, New Hope has found that across demographic differences children who spend one year in our after-school programs see increases in social and emotional development, connectedness to school, and statistically significant increases in hope (OU Center of Applied Research, 2013). Through the use of best practices and evaluation we can review and adjust curriculum and activities when needed according to the results of the evaluations in order to provide the highest level of programs.

Furthermore, in New Hope programs, 81% of clients feel that the adults respect and care about them; 95% feel safe ; and 78% feel that they can share their thoughts/feelings honestly. Because of our program, 80% feel they are able to say no when asked to do something wrong or dangerous; and 83% make more positive decisions.

Words of Hope

“ I learned that there are nice people that care.”

“My favorite is feeling safe at camp vision.”

“I love this camp I wish I could stay here forever.”

“I learned how to solve my problems and how not to fight :) Thanks!”

“I learned to be proactive, not reactive. To be a better person.”

“New Hope helped me become the first person in my family to graduate from the 8th grade. It's helped me get farther in high school than anyone in my family ever has, and even though my momma can't be there, I know next year everyone at New Hope's gonna be there cheering me on when I become the first person in my family to graduate school. I hope to pursue a career in the military, and I hope to come back and help kids like me.”

About

Camp New Hope began in 1992 when Oklahoma Episcopalians visiting prisons realized the number one concern of those in prison was the children they had left behind. A small group of volunteers created a camp for children ages 8-12 who had a parent in prison. The three day camp served six children. Evidence of the need of such a program became clear as the number of children served by the camp increased each year.

In 2000, a second camp was added for children ages 13-15 and children who had participated in the camp were now counselors–in–training and served as camp staff to the younger campers in 2002. In 2003 New Hope Oklahoma expands to provide service throughout the year for children with a parent in prison. In 2006 two additional camps were added, retreats and holiday parties were also included in the yearlong programming.

In 2007 New Hope becomes a non-profit corporation with 501c3 status. In 2009, four days of after-school programs were implemented and the number of campers had increased to 134. Today we serve more than 400 children through the year in various programs. We serve approximately 150 children each week in our after-school and community based programs and provide camps, retreats and holiday parties to more than 400 children across Oklahoma.

History

Camp New Hope began in 1992 when Oklahoma Episcopalians visiting prisons realized the number one concern of those in prison was the children they had left behind. A small group of volunteers created a camp for children ages 8-12 who had a parent in prison. The three day camp served six children. Evidence of the need of such a program became clear as the number of children served by the camp increased each year.

In 2000, a second camp was added for children ages 13-15 and children who had participated in the camp were now counselors–in–training and served as camp staff to the younger campers in 2002. In 2003 New Hope Oklahoma expands to provide service throughout the year for children with a parent in prison. In 2006 two additional camps were added, retreats and holiday parties were also included in the yearlong programming.

In 2007 New Hope becomes a non-profit corporation with 501c3 status. In 2009, four days of after-school programs were implemented and the number of campers had increased to 134. Today we serve more than 400 children through the year in various programs. We serve approximately 150 children each week in our after-school and community based programs and provide camps, retreats and holiday parties to more than 400 children across Oklahoma.

Staff

Lindsay Fry-Geier, MHR –
Executive Director - 918-508-5932
lindsay@newhopeoklahoma.org

Jennifer Davis, MA, LPC - 
Program Director - 806-441-6186
jennifer@newhopeoklahoma.org

John Gabriel - 
Program Manager – 918-527-6432
john@newhopeoklahoma.org

Daniel Howell - 
Program & Social Media Coordinator – 318-278-7061
daniel@newhopeoklahoma.org

Meghan Lovett - 
Program & Case Management Coordinator - 774-212-0502
meghan@newhopeoklahoma.org

Lee Longhorn - 
Program Coordinator - 918-978-1399
lee@newhopeoklahoma.org

Beth Niestemski - 
Program & Volunteer Coordinator - 203-449-7600
beth@newhopeoklahoma.org or volunteer@newhopeoklahoma.org

Berincya Taylor - 
Program & Client Relations Coordinator - 918-946-6978
bebe@nwhopeoklahoma.org

Eight Part-Time or Seasonal Employees

Board of Directors

Missy McCaw-Frette – President
Managing Director – DirectConnect

Aaron Kessler – Vice President
Asst to the CFO – Helmerich and Payne

Matt Smith – Treasurer
Manager – Opportune LLC

Rachel Campbell – Secretary
Freelance Marketing and Visual Communications Consultant

Scott Milburn – Board Member at Large
Sr. NGL Trader – WPX Energy

Josh Juarez – Board Member
Owner- Josh's Sno Cone Shacks

Alex King – Board Member
Shareholder – Crowe and Dunlevy

Janelle Ligons – Board Member
Sr. Mortage Broker – Cobalt Mortage

Jane Simmons – Board Member
Retired – Conoco Phillips

Mike Smith – Board Member
Retired - Urologist

Community Partners

Successful partnerships with businesses, foundations, and organizations are vital for the continued success of New Hope and each partnership will help us reach our vision of ending generational incarceration on child at a time.

Corporate alliances unite your company’s charitable giving with New Hope and  provide a hope for children of prisoners

Community Partners with New Hope provide the opportunity for employees or members of your organization to volunteer with the organization.

Foundations and corporations provide grants that will enable remarkable organization-wide growth in the number of children served.

Advocacy partners understand the importance of providing services to children with a parent in prison and support our programs in communities across Oklahoma.

Start a partnership with New Hope

If you want to discuss becoming a partner please contact:

Lindsay Fry-Geier, Executive Director
lindsay@newhopeoklahoma.org or 918-508-5932

Links to our Partners

 

2014 Mardi Gras Event

Join us for our first annual Mardi Gras Masquerade event! Mardi Gras Masquerade gives new hope to children who need it most in our community. This  event, to be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Jazz Hall of Fame will include: 

A collection of fine Hors D’oeuvres and Entrée options from local restaurants

Live artist's painting original works for silent auction

New Orleans style street performers

Live music featuring local Jazz Bands

A wine pull with bottles up to $300 in value

Live auction with auctioneer Rick Miller

Comedic performances by John Fannell and Chris Dowell

Tickets to this exciting event may be purchased HERE. For questions, please email Lindsay Fry-Geier at lindsay@newhopeoklahoma.org or call 918.359.9024. 

 

Enroll a Child

 
New Hope
501. South Cincinnati Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

Please complete all fields and submit the request below. A representative from the agency will contact you to begin the enrollment process within the next few days.

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Services

New Hope provides resiliency and prevention programs for children with a parent in prison. Each at-risk child receives the Five Promises that all children need to become responsible adults. (America’s Promise Alliance):

  • Healthy development
  • Caring adults
  • Effective education
  • Safe places
  • Opportunities to help others

New Hope currently serves nearly 400 children. Through our work, we are giving New Hope to the growing and at-risk group of children who have a parent in prison in Oklahoma. Through the generous support of our community, New Hope serves Oklahoma children with year round after school programs, retreats, and social opportunities as well as camping and mentoring programs in the summer.

One in five Oklahoma children goes to bed hungry. At every New Hope event, children are not only offered emotional support but also given a meal and sent home full- often with additional food.

Summer Camp

New Hope summer camps, for children ages 5–18, are held at various locations throughout Oklahoma. Children have a chance to just be kids as they participate in swimming, boating, archery, games, and arts and crafts, but summer camps provide much more. Children learn they are not the only ones with a parent in prison, and they interact with counselors who had similar experiences growing up. Camp was designed to provide children with the Five Promises and to emphasize making healthy choices, self-determination and helping others. Children learn life skills including conflict resolution and anger management and have opportunities to increase their social and emotional development by participating in group activities, sports, and chores.

In addition to the four age-level camps, New Hope provides a day camp for children ages 5-7 and an Arts and Science camp for teens. Lastly, our camp for Counselors-In-Training teaches our 16- and 17-year-old former campers skills for working with younger children, including listening skills, positive discipline, dealing with homesickness, and focusing on strength-based interaction. After completing the CIT camp, these youth serve as volunteer counselors at our camp for children ages 8–11.

Children who attended New Hope’s 2013 summer camps showed a significant increase in self-efficacy as well as an increase in social and emotional development. This brief sample of the positive remarks by campers shows the power of New Hope’s camping program.

• “[I learned] That there are nice people that care.”
• “My favorite is feeling safe at camp vision.”
• “I love this camp I wish I could stay here forever.”
• “I learned how to solve my problems and how not to fight :) Thanks!”
• “[I learned] Be proactive, not reactive. To be a better person.”
• “I like this place because people want to know me.”

After School Programs

New Hope’s after school programs were developed in 2007 to provide the stability of year round services for children of prisoners. New Hope transports children from some 15 Tulsa area schools for three days of community based programs and provides eleven school based groups in seven elementary schools in the greater Tulsa area. New Hope utilizes evidence based curricula designed to help young people achieve freedom, opportunity, and self-respect through education and interventions that motivate and create positive change.

In addition to the support groups, New Hope also offers educational enrichment in community based after-school programs. With a night dedicated to the arts, children gain self-esteem through successful completion and exposure to arts activities such as pottery, glass blowing, poetry and literary arts, culinary arts, drumming, dance, photography, and more. The third night of community-based programs is dedicated to healthy lifestyle education and includes recreational activities such as ropes course training and biking.

Research tells us that a child’s reading skills are the strongest predictor of academic success. For this reason, New Hope provides a reading group for both pre-readers and early-readers using a combination of one-on-one and group practice to make reading a reality. New Hope also provides tutoring for children ages 5-18 and ACT preparation for high school juniors and seniors on an as needed basis. Special Units such as financial literacy and sex education are offered periodically throughout the school year to age appropriate audiences as well.

Using paired t-tests for outcome measurement, New Hope has found that across demographic differences children who spend one year in our after-school programs see increases in social and emotional development, connectedness to school, and statistically significant increases in hope (OU Center of Applied Research, 2013).

Volunteers

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Whether you get involved with New Hope as a donor, volunteer, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change the lives of children everyday and break the cycle of generational incarceration.

Being a New Hope volunteer will be one of the best experiences you will ever have. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better through time spent in positive and constructive activities that empower them to become successful adults.

New Hope
501. South Cincinnati Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

Please complete all fields and submit the request below. A representative from the agency will contact you to begin the enrollment process within the next few days.

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