There are youth in our community who lack the building blocks to help them succeed. This puts them at risk for becoming homeless, unemployed, engaging in alcohol and drug abuse, unplanned pregnancies, as well as untreated mental health issues. The more life skills, resources and support young people have, the more likely they are to become self-sufficient adults.
Pivot works with young people lacking stability in their lives. They are sometimes homeless or couch homeless, alone or disengaged. Many live with damaging labels and shame. Almost all are ages 12 to 21 and have overwhelming barriers in their lives without the resources to overcome them and successfully transition into self-reliant adults.
Pivot provides programs and services that focus on meeting housing and basic needs; education and job assistance; mentoring and life skills development; prevention and intervention services; and therapeutic care. Pivot takes a youth-driven, strengths based, trauma responsive approach to empowering youth to transition into self-sufficient adults. We are a turning point for youth.
Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth, welcomes Lindsay Cates as a new team leader to continue improving outreach to and outcomes for transition age youth facing homelessness in Oklahoma City.
“We are excited to welcome Lindsay and her passion for youth to Pivot,” Jennifer Goodrich, Pivot president and CEO said. “Her experience working with youth and marginalized citizens is impressive and her knowledge and compassion will help us continue to adapt and meet the growing needs of teens who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”
Marrell was 17 when he first came through Pivot’s doors. Now, only 5 years later, he’s a college graduate, a young professional and thoughtful with his words. Marrell works full-time in Oklahoma City’s booming hospitality industry. He aspires to one day have a career that allows him to invest in young people like him.
Learn how your support of Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth, provided Marrell with the stability, life skills and mentoring he needed to transition into an independent, confident adult.