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National Resource Center for Youth Services: Teen Conference

OKSA is Standing on Business!

OKSA is Standing on Business!

Each year, Oklahoma teens in foster care come together to set goals for their future, make connections, and have fun!

This year, OKSA is "Standing on Business," where participants will have opportunities to build their brand, learn from small business owners, and explore creative career paths.

Along the way, participants will work together through a variety of challenges to create a product, build a pitch, and sell it to the Shark Tank Judges!

Things to Know


Eligible Youth**: Oklahoma youth aged 15-17 who are currently in OKDHS or Tribal custody.

Adult Sponsor*: Child Welfare staff, tribal workers, youth workers, resource parents, or volunteers who work with eligible youth.

*An adult sponsor can bring up to three youth although a 2:1 ratio often allows for the best experience. Per University of Oklahoma guidelines, youth must be in the line of sight of an adult sponsor while on campus.


Two and a half days of small group learning experiences, entertainment, free time activities, and opportunities to have fun with your peers and adult sponsor!

Adults and youth are expected to fully participate in all conference activities and experiences.


Participants should plan to arrive on Wednesday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m.

The conference ends on Friday, June 21st at 1:00 p.m.

A full agenda will be available after registration opens.


University of Oklahoma
1704 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73072

All participants will stay on campus in an OU dormitory. All meals will be included. Activities will be campus wide with most occurring at the Thurman J. White Forum Building.


Because teens need to experience connection with others, opportunities to prepare for adulthood, and increase their hope for the future!

The goal of the Oklahoma Teen Conference is to help youth in Oklahoma foster care get these needs met by creating a space that is safe, supportive, and engaging for both youth and adults.

How do you Stand on Business?

The University of Oklahoma OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services
5727 S. Lewis Ave., 2nd Floor, Tulsa OK 74105-7146 | (800) 274-2687

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