The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services considers the health and safety of our participants, community, and staff are of the utmost importance. We currently have events scheduled for in person training and continue to assess the safety of holding these events daily. Check back regularly and join our mailing list for updates on our event schedules.
Resources and Supports for COVID-19
Oklahoma Human Services and the Trauma Informed Care Project are here to support you during this particularly challenging period.
We understand that you are all working to put measures in place to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your agencies, homes, and communities. We hope to work together with you to address this challenge and share resources and lessons learned.
Below you will find a few helpful resources we've gathered. If you are willing and able to share your emergency response plans and other helpful resources, we are happy to collect and share them from a central point of contact. You can send any resources or questions you would like to ask to email@example.com, and we'll share them with all programs.
SPPU Provider Directory
This Oklahoma Provider Directory contains contact information for all group homes (Levels B, C, D+, and E) contracted with DHS's Specialized Placements & Partnerships Unit (SPPU), as well as all Oklahoma shelters, hospitals, residential schools, specialized community homes, and residential programs for youth with intellectual disabilities.
Onsite Programming Discussions
The Trauma Informed Care Project is available to share resources and discuss ideas for onsite programming during this period of limited mobility due to COVID-19.
If you would like to problem-solve any challenges you are facing or explore programming options, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 660-3711.
- School and Child Care Settings
Childcare specific, and assumes everyone can be sent back to their own home
- Homeless Shelters
Has some guidance specific to residential settings
- Long-Term Residential Care
Designed for nursing homes, but still helpful, relevant information to inform planning
- Stress and Coping
Suggestions for how to go about daily life while managing the stress of current events
Programming Recommendations by Providers and Partners
Online Educational Resources
- Hold talent contests
- Create exercise stations (jumping jacks, obstacle courses, small trampoline)
- Conduct mock job interviews with young people
- Create chalk art
- Make homemade videos
- Conduct math competitions
- Facilitate spelling bees
- Learn about new animals each day with National Geographic
- Start a garden
- Eat meals outside as onsite picnics
- Hold an all-day slumber party (pajamas, movies, popcorn)
Global Gardens Webinar
There's no better time for young people (and adults!) to learn a life skill like gardening. In addition to the environmental benefits, gardening activities are also profoundly relaxing and peaceful—attributes which could not be more relevant than during a stressful time like now.
This 60-minute webinar features a panel from Global Gardens, which explores the following topics:
- Gardening & Intention
- Creative Containers
- Watering & Weeding
- Mindfulness in the Garden
- Question & Answer Session
This is an excellent educational opportunity for both youth and staff, and if you are interested in creating a home garden at your organization, there is no better place to start. Click here to view the webinar.
Online Continuing Education Resources
Our professional development should not pause, even when our movement is limited. One way to continue your professional development is to engage in online learning opportunities. Below are several free online continuing education events that we recommend for you.
- Facilitator: Elizabeth Irias
- Time: 1 hour
- Facilitator: Sam Himelstein
- Time: 2 hours
- Facilitator: Sam Himelstein
- Time: 2 hours
Haruv from the Couch (Daily Lectures)
- Facilitators: Diverse lecturers affiliated with Haruv USA
- Time: 1 hour each
EmpowerOKC Youth Club
To support continued youth connection and development during this period of social distancing, EmpowerOKC is hosting biweekly opportunities for young people to connect virtually via Zoom. Activities during these meetings will include trivia, art projects, science projects, workouts, dance classes, and talent shows. The Zoom meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Stephanie Williams at email@example.com.
LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Everyone is affected differently by the current health crisis, and it's important to understand the specific and unique ways that members of the LGBTQ community may be impacted. A great resource on this topic comes from The Trevor Project:
Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
This white paper explains the particular effects of social distancing, economic strain, and increased anxiety on LGBTQ youth, as well as ways to provide additional supports during this challenging period.
Building Developmental Relationships During Crisis
Take a look at this checklist from the Search Institute: Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis. It suggests several great ways to foster developmental relationships even while housebound.
Educating Young People About COVID-19
Young people also need to know about what's going on, and they need more reliable information than what may be found through social media or hearsay. Here are two engaging videos which explain some of the basics about COVID-19 is and how respiratory infections spread:
Maintaining Self-Care During a Pandemic
Take Some Time to COLOR!
Coloring is a great way to relax and practice mindfulness. There are many free printables available online. Here are a few links to get you started:
- Dr. Seuss Printables by Read Brightly
- Pollinators of Alaska
- Lilly Pulitzer Print Studio
- American Counseling Association
Daily Quarantine Questions (courtesy of Brooke Anderson)
- What am I GRATEFUL for today?
- Who am I CHECKING IN ON or CONNECTING WITH today?
- What expectations of "normal" am I LETTING GO OF today?
- How am I GETTING OUTSIDE today?
- How am I MOVING MY BODY today?
- What BEAUTY am I creating, cultivating, or inviting today?
Games and Activities Handbook
Countless ideas for engaging activities can be found online, but here are 50 teambuilding activities from our workshop Using Games and Activities to get you started.
Not enough? Here are a few more options:
Here are a variety of educational opportunities which can be accessed online:
- The Louvre
- The British Museum
- The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
- The National Women's History Museum
- The Dalí Theatre-Museum
- AirPano – Tour hundreds of locations across the world with 360° photo and 360° video.
- Discovery Education – Virtual field trips accompanied by companion guides.
- 33 Virtual U.S. National Park Tours from Totally the Bomb.
- 20 Virtual Field Trips from Adventures in Familyhood.
Your Local Library
Here are just a few of the ways you can take advantage of your local library, even if you can't visit in person:
- Download e-books
- Rent free music and movies
- Access online databases
- Have books delivered to your address
- Learn new languages with Mango
Mindfulness and Relaxation
It's easy for tensions to rise when you feel cooped up at home. Here are some resources to help everyone relax and de-stress:
- A Soft Murmur (relaxing ambient sounds)
- Guided Mindfulness Exercises
- 30 Grounding Techniques
- 7 More Grounding Techniques
Remember that this will be a time for everyone to practice using their safety plans (including staff!). If you don't have a safety plan, you can use a template like this one (PDF) to create one now.
Places You Can Still Travel To
Unfortunately, you can't leave home — or can you? Here are 10 destinations you can visit no matter where you are (courtesy of Joanne Harris):
- Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
- Asgard (Magnus Chase)
- The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh)
- Middle-Earth (The Lord of the Rings)
- London Below (Neverwhere)
- Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
- Mars (The Martian)
- Gormenghast (by Mervyn Peake)
- Lansquenet-sous-Tannes (Chocolat)
- A Galaxy Far, Far Away (Star Wars)