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Real answers to hard questions about poverty & social injustice

City Care’s Whiz Kids is a volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that pairs at-risk students with a caring adult.

by Lindsay Cuomo

Reading Time: 3 minutes 

Parenting, and life in general, comes with a lot of questions and as kids grow those questions tend to get more complex. City Care, a local non-profit dedicated to serving and advocating for those in our community that often get overlooked, put together a video series to answers some tough questions about childhood trauma, early education, the criminal justice system, justice-involved individuals, homelessness and substance use disorder. There is a lot of information and focus on these buzz words but also a lot of misinformation too, explained Staci Sanger, vice president of development with City Care.

“In an effort to debunk some of the myths about poverty and those who are plagued by it, the team at City Care has created a short FAQ series meant to address exactly these types of questions,” Sanger said.

The videos look at social injustice and the effects of extreme poverty to offer real answers that empower families to create change in our community. They look at how trauma affects the brain, the difficulties people exiting the criminal justice system face, core issues for people experiencing homelessness and how you can help.

Below are the full videos but you can also find shortened versions that address specific questions at citycareokc.org/faq. Follow City Care on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to be part of the conversation as they share more about these insightful videos in the coming weeks.

Watch Time: 5 Minutes

Britanie Ramirez – A Kansas native, Britanie Ramirez developed an aspiration to meet the needs of local families when she was a young adult. This resolve led Britanie to obtain a bachelor’s in sociology and a master’s in marriage, couple and family counseling. Britanie and her family carry a family motto, “See a need, fill it.” Britanie has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations. Prior to joining City Care as the director of Whiz Kids, she was the director of KidsTLC Street Outreach Program in the Kansas City area. There, she worked with young adults ages 16 to 24 who were experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Watch Time: 11 Minutes

Adam Luck – Adam Luck is the chief executive officer of City Care. He is an Oklahoma native and left the state to serve five years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean cryptologic linguist. He has a bachelor’s in global security and intelligence studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University. Adam was appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Employment Opportunities, a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive employment services to individuals with recent criminal convictions. He also served as an appointed member of the Oklahoma State Board of Corrections for three years. Adam and his wife Sarah live in Oklahoma City with their five children and yellow lab.

Watch Time: 7 minutes

Tom Knudsen – Tom Knudsen is a husband, father, social worker and thinker. Tom and his wife, Rachel, have been married for 10 years and have two daughters. Tom earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Tom has worked in many different service-oriented professions including mental health, geriatric social work, hospital social work and homeless services. From 2017 to 2020, Tom served as the program manager for the Homeless Alliance’s WestTown day shelter. He currently works for City Care as the housing navigator at the Diversion Hub, a comprehensive, one-stop network dedicated to assisting justice-involved individuals in Oklahoma City by harnessing the power of multiple support agencies through combined and synchronized services. Tom works alongside people who are transitioning out of homelessness and into housing.
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