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Pathways raises more than $81,000 for a new shuttle bus

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Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Tulsa community, Pathways has raised more than $81,000 toward a new shuttle which will include a wheelchair lift. Anything raised above the final cost of the shuttle will help Pathways fund the addition of a third classroom with three more teacher positions this year. This success was made…

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Community Activities

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After high school, time spent in the community is hard to find for adults with intellectual disabilities. There are limited resources and no one thing is the perfect fit for all individuals. At Pathways we make a point to provide a variety of community-based activities to allow students to give back, explore, and have fun.…

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Do you have what it takes?

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The lights go up. Back stage the performers exhale. Its time for their big break. Their big moment to show how truly awesome they are. The chance to dance, to battle, to win. As soon as the music starts playing they are on the stage giving it their all. The crowd is cheering, laughing, loving…

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Favorite Recipes

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For many, the path to independence starts in the kitchen and cooking classes have been a part of Pathways since the beginning. Recipes are developed that could be recreated at home with little to no supervision. These classes also help students explore new foods and discover new flavors.

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Continuing Education

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Over the past 10 years Pathways has been dedicated to continuing the education of its students. For many adults with intellectual disabilities if they do not practice the skills they learn in school, over time they could lose them. Pathways lessons range from music to math to the art of conversation. Here are the student voted top 10 Pathways lessons.

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Mentoring Matters

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In early 2018 we launched our Mentorship Program. The idea was simple, help students individually in math, reading and life skills by pairing them to work one-on-one with a volunteer mentor. We had no idea the impact on our students and our volunteers would be so great.

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Dare to Try: Students reach 2019 goals

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A 2019 Pathways student goal is to try new things. Its easy to get into your daily rhythm and forget there are tons of things to do and try in this world, from interesting foods and new modes of transportation to projects that may seem hard or scary. These last six months students haven’t let…

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Student Art Featured at Summer Carnival

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One of Eric’s favorite things do is draw. Eric always walks in carrying a sketch book, markers, and pens. During free time he likes to sit in the back of the room drawing what he sees. His friends worshiping or participating in Bible study, others reading independently, and some chatting in a small group next…

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10 Years of Making Dreams Come True

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Ten years ago, Pathways Adult Learning Center was formed to create a safe, enriching environment for the Tulsa special needs community. In 2009 Pathways opened its doors to seven students as a part-time enrichment program, answering Tulsa’s need for variety in services for adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal was to serve the whole person, mind, body…

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Volunteer Appreciation

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Over past year, 26 volunteers have dedicated 1,417 volunteers hours to Pathways which is valued at over $42,000. These time has allowed students to enjoy one-on-one mentoring, cooking classes, music, Special Olympics and so much more. Their dedication to the program makes it what it is today.  Starting this year Pathways is naming its Volunteer…