What We Are About


Oak Ridge Youth Development School was established in 2006. The initial summer program was called “Lift Them Up”. It was proposed to provide academic enrichment and fun activities to the youth of our community grades kindergarten through twelve.

In 2008, Oak Ridge joined the Kansas City Freedom School Initiative of Kansas City, Missouri. Freedom Schools were founded by Marian Edelman Wright of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) of Washington, DC. Oak Ridge Freedom School became a national Freedom School model in 2009 because of its effective program implementation, leadership, administration, intergenerational leadership development of its Servant Leaders and its health and nutrition component.

Because Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation wanted to continue to expand on its program offerings, they decided to no longer be a part of the CDF model and they established their own entity named the Oak Ridge Youth Development School as a 501c3 in 2013.

 Since 2013, Oak Ridge has been providing a summer enrichment program broadening its program offerings to include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Entrepreneurship, Sylvan Math, Reading Plus, Lexia Core 5 Reading Programs, and an Integrated Health Curriculum, which includes swimming, physical fitness, and nutrition (Kids In The Kitchen).


Dr. Ricky D. Turner
Senior Pastor
Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church


Julie Hickman
Diversity Compliance & Testing Group, Inc.


Mr. Mathew Brandmeyer
Mathew and Jessica Brandmeyer Foundation


Mr. Matthew Browning
Sales Manager
Academy Bank, N.A. Kansas City, KS


Dr. Doris Givens
Retired College President


Dr. Rodney Smith
Assoc., Director
UMKC Center for Academic Development