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Provide recommendations on policy and performance for the development and implementation of WIOA youth funded programs statewide. Create an Oklahoma workforce strategy for youth that aligns with youth initiatives and provides common solutions that coordinate with the state’s economic goals building wealth creation for all Oklahomans.


  • Oklahomans are aware and supportive of the state’s emerging workforce and the effect of current trends and issues.
  • A youth system is developed through a collaborative effort of networking that is inclusive of all state and local youth organizations.
  • The progress and impact of the youth system is benchmarked, measured, and rewarded and best practices reported.

Action Items:

  • Work with the education system to support the prevention and recovery of affected youth.
  • Develop prevention and recovery strategies for both in-school and out-of-school youth.
  • Develop a statewide plan in support of youth which would include a communication infrastructure that will inform and engage all stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance to assist local areas in achieving compliance.


  • Character.Org Subcommittee
    Focused on expanding character education and building employability skills statewide through the use of the Character.Org 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
  • Career-Ready Schools Subcommittee
    Focused on the creation of a ‘Career-Ready Schools’ designating for PK-12 schools.
  • High School Equivalency Subcommittee
    Focused on strategies that result in the attainment of high school equivalency credentials by youth and young adults.
  • ICAP Subcommittee
    Focused on supporting the Individualized Career and Academic Plan in PK-12 public schools.

Youth Council Bylaws

Cecilia Robinson-Woods, Co-Chair
Superintendent, Millwood Public School, Oklahoma City

Steven Shepelwich, Co-Chair
Sr. Community Affairs Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of KC-OKC Branch

Lance Allee
Adult Basic Education, Oklahoma Career Tech

Steve Buck
Executive Director, OK Office of Juvenile Affairs

Curtis Calvin
Deputy Director Educational Outreach, OETA

Lester Claravall
Oklahoma Department of Labor

Teresa Croom
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health

Karen Davidson
Deputy Board Director, Southern Workforce Investment Board

Scott Fry, Mid America Industrial Park
Director, Workforce Development

Earnie Gilder
Interstate Properties, Eastern Workforce Board

Robert Greenlaw
KimRay, Inc.

Greg Hall
Youth Advocate

Joyce Jones
Kiamichi Career Tech

Tracy Keeley
Oklahoma Insurance Department

Marissa Lightsey
Oklahoma State Dept. of Education

Kerry Manning
Executive Director, Southern Workforce Investment Board

Rhonda Mize
Choctaw Nation

Francie Moss
Upward Bound

Norma Noble
Youth Advocate

Toni Pickle
Manager, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Western Workforce Board

Ben Robinson
Owner/President, Sentry One LLC

Renee Sansom
Department of Rehabilitation Services 

Jerri Williams
Francis Tuttle

Linda Emrich, GCWED Coordinator
Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development
Representing Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development Office of Workforce Development

Emmit Grayson, Director of Programs
Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development
Representing WIOA Youth Programs