The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) is accepting applications for 2021. For 23 years, OAALA has provided free training for individuals to be informed volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma’s aging population. The application deadline has been extended through until Saturday, May 15, 2021.
The six month course lasts from June to Nov. 2021. Classes meet all day Wednesday and Thursday via Zoom on the following dates (subject to change):
Session 1: June 9 and 10
Session 2: July 14 and 15
Session 3: Aug. 11 and 12
Session 4: Sept. 8 and 9
Session 5: Oct. 6 and 7
Session 6: Nov. 3 and 4
Attendance and participation is required for each of the twelve full days. There is no cost to participate as tuition is covered by sponsors, including (when applicable) lunch, books, resource materials and overnight accommodations for those who qualify. Travel reimbursements may be provided under the State Travel Reimbursement Act. Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to use constructive advocacy techniques to effect social change and a commitment to build communities that include and value all older persons and persons with disabilities. They should also demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of people and the ability to see things from the point of view of others.
“OAALA graduates make considerable impacts on the services and supports available to older Oklahomans, as well as advocating for their best interests,” said Jeromy Buchanan, Director of OKDHS Community Living, Aging and Protective Services. “We are proud of their leadership in service to our state, and their commitment to advocacy for Oklahoma’s aging population.”
For more information or to request an application, contact Miranda Kieffer directly at 405-209-7054 or, or the OKDHS Community Living, Aging and Protective Services main line at (405) 521-2281.