The OK Program of Oakland is a chapter of the National OK Program, which is headquartered in Kansas City.
The OK Program is a law enforcement based mentoring program, which fosters partnerships between police agencies, schools, students, community members (teammates) and the faith and business community to provide positive guidance and support to African-American males. Under the guidance of an African-American police officer (OK Program Coordinator), the program organizes responsible African-American adult males to serve as positive role models and mentors for their younger counterparts. The adults in the program are called “Teammates” because the OK Program is based on a team-mentoring concept.
The program is designed around a high school and the middle schools that feed into it. Through a cooperative agreement between the Schools and the Police Department, the coordinators spend time on school campus, access to the students during the day (while they are in school), and the grades and progress reports of each student.
OK Program Coordinators, in conjunction with the school administrators, teachers and parents/guardians, support and encourage the students to excel and achieve a high level of academic excellence.
Each student is expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, obey all classroom rules, come to class prepared with pen, paper, and books and maintain good citizenship in and out of school.