Oklahoma City University News
OCU Forges Partnership With Girls’ Assistance Group
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University will sign a partnership arrangement at 11 a.m. Friday with the Deborah Rothe Group Home to provide academic mentoring services.
Through the partnership, OCU also plans to provide participants of the Deborah Rothe Group Home with tutoring services in math and English, invitations to lectures and concerts, and evaluation and assessment services.
The charitable organization helps troubled teenage girls gain skills to prepare them for successful careers. It teaches basic living skills, communication, conflict resolution, money management, goal setting and social skills while providing an emotionally stable and nurturing environment in which to live.
“OCU recognizes the Deborah Rothe Group Home as a neighbor and, as a good neighbor, the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology intend to provide experiences that these young women might not otherwise have,” said psychology professor Dennis Jowaisas. “Their needs are especially critical in times of decreased state funding for organizations like this, and we understand that the whole community benefits when these young women can get this kind of assistance.”
The Deborah Rothe Group Home is a Department of Human Services non-profit housing organization for girls who have been wards of the state for many years. The home was founded in 1970 to provide a safe environment for up to eight girls at a time.