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Applications available for 2023 Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy

Wednesday, March 28, 2023 - The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) is accepting applications for 2023. For 25 years, OAALA has provided free training for individuals interested in becoming informed volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma's aging population.

Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2023.

The six-month course lasts from April to Sept. 2023. Classes typically meet all day Wednesday and Thursday in Oklahoma City, but three of those session will be virtual in 2023 on the following dates (subject to change):

Session 1: April 26 and 27 - Virtual

Session 2: May 24 and 25 – Oklahoma City

Session 3: June 28 and 29- Virtual

Session 4: July 19 and 20 – Oklahoma City

Session 5: August 30 and 31 - Virtual

Session 6: Sept. 27 and 28 – Oklahoma City

Attendance and participation are 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 influence 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.

“The impact OAALA graduates make in Oklahoma communities compliments our efforts to make services and support available to older Oklahomans,” said Jeromy Buchanan, Oklahoma Human Services Director of Community Living, Aging and Protective Services (CAP). “It takes all of us working together to support the various needs of our aging population. We are proud to serve alongside these engaged leaders and advocates in service to older adults.”

Applications are online and must be received along with a letter of support by April 7, 2023.

For more information or to request a paper application, contact Miranda Kieffer directly at (405) 209-7054 or or call the Oklahoma Human Services CAP main line at (405) 521-2281.

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