YouthWorks was formed in 2008 as an initiative under the umbrella of Cornerstone Assistance Network led by 7-year-old Allie Beach and 8-year-old Joshua Ivey, who stepped up together to start a summer long camp for the children of North Tulsa. The Tulsa World newspaper wrote a story called "Not So Large But Still in Charge" about those two starting their own Summer Camp.
Today, the summer camp is a 10-week Summer Dream Camp, and it has become a year-round initiative that also includes a 30-week After School Program and 3 school break camps (Fall Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break Camp) and YouthWorks has two sites:
1) The base site hosted at historic Wesley Chapel, which hosts the YouthWorks Pizza Factory and the Thunder Court built by the OKC Thunder Team, and .
2) The new YouthWorks Ranch that hosts
- The Mutliponic Greenhouse (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa and United Healthcare) in partnership with the 12000 square foot Better Day Farms hydroponic greenhouse (24,500 plant positions to produce 3000 heads of lettuce each week)
- Animal Husbandry (the kids learn how to take care of horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, turtles, and even a hedge hog)
- TradeTown (the children learn carpentry skills as they build and repair fences, benches, gates, and more all over the ranch)
- The Outdoor Gardens (Medical Gardens, African & Native American Gardens, Winnie the Pooh Gardens).
- Bike Club (120 bikes have been donated to help the kids get in shape while riding bikes, and each child is rewarded their own bike once they can fix the major components of a bike including tires, brakes, chain, and pedals).