TULSA POP KIDS
What is Tulsa Pop Kids?
Tulsa Pop Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit whose primary focus is to advance literacy, inspiration, and aspiration to the children of our community through pop culture and entertainment. We find this platform is an amazing way to capture a child’s focus and touch those who otherwise would not be exposed to a positive literacy environment.
As part of our mission, our Superhero and Princess cosplayers visit The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis every month. It inspires hope and motivation for each child while encouraging literacy. As well as providing comic books for our community schools, events, and organizations, we partner with other children’s organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tulsa Housing Authority, The Little Lighthouse, Reading Partners, The Dream Center and more to inspire children. We also use our larger-than-life props, authentic cosplayers, and passionate volunteers to engage kids and make an emotional connection.
Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. was founded in 2017. We began as a small group of like-minded individuals who shared a love of pop culture and comic books. Many of the founding members began their interest in reading through the joy of comic book stories and superheroes. We understand the impact that comics can have on a child- not only through sparking a love for storytelling and words but also providing positive role models for children who might not have that influence otherwise. A comic can change the course of a child’s life and put them on a path of creativity and learning.
Over the last year, Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. has passed out over 10,000 comics to children at elementary schools, hospitals, movie events, parades and much more. Through the help of our generous donors, we have been able to share our love of pop culture to our community around us.
Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. also provides a platform for others within the community to come together on a regular basis and form lasting friendships. We also are working to continue to build impactful partnerships with other nonprofits in the community such as Youth Services of Tulsa and Tulsa Housing Authority as well as culturing our current partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Little Lighthouse, The Dream Center and more.
Through our annual pop culture outreach, Tulsa Pop Culture Expo, we have been able to impact kids in Tulsa by connecting them with our celebrity guests who join our community outreach by visiting schools and other organizations to share our mission.
Celebrity guests have included, Barry Kitson, Tom Waite, Bill Goldberg, Sean Gunn, John Schneider, C. Thomas Howell, Brandon Routh, Adam Baldwin, Zach Callison, Dean Cain, Summer Glau, Lindsay Wagner, Asher Angel, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Gil Gerard, Nick Maley (creator of Yoda), Daniel Logan, Darren Dalton and more.
2020 will be our biggest year to date. Our organization has grown exponentially reaching 15,000 children through our multiple outreach programs.
Tulsa Pop Kids Programs:
The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis – We have increased our monthly visits as well as provide not only physical comic books but online comics and comic book templates to encourage each child’s imagination. Our Superheroes and Princesses volunteers visit twice a month to put a smile on a child’s face as they are at their most vulnerable and need inspiration.
Red Carpet Movie Premieres and Comic Book Drives – We host several of these events throughout the year. The movies serve multiple purposes- firstly they provide a community for youth and adults; secondly they provide an opportunity to incorporate other organizations into our mission.
Each movie hosts a local children’s charity such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Youth Services of Tulsa, The Dream Center, The Little Lighthouse and more.
The premieres also allow us to encourage attendees to bring comic books for donations to the organization. Our long-term goal with the movie premiere program is to provide more opportunities for underprivileged children to enjoy the premiere events.
Partnering with local organizations to provide loaner libraries, school literacy nights, open house and community event appearances by our Superheroes and Princesses continuing to bring comics and inspiration to our children.