OAALA means - Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy

The Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) continues accepting applications for its upcoming 20th anniversary class of 2017. OAALA provides free training for individuals to become volunteer community leaders and advocates for Oklahoma’s aging population.
Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to utilize constructive advocacy techniques to effect 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. There is no cost to participate, and meals, books and resource materials are provided. Overnight accommodations are available for those who qualify. Travel reimbursements may be provided under the State Travel Reimbursement Act. However, since tuition is provided by the sponsors, students should plan to complete the entire 10-month course.
Nearly 400 Oklahomans have participated in this class, ultimately helping improve the lives of our aging population and those with disabilities.”
State budget issues have resulted in reduced funding, but OAALA has secured additional partners. In addition to the Choctaw Nation and the Developmental Disabilities Council, the YMCA will also partner with OAALA for its 2017 class. They will provide classroom space for the OAALA sessions. Each monthly class session meets Friday evening and Saturday at the YMCA Healthy Living Center-INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City, 5520 N. Independence. It is scheduled from February to November, 2017. For more information or to request an application, contact DHS Aging Services at (405)521-2281.