Oklahoma Future Native Leaders

NYCP Program Director


Kida Upshaw

Dept. of Education


(405) 522-8742 


College & Career Specialist


Michael Lopez

Riverside Indian School


(405) 522-1709 

Ferrell Gordon

El Reno Public Schools


(405) 522-1707   

Magen Evans

McAlester & Calvin Public Schools


(405) 522-1708  


The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) was awarded a nearly $4 million federal Native Youth Community Project (NYCP)  demonstration grant aimed at improving college and career readiness for 1,400 American Indian high school students. The Oklahoma Future Native Leaders grant will be an expansion of the Office of American Indian Education. Schools and tribal partners for the grant include Calvin Public Schools, El Reno Public Schools, McAlester Public Schools, and Riverside Indian School.


Our Service to Schools and Tribal Partners

The project will engage Native youth in activities including concurrent and Advanced Placement coursework, college visits, rigorous STEM coursework, individual career academic planning (ICAP), scholarship/FAFSA applications, tutoring and mentoring programs, college application exercises, a summer Native student institute, career exploration, professional learning opportunities for teachers and an annual state Native Student Leadership Summit.

Native American Scholarship


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Last updated on December 12, 2022