A Low-Barrier, Identity-Affirming Space in Oklahoma City
The work of Sisu Youth Services began in 2010, when Penny Reynolds set out to collect and share resources for at-risk youth in Oklahoma City. By 2013, her simple mission had become a full-scale intention to create a program that would simplify the process of connecting youth in crisis to emergency support services at every level of care.
The Sisu Youth Day Center first opened its doors in 2014. One day a week donors, case managers, service providers, and volunteers rallied together to connect with and support unhoused youth in our city. The continual outpouring of love we received from our community every week blew us away–but we knew that our work wasn’t done.
Our youth needed a space that was open to them every day. A place where they could come as they are and be accepted and welcomed with open arms–no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, or religious affiliation.
The dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors have allowed us to expand Sisu into what it is today: a low-barrier, identity-affirming emergency overnight shelter and drop-in resource hub for unhoused and at-risk youth across our city.
Together, we have the power to show one another empathy, kindness, and respect. Together, we can end youth homelessness.
Together, we are Sisu.
Executive Director, she/her
Development Director, he/him
Alex McGowan Rayburn
Community Engagement Director, she/they
Program Director, she/they
Operations Manager, she/her
Shelter Manager, they/them
Project Advisor, she/they
Supportive Services Manager, they/them
Clinical Services Manager, she/her
Housing Manager, she/her
Board of Directors
Dedrick K. Perkins, LMSW
Vice President, he/she/they
Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma
Tinker Air Force Base
Jimmy V. Nguyen
Mike Brose, LCSW
Student / Sisu Alumni / Aspiring Social Worker
Federal Aviation Administration
Oklahoma Gas and Electric