Students also have the opportunity to meet notable Oklahomans and participate in organization and Museum programming. The Teen Board is responsible for planning and implementing an annual fundraiser to benefit the education programs of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.
In its 10 years of operation, the board has raised upwards of $160,000. $120,000 of which has been donated back to the organization and Museum’s education programs. The Teen Board is the largest donor to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Free Field Trip program and also has sponsored an annual $1,000 cash scholarship for a high school student through the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Competition.
“The teen board is dedicated, diverse and proud to be from Oklahoma, and I’m so glad to work with such a great group of students from across the state, Being on the board the last three years has taught me how to lead efficiently and how working hard and as a team can yield amazing results. Oklahoma’s heritage is something to be proud of, and we are happy to make Oklahoma’s story more accessible to its people.”
Erica Gavula, Teen Board Chairman
Teen Board members are selected after completing an application and interview process. Each application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an unrelated adult who knows the applicant well. Board terms run from August through April, with their annual fundraiser taking place in March.
The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 Teen Board is May 26.
To apply for the board, students must be in grades 9 through 12 in Oklahoma. It's preferred that students have previous leadership and volunteer experience, either through school or another organization. In addition to attending monthly meetings in the fall and bi-monthly meetings in the spring, each member of the Teen Board is responsible for serving on a committee, raising sponsorship dollars and in-kind donations. Though the commitment to serve on the board officially begins in the fall, several social events will take place over the summer to help students get to know each other.
Questions about the program can be directed to Corie Mills at 405.523.3206 or