Youth Leadership Oklahoma expanded their mission and program to include a once a year half day leadership forum located in different regions of the state. These forums were started to help promote YLOK, but to also expose high school students of all ages to leadership activities and to get a chance to network with their peers from other schools in their area.

These forums are typically held in the Spring and are open to freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend.

The forum usually begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes after lunch. The forum is free for all who attend and lunch is provided.

If your school or area of the state are interested in hosting a forum, please contact Elizabeth Logan at


Youth Leadership Oklahoma Forum-2017

YLOK held its 3rd annual Leadership Forum at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa Wednesday, April 19th. Over 175 students ranging in age from freshman-seniors were in attendance of this free, half day leadership workshop put on by YLOK.

President of NOC Cheryl Evans welcomed the group to the college talked about NOC and Youth Leadership Oklahoma.  Following Cheryl’s welcome, Travis Monroe of Mountain Fork Adventure, led the group in an exercise on how to better identify their own personal leadership styles as well as figuring out how to lead others who have different leadership styles.

After a short break, Warren Martin, renowned leadership speaker was the keynote speaker and inspired the group to be their best self always. He also talked about making an impact in their communities and the state.

When he was finished, the students split up into three groups and rotated through three breakout sessions that focused on preparing for college, leadership opportunities in college, and leaving a legacy behind in their high school experience.

The students then had lunch together and debriefed on the morning’s activities and all took tours of the Northern Oklahoma College campus. Special thanks to President Cheryl Evans for allowing Youth Leadership Oklahoma to host our forum at Northern Oklahoma College!

Youth Leadership Oklahoma Forum-2016

Youth Leadership Oklahoma held its annual forum at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma on Friday, April 22, 2016. All Southwest region high schools were invited to attend this unique day long leadership event. Over 200 freshmen, sophomore, juniors and seniors from across the southwest region were in attendance. The purpose of the forum was to increase awareness of Youth Leadership Oklahoma and the application process, but also to help high school students explore who they are as a leader and how they can better lead in their schools and communities.

After a brief welcome from Youth Director, Lee Anne Stone and Cameron University President John McArthur, Andy Stewart, Youth Leadership Oklahoma Intern, lead the group in a number of “icebreakers” to get people moving and getting to know each other better. When the icebreakers were finished, keynote speaker, Warren Martin began his talk entitled, “Go Be Great!” Warren is a speaker, author and consultant and is the former director of the Tommy Franks Leadership Institute in Hobart, Oklahoma.

Following the speech, the students were broken into three groups where they attended different breakout sessions. The three breakout sessions were, You Zoo, a leadership activity that teachers you what kind of leader you are and how to interact better with different types of leaders, College 101 which was led by two academic counselors from Cameron University and helped the students become more prepared on what they need to do now to prepare them for college. The last breakout session was called, College Leadership, and was led by two University of Oklahoma students who discussed how to get involved in college, but also what sorts of things to be doing in highschool to help you succeed in college.

Following a wonderful lunch by Wayne’s Drive Inn, owned and operated by Leadership Oklahoma Class 27 member Joe Abshere, the students heard from Jacob Russell, Director of the Lawon/Ft. Sill Visitors and Convention Bureau about all of the goings on in Lawton that they could get involved in.

Youth Leadership Oklahoma Forum-2015

Youth Leadership Oklahoma held its very first leadership forum in Tulsa on November 14, 2014 at the BOK Center. Over 250 Tulsa area high school students were in attendance of this awesome event.

The morning started off with a welcome from Lee Anne Stone, Youth Director, and Andy Stewart, Youth Leadership Oklahoma Forum Intern. They explained the agenda for the day and thanked everyone for attending. The keynote speaker for the morning was Shane Fernandez, President of Nabholz Construction and Leadership Oklahoma Board Member. He spoke to the students about leadership and how to best utilize their personal leadership skills and to work with others.

Following the keynote speaker, Andy Stewart broke the students into groups and performed a leadership activity called, “Life Maps,” where the students mapped out their lives thus far on a piece of paper, highlighting pivotal moments, highs and lows. He spoke to the students about using those high and low moments in their lives to become better leaders and talked to them about how they react to issues they face and how they push forward is what matters.

After the leadership activity, the students were broken into groups where they attended 3 of 4 breakout sessions. The breakout sessions were: College 101, where they learned what they needed to be doing now to prepare for college; Tulsa Centrick, where they learned about all of the things going on in the Tulsa area and how they could get involved; Leadership 101, where they learned from young professionals in the Tulsa area who talked to the students about the paths of leadership that got them to where they are today; and Leaving a Legacy, where they learned more about how to make their high school years matter more and how to leave a lasting impression of leadership at their high schools.

The day wrapped up with a formal dismissal and a lovely lunch for the group.