The O.K. Program was founded in 1990 in Rancho Cordova, CA. The program focuses on reducing the high incarceration and homicide rates of African-American males 12-18 years old. Since its inception, no graduate fo the O.K. Program has ever been sentenced to prison or been the victim of a homicide.
In fact, the majority of O.K. graduates have gone on to college, military service, or enrolled in vocational training. More significantly, all participants have assumed responsible citizenship roles in their communities.
The National Headquarters of the O.K. Mentorship Program is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Other affililated cities include Monroe, Louisiana and Indianapolis, Indiana.
O.K. Program of Oakland
In 2008, Oakland became the newest OK Mentorship Program Affiliate through the combined efforts of Lt. James Meeks of the the Oakland Police Department, Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church, and Reverend J. Alfred Smith Sr. of Allen Temple Church.