WHAT WE DO

The Education and Employment Ministry, TEEM for short, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In the past 30 years, TEEM has served more than 15,000 individuals in our community. When founded in 1987, TEEM primarily served men with alcohol and substance abuse issues. Today, our emphasis is on giving a hand up to individuals re-entering society, through educational preparation, social services, and job training and placement. We strive to provide our clients a second chance at success; in essence, a chance to redefine themselves by their gifts, skills, talents and passions, instead of a troubled past. All TEEM's services are free of charge to our clients.  

TEEM takes a three-pronged approach to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma by providing individuals with education, social services, and job training and placement. We holistically prepare our participants for employment by incorporating mentor ship, life skills training and confidence building into our program. By giving a hand up, we help our participants refine their skills and achieve their goals.

 


Our Mission

The Education and Employment Ministry, also known as TEEM, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.


There is no such thing as a spare Oklahoman.
— Kris Steele, TEEM's Executive Director

What We've Achieved

  • In 2016, TEEM served a total of 1695 adults and has increased the capactity in 2017 to serve at least 3000. 
  • In 2016, TEEM participants had a 75% employment rate. 
  • in 2016, TEEM's participants had a 16% recidivism rate. 
  • TEEM's recividism rate is 8.2% lower than the states rate.