June 30, 2017, Tulsa -- Modus transported a mother and her two youth to an assessment appointment with the Youth Services of Tulsa First Offender program. They were the first official passengers of the new program, and they would not have been able to receive services without the ride.
Modus is a two-pronged transportation solution for teens operated in partnership between Youth Services of Tulsa and the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It is funded in part by a social innovation grant from the Tulsa Area United Way.
Modus was born out of need. In the Tulsa area, 15 percent of teens trying to get social services can’t because of inadequate transportation. They don’t get the help they need because they can’t get there. That’s 6,000 teens who suffer with decreased physical and mental health, have poorer educational outcomes and lower employment rates.
Modus enables teens to access their social service and medical appointments, but also ensures they know how to use the city’s transit system. Modus does this with two approaches which complement one another: Modus and ModusEd.
At its core, Modus is a volunteer-based transportation service that ensures teens get to their appointments consistently, on-time and safely. Modus provides transportation for teens to access social services by utilizing trained volunteers in their own vehicles to drive clients to appointments. The service is for teens who are accessing appointment-based social services, such as doctors, dentists, counseling/therapy, school enrollment and job training.
Modus rides are free to the teen passenger. Out of the 76 youth serving agencies in Tulsa, 75% provide some sort of client transportation (bus tokens, gas cards, mileage reimbursement, taxis, etc.). Modus provides a more effective and cost efficient alternative for these organizations.
ModusEd is an in-school transit training program that ensures teens know how to use Tulsa’s existing transit options to get to school, part-time jobs and higher education opportunities. Modus has partnered with Tulsa Public Schools and Tulsa Transit to increase our impact. ModusEd provides a customized 20-minute training which includes a Transit Passport and hands-on in-class experience with a transit expert to every TPS Freshman student. Tulsa Transit will offer free bus rides to any TPS high school student during the school year.
To learn more, or to schedule a ride, contact Leslie Neal at LNeal@modustulsa.org or visit www.ModusTulsa.org.