The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc.
JAYNE LORRAINE REED graduated from Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 15. She received her R.N. degree from Homer G. Phillips Hospital School of Nursing when she was 18 years old, and became head nurse at that hospital. Fortunately for Ms. Reed, on the night she decided nursing school was too difficult and that she was leaving, her mother, Jewel Murray, met her at the front door of her dormitory and literally dared her to take another step. This experience marked a turning point in Ms. Reed’s life. She understands the importance of adult presence and involvement in the lives of young people as they are challenged to complete their education.
In 1983, Ms. Reed met Simon Estes and together they undertook a project to translate her desire of helping disenfranchised youth attain higher educational goals into reality. After discussing the plight of some Tulsa area students with Mr. Estes, she arranged to have him speak at a student assembly at a local high school. Mr. Estes shared poignant experiences from his background. Later, Mr. Estes expressed a willingness to help Ms. Reed create an organization to benefit deserving Tulsa area youth. Subsequently, other concerned Tulsans joined their effort and The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc., was formed.
In addition to her role as Co-founder of The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc., Ms. Reed has also served her community as a board volunteer of Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Urban League, Y.W.C.A., Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust, At Risk Child Abuse Prevention Program, and Girl Scouts of America. She is an alumnus of Leadership Tulsa, a program dedicated to expanding leadership and community service, and a 1997 Harwelden Award Recipient.