Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing
2829 GILLESPIE AVE
SARASOTA FL 34234-2556
Mission
To challenge children and youth to find positive life goals and empower them to achieve those goals.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Alice Faye Jones
Board Chair Mrs Alice Faye Jones
Board Chair Affiliation Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,970.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
The past scholastic year showed an expanding number of students arriving and eager to partake in our After-School Homework and Tutoring Program.  Every child enrolled submits his or her quarterly report card and each card is discussed with both child and participating parent.  Every child's teacher is also encouraged to e-mail or call re questions or concerns.  With some teachers this is a daily occurrence.  Throughout the years we were grateful to see a continued increase in the number of local college students, professional retirees, business men/women as well as nearby high school students who volunteered daily in the program to assist struggling students.  100% of the middle school student's scores rose in math and reading.
 During our yearly summer program for young teens, participants learned responsibilities, the importance of education, remaining in school, team building, manners, and equally as important for many, their first introduction to colleges and universities.
 
Each year it is our goal to hire inspiring college students to be full-time employees in our After-School Homework & Tutoring Program and also hire counselors for the summer program for teens.  As Florida Standards Assessment Testing (FSAT) mandatory requirements increase in the local schools it is vital that our After-School Program keep offering extensive homework assistance to all students, especially those attending Title One schools and who may be unable to receive such help at home.  
Needs Statement
  1. Summer Program - Full time Counselors, 40 hours per week, $320 per week at $8 per hour.  Two counselors for Summer Program would come to $5,120.
  2. Donation of a bus for transportation.  Bus is used during the school year to transport students from Booker Middle School to the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex for the After-School Program and bus would also be used in the Teen Summer Program.
  3. 1 or 2 college students to assist with the After-School Homework & Tutoring Program at the Community Complex.  Cost to include $11 per hour, 3 hours per day, 4 days a week - estimated weekly cost $132.
  4. Assistance with cost of transportation, auto insurance, etc. 
  5. Cost for Director salary $50,000
Background Statement
The fact that there is an educational gap between the scores of white students as compared to black and Hispanic youth is something to which most U.S. citizens have become accustomed.  This fact, however, as commonplace as it has become, is nothing less than tragic.  Minorities are the fastest growing segment of our population.  It is in the interest of all in our country to have minority boys and girls, in every school, learning at the same level as white children, able to fully understand problems set before them, able to comprehend vocabularies in grade-level books, comfortable with new assignments and confidently looking forward to futures that will lead to a more prosperous America for all of us. Therefore, no one should be numb to the above statistics but work instead, to curve these numbers and find ways to raise scores of minority youth in every manner possible.  Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing began because of the educational gap that exists in Sarasota.  Beginning with card tables set up in the summer sun at the Newtown Recreation, growing to Saturday programs at the new North County Public Library and finally commencing a four day After-School Homework and Tutoring Program at the new Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, plus an every day summer program for teenagers, our organization has invested in and lifted the lives of thousands of Newtown youth and families. Through our After-School and summer programs we have also brought the needs of Newtown's youth to the awareness of the Sarasota community.  Numerous churches, businesses, colleges, groups of all kinds as well as caring citizens reached out to begin making differences.  Our world will need healthy, well-educated and academically achieving young men and women of all colors if we are to remain in the position it enjoys today.  If we are to lower crime, school suspensions, prison statistics and cycles of poverty, then education and all we can do to assist programs such as ours should be foremost of our challenges now and in the future.
 
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Sarasota County, particularly in the 34234 area.  
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description After-School Homework and Tutoring Program that offers one on one assistance to every participating child.  Volunteers working with students come from nearby colleges and high schools, as well as private citizens who want to encourage children to learn and succeed.  30 minute Reading is mandatory, healthy snacks are given each day along with recreational activities and quiet times and respect for all, and while good manners are expected, each day is joyful and children enjoy being part of our program. 
Budget $35,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy No
Population Served Minorities At-Risk Populations General/Unspecified
Short Term Success "I got an A!" "I understand!" "My teacher put my test paper up on the wall!"  Small success stories but for children who may never before thrilled to such achievements, these are great steps of attainment.  We see weekly progress reports indicating great improvements through completed homework, rising test scores and better behavior and improved attendance.       
Long Term Success The assumption years ago was that Newtown's students could not learn, would not learn, dropping out was sooner or later and with few exceptions, spending money on these children was a waste of taxes.  While our country continues to have the highest incarceration rate in the world, there was little that communities needed to do other than accept that African-American citizens and minority neighborhoods were simply stepping-stones to incarceration and certainly educational failures.  Finally, organizations such as Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing appeared who could not, and would not accept such premises.  Our organization had a vision that we could change the social norm in the Newtown community, work with the schools, work beyond what many said was impossible, and for maybe the first time show the Sarasota community that the children of Newtown had futures and abilities that were just as important as those of any other child, no matter what their color.    
Program Success Monitoring Allison Cohen, board member and Booker Middle School 6th grade math teacher, has assigned to her, each year, the lowest achieving students newly arrived from elementary school.  They didn't understand in 5th grade and they are, without help, on a distinct pathway to failing again, and again and again.  They will not be the statistics of any high school graduation rate because they will be long gone before then.  If we can keep these children, perhaps children who have been through the worst possible years of growing up, indeed , succeeding and finally understanding, even the most common core subjects, then they have a chance.  We have children now in college who were once in our program, we can show letters that end such as this"We probably would not have the grades we have if you were not here helping us.  I have an 'A' and I would probably not have this grade if it were not for you.  We love you very much!"  
Program Success Examples Often with attitudes of "I don't care", many of our young teens arrive at the Community Complex enrolled only because of their parent's desperate determination to try something new to help their child. Lost in class, with rarely completed homework, now, for perhaps the first time, our caring, our determination to never "fail" children, to never "leave them behind", to work alongside parents and guardians often brings brand new success.  Our thank you letters from children and parents are there for proof, our news articles citing churches and members and ministers abound....we are the difference between a child who may be on the road to failure and one who, with our help, succeeds.  It would be our pleasure to have teachers speak of their satisfaction with our Homework and Tutoring Program and how our program has made their children more independent, more focused and more able to successfully meet the challenges of their particular grade level and all of their academic courses.
Description "Widen Our World - Camp on Wheels" is the name given to Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing summer program for Newtown teens.  While Sarasota Parks Dept offers a fine summer program for youth, the age limit is up to 6th grade. We stepped in to actually "widen the world' of Newtown teens.  Recreation, Education and Service to the Community is the mainstay of our program and teens are busy every and all day.  Swimming, boating, internships, reading to youth in the libraries, enjoying crafts at St. Armand's Key Lutheran, kayaking, tennis lessons, working at the All Faiths Food Bank etc. - our teens experience it all.  
Budget $15,500
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Minorities At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success 100% of our students learn how to swim, some never having had this exposure before.  Students learn rowing, tennis, kayaking, sailing, volunteering for perhaps the first time, as well as job skills and good manners.  
Long Term Success Among learning all the short-term success goals, students will continue to learn and be educated in the world of opportunities and varied businesses.  Because also during the summer, we expose our teens to various colleges, many, now, see colleges on their own horizons.  
Program Success Monitoring End of the summer evaluations from both students and parents.  Reports come continually from parents indicating positive changes they have seen.  After internships all partnering businesses state that they would welcome back our youth during our next summer camp program.  
Program Success Examples Tromain James, a young man now 19, attended our summer camp program for three years.  He discovered that he enjoyed rowing as a new sport.  He then pursued it and received a scholarship and now with this scholarship is attending a four year college.  Ricky Jones has a four year athletic scholarship and has already completed successfully his first two years.  Mya Newsome is now in her second year of college and doing well.  This names just a few of our program success examples.  
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Our school year program is centered on offering direct help to children as they daily struggle with assigned homework.  Parents must often work long hours with little time for assisting their children with homework and without help a child must, the next day, meet with teacher disapproval, admonishment and possibly even in school or out of school suspension.  Without assistance and properly completed assignments every child not only fears the next school day but also, far too often, simply grows to detest learning with absenteeism and eventually dropping out.  It is vitally important that every child has properly completed homework assignments with the concept of understanding the assignment to then proudly turn in each morning. As requirements quickly changed from Common Core to Florida Standards Testing parents in low-income communities far too often are unable to offer the educational assistance a child must receive.  When children also do not come from a family that values education or who are unable for varied reasons to provide the support needed to grow and learn, groups such as Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing steps in. As Editor Tom Tryon of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently wrote, "When public discussions about the quality of life in our region occur, they usually focus on beaches, high society, warm weather and fancy homes.  But, now, can we expand the definition of quality of life to include the common good achieved by fulfilling the moral imperative to teach ALL of our children well?"
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Alice Faye Jones
CEO Term Start June 2005
CEO/Executive Director Email ajdorightthing@gmail.com
Experience Alice Faye Jones has worked with the children of Newtown, continuously, for the past 15 years.  Beginning with homework help for the youth at the old Recreation Center, Alice then began a more organized Homework and Tutoring Program when the new North County Library was built.  In addition to this Saturday program, Alice worked as a Director of the YMCA's youth and student after-school program established in Newtown by the Y for the direct benefit of Newtown children.  When the YMCA decided to abolish this program, Alice was then hired as a Director of an After-School Program at Emma Booker Elementary all the time continuing a Saturday Morning Program for the benefit of local youth at the new North County Library and receiving a AA Degree in Early Childhood Education at Manatee Community College.  Eventually, after the construction of the new Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Newtown, Alice took her skills as a Homework & Tutoring Program Director and began assisting Newtown's children in that new location.  Bringing in nearby college youth to assist her as well as local citizens, and high schoolers, Alice's program stands alone as Newtown's only non-profit organization dedicated to surrounding neighborhood youth with every possible educational advantage she can bring them - afterschool for children 3rd grade through high school and summers for young teens so they, too, can learn and achieve - Alice stands alone as Newtown's brightest star and its greatest hope when it comes to educational achievement for some of Sarasota's very neediest youth.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing is pleased to collaborate with numerous community organizations.  Such collaborations include Ringling College of Art & Design, North County Library, Booker Middle School, Emma Booker Elementary, USF, Church of the Palms, First Presbyterian Church, Siesta Key Presbyterian, St. Boniface Episcopal, Lakeview Elementary, Sarasota Dept of Parks, St. Armand's Key Lutheran, North County Library, Michael Saunders, Harvest Tabernacle,  Sarasota Department of Police, All Faiths Food Bank, YMCA, Sarasota Crew, New College of Florida, David Band Attorney, Baycross Family Christian Foundation as well as others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
7 Who CareChannel 7 ABC News2014
"Programs that reach hearts and minds"Sarasota Herald-Tribune2006
Featured Mission PartnerChurch of the Palms2015
"Brothers & Sisters Offering Skills to Newtown Teens"SNN News/Herald-Tribune2013
"Introduction to Outstanding Community Organization"Longboat Key News2014
Recognition of Community ProgramSt. Boniface Episcopal2012
Donation of Forfeiture Funds to Community GroupSarasota Sheriff's Department2014
Love is the New Currency - Book by Linda CommitoCorEssence Publishing2011
M.L.K. Celebration Committee of Sarasota2007
Freedom AwardNAACP Sarasota County Branch2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Alice Faye Jones
Company Affiliation Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing
Board Term May 2000 to May 2020
Board Chair Email ajdorightthing@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Allison Cohan Booker Middle School
Dr. Terry Davis PHDUniversity South Florida
Mrs Alice Faye Jones Founder of Organization CEO
Ms Terri Tucker Tampa Bay Times
Mrs Deborah Webber Booker Middle Volunteer
Mr Thomas Webber Project leader Habitat for Humanity
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 20
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 33
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 67
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization There are various programs that exist in our area directed at assisting Sarasota's neediest children.  Several Title One schools, Alta Vista in particular, have begun excellent programs for students and families.  Unfortunately, such programs have not yet been established in the Newtown community.  Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing stepped in because there were few, if any, non-profit organizations directed at eliminating continual educational failings experienced by the children in this community. With few after-school teachers, and no volunteers, schools face limitations when it comes to services most needed.  Our program, in contrast, is governed by the one concept of educational progression and achievement for every child.  Being a neighborhood organization and one with direct and outstanding success with parents, there is no admission of anyone as a "failing child".  We do not accept failure and work with parents, teachers and the child him or herself to accept this new role of achievement.  If we had our own building, every wall would be covered with A and B papers proudly displaying student's accomplishments.  As we expand and grow in number, we are continually challenged to improve the educational statistics for the community of Newtown - failure is simply not an option to our organization, nor to our students, nor to their families and nor to our volunteers.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,970.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,172$15,240$5,700
Administration Expense$4,085$5,751$9,368
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.091.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%73%38%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $27,059Contributions, gifts, grants $22,970Contributions, gifts, grants $15,325
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $730 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited profit and loss statements.  No balance sheet information at time of review.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing
Address 2829 GILLESPIE AVE
SARASOTA , FL 2556
Phone 941 544-3540

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