We R 4 Kids Inc
5624 Murdock Ave
Sarasota FL 34231-2521
We R 4 Kids, Inc. is dedicated to teaching non-violent communication techniques to young people.  We work to facilitate a local and global culture of change while creating future peace builders and non-violent communicators.  Our goal is to empower youth,  regardless of circumstance, with the tools they need to create a peaceful future. 
CEO/Executive Director Pending Interim
Board Chair Ms. Lori Stephens
Board Chair Affiliation community volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
We R 4 Kids
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2000
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Oct 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
We have been helping Pine View High School and Manatee High School with their Peace Jam programs.  The students choose a community service project which they perform all year, and in April, 2013, they attend the Peace Jam conference at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida, where they meet the Nobel Peace Laureate and introduce their service project.
We have been working at the Robert Taylor Community Center with mentoring/tutoring children this past year.  The administrative staff has asked that we put together a full program for 2013 for mentoring/tutoring students, art projects for the students, and creative opportunities in which the students can become engaged during the year.  We are also working with the Sarasota Housing Authority to set up mentoring/tutoring programs for the students that live in the Sarasota Housing Authority complex.
We are also working on diversity projects for the Sarasota community in which the community can develop a sincere approach to diversity issues.  We hope to empower Sarasota residents, both young and older, to experience deeper culture exchange through sharing of diversity opportunities in the greater Sarasota area.
We are also working with Model UN with the UNA/USA.  Model UN allows each high school to set up a Model UN group in which the students choose countries, research the political and cultural beliefs of the individual countries, and then the students represent those countries at the various conferences for Model UN throughout the area.  The students also get to travel to the UN in New York to participate in high school programs for Model UN students.
We are also working on development of other projects in the Sarasota area, as Sarasota D-Fy.  D-Fy was started in North Port three years ago, and has proved to be a very successful program with the youth in the area.  As a result we have started the process of beginning a Sarasota D-Fy (Drug-Free Youth) that will help to encourage and empower area youth to be drug free.  The program is youth-driven.  The Sarasota area has responded well to the development of Sarasota D-Fy, and we are pusing forward to full development of the program in 2013 in Sarasota County.
We are also working with area law enforcement to establish new programs for youth in the area.  Those programs are in the initial discussion and building consensus formation, and they will be developed as discussion and consensus bridge to greater community involvement for the designated programs.
Needs Statement
1.  We need a professional to develop a website for our organization.
2.  WE need finances to fund programs at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center and Sarasota Housing Authority.  The exact costs and dollar amounts are not known at this time.
3.  We need volunteers for mentors/tutors for designated programs.
4.  We need financial resources for completion of diversity programs in Sarasota County.  The diversity programs will complement other programs that are being done in Sarasota County.  The exact costs and dollar amounts are unknown at this time.
5.  We need qualified staff to help perform tasks that we are undertaking.  We need qualified volunteers and certified individuals to lead these initiatives.
Background Statement
Our organization was started in 2000 by Lorraine Raymer.  Lorraine established a program for youth who were experiencing difficulties in variious areas of education and life.  She went to various schools in the Sarasota/Bradenton area to teach her curriculum.  Federal funds for the project were eliminated, and in 2010, she and the other board members chose to change the organization's mission statement to include student empowerment in the mission statement.  We are now working on student and community programs that include student empowerment and community involvement since we believe that the whole community needs to be involved with our youth.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
We are working in the Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties of southwest Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We are a small and rather new organization to the Sarasota area.  We were established in 2000, and we are developing our work in the Sarasota area based on the needs that we see and research in our area.  Our challenge will be to accomodate these needs by establishing partnerships and creating collaborations with other organizations and entities. 
I established the first Make-A-Wish organization in Houston, Texas, thirty-five years ago.  I found that these families and these children needed help desperately since all of our clients were dying from various diseases.  The families wanted the children to be granted one last wish before the children died.  I learned that I must be ready and able to perform whatever responsibilities that I needed to do in order to aid these children and their families.  Working with children takes complete devotion and passion.  Children do not have a voice in legislative matters, and they need devoted adults who will help to bring them a more advanced source of help.
I am committed to helping We R 4 Kids to accomplish our goals in 2013.
Lori Stephens, Board Chair
We hope to add more high schools in the 4 county area that we serve.  Each school is responsible for raising funds for its individual Peace Jam program.  However, we help to raise conference funds since each students has to pay $125 for expenses to the conference, which includes transportation, food, and motel expenses.
Budget $4,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
The students at each high school choose a new project each year.  By the end of each year, they are working for 80% involvement with the young people with whom they are working.  They are also seeking 100% involvement with their membership.
Long Term Success
Each year students at each high school determine the community service project that they will complete.  The students track the changes they have made within the work that they have accomplished in the individual projects that they choose.
Program Success Monitoring
Each school is responsible for tracking program success.
Program Success Examples
Last year the Pine View Peace Jam was able to sponsor 7 students for a youth baseball team, plus they worked every day (Monday-Friday) with students at the Laurel Community Center. 
In this program at each of the two facilities, we have volunteers come in and tutor childen with homework after school.  We have partnered with the Sarasota County School Board, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, The Sarasota Housing Authority, the Robert Taylor Community Center, and the Sarasota Police Department to accomplish these mentoring and tutoring programs.  Funding was provided to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County by the Selby Foundation to purchase computers, both desktop and laptop.  The students will be tutored in homework, since the homework requirement must be completed first.  Once the homework is finished, students will be allowed to complete computer work for supplementary instruction.  Volunteers from the Education Foundation, the Sarasota Housing Authority, and We R 4 Kids will help the students on the computer work.
Budget $0
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
The childen's honework and computer work is examined each day for right answers.  90% of the children will do better work since their work is screened and corrected every day.
Long Term Success
For children who are involved in the mentoring and tutoring programs at the Sarasota Housing Authority and at the Robert Taylor Community Center, 75% will do better in their daily work and on their report cards each grading period.
Program Success Monitoring
Employees of the Sarasota Housing Authority and the Robert Taylor Community Center watch over the children as they are being tutored and mentored by volunteers.  We are tracking our success by keeping regular attendance of all children who attend the program, and we always keep notes on the children's work and successes.
Program Success Examples
Seventy-five percent of the children at the Sarasota Housing Authority have completed their homework on a regular basis for the past year.  Seventy-five percent of the children do supplementary work on the computers with 90% cimpletion.
Program Comments by Organization
Since the majority of our programs are beginning in 2013, we need help with these programs.  We need financial help in order to meet our needs for tutoring/mentoring students at the Robert Taylor complex and at the Sarasota Housing Authority.  We need financial help with Diversity programs and with D-Fy.  We will need volunteers to help us meet our goals.  We are moving forward with a positive attitude and in a positive direction.
Joyce Raby, Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Pending Interim
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mrs. Lorraine Raymer Jan 2000 - Jan 2011
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We R 4 Kids is working with Pine View High School and Manatee High School.  We are also working with the Robert Taylor Community Center plus we are working with the Sarasota Housing Authority.  We are also working with the city of Sarasota, Sarasota County Commission, the Sarasota County School Board, the Sarasota Police Department, the Sarasota Sheriff Department, several non-profits which include BAANK, Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, Girls Inc., Sarasota Partnership for Children, CYD, and other non-profits who have agreed to join us in our work for youth in the community.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
We will have to get insurance for the organization after our new programs are fully developed.  The organization will have to evaluate our onus for responsibility to determine what types of insurance and related services we will need for the future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lori Stephens
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email lori@loristephensllc.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Cynthia Meissner none
Ms. Brunie Neira Community Volunteer
Mrs. Debbie Palmer none
Ms. Lori Stephens Community volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
Our board is undergoing some challenges since we are adding new programs in 2016.  All of these programs are being formed and started in 2016, and we are seeking volunteers and funding in order to begin these  programs.  We also need to get more board members, and we are in the process of doing a search for new board members.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,136.00
Projected Expenses $1,060.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$996$1,748$1,428
Administration Expense$64$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.401.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,683$1,907$0
Current Assets$1,683$1,907$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$1,683$1,907$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,135Contributions, gifts, grants $2,455Contributions, gifts, grants $1,522
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Sale of Shopping Passes $55
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our organization has never been audited since I have been on the board of directors.  We have no business expenses other than paying for miscellaneous business expenses, plus we pay state and IRS expenses when applicable.  We have to develop a business plan that accommodates us bringing in more money for our programs.
Financial Comments by Foundation
The organization's 2014 compilations included no detail - just a list of dollar amounts for both income and expenses. Accordingly, all income is reflected as contributions and all expenses are reflected as program related.
This organization files a 990-N, which does not provide financial information.  Accordingly, the financial information is taken from their unaudited compilations.
Nonprofit We R 4 Kids Inc
Address 5624 Murdock Ave
Sarasota, FL 2521
Phone 941 921-3375