Educate Today
7899 Baymeadows Way, Ste 100
Jacksonville FL 32256
Mission

Educate Today, Inc. has been committed to providing the highest quality educational programming for Florida’s struggling, at-risk, and high-risk students since 2008. Our Mission

  • Create and facilitate a Unique Student Centered Plan to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses

  • Maximize parental, school, and community involvement and ensure the utilization of all available resources

  • Empower students to utilize all resources that support their academic success and community involvement

  • To reduce drop out, risky behaviors, and bullying, incorporate leadership development, positive mentorship, encourage entrepreneurship and innovative learning experiences while making learning real with the opportunity for students to express their interests and talents.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Paula D Wright
Board Chair Joseph Vickers
Board Chair Affiliation A Quantum Leap Educational Services
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Exempt 2016
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
Tax ExemptView
Impact Statement
To increase utilization of community resources, parental involvement, teacher and school involvement by facilitating communication between student, family, and community organizations using a student centered model.   Create an individualized student learning plan based on assessments to include academic, community, and family. To improve FCAT scores or academic subject area achievement.  Demonstrate improvement in completion of homework assignments, participation in student’s academic lives by family members; and an increased dedication to school and motivation to remain in school. To promote positive youth development to help enhance motivation, dedication and academic performance.  Last year we served 774 students and over 80% showed gains in academics, student attendance, student participation in classwork, student moral, and vigor towards learning. 87% students had an increase in academic improvement in certain classes, mostly language arts, math, and reading. We noticed an 85% decrease in absentees and an 85% decrease in disciplinary problems.

Outcomes

  • Last year we served 488 students in our STEAM program and over 80% showed gains in academics, student attendance,
    student participation in classwork, student moral, and vigor towards learning.
  • 87% actively participating students had an increase in academic improvement in certain classes, mostly language arts and reading.
  • We have noticed an 85% decrease in absentees and an 85% decrease in disciplinary problems in active participant
    students mainly becausestudents enjoy the program so much; they are not willing to risk losing their privilege of attending.
  • Last year we served 774 students in our student centered model academic tutoring program and wereRated Excellent by the Department of Education.
  • 87% of reading students showed learning gains
  • 81% of math students showed learning gains
Needs Statement
Consumables:  Materials and Supplies for students and overall programming.
 
Additional support for data analysis and financial operations.
 
Monetary contributions for transportation for our students to and from our programs.
 
Community partners to serve as advisory board members as well as program support.
 
Financial contributions to assist with overall operating expenses.
Background Statement
Our framework applies a holistic approach which involves every
member of the program: community, administration, staff, schools, parents, and especially the students all play critical roles in
creating an atmosphere free from worry and conducive to success.  We provide positive mentoring and standards driven, project based curriculum with a hands on approach and a student centered academic component. The curriculum fosters the relationship between academics, artistic interests, and helps students gain mastery in areas of performance, advertising, recording technology, marketing, and design while linking it to the need for science, technology, arts, and math. We demonstrate the qualities necessary to be
a leader in today’s business field.  Students engage in effective decision-making processes, power and influence, mentoring, leading organizational change, negotiation skills, and investing in and managing relationships to achieve business goals, increased involvement, and academic improvement.  Our Program provides at-risk students with opportunities for academic enrichment and personal enrichment, and complement students’standard academic programs.  Programs also engage adult family members of actively participating students through educational and personal development opportunities. Programs provide safe environments for students during non-school hours and may have one or multiple centers/sites which may be located in schools, community facilities, and/or faith-based facilities.  All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including, but not limited to: tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment (e.g., reading/language arts, math, science, and technology programs), homework assistance, music, art, service learning, character education, physical education and recreational activities, and dropout prevention. 
Program goals are to (1) Improve academic achievement and
understanding in core academic areas (i.e., reading, writing, math and
science); (2) promote positive youth development and personal growth to help enhance motivation, dedication, and academic performance; and (3) enhance parenting skills and literacy to promote involvement and improve family conditions for participating students.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Today’s youth lack resiliency, a positive outlook, healthy family dynamics, pro-social relationships with peers and adults, positive decision-making skills, strong community attachment, and academic success; they have high risk factors related to teen pregnancy, delinquency, substance abuse, family dysfunction, negative peer associations, school failure/dropout and other negative outcomes. Youth from low-income backgrounds are less likely to have parents who can assist them with homework because of lower levels of parental education or English proficiency. Young people’s perceptions of their present choices are powerfully affected by how they view the future. A future affected by poverty or lack of educational or vocational opportunities increases risk factors. Students who feel rejected by teachers and classmates are more likely to drop out of school.  Students with and without disabilities need opportunities to lead, just as they need developmentally appropriate training and opportunities for academic skills achievement.  Teen pregnancy rate 26.6%, substance use averages 23%, 1,740 youth deliquency referrals, County drop out rate 4.3% is double of the state.  FCAT scores go down if compared from 3rd to 5th to 10th to 12th grades for the last 3 years. 30% of middle school student statewide worry about being bullied.  Support of the Problem:  High quality homework support to at-risk students shows positive gains in academic achievement, improvement in teachers’ perceptions of students’ efforts, and increased student self-confidence (Huang & Cho2009).  Positive Youth Development promotes healthy development through supportive relationships with adults and peers; community connections; opportunities for involvement; challenging and engaging activities and learning experiences. Leadership opportunities offered by a program was the highest single predictor of retention(Deschenes,etal.,2010)  We provide positive mentoring and standards driven, project based curriculum with a hands on approach and a student centered academic component. The curriculum fosters the relationship between academics, artistic interests, and helps students gain mastery in areas of performance, advertising, recording technology, marketing, and design while linking it to the need for science, technology, arts, and math. We demonstrate the qualities necessary to be a leader in today’s world.  Students engage in effective decision-making processes, mentoring, and investing in and managing relationships to achieve business goals, increased involvement, and academic improvement.



 

Programs
Description
21st CCLC Program provides a wide variety of creative, engaging, and educational programming designed to both support and extend the academic and personal enrichment of participating students and their families.  21st CCLC Program provides at-risk students with opportunities for academic enrichment and personal enrichment, and complement students’ standard academic programs.  21st CCLC programs also engage adult family members of actively participating students through educational and personal development opportunities. 21st CCLC programs provide safe environments for students during non-school hours. All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including, not limited to: tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment (e.g., reading/language arts, math, science, and technology programs), homework assistance, music, art, service learning, character education, physical education and recreational activities, and dropout prevention. 
Budget $350,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Short Term Success
Students will show 80% increased knowledge in reading, math, science, and writing project based learning lessons.  Students will show increased knowledge in science, math, and reading as measured by Kids College pre and post tests after each lesson. 
Long Term Success

Program goals are to (1) Improve academic achievement and
understanding in core academic areas (i.e., reading, writing, math and science); (2) promote positive youth development and personal growth to help enhance motivation, dedication, and academic performance; and (3) enhance parenting skills and literacy to promote involvement and improve family conditions for participating students.

Program Success Monitoring

Educate Today is firmly rooted in a commitment to continuous
improvement of operations, services, and outcomes. The cornerstone is a logical process of planning, data collection, analysis, reporting, and refining. As such, evaluation will include three connected elements to help ensure it is effective, efficient, and sustainable: continuous improvement, formative evaluation, and summative evaluation. Ongoing evaluation will be conducted using the Continuous Improvement Model (CIM), a quality-based approach used within educational settings and particularly effective for reducing achievement gaps between student subgroups. The model focuses upon individualized assessment using both formal and informal techniques to guide incremental changes within ongoing services, adopt new ways to improve and measure outcomes, discontinue or adapt activities that have no value, and increase emphasis on program objectives and outcomes.

Program Success Examples

Last year we served 488 students in our program and over 80% showed gains in academics, student attendance, student participation in classwork, student moral, and vigor towards learning.

  • 87% actively participating students had an increase in academic improvement in certain classes, mostly language arts and reading.
  • We have noticed an 85% decrease in absentees and an 85% decrease in disciplinary problems in active participant students mainly becausestudents enjoy the program so much; they are not willing to risk losing their privilege of attending.
  • 87% of reading students showed learning gains
  • 81% of math students showed learning gains
Description

Making Connections Count component concentrates on the achievement gap for at-risk, economically disadvantaged children and aims to increase utilization of community resources, increase parental involvement, increase teacher and school involvement by facilitating communication between student, family, and community organizations using a student centered model. To administer pre, interim, and post assessments based on each student’s identified needs. Create an individualized student learning plan based on weaknesses identified in assessments to include academic, community, and family. To improve FCAT scores or academic subject area achievement by providing interactive curriculum and small group tutoring sessions. Increase student dedication to school and motivation to remain in school.



Budget $1,200
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Short Term Success

Students will show 80% increased knowledge in reading, math,
science, and writing project based learning lessons. Students will show increased knowledge in science, math, and reading as measured by Kids College pre and post tests after each lesson. 

Long Term Success

Program goals are to (1) Improve academic achievement and understanding in core academic areas (i.e., reading, writing, math and science); (2) promote positive youth development and personal growth to help enhance motivation, dedication, and academic performance; and (3) enhance parenting skills and literacy to promote involvement and improve family conditions for participating students.



Program Success Monitoring

Educate Today is firmly rooted in a commitment to continuous
improvement of operations, services, and outcomes. The cornerstone is a logical process of planning, data collection, analysis, reporting, and refining. As such, evaluation will include three connected elements to help ensure it is effective, efficient, and sustainable: continuous improvement, formative evaluation, and summative evaluation. Ongoing evaluation will be conducted using the Continuous Improvement Model (CIM), a quality-based approach used within educational settings and particularly effective for reducing achievement gaps between student subgroups. The model focuses upon individualized assessment using both formal and informal techniques to guide incremental changes within ongoing services, adopt new ways to improve and measure
outcomes, discontinue or adapt activities that have no value, and increase
emphasis on program objectives and outcomes.

Program Success Examples

Last year we served 488 students in our program and over 80%
showed gains in academics, student attendance, student participation in
classwork, student moral, and vigor towards learning.

87% actively participating students had an increase in
academic improvement in certain classes, mostly language arts and reading.

We have noticed an 85% decrease in absentees and an 85%
decrease in disciplinary problems in active participant students mainly because students enjoy the program so much; they are not willing to risk losing their privilege of attending. Last year we served 774 students in our student centered
87% of reading students showed learning gains

81% of math students showed learning gains

Description

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics Initiative
 
Incorporates Hip Hop Based Education as a valuable teaching
tool through the power of music, entrepreneurship, and popular culture to
expand a student’s personal educational experience. The mission is to prepare students for college, careers, and global citizenship by offering a
fundamentally different approach to education that is designed to address the needs of the 21st century learners. We are driven by the belief that students will excel when provided with a personalized educational experience and a curriculum that is applicable to the real world. Provides student-centered arts instruction in filmmaking, digital music production, photography, visual arts, and theatre, design, dance, and language arts. Goals are to improve academic achievement core areas, promote positive youth development, personal growth to help enhance motivation, dedication and academic performance, and entrepreneurial education.

Budget $150,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success

Students will show 80% increased knowledge in reading, math,
science, and writing project based learning lessons. Students will show increased knowledge in
science, math, and reading as measured by Kids College pre and post tests after
each lesson. 



Long Term Success

Program goals are to (1) Improve academic achievement and understanding
in core academic areas (i.e., reading, writing, math and science); (2) promote
positive youth development and personal growth to help enhance motivation,
dedication, and academic performance; and (3) enhance parenting skills and
literacy to promote involvement and improve family conditions for participating
students.



Program Success Monitoring

Educate Today is firmly rooted in a commitment to continuous
improvement of operations, services, and outcomes. The cornerstone is a logical
process of planning, data collection, analysis, reporting, and refining. As
such, evaluation will include three connected elements to help ensure it is
effective, efficient, and sustainable: continuous improvement, formative
evaluation, and summative evaluation. Ongoing evaluation will be conducted
using the Continuous Improvement Model (CIM), a quality-based approach used
within educational settings and particularly effective for reducing achievement
gaps between student subgroups. The model focuses upon individualized
assessment using both formal and informal techniques to guide incremental
changes within ongoing services, adopt new ways to improve and measure
outcomes, discontinue or adapt activities that have no value, and increase
emphasis on program objectives and outcomes.



Program Success Examples

Last year we served 488 students in our program and over 80%
showed gains in academics, student attendance, student participation in
classwork, student moral, and vigor towards learning.



87% actively participating students had an increase in
academic improvement in certain classes, mostly language arts and reading.



We have noticed an 85% decrease in absentees and an 85%
decrease in disciplinary problems in active participant students mainly because
students enjoy the program so much; they are not willing to risk losing their
privilege of attending. Last year we
served 774 students in our student centered



87% of reading students showed learning gains



81% of math students showed learning gains



CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Paula D Wright
CEO Term Start Feb 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email pwright@educate-today.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 50
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Robert Taylor Community Center
PAL
Literacy Council
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Joseph Vickers
Company Affiliation A Quantum Leap Educational Services
Board Term Feb 2011 to Feb 2013
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Denise Rose CPA
Hamilton Traylor Law Firm
Joe Vickers A Quantum Leap
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 33
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2012
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2012
Projected Revenue $2,100,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,100,000.00
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
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$251,325$31,435--
Administration Expense$2,639$162--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.00--
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%99%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$192,206$5,620--
Current Assets$192,206$5,620--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$169,483$5,562--
Total Net Assets$22,723$58--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment grants $229,832Program service revenue $30,918--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram service revenue $43,482Other - miscellaneous $689--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,3150 $0--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.131.01--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Form 990-N was filed in 2009.  Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Where provided, Federal tax return reconciles with audited financial statement.
Nonprofit Educate Today
Address 7899 Baymeadows Way, Ste 100
Jacksonville, FL 34234
Phone 904 886-4924

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.