Links to Success
907 S ORANGE AVE
ARCADIA FL 34266-8808
Mission

The mission of Links to Success is to provide resources, services, experiences, and guidance to prepare youth for post secondary education and careers. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Everlena Richardson
Board Chair Affiliation FGCU
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Links to Success
Links2Success
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Nov 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $57,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
501c3View
Impact Statement
  • Graduates of our College and Career Prep Academy (Classes 1-4) have a 90% matriculation rate into a post-secondary education institution. These students are funneled into our College Success Program. Graduates have been accepted into and enrolled in the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, South Florida State College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, DeSoto County School District’s nursing program, and Florida International University.
  • More than 70% of these graduates have received their Associate of Arts degree. While our first class of students should start graduating with their Bachelor’s degrees next year, we already have one student who graduated with her B.S. degree in May of 2017.
  • Links to Success receives a Silver for the 4th year in a row, the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 20% of all charities throughout the United States receive the award two years in a row. Links to Success received this rating based on its ability to provide transparent financial and organizational information.
  • Links to Success has provided free college and career prep programming to Desoto students for over 5 years including college tours, financial assistance, assistance with the post secondary education and college retention processes. 
Needs Statement

 

  1. $35,000 for one full time Executive Director.
  2. $7,500 to provide our annual Spring Break College and Career Experience.
  3. $20,000 to meet the programming needs of our rapidly expanding program. 
  4. $2500 to provide scholarships to current college students serving as college coaches to our high school students. 


 

Background Statement

Founded in 2012, Links to Success has provided 100% free college and career prep programming for at risk and impoverished youth living in Desoto County. Our mission is accomplished by providing free college and career readiness programs to DeSoto County students. Currently, we have programs for DeSoto County Middle and High School students, as well as graduates of our high school programs currently enrolled or seeking to enroll in post secondary educational institutions.

Each summer, we provide free college and career programming for nearly 50 middle school students through our Career & Leadership Program, Health Careers Camp and STEM Camp. We also provide one on one college and career prep programming to DeSoto high school students enrolled in our College & Career Prep Academy. Graduates of our College & Career Prep Academy enroll in our College Success Program to help them throughout their post secondary education career.

We accomplish our mission through ongoing fundraising and by collaborating with local agencies and organizations including the Desoto County School District, South Florida State College, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, other local education institutions and many other partners.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments We provide direct services to students from Desoto County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Links to Success has been in existence for over 5 years now and has proven success. Our biggest challenge is long-term sustainability as our county is considered one of the poorest in Florida and has very limited funding resources.  However, it's imperative that programming is available at no cost to students who come from families of generational poverty and wouldn't otherwise have resources to be successful. We operate on a very small budget but the impact of our work is invaluable.
Programs
Description Each summer, we provide free college and career programming for over 50 Desoto County students through our Career & Leadership Program, Health Careers Camp and STEM Camp.

These summer programs provide exposure to careers, post-secondary education options, leadership, and interest-building activities to students in DeSoto County. Programs help students develop a love for learning and set a goal to graduate and pursue post-secondary education opportunities. Students experience careers in heath, banking, STEM, judicial, government, law enforcement, non-profit, agriculture, and so much more.

Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

 

  • Students in our summer enrichment programs will be exposed to careers and education that will aide them in planning for post secondary opportunities and help them identify classes to enroll in. 

 

Long Term Success

 

Students will get a head start on post secondary options and enroll in our high school programming to plan for it.  Our long-term goal is to decrease the ongoing cycle of poverty by connecting students to post secondary opportunities and careers.

 

Program Success Monitoring

 

  • Assessments and student reviews after each program.
  • Annual reviews to determine post-secondary education enrollment.

 

Program Success Examples

 

  • 100% student satisfaction gathered from surveys
  • We have retained over a dozen students who have went through the programming for first year students, excelled and have been invited back to serve as junior counselors year after year.


 

Description

 

This year round program guides students through the post secondary education process in high school and college. This initiative helps students to identify post secondary options, prepare for admission into college/technical schools and successfully graduate from a post secondary institution.

Students in our College and Career Prep Academy are provided post secondary prep assistance through workshops, one-on-one mentoring with a College Success Coach, tours of universities/technical schools, career exploration, financial aid assistance, ACT/SAT prep, and more. Our students have been accepted into the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, South Florida State College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, DeSoto County School District’s nursing program, and Florida International University.

Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

 

  • Graduates of our College and Career Prep Academy (Classes 1-4) have a 90% matriculation rate into a post-secondary education institution. These students are funneled into our College Success Program. Graduates have been accepted into and enrolled in the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, South Florida State College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, DeSoto County School District’s nursing program, and Florida International University.
  • More than 70% of these graduates have received their Associate of Arts degree. While our first class of students should start graduating with their Bachelor’s degrees next year, we already have one student who graduated with her B.S. degree in May of 2017.

 

Long Term Success

 

DeSoto County is considered one of the poorest communities in the state of Florida. There are very limited resources that provide our youth with year round, one-on-one assistance that helps them identify post secondary opportunities, expose them to those opportunities, prep and assist them with seeking those opportunities and providing resources to ensure that they graduate from a post secondary educational institution. Through this post secondary education success initiative, we are aiming to decrease the ongoing cycle of poverty through education and careers. 
Program Success Monitoring

 

  • We are able to monitor our programs utilizing the following:
                  Assessments and student reviews after each program.
                  Annual reviews to determine post-secondary education enrollment and retention
 
  • Using this data, we are constantly tweaking the program per the warning indicators (i.e., low test scores, low grades, struggles with post secondary enrollment and advancement towards graduation) to provide more resources for student success.
 

 

Program Success Examples

 

Graduates of our College and Career Prep Academy (Classes 1-4) have a 90% matriculation rate into a post-secondary education institution. These students are funneled into our College Success Program. Graduates have been accepted into and enrolled in the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, South Florida State College, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, DeSoto County School District’s nursing program, and Florida International University.

More than 70% of these graduates have received their Associate of Arts degree. While our first class of students should start graduating with their Bachelor’s degrees next year, we already have one student who graduated with her B.S. degree in May of 2017.

Description

The First Year College Program provides support for Desoto County students attending South Florida State College (Desoto Campus) through the important first year of their college education. We answer their questions, connect them with on-campus resources, provide student success skills, and financial aid when available.

The program is dedicated to taking a proactive approach with students in order to increase academic success.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success

  • 100% of students will complete their first semester of college with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 100% of students will attend college success skills workshops

Long Term Success

  • 100% of students will complete their first year of college with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 75% of students will graduate with their AA/AS degree within 2 years.
  • 80% of students will continue on to a 4 year college institution.

Program Success Monitoring This program will be launched in Fall 2014. 
Program Success Examples This program will be launched in Fall 2014. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
We collaborate with many organizations including Desoto County Schools and other local organizations and agencies.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
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 No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Everlena Richardson
Company Affiliation FGCU
Board Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Board Chair Email links2success@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Edith Andrade Student
Maria Coone The Imagination Station
Ashley Coone DeSoto County Clerk of Court
Ms. Everlena Richardson Bethune Cookman University
Mr. Jaccarie Simons First State Bank
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 75
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $57,000.00
Projected Expenses $57,000.00
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
IRS Form 990s
2015 9902015
990-N2014
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$44,374$34,555$9,725
Administration Expense$3,166$4,322$818
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.601.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%89%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Current Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$22,275$39,257$1,507
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $55,146Contributions, gifts, grants $37,068Contributions, gifts, grants $9,260
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,280In-Kind Donations $25,000In-Kind Donations & Income $2,060
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Fundraising $305Fundraising $730
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for the short year January 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013 and for 2014 was taken from their audited financial review.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.The value of in-kind donations is included in revenue.  Financial information for 2015 was taken from the organization's Federal 990.
 
Nonprofit Links to Success
Address 907 S ORANGE AVE
ARCADIA , FL 34266 8808
Phone 863 990-0527

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.