T R E K Foundation Inc dba T.R.E.K. Foundation, Inc.
4114 66th Place East
Sarasota FL 34243
Mission
To provide technical tools to students who are not reading at appropriate grade level to increase reading proficiency.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Rochelle Youngelman
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
0
0
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Mar 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Accomplishments 2015:
  1. Increased reading proficiency as evidenced by better grades in school.
  2. Increased self-confidence in students by improving reading.
  3. Increased interest in reading.
 
Goals 2016:
  1. Provide access to internet for student research
  2. Collaborate with library system to provide free materials
  3. Provide books based on student interest
Needs Statement
  1. Purchase new computer tablets for the reading program.   $3000 
  2. Purchase new e-books to read on the tablets.  $1000
  3. Purchase rewards for accomplishment in the reading program.  $500 
Background Statement
In 2012, T.R.E.K. Foundation, Inc. was started to increase reading proficiency in homeless and at-risk children who were not performing on grade level.  After a year, T.R.E.K. determined that collaboration with existing organizations would best serve these students.  T.R.E.K. is now providing e-readers and tablets to the Boys and Girls Clubs on five Sarasota sites.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
A major challenge for T.R.E.K. is developing collaborative relationships with organizations, e.g. Sarasota schools and the Board of Education, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club.  T.R.E.K. has successfully established relationships with the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, providing tablets and other materials to increase the reading skills of children who are not reading on grade level.  Children who can read have a better chance of succeeding in life.  It is gratifying to observe children who have increased their self-esteem because of their increased ability to read.
Below are comments from a teacher at the TRIAD school:

  • Students truly LOVE the use of technology and are very enthusiastic every day about the Kindles. They are eager to have them each morning and have done a super job caring for them. Every day they ask to take them home. They also want to know what they can do to keep them permanently! They show motivation and good energy toward learning overall.
  • Students are loving the experience of reading a class novel aloud together, using the highlighting and defining and bookmarking features. (Currently, we are reading The Lord of the Flies and the students are enjoying this adventure.)
  • Students have a library of classic books on their Kindles and like being able to choose which one(s) to read.
  • There are word-building games that have been placed on the Kindle for downtime. Students have done very well using this at the right times, and it is improving their spelling and vocabulary skills. They also have done well with the competition between them, and we have observed the students helping each other.
  • It’s easier to have their books, as well as classroom assignments/documents on the Kindle and carry that with them.
  • Students think it is easier to stay organized by using their Kindles.
  • Students enjoy doing their homework or classroom assignments, such as the essays and article of the week writing or reading comprehension questions, in which they have to type a document, when they can do it on their Kindle. They have found it easier to access the assignments, downloaded by the teacher, and then have it accessible to work on the typing throughout the day. Plus, it is right there along with the book(s) they are reading.
  • Overall, students are spending more time reading, more time writing, and more time using technology. They PREFER reading anything from the Kindle, and they are asking for more books, more assignments, and more word apps!
  • Programs
    Description
    Collaborate with the Boys and Girls Club at five locations by providing Kindle Fires to children who are not reading on grade level to increase reading proficiency. The Boys and Girls Club will work with the children weekly. The targeted children who improve scores will be awarded the Kindle Fires in a special ceremony in May.
     
    Budget $4,000
    Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
    Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
    Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
    Short Term Success
    Children will increase their reading proficiency and develop higher levels of self-esteem.
    Long Term Success Reading proficiency increases the chances of success in school and in life.
    Program Success Monitoring T.R.E.K. received grades or progress reports from the collaborating organizations.
    Program Success Examples Of 50 children who participated in the T.R.E.K. program at the Boys and Girls Club, 49 improved significantly in reading scores at school.  These 12 children were rewarded by earning the right to keep their Kindle Fires.
    Comments
    Program Comments by Organization In the beginning, we were faced with students who were reluctant to read and/or who had lost interest in reading all together.  The challenges for these students were gaps in learning due to unknown circumstances that triggered reading below reading levels, lack of comprehension, and limited vocabulary skills.  The silent reading segment grabbed their attention, and the technology aspect kept their interest going. An additional outcome is that non targeted children have increased in their reading proficiency.

    Therefore, I cannot speak highly enough about this program.  After using the program, many of our members are currently able to read on level, better comprehend their homework, and have increased their speaking vocabulary.

    Advantage of the program: The Trek program was able to provide the perfect scenario for High School students to engage with younger members. The members looked forward to working with the High School Students. We started with 2 students coming during Trek  time, but by the end of the year it had gained 3 more just by the excitement shown by the original ones.
    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 3
    Management Reports to Board N/A
    CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
    Collaborations
    Boys and Girls Club
    External Assessments and Accreditations
    Assessment/AccreditationYear
    Risk Management Provisions
    Government Licenses
    Organization Licensed by the Government No
    Plans
    Fundraising Plan Under Development
    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
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Rochelle Youngelman
    Company Affiliation Retired
    Board Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2018
    Board Chair Email shellyyoungelman@gmail.com
    Board Members
    Board Members
    NameAffiliation
    Ms. Jonna Keller First Security Investments of SWF, LLC
    Ms. Rachel Rivlin Retired
    Mrs. Rochelle Youngelman Retired
    Constituency Includes Client Representation No
    Board Ethnicity
    African American/Black 0
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 3
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Other 0 0
    Board Gender
    Male 0
    Female 3
    Unspecified 0
    Governance
    Board Term Lengths 1
    Board Term Limits 99
    Board Orientation No
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
    Board Meeting Attendance % 100
    Board Self-Evaluation No
    Written Board Selection Criteria No
    Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
    % of Board Making Monetary Contributions 3
    % of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 3
    Fiscal Year Projections
    Fiscal Year Begins 2017
    Fiscal Year Ends 2017
    Projected Revenue $2,000.00
    Projected Expenses $2,000.00
    Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
    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
    990-N2016
    990-N 20152015
    Audit/Financial Documents
    Historical Financial Review
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Program Expense$0$266--
    Administration Expense$520$166--
    Fundraising Expense$500$0--
    Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses4.461.73--
    Program Expense/Total Expenses0%62%--
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%0%--
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Total Assets$8,111$312--
    Current Assets$8,111$312--
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
    Current Liabilities$0$0--
    Total Net Assets$8,111$312--
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,721Fundraising $680--
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $833Contributions, gifts, grants $50--
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Other $17--
    CEO/Executive Director Compensation
    Tax Credits No
    Solvency
    Short Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
    Long Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201620152014
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
    Financials Comments
    Financial Comments by Organization
    As a small organization, our biggest challenge is raising money to fund the purchase of e-readers to provide to children who need assistance with reading.
    Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N. 
    Nonprofit T R E K Foundation Inc dba T.R.E.K. Foundation, Inc.
    Address 4114 66th Place East
    Sarasota, FL 34243
    Phone 941 462-1167

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