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PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

AKA Project SUCCESS

Minneapolis, MN

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PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

Also Known As:
Project SUCCESS
Physical Address:
Minneapolis, MN 55403 1104
EIN:
41-1837278
Web URL:
www.projectsuccess.org
Leadership:
Ms. Adrienne Diercks
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Fiscal Year Starting: Jul 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: Jun 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $1,655,202
Expenses
Total Expenses $1,704,286

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Basic Organization Information

PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

Also Known As:
Project SUCCESS
Physical Address:
Minneapolis, MN 55403 1104
EIN:
41-1837278
Web URL:
www.projectsuccess.org 
NTEE Category:
O Youth Development 
O50 Youth Development Programs 
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities 
A25 Arts Education/Schools 
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities 
A20 Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose 
Ruling Year:
1996 

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Mission Statement

Project SUCCESS is a youth-development organization that works with students over a seven-year period, from middle school through high school, to help them develop life-skills that can transform their lives. Through our goal-setting workshops, theater experiences, and special programming/services, students learn to make informed choices and plan for meaningful futures. Project SUCCESS wants students to prepare to face their futures with enriched imaginations, increased confidence, positive outlooks, clearly defined goals, and well-planned strategies for success.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Project SUCCESS’ philosophy underlies these key components: to provide a non-judgmental, supportive forum where students can speak out and be heard, and where they learn to assess and find support for their goals. It is this direct support of students that allows Project SUCCESS to teach life-long skills of goal setting and achievement that will assist students in their academic performance and long-term planning.   Project SUCCESS affects positive change by motivating and inspiring students to define their needs, work hard to live up to their potential and achieve their dreams, thereby improving academic performance, keeping students engaged in school, and reducing at-risk behaviors.   Students and their families who would not otherwise be able to attend a theater performance will do so, providing an enriching cultural experience for thousands of people (21,026 in the 2009-10 school year), thus opening doors to new ways of learning and communicating. The community benefits as families are strengthened by the shared cultural experiences, communication between teachers and families improves, and students leave school better prepared for their post-secondary plans. Finally, by providing access to the arts to an underserved and at-risk population of students, we will create a new generation of theatergoers who are more diversified, inclusive, open-minded, educated and experienced.   Through the process of goal setting and preparing for life after high school through our in-class workshops, after-school workshops, theatrical performance, college tours and other special programming students will learn the value of hard work, meaningful employment or continued education after graduation and take an active role in their community.

Expert Reviews and Comments

2013 Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit

This organization is a 2013 Philanthropedia top nonprofit, recommended by experts as having high impact.

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Evidence of Impact

Project SUCCESS helps children to develop a positive self-image. On addition to encouraging parental involvement, the organization creates a culture of cooperation, mutual support, and respect. Their creative projects advance youth’s capabilities and helps them to discover their talents. The Project SUCCESS staff members knows how to connect with their participants.

Strong Programming
I see the impact in the scope of the program, depth of the program, and demand for the program. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The idea of using theater to engage and inspire students is terrific, and the inclusion of parents and families is a wonderful idea. Teachers speak highly of Project Success coaches' ability to engage effectively with kids and listen to them. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Holistic Approach to Child's Development
Social and emotional well-being, confidence and mastery helps children achieve better at school. On the ground practice suggests that looking at the whole child is essential to success. Foundation Professional

Organizational Strengths

Project SUCCESS has stability in their leadership and staff members. They also have a dedicated Board. They carry out effective programming for children and families. The organization’s strength is in its commitment to go beyond test driven results and pay attention to the emotional development of children too. By enabling them to experience art and nature, the children are taught to find a positive relationships with themselves and others.

Well Connected
They are well connected to school, business, and community stakeholders. They also have strong career and college work and youth employment efforts. They have strong leadership and connection to youth. They focus on arts and the healing power of nature, which is a great contribution to college and career readiness. PS has great staffs and a "can do" attitude to work with youth. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their strength is they have an infrastructure that puts them in Minneapolis public schools and St. Paul public schools. This infrastructure is coupled with innovative ways to engage and build on the leadership of the young people they serve using a variety of art-based approaches. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Excellent Leadership
The organization has a strong board, stable and committed staff members, and the ability to tap resources of wealthier individuals. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Project SUCCESS needs to work out how to appeal to more funders. Because their program results are more qualitatively driven, this proves to be a weakness when applying for grants. It is recommended that the organization find a balance in different measuring methods.

Measurable Outcomes
Likely they need to develop more metrics to evaluate their work. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Appealing to Funders
Building the case for investment into this nonprofit is challenging, given the academic measures that only approach traditional research and evaluation and the tendency for the lack of inclusion of the arts (unlike the sciences) for funders who wish to close the achievement gap. Shorter duration of time for exposure to Project Success may mean limited effects on students. Foundation Professional

From the Nonprofit

Thank you to Philanthropedia and dozens of experts for the time and thought you put into reviewing Twin Cities youth-serving nonprofits to select and recognize those who are doing exemplary work in the field of educational support for at-risk youth. We are honored by the recognition of our work with youth and pleased to be part of this group of excellent organizations!   Project SUCCESS motivates and inspires students to dream about their futures and helps them take steps to get there. We believe in all young people and the power they have to build a positive future for themselves.  Serving the whole child over time, from sixth grade through twelfth grade, we help them develop the skills, support, confidence and motivation to set and achieve their goals, graduate with plans for their futures, and successfully adapt as circumstances change throughout their lives.  Our program activities are designed to help young people build the character and metacognitive skills critical for academic, work and life success.   Minnesota students face one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, resulting in lower on-time high school graduation rates and less adequate preparation for post-secondary enrollment and success. In addition, there is growing evidence of a “skills gap” in which many young adults lack the skills and conscientiousness needed for success in the workplace. We face a rising population of less educated teens and young adults who are persistently disconnected from and underprepared for both education and employment.   Project SUCCESS programming positively impacts academic engagement and achievement and post-secondary readiness through our work in three areas:   1.  Metacognitive Skill Development: Skills such as grit, tenacity and perseverance are critical to academic success and career readiness. 2.  School Connectedness: Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. 3.  Arts Access and Education: Students with high levels of arts involvement are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and to obtain a college degree.   The foundation for our work, however, is inspiring kids to dream, giving them hope for the future. Gallup research shows that hope is one of the most potent predictors of youth success. It is linked consistently to improved academic performance.  Hope is not a “soft” measure.  Students with hope have the ability to visualize their futures, to set goals and develop strategies to meet them, and to find and maintain the energy needed to move forward.  Kids need inspiration – it is the basis for their success in school and in life.   Our Mission: Project SUCCESS is a youth-development organization that works with students over a seven-year period, from middle school through high school, to help them develop life- skills that can transform their lives. Through our goal-setting workshops, theater experiences, and special programming/services, students learn to make informed choices and plan for meaningful futures.
  Our Vision: To motivate and inspire each student in every school we serve to dream about their future, help them create a plan to get there, and give them the tools and support they need to achieve their goals, thereby strengthening engagement in school, improving academic performance, and reinforcing positive behaviors.   Our Outcomes 1)  Students develop and take steps to achieve short-term and long-term goals. 2)  Students’ engagement in their classes improves, leading to increased attendance and participation. 3)  Students connect goals and dreams with their academic behavior, leading to improved academic performance and outcomes. 4)  Students demonstrate more connections with family, teachers, students, and community, and a better understanding of themselves.   Our Program Project SUCCESS complements the work of teachers and counselors by enriching the core curriculum and creating long-term relationships with students over seven years.  Each year, Project SUCCESS serves over eleven thousand middle and high school students in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public schools. We serve all seven Minneapolis core high schools. We achieve our goals through the following activities:   1)  Goal-setting workshops are held monthly, from sixth through twelfth grade, in each Language Arts classroom, for each student in every school, led by highly trained Project SUCCESS facilitators using our proven, grade-specific, cumulative curriculum, designed to help students set and achieve goals and integrated with the academic curriculum and the common core standards for language arts.   2)  Professional Theater Experiences are offered to inspire and challenge students, demonstrate they are members of the community, and act as a springboard for discussion in the classroom and at home. We invite students and their families to eight performances annually at no cost to them, thanks to our Twin Cities theater partners who donate tickets. The performances enrich students’ shared family and community experiences, leading to more positive and supportive relationships and improved academic achievement.   3)  Enrichment Activities outside the classroom offer students more opportunities to refine their goals, build relationships, and develop confidence in creative thinking, decision making, and resourcefulness while developing the skills to plan their futures. Activities include college tours, artist residencies, student performances, BWCA canoe trips, and transition/orientation events for incoming freshmen.   — Submitted October 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

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