Title here

Text here
 

PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/12/2012: PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

* The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

AKA  Project SUCCESS
Minneapolis, MN
GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

GuideStar Summary

&1002;                GuideStar Exchange Committed to transparency ?
This organization is a Silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.

Is this your nonprofit? Update your information today!
&1002; Registered with IRS Legitimacy information is available
&1002; Evidence of Impact Expert Reviews available
&1002; Financial Data Annual Revenue and Expense data reported
&1002; Forms 990 2013, 2012, and 2011 Forms 990 filed with the IRS
&1002; Mission Objectives Mission Statement is available
&1002; Impact Summary Impact Summary from the nonprofit is available
  No Personal Reviews available No Personal Reviews available | Write a Review

Basic Organization Information

PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/12/2012: PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: PROJECT SUCCESS-STUDENTS UNDERTAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

* The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
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 


Sign in or create an account to see this organization's full address, contact information, and more!

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.

Legitimacy Information

This organization is registered with the IRS.

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Institutional funders should note that an organization’s inclusion on GuideStar.org does not satisfy IRS Rev. Proc. 2011-33 for identifying supporting organizations.

Learn more about GuideStar Charity Check, the only pre-grant due diligence tool that is 100% compliant with IRS Rev. Proc 2011-33.

GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $1,714,883
Total Expenses $1,639,659

Revenue & Expenses

Revenue and expense information has not been provided by the nonprofit. Click here if you are associated with this organization and want to provide this information.

Chart Illustration Revenue and Expense data from Forms 990 for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 are included in the GuideStar Premium Report. Upgrade Now Report Added To Cart

Back to Top »

Balance Sheet (IRS Form 990)

Chart Illustration Balance Sheet data from Forms 990 for Year 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 are included in the GuideStar Premium Report. Upgrade Now Report Added To Cart

Back to Top »
GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

Forms 990 Received from the IRS Additional Information
IRS Form 990 is an annual document used by approximately one-third of all public charities to report information about their finances and operations to the federal government. GuideStar uses data from Form 990 to populate its database with financial information about nonprofit organizations. Posting Form 990 images on the GuideStar website is an ongoing process.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2013, 2012, 2011.

Chart Illustration Forms 990 for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 are included in the GuideStar Premium Report. Upgrade Now Report Added To Cart

Forms 990 Provided by the Nonprofit

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2008, 2007.

Financial Statements

Chart Illustration Financial Statements for 2009, 2008, 2007 are included in the GuideStar Premium Report. Upgrade Now Report Added To Cart

Annual Reports

Sign in or create an account to view this information.

GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
June 2012)

Ms. Adrienne Diercks

Term:

Since Sept 1994

Board Chair (GuideStar Exchange,
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
June 2012)

Sign in or create an account to view this information from the GuideStar Exchange

Board Co-Chair

This information has not been provided by the nonprofit. Click here if you are associated with this organization and want to provide this information.

Board of Directors (GuideStar Exchange,
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
June 2012)

Sign in or create an account to view this information from the GuideStar Exchange

Board Leadership Practices (GuideStar Exchange,
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
June 2012)
?

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

Board Orientation & Education ?
Why does this matter? Without clarity around their responsibilities and expectations, board members are not positioned to succeed. They may find themselves challenged to fulfill their governance responsibilities or frustrated by the expectations that the organization has set for them. BoardSource recommends that every new board member participate in a formal orientation process, and that all board members sign a pledge or agreement committing to their board service and to all of the responsibilities and expectations that come with service. Ideally, board members also should participate in a formal governance training program prior to serving on a board.

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Response Not Provided
CEO Oversight ?
Why does this matter? Oversight and management of the chief executive is one of the board’s most important legal responsibilities. The CEO or executive director is the board's single employee, and - just like any other employer/employee relationship - regular and written assessment is critical to ensuring that the chief executive and board are communicating openly about goals and performance. BoardSource recommends that boards conduct formal, written reviews of their chief executives on an annual basis, which should include an in-person discussion with the chief executive and distribution of the written evaluation to the full board.

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
Response Not Provided
Ethics & Transparency ?
Why does this matter? A commitment to handling conflicts of interests is essential to creating an organizational culture of transparency. Boards should create and follow a policy for identifying and handling conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived. BoardSource recommends that organizations review the conflict-of-interest statement and require signed disclosures from all board members and senior staff on an annual basis.

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements within the past year?
Response Not Provided
Board Composition ?
Why does this matter? The best boards are composed of individuals who bring a variety of skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and resources to tackle the complex and strategic challenges confronting their organizations. BoardSource recommends that boards commit to diversity and inclusion by establishing written policies and practices, which include strategic and intentional recruitment of diverse board members, continual commitment to inclusivity, and equal access to board leadership opportunities.

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Response Not Provided
Board Performance ?
Why does this matter? Boards need to regularly assess their own performance. Doing so ensures that they are being intentional about how they govern their organization, which is a critical component of effective board leadership. BoardSource recommends that a board conduct a self-assessment of its performance a minimum of once every three years to ensure that it is staying on track with its roles and responsibilities.

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?
Response Not Provided

Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

Chart Illustration Officers for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 are included in the GuideStar Premium Report. Upgrade Now Report Added To Cart

Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

Highest Paid Employee data is not available for this organization.

People information was last updated by the nonprofit in June 2012

Click here if you are associated with this organization and want to provide updated information.

GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

Programs

Program: (GuideStar Exchange,
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.
June 2012)

Budget:
--
Category:
Population Served:

Program Description:

Our program is comprised of the following compoments: School-based Workshops Our staff of professional facilitators lead workshops based on specifically-designed curricula developed for each grade level. Working together with teachers and school administrators, our curriculum has become an integral part of English/Language Arts classes, ensuring that our program reaches each child in every school. Students participate in a workshop once a month for a total of eight workshop experiences per student, per year. The curriculum guides young people through a variety of unique exercises, experiences and discussions to help them look at their interests, their strengths and desires for the future. We then work with them to set specific goals and take particular steps towards those goals. We call this process "dreaming with your eyes open," and 90% of participating students report taking a positive step toward achieving their goals. Theater Experiences We believe in the power of theater to illuminate the world. We use professional theater as a springboard to inspire students and to help them look at the real issues they face. With the help of 16 professional theater partners, we offer students and their families the opportunity to attend between six and twelve theater experiences a year. These are not school field trips, but tickets to evening and weekend performances. We work with theaters to choose the appropriate plays, we coordinate every element of the experience including providing transportation and childcare, and facilitate post-play discussions with the performers and directors. One-on-One Assistance, College Tours and Special Programming High school students need attention and assistance planning for their future. So we offer a one-on-one counseling program in after-school sessions. Our facilitators help students with reviewing and filling out applications for college or financial aid, finding job opportunities and seeking the resources necessary to make life after high school a positive, productive experience. State and national college tours are an important part of this one-on-one assistance. Each year, Project SUCCESS staff take over 500 high school students on in- and out-of-state college tours. Other specialized programming we offer includes 1) Project SUCCESS produced musicals and performances 2) summer trips to the BWCA 3) all-school field trips to the theater and 4) Special Artist Residency programs

Program Long-Term Success:

During the last school year, Project SUCCESS provided: - the opportunity for 20,000 students and families to attend local theater; - over 2,000 in-class workshops for over 8,000 students; - 500 students the opportunity to tour a local or national college or university; and - 150 students the opportunity to participate in their own play production.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

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.

These expert reviews were generated through Philanthropedia's research methodology to identify high-impact nonprofits. Learn more

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
GuideStar Exchange - Silver Participant What is this?
The GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more.

Reviews

Organization Data Available

Adobe PDF Format A GuideStar Premium Report in PDF format is available for this organization

Price for this Report: $125.00

This Premium Report includes:

  • Financial Data for
  • Financial Charts for
  • Forms 990 for
  • Forms 990T for
  • Audited Financial Statement for
  • Annual Reports for
  • Letter of Determination
  • Form 1023 / 1024
  • Board Members
  • Officer, Director and/or Highest Paid Employee data for


Learn more about GuideStar Premium