S K I P Inc Community Resource Services

"Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents: A Commitment to There Future"

aka Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents   |   Montgomery, AL   |  http://www.skipinc.org

Mission

SKIP Inc. Community Resource Services mission is to provide supportive programs and services to children of prisoners and their families to STOP the cycle of incarceration as well as increase public awareness.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mrs. Gloria Jean Williams CEO

Main address

669 Bush Drive

Montgomery, AL 36043 USA

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Formerly known as

Project SKIP Community Resources

SKIP, Inc Community Resource Services

EIN

63-1192092

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (O05)

Single Organization Support (F11)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many youth face significant hurdles as they move from adolescence into adulthood. These obstacles typically include, but are rarely limited to poverty, criminal history, difficult family dynamics, lack of positive role models, homelessness and unstable living situations, substance abuse, mental health problems, disabilities, and/or inadequate education and job readiness skills.

In the short run, youth who are poorly prepared for the workforce will increasingly place demands on our already strained social service and criminal justice systems as they move into adulthood. They will experience statistically higher incidences of poverty and reliance on public assistance as well as higher rates of incarceration. According to the U.S. Census, 18 percent of adults lacking a high school diploma are living in poverty compared to only eight percent of the general population. It has been estimated that high school dropouts are 3½ times more likely to be incarcerated during their lifetime.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SKIP, Inc. Afterschool Program

SKIP, Inc. Community Resource Services is a high-quality afterschool program that unique in itself in that it plays an important role in helping children and youth to grow up safe, healthy, educated, connected and employable. A growing body of evidence shows the Afterschool approach to learning – fun, engaging, project-based, and linked to the school day but not mirroring it – not only boosts
regular school day success, but contributes to the development of work-ready skills like team work,
problem-solving, critical thinking skills, healthy decision making and more.

Regular participation in our afterschool program is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores. It is also linked to significantly improved work habits and reduced behavior problems – thus facilitating academic improvements.

SKIP’s high-quality after school program promotes personal, social and life skills are consistently successful in producing multiple benefits for youth including improvements in the student’s personal, social and academic skills.

Supporting Student Learning
Studies have shown that students and family involved in our afterschool program have:
 Fewer absences and less tardiness
 Better grades
 Higher rates of homework completion
 Increased rates of parental involvement in school
 Greater sense of the relevance of curriculum
 Increased responsibility
 Enhanced problem solving and conflict

Youth in the SKIP, Inc. Afterschool Program are half as likely to drop out of high school
and two and one half times more likely to go on to further their education after high school than their peers.

Our afterschool program also plays a vital role in reconnecting schools and communities. It offers students of all ages the opportunity to move beyond traditional classroom activity and engage with their surrounding neighborhoods, organizations and individuals.

Connecting Working Families and the Business Employers
According to Corporate Voices for Working Families, “Quality Afterschool programs provide a unique venue in which young people can develop the range of skills they need to enter the 21st century workplace.” SKIP’s Afterschool Program provides essential benefits to employers today and services to tomorrow’s workers.

A myriad of studies and evaluations have proven that our afterschool program is cost effective and actually saves money. Yet Afterschool advocates and practitioners face a daily struggle for adequate funding.

SKIP’s Afterschool Program is an invaluable support to our community and the Montgomery Public Schools in grades K-12 because we provide extra time for academic help, career exploration, skills development and internships that will prepare students for jobs, college and beyond. “A Commitment to Our Future”

Population(s) Served

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Camp KARATer has been providing educational resources to teens since 2008. This fun filled 6-day summer camp character education program is designed to help young participants ages 13-18 with life through a structured program fostering self esteem, providing role models and influencing positive choices.

The program helps to promote the development of leadership and positive attitudes in youth. Life skills are taught to youth alike, offering them a strong and compelling foundation while providing a character compass to guide them through difficult situations and choices.

The goal is to instill positive character traits in the youths while building constructive minds. It is the foundation of character, self-esteem and leadership that determines the direction youth takes. Their direction begins with a strong parent/child relationship and it builds as schools and community organizations take an active role in children’s character development. 

Participants will gain a new perspective on life while building character and leadership skills in a nurturing and safe environment. The program empowers participants and points them on the path to become productive citizens.

There will be total of five workshops that will focus on social and life skills training: (1) Social Communication Skills and Etiquette 101; (2) College and Career Readiness; (3) Financial Management; (4) The Young Entrepreneur Part I&II. Some classes will have pre and post test assessments. The summer camp will culminate with an one-day educational and team building trip. Certificate of Completion will be presented at the end of training.

To register call 334-833-2817 or email
[email protected]

Website: http://www.skipinc.org

Population(s) Served

The SKIP, Inc. (Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents) Saturday Enrichment Program is recognized as highly effective and beneficial to the community in meeting the specific needs and welfare of these children. The enrichment program is designed to pay special attention to the physical, social, emotional, and psychological needs of these children. In order to make an impressionable influence in their lives, SKIP is striving to elevate each student’s and family members self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth by providing opportunities they, otherwise, may not have a chance to experience. While focusing on teaching the children and youth the essential basic knowledge- verbal and written skills, problem solving, and family life skills. SKIP agrees that exposing them to the visual arts and field trips would yield innumerable benefits to them as well as, their families and communities.

“Children of inmates suffer from low self-esteem,” says Gwen Wolfe, President of Rebirth America, a Christian based organization in Houston, Texas. She continues to state, “There’s low self-esteem, behavioral problems and all kinds of problems associated with having someone in prison, because typically, that‘s not something you talk about. (See attached chart with list of associated problems.) Children and their families have tended to suffer in silence because of the stigma associated with incarceration. These are undoubtedly causes to the effects listed above.

If this subject is not typically discussed, then how are the problems noted supposed to be addressed to alleviate this vicious, ongoing cycle? One way, is to form a program especially designed with the needs of the children of incarcerated parents as their focus; intervene with positive stimuli as early as possible and as much as possible. This being a step in the right direction, psychologist suggests that self-esteem and self-worth is affected most when influenced internally; as well as, externally. The Saturday Enrichment Visual Arts Program including field trips have been proven to be one of the most influential ways of promoting self expression and is a self-esteem and confidence builder. Active involvement in an arts program will provide the students with a sense of achievement and self-assurance that they will be less likely not to continue the cycle of incarceration.

Family resource support which may include, food bank, clothing bank, community furniture misc. items.

The following Monthly activities and events are scheduled:

ANNUAL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

The following activities and events are scheduled on the third Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the announced location.

1. January – Career Exploration Program

2. February – Valentine’s Day Celebration

3. March or April Easter Egg Hunt/Arts and Crafts –

4. May – Make Mother’s & Father’s Day Cards and gifts

5. June – Field Trip

6. August – Family Cookout (A selected park)

7. September – Back to School Party and School Supplies

8. October – Founder’s Day Recognition Observance

9. November – Thanksgiving Luncheon

10. December – Christmas Celebrations

Community Enrichment Activities shall take place when the opportunity becomes available. Such activities as roller skating, ice skating, bowling, movies, theater plays, field trips, and other fun and cultural events SKIP, Inc.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SKIP must have a commitment built around a specific program model designed to bound funding levels, enrollment requirements, and outcomes that emphasize planning, collaboration, and coordinated action. Our ultimate goal is to stop the cycle of incarceration with the clients we serve by providing educational programs geared to career and job training for elementary, middle and high school students as well as the caregivers and family members,

To this end, SKIP's marketing and communication efforts (e.g., brochures, press releases, speeches) successfully emphasize building familiarity with and support for key concepts around the initiative itself (e.g., logos, website, and letterhead). This emphasis on concepts also helps to maintain the unique identity as a process rather than a program.

SKIP's major job functions and responsibilities are in writing to serve as a general framework when assigning employees goals to communicate to staff members what is expected of them, and how each task is to be completed. To be most effective, these goals also pass the S.M.A.R.T. test to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. This provides clarity up front to employees who will ultimately be evaluated against these goals.

SKIP has adopted S.M.A.R.T. Goals by design
S.M.A.R.T. goals have been found to be a very effective method of motivating employees to perform at peak levels. To qualify as S.M.A.R.T., a goal must be:

Specific : Specific goals let people know exactly what's expected of them with no room for misinterpretation. Specific goals are able to answer the following: Who is responsible? When must this be done? What is to be accomplished? Which requirements/constraints are involved? Where is this to be completed? Why is this important or beneficial?

MEASURABLE: When setting goals, we set specific criteria for measuring progress against those goals. This gives our employees a way to stay on track, aim for target dates, and reach milestones that will serve as ongoing motivation.

ATTAINABLE: Setting overly lofty goals that are truly unattainable serve to demotivate-rather than motivate-our employees. By setting ambitious, yet realistic, goals, we inspire our employees.

SKIP, Inc has accomplished incorporated two other chapters in Michigan and Georgia. Chicago and Indianan have expressed an interest in becoming chapters. In the near future, SKIP will be applying to the IRS to cover SKIP Chapters throughout the United States.

We have developed several curriculum materials for publication. Of course it takes time to make sure that the proper policies, procedures, accreditation and license are in place before implementation.

Financials

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Operations

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S K I P Inc Community Resource Services

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dennis Charlesworth

Retired Manager of GoodWill

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. David Heideman

Retied Lt. Col

Term: 2001 - 2020

Patricia Thomas

Col US Air Force - SKIP Sect.

Shelia Canty

Board Advisor

Valencia Miller

SKIP GA President

Eric Guttensonh

SKIP Journalist

Michelle Greene

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Mu Ch Pres.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable