Kids Soar

Children, Youth and Family Programs

Roanoke, VA   |  http://www.kidsoar.org

Mission

To support children and their families by providing skills, opportunities for growth and education for a successful future.

Notes from the nonprofit

Kids Soar is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization improving the quality of life of inner-city children living in poverty in the city of Roanoke, Virginia by providing free after-school and evening literacy training, tutoring and dinner, school supplies and programs such as Clothing Closet, Learn About Books Library, Christmas Angels and Camp. Programming includes services for parents and youth. Description Kids Soar, formerly the Community Outreach Program of Roanoke, was started in September of 1989 by the United Methodist Women of Trinity United Methodist Church, as an outreach to inner-city children of Roanoke, Virginia. Originally the group met weekly and had a warm meal together. As word spread about the program, more and more volunteers wanted to help. Today, the program serves children of low socioeconomic status in Roanoke. The organization still has close ties to the United Methodist Church but is now a separate non-profit entity. All services are free to participants and open

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Candace Hess

Main address

305 Mountain Ave Sw

Roanoke, VA 24016 USA

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Formerly known as

UnitedUnited Methodist Community Outreach Program of Roanoke

EIN

01-0583325

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

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Community Literacy Initiative

The Kids Soar Literacy Initiative is a non-ecumenical afterschool and summer program for 40 first through third grade children referred by schools for reading help. This licensed program is operated in partnership with Roanoke City Schools, Blue Ridge Literacy, Child Health Investment Partnership, Camp Alta Mons, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley and dozens of other partners. To provide holistic support systems that increase success, weekly parental attendance is required. Classes for parents help improve parenting, financial and health skills, so they will not only be better parents but will also have life skills to help them navigate in and appreciate our city and all that it offers. Non-native English speaking parents are offered English language classes. All services are free.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

The goal of the Kids Soar Youth Program, which serves teens, is to help transition young people into responsible Christian adults with skills to navigate in modern society. Youth identify at least two short-term goals and two long-term goals for themselves by the end of the first year. They are expected to map out a plan to achieve their goals. By the end of the second year, it's expected that some of the short-term goals will have been achieved and that they are progressing with long-term goals. They will also have worked on at least four mission projects in our community, and at least one mission project outside of the community. By working on mission projects, youth realize the joy of helping others and learn that we can all make a difference in the world.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Community Literacy Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Expected outcomes: 80% of children (30) will improve reading to be at or above their grade level as measured by Kidzlit and Fountas & Pinnell's Guided Reading (measured by Roanoke Public Schools).

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Community Outreach Program Goals

1. Increase number of children served to full capacity of the building
2. Add an effective computer literacy program
3. Improve transportation to and from services.

Holistic services to improve children's education outcomes by working with the entire family.

Kids Soar has demonstrated over its 30-year history that it can effectively assist children with education and human needs programs using monetary and in-kind donations, part-time staff and hundreds of volunteers.

We are working with 40 families, and are currently renovating our building to increase services.

Financials

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Kids Soar

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert McAdam

Attorney

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Lisa Allison-Jones

Nancy Clemons

Retired Roanoke County Schools

Page Marshall

Coke-a-Cola

David Tanner

Retired United Methodist Clergy

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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