New Horizons of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Empowering Tomorrow's Generation Today

aka New Horizons of SWFL   |   NAPLES, FL   |  www.newhorizonsofswfl.org

Mission

New Horizons is committed to empowering at-risk students from kindergarten through 12th grade with the academic assistance and mentoring needed to help them become successful in school and in life.  New Horizons currently reaches hundreds of children and teens by providing 200,000 hours annually of tutoring and mentoring through its Super Kids Clubs, Super Teen Clubs, Super Girls/Boys Clubs and summer camps. New Horizons' programs are offered at 12 locations in Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples at no cost to the students' families. The students are learning to be productive and responsible members of society through education, character development, and community service.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Linda M. Cunning

Main address

PO BOX 111833

NAPLES, FL 34108 USA

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EIN

11-3678086

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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?

Super Kids Club

Super Kids Club offers after school tutoring and mentoring for 470 at-risk children grades K-5.  Students attend this program at ten locations in Lee and Collier Counties.  Staff and 700+ community volunteers help students with their homework making sure they understand it and complete it correctly.  Students also spend time in a computerized reading lab to improve their reading skills. New Horizons provides students bus transportation from school to the program and then home.  The program is offered Monday through Thursday.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
People of Latin American descent

After school tutoring and mentoring is provided for 250 at-risk teens grades 6-12 in Lee and Collier counties.  Staff and volunteers help students with their homework and encourage them to do well in school. They are offered many opportunities to participate in community events and from this take away a strong sense of belonging.  The program emphasizes earning good grades, developing social skills and strong characters and graduation from high school.  Students review their school grades weekly with staff to make sure they are staying on course.  Should issues arise, the staff works with the student, parents, teachers and school administration to develop an action plan for the student to overcome the issues.  This proactive problem solving helps prevent students from taking the easy way out by dropping out of school.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Staff and volunteer mentor preteen girls/boys while teaching a range of life skills.  The programs offers the girls/boys experiences and opportunities to grow in self esteem/self confidence: learning to garden, fishing, boating, fundraisers and more.  The program is offered for two hours on Friday afternoons during the school year.  The goal is prepare 4th and 5th at-risk students for middle school.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

Super Kids Summer Reading Camp: 4-week intensive reading instruction for elementary children.  Super Teen Summer Camp: 5-week leadership and team-building program for teens grades 6-12th

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Students in middle and high school attend College Bound on Friday afternoons. The purpose is to help them prepare for what they would like to do upon graduation from high school.  At-risk students receive assistance from staff and volunteers in prepping for the SAT/ACT and completing financial aid applications. In addition, they work on scholarship, vo-tech and college applications. Students learn about career choices available to them and visit local college campuses.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

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External assessments

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Super Kids Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The language arts grades of elementary aged students are tracked and reported. These yearly percentages represent those who earn a C or better as documented on their report cards.

Number of program graduates

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

Adolescents, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Super Teens Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since the Super Teens Club was offered in 2009, 105 students have graduated from high school. The graduation rate is 93% compared to their at-risk peer group of 65%

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students in grades K-12 are enrolled in New Horizons' Super Kids and Super Teens Clubs. They also attend summer camps and special Friday programs.

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

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

Adolescents, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Super Teens Club

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Middle and high school students complete year end surveys. These numbers represent the percentage of students reporting their desire to succeed now and in the future.

Number of new programs/program sites

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

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New Horizons offers it programs at host sites close to where students live and go to school. Sites are in East and North Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and S. Ft. Myers.

Number of volunteers

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

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Super Kids Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community volunteers help students with their homework ensuring they understand it and that it is completed. They also serve as role models and mentors encouraging students to do well in school.

Number of organizational partners

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

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New Horizons partners with many organizations and businesses to enrich the programs the students attend and to offer them many community activities.

Percentage of teens who earn a 2.0 GPA in FL schools (required for them to graduate from high school)

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

At-risk youth

Related Program

Super Teens Club

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percent of students in grades 6-12th who attend Super Teens Club who have earned a 2.0 or higher GPA. This metric is tracked beginning 2017.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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The ultimate goal of New Horizons is for all at-risk (socio-economically disadvantaged) youth to complete high school with a plan for the future that positions them to become contributing members of society.While overall graduation rates are on the rise in Florida, at-risk students and English language learners continue to fall far behind their peers. In Lee and Collier County Schools, the majority of students are categorized as “economically needy.” 25% of Lee and Collier County students live in poverty in non-English speaking homes, meaning parents have difficulty communicating with the school system and other social services. Those parents are busy struggling to put food on the table and meet basic needs. All of these factors combined, making their children at-risk for dropping out of school. These dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, commit crimes, become teen mothers and become a societal burden for taxpayers. Without targeted intervention, the cycle continues. New Horizons' programs are structured and operate for targeted intervention and to break the cycle of at-risk students dropping out of school.

New Horizons' Board of Directors developed a 2019-23 strategic plan to guide New Horizons' leadership over the next five years with high impact strategic initiatives that will secure the organizational health and program outcomes.The plan encompasses three strategic initiatives with associated goals and objectives: 1st Strategic Initiative: Value Added Partnerships New Horizons has many partnerships with churches and other organizations that range from mutually beneficial to one sided, formal to informal and ongoing to inconsistent.  This range of partnership qualities makes it difficult to plan, grow and improve.  A more defined set of partnerships is needed with set expectations that are regularly reviewed and adjusted as needed.  2nd Strategic Initiative: Long Term Sustainability Since New Horizons’ annual budgets have continually expanded for the last six years, with New Horizons starting as a small, grassroots organization and now a significantly larger, more sophisticated, mid-sized $2.5 million operation, it is critical to make mission sustainability a high priority. 3rd Strategic Initiative: External Validation and Promotion New Horizons currently has local validation for its mission, programs and outcomes. These validations come from United Way (Lee and Collier Counties), Lee County (Partnering for Results), Community Foundations (Collier County and SW FL), Schulze Family Foundation. An external validation/accreditation is critical to grow funding sources, improve the quality of our programs and garner greater community support. Seeking out an external validator could be an avenue to grow and secure the impact of the New Horizons mission in SW FL.

New Horizons' model for helping at-risk youth has matured over the past 17 years to offer at-risk students a range of resources, activities and opportunities that opens their eyes to a "new horizon."  The uniqueness of the model is its location in the neighborhoods where kids live and go to school.  This gives the students and their families easy access to and familiarity with the New Horizons' programs, staff and volunteers.  The model is also cost effective in that is relies on a host site for classroom space and utilities.  The New Horizons model requires minimal assets to operate; buses to transport students and computers to help them with homework and reading.  This model enables New Horizons to continue to launch new sites and enroll additional students.  It costs $3,500 a year for a student to participate in the range of New Horizons' programs.  With an investment of only $45,000 over the 13 years these at-risk students are in school, a life can be changed from one of failure to one of success and opportunity.  In addition, New Horizons capabilities have grown over the years to include:  a solid foundation of business practices; a wide range of revenue sources, over 800 committed community volunteers, 100+ community partners to enrich the New Horizons programs and student experiences, dedicated and focused staff and a robust communications network.

New Horizons' near term objectives are for our students to improve academically and socially while developing strong characters.  Each success they experience is building a foundation for additional achievements propelling them through school and ultimately graduation from high school  New Horizons programs provide measurable results for the more than 2,000 students who have participated in Super Kids Club and Super Teens Club during the 17 years since the organization was founded. Pinewoods Elementary Teacher Irma Benejan saw the difference the Super Kids Club made in the academic success of one of her second grade students, Rolando. She writes, “Please keep doing what you are doing with these children. It works!” • 95% retention rate in Super Kids and Teens Clubs from 2017/18 to 2018/19 • 105 high school seniors in Super Teens Club since 2009 have completed high school • 82 Super Teens have been awarded college scholarships • Graduates are serving in the military, attending college and vocational schools, volunteering and contributing to the Southwest Florida community and economy.With the many accomplishments of our students, they demonstrate that they are well prepared to graduate high school with a plan for their future.  They know too they are members of a strong and caring community that they want to contribute to. We continue to develop our programs, train staff and volunteers and provide case management to students that will ultimately improve the academic and social skills of our students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The senior staff studied retention of at-risk students in the New Horizons programs. To understand retention from the client perspective, we interviewed students, parents and community leaders. Based on their feedback, several changes were implemented to encourage student retention in our programs. A few of the changes include; establishing attendance incentives, creating leadership opportunities for 5th graders, including retention discussions in the staff meetings and including retention as a staff performance goal.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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New Horizons of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edith Hunt

Robert Nichols

Horizons Yacht Services

Ellen Nichols

New Horizons of SW FL

Stephen LaBelle

West McCann

Naples Trust Company

Debbie Mathews-Finch

Community volunteer

Dave Shellenbarger

Retired

Denise Carlin

Executive Director, Student Related Services - School District of Lee County

Ron Miller

Retired

Evelyn Pacheco

College student

Edie Hunt

Retired

Terri Pilla

small business owner

Terri Alsept

Northern Trust employee

Sandy Chisholm

small business owner

Tim Carson

Church Pastor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2020

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data