Youth Development

FAMILY RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION & EMPOWERMENT INC

Education ,Inspiration,Dedication!

aka School of Greatness

Shreveport, LA

Mission

Family Resources for Education and Empowerment is a nonprofit faith based community organization that provides support services to at risk -youth and families. Our mission is two part. 1. to prepare through knoweldge  acquisition ,practicum and support, a faith based foundation to service the changing and complex needs of the family and at risk -youth. 2. To form an activate community collaboration between service providers and at risk youth and families in need of service.

Ruling Year

2009

CEO/Program Director

Bishop Shaun D. Cooper Sr.

Main Address

8412 Kingston Rd c/o Free Inc

Shreveport, LA 71108 USA

Keywords

Education and Empowerment

EIN

14-1855821

 Number

7766013146

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Christian (X20)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The problem we aim to address here is High School completion with entrance into higher education, military or workforce after graduation. Louisiana has some of the highest drop out rates compared to the national average. We also aim to increase self efficacy and sexual education awareness of STD's to lower the high rates amongs north Louisiana teens. The four guiding principles "I know who I am, I know the potential I possess, I know where I am going and I know how to get there" are the core values we teach and instill within the youth during the mentorship sessions within the public school system. Education,Inspiration and Dedication is the Motto for the overarching School of Greatness leadership and mentorship program.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

School of Greatness

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each year the Mentorship program provides a steady Mentorship structure of 30 regular youth advocates that provide Mentorship for six months during the school year and 1 month during summer.

Hours of mentoring

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The advocate leaders provide 2hrs of Mentorship twice a week for 16 weeks

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect the high school seniors who participated in the program and achieved their diploma.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These numbers reflect that over 50% of all participants in the Mentorship program leave with a higher degree of leadership skills & self efficacy after attending the program.Pre and post survey result

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

School of Greatness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each Mentorship session covers the four guiding principles: I know who I am , I know the potential I possess, I know where I am going and I know how to get there.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The organization is aiming to accomplish growth in attendance over the attrition through graduation. As well as continuing along the educational continuum to higher education, military enlistment, entrepreneurship, or a family sustaining career pathway. To provide a support system to at risk youth and to awaken their potential and stimulate the learner to achieve life sustaining goals.

The School of Greatness is a co-curricular leadership and mentoring program that reaches at-risk students before high school graduation to reinforce the importance and value of Education, Inspiration, and Dedication. SOG awakens s identity and purpose to allow young people to reach their full potential. We use innovative strategies such as advocacy, workshops, role-playing and mentorship through the educational pipelines. We teach students how to become "student leaders" that are motivated and inspired to obtain their future goals and make lifelong contributions to the world. We offer after-school group mentoring sessions at Woodlawn Leadership Academy as well as summer sessions on literacy, gardening and the arts. The overarching goal is to educate and improve opportunities for youth in Caddo Parish, to fully develop academic, career, and social factors necessary for living productive lives. We use strategies such as advocacy, local and national motivational mentors, career identification, literacy, music, technology and self-awareness. Each session includes the following basic activities: Mentorship, life skills, job readiness, literacy, 4 guiding topics, music/multi-media, healthy meal and transportation of the students.

FREE Inc. is composed of 6 executive officers, 7 admin. officers and 32 volunteers who assist with implementation of mentorship program. As a faith-based organization we partner with educational institutions, other human service providers and businesses to provide a support system to families and at risk youth in low income, low performing schools and neighborhoods to ensure high school completion.
40% of SOG volunteers were from Barksdale AFB which provided cultural and professional diversity. 80 % of all students live in the Hyde Park, Southern Hills area which provides easy access to our program . The motivational mentors span a wide range of social economical, racial and professional fields. The School of Greatness is active with the United Way Volunteer and Mentoring initiatives to help recruit.

We will know if we are making results by the retained students and incoming students each year to the program. We require all students to sign in each time they attend the program. We keep and maintain a sign in log for each session as well as parent permission slips and program application. The yearly monitoring tracks the youth from entrance into high school until completion. The graduation and college, military or workforce verification also establishes our graduation GOALS achieved or not achieved. The school of greatness also has two pre and post assessment test that are given during each session. The 40 developmental assets for Adolescents by PAR is administered to youth by a Evaluator in a pre and post assessment to help us benchmark evidence to support that this is a well aligned strategy and measurement system for improving the advancement of youth along the cradle to career continuum.

To date, we have accomplished serving over 500 youth through our mentorship and leadership program, The School of Greatness. We have helped 100 youth to achieve their high school diploma. 85% of those youth have entered College and 15% have entered Military or the Workforce. We have also serviced 45 married couples in our Vow Renewal program for building stronger families. Family Resources for Education and Empowerment long term goals are to expand our School of Greatness mentorship program to Flint, MI , San Jose, CA and Lafayette, La as well as to open a School of Greatness Development Center for after-school and summer mentorship as well as for early childhood development.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

United Way Member Agency 2015

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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