Youth Development

PAPPAS KIDS SCHOOLHOUSE FOUNDATION

Together we're breaking the barriers that childhood poverty and homelessness creates!

aka Pappas Kids   |   San Tan Valley, AZ   |  http://www.pappaskidssf.org

Mission

The mission of the Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation is to help low-income, homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona schools succeed and grow in a positive educational environment.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Dayna Sandoval

Main address

530 E Hunt Highway #103, PMB 443

San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 USA

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Formerly known as

Maricopa County Schoolhouse Foundation

EIN

20-2581623

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With Arizona ranking the 5th worst state for child homelessness in the U.S. with an astonishing 62,000 homeless youth every year, Pappas Kids is determined to help provide opportunities that would break the cycle of poverty by inspiring confidence and success in the lives of these children. Since statistics show that homeless children are four times more likely to drop out of school and twice as likely to become unemployable adults, providing these children the tools to succeed in the classroom is imperative. All children deserve the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, attend private education if it best suits their educational needs, access to tutoring, access to technology and any item or program that would not only enhance their educational experience, but increase the likelihood of graduation and fulfilling postsecondary aspirations.

Our programs

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

No Barriers For School

“No barriers for school” Initiative.

The Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation providing educational opportunities to Arizona’s homeless, underprivileged and at- risk students by providing the necessary tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and at home.

As a supporting Foundation of the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for many years, Pappas Kids provided funding that supported the medical, hygiene, nutritional, clothing, and classroom needs of the schools for over eight years. Our goal was to help students and families break the cycle of poverty. We worked to give the students all the necessary tools to help them become successful in the classroom, despite their socio-economic background.

With over 30,000 homeless students attending schools in Arizona, we believe it is necessary to reach out to homeless, underprivileged and at-risk youth attending schools throughout our state. By giving these students the opportunities they deserve and “eliminating the barriers” that childhood homelessness and poverty may create, we hope to change the course of their lives and they can become fully literate, productive members of our society.
While every effort is made to create an effective classroom learning experience for the children during the school day, students who live in economically challenged environments require more time to catch up culturally and academically with children who do not face the same challenges.

Providing classroom necessities such as backpacks, pens, pencils, calculators and notebooks is only the beginning. We also have provided excelling students with a laptop computers, scientific calculators and help provide funding for their extracurricular activities. Many studies have shown that students who participate in afterschool activities such as sports, clubs, student government and theatre are less likely to skip class or drop out of school and more likely to pursue postsecondary education.

On average, high school dropouts barely make enough to adequately support themselves, let alone a family. With the overall poverty rate increasing yearly, Arizona must begin doing what it can to prevent more families from falling under the poverty threshold. Decreasing rates of school dropouts would contribute to the solution of this problem. Statistics show that higher extracurricular activity participation is correlated with a positive social and academic self-worth, taking advanced courses, spending more time on homework, post-secondary educational aspirations, higher GPA, more parental involvement, less absenteeism, better college attendance, and higher occupational aspirations. It has also been discovered that there is a clear link between participation in extracurricular activities and academic and social benefits, such as decreased anti-social behavior and substance abuse.

With all of the positive benefits students will gain from active school and after school participation, we believe it is necessary to provide them with the opportunities they would not have available to them because of family financial circumstances.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Budget
$75,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

With over 29,000 homeless students attending schools in Arizona, Pappas Kids believes it is necessary to provide educational assistance that would increase their overall graduation rate. Homeless students are 40% more likely to not finish their secondary education and on average high school dropouts barely make enough to adequately support themselves, let alone a family. With the overall poverty rates increasing yearly, decreasing rates of school dropouts would help contribute to the solution of this problem. <br/><br/>Pappas Kids is doing what we can to prevent more families from falling under the poverty threshold by providing educational assistance to Arizona's students in need. Statistics show that higher extracurricular activity participation is correlated with a positive social and academic self-worth. It has also been discovered that there is a clear link between participation in extracurricular activities and academic and social benefits, such as decreased anti-social behavior and substance abuse<br/><br/>It is because of these statistics that we provide financial assistance to students in need so that they may have the opportunity to be actively engaged in after school and extracurricular activities. Pappas Kids also assist struggling high school seniors with funding for tutoring helping them overcome an obstacle which may be preventing them from graduation. In 2016, we provided more than 950 backpacks with school supplies to students throughout Arizona, these supplies give the children confidence to start the year prepared and ready to learn. <br/><br/>We have observed that students who received assistance through our programs become confident to take more advanced courses and spend more time on homework. They have post-secondary educational aspirations, higher GPA's, more parental involvement, less absenteeism, better college attendance, and higher occupational aspirations. <br/><br/>While every effort is made by schools to create an effective classroom learning experience for the children during the school day, students who live in economically challenged environments require more time to catch up culturally and academically than children who do not face the same challenges. By giving these students the opportunities they deserve and "eliminating the barriers" that childhood homelessness and poverty may create, Pappas hopes to change the course of their lives so they can become fully literate, productive members of our society.

Goal: Increase the number of homeless and at-risk students (grades 3-12) in Arizona (primarily Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties) who successfully complete the current academic year and demonstrate progress toward academic preparation for high school graduation. <br/><br/>Objective: Promote school engagement for homeless/at-risk students (grades 3-12) for the academic year 2017-18 (AY17-18) by providing scholarships for extracurricular activities to enable full participation in sanctioned, organized activity programs. <br/><br/>Outcome: AY17-18 No Barriers Extracurricular Activities Scholarship recipients will demonstrate school engagement by maintaining good grade-level academic standing as measured by school attendance and academic achievement, and reporting a sense of belonging to the school community.<br/><br/>Goal: Increase classroom readiness for homeless and at-risk students in Arizona by providing fully supplied backpacks, uniforms and shoes for students in need.<br/><br/>Objective: To assist homeless and at-risk youth by providing them with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. <br/><br/>Outcome: With the assistance provided families will be confident to have their students enrolled and beginning school on time without any delay. Students receiving the assistance will begin the school year with enthusiasm and be well prepared to learn as their school supply needs will have been met.

The Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation was formed in 2005 under its original name, Maricopa County Schoolhouse Foundation. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to assist with the educational needs of low-income, homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona and their families. In 2005, the Thomas J. Pappas Schools for Children of Homeless Families were the recipients of foundation grants and personal donations. These gifts were used to support the many needs of the students enrolled in the Pappas Schools.<br/><br/>In June 2008, the Pappas Schools closed. There was still a tremendous need for our services and our commitment to the children remained strong, so we decided to keep the foundation open. We broadened our scope to serve more children in Arizona who, like our former Pappas students, were in need of our help. Many schools today serve homeless and underprivileged youth. We are proud to work with Title I and Title I eligible schools to provide every student with an opportunity for a positive, safe and quality educational opportunity. We believe education is the way for these students to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The Pappas Kids schoolhouse Foundation is proud to be a part of the solution.<br/><br/>Donors to the PKSF are very loyal and our base funding is reliable which increases our capability of assisting these youths.

To grow the program, we will monitor the process and collect evaluation data throughout the funding period to expand our database and develop additional lessons learned.

During AY 2013-14, 29,763 PK-12th grade students in Arizona public schools were homeless(1). With a reported 51% of Arizona children residing in low-income households, Arizona ranks first for risk of child homelessness(2). Residential instability and the resulting school mobility means changes in peer groups, teachers, and curricula-known factors reducing the likelihood of academic success. Mobility also reduces the likelihood that a student will develop consistent, enduring relationships with supportive adults and mentors. Other risk factors affect their ability to perform in school: poor nutrition, lack of healthcare, unsafe/overcrowded living conditions, poor study conditions, and the stress of families continually challenged for financial survival(3).<br/><br/>The mission of the Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation is “to help low-income, homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona schools succeed and grow in a positive educational environment"(4). PKSF started the No Barriers for Education program in 2005 to provide financial, material and social support to encourage homeless and at-risk youth to stay in school and thrive academically. The program provides scholarships for tutoring and extracurricular programs, laptops, Kindles, school supplies, eyeglasses, and uniforms. <br/><br/>During AY 2015-16, Pappas Kids program “No Barriers" supported 230 students, including 24 extracurricular activity scholarships for students ages 8-17. Research demonstrates that students who participate in extracurricular activities have better educational outcomes, lower dropout rates, learn critical life skills and become more involved citizens(5). These 24 students participated in sports, after-school programs, and science competitions. All completed their school year successfully and maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, our standard for support.<br/><br/>While supporting 24 students in 2015, PKSF received 47 requests for extracurricular scholarships. With funding, 15-20 additional scholarships will be available to qualifying students who meet application requirements and maintain good academic standing. Throughout the year, PKSF staff will provide consistent adult support, with oversight by the PKSF Executive Board.

Financials

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PAPPAS KIDS SCHOOLHOUSE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Al Bernstein

Nationwide Vision

Robert Westbrook

Westbrook Financial Services

Diane Fernichio

Concordia Charter School

Marvin Swift

Snell & Wilmer

Theodore Carpenter

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Dina Cutler

Sojourner Domestic Violence Center

Jeff Burch

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Bill Adams

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Fran Mallace

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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? 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? No
  • 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? Yes

Keywords

Homeless youth, youth in transition, underprivileged youth, educational services