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ADOPT A CLASS FOUNDATION

Igniting the Spark

aka Adopt A Class   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  http://www.aacmentors.org

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Mission

Our vision: A Greater Cincinnati where all students have access to caring adults who provide exposure to a breadth of life and career experiences so they can unleash their full potential. Our mission: Adopt A Class connects businesses, government, nonprofit and civic groups with students attending schools in underserved communities. By pairing teams with classrooms, our adult mentors provide students exposure to a breadth of experiences and training to be job and career ready.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Sonya Fultz

Main address

3080 Exploration Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45206 USA

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EIN

20-2587299

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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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?

Career and Life Skills Mentorship for Today's Students Preparing to become Tomorrow's Leaders

Adopt A Class (AAC) is a socially innovative solution to close the mentoring gap creatively, effectively, and sustainably for children living in poverty in Greater Cincinnati. We create change in our community by providing meaningful connections that impact both the students and caring adult mentors, which influences their lives at home, at work, and in our community. For our students, mentoring is linked to improved academic, social, and economic prospects. For our business and civic partners, the relationship builds leadership and management skills, expands mentors’ professional networks, and provides an empowering opportunity to give back to our community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

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 youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career and Life Skills Mentorship for Today's Students Preparing to become Tomorrow's Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mentors recruited

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Career and Life Skills Mentorship for Today's Students Preparing to become Tomorrow's Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Career and Life Skills Mentorship for Today's Students Preparing to become Tomorrow's Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On Average each mentor team logs 124 hours per year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The vision of Adopt A Class (AAC) is a Greater Cincinnati where all students have access to caring adults who provide exposure to a breadth of life and career experiences so they can unleash their full potential. The AAC mission is to connect businesses, government, nonprofit and civic groups with students attending schools serving underserved communities. By pairing mentor teams with classrooms, adult mentors provide students with exposure to a breadth of experiences and training to be job and career ready.

The core programming for AAC is career-focused group mentoring for students attending schools from underserved communities. A team of volunteers from a partner company mentor a classroom of students for the entire school year. This mentorship includes 3 key components: 1. one hour, once a month visits to the classroom, 2. during the visit the team facilitates an educational activity focused on college and career pathways, employability skills and STEAM career exposure 3. a field trip back to the mentors' place of business that highlights career potential at that company.

AAC has expanded programming to increase student access to post high school pathways with the addition of two-year and four-year college visits, trade school exploration and exposure to military and work after high school pathways to success.

Adopt A Class serves over 10,000 students with nearly 4,000 corporate, government, nonprofit and civic volunteers involved as mentors. These connections help Adopt A Class reach out to necessary individuals in the community to help the organization grow. Organization members can attest to the fact that Adopt A Class and its partners understand their role in the community and use their influence properly in order to provide positive mentors for the 4,000 students involved with our organization. The program serves almost 400 classrooms across 46 schools in 10 school districts.

• At the completion of the 2024-25 academic years, 80% of 6-8th grade students will be able to articulate two post high school pathways of interest to meet career goals.

• At the completion of the 2024-25 academic years, 80% of mentors will agree they have a clear understanding of the impact of growing up in an underserved community and act upon this knowledge to positively impact the Greater Cincinnati region.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 05/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Evan Clinkenbeard

Merrill Lynch

Term: 2024 - 2021

Keith Moran

Ernst & Young

Evan Clickenbeard

Merrill Lynch

Jeff Wellens

Williams Lea Tag

Bill Burwinkel

National Market

Rick Chouteau

Retired

James Sullivan

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Annie Bogenschutz

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Retina Carter

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Chelsea Chalk

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Greg Geiser

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Nina Luckie

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Rahiel Michael

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Tiffany Sieve

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Michael Woulms

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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 5/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data