EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE

aka Educational Justice   |   Louisville, KY   |  EducationalJustice.Org

Mission

Educational Justice is a nonprofit located in Louisville, KY that strives to end educational inequity by pairing a 5th-8th grade student with a high-achieving high school student for long-term academic mentorship aimed at both improving academic performance and providing a meaningful student leadership experience.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mrs. Katherine Six

Director of Operations

Mrs. Hannah Lewis

Main address

737 S 3rd Street

Louisville, KY 40202 USA

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Formerly known as

Educational Justice LLC

EIN

27-0405207

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students from low-income families perform about 3-6 grade levels below their peers from high-income backgrounds, and internal assessments as well as school district data show our younger students have learning gaps on par with the national average. Meanwhile, high-achieving high school students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, but those activities rarely take advantage of both their civic mindedness and their academic abilities.

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?

EJ Activists

In the Educational Justice Activists program, high-achieving and service-minded high school students apply to become tutors, or EJ Activists, while parents and guardians of underserved 5th-8th grade students apply to receive a tutoring scholarship through the Educational Justice Activists program. Activist-Scholar pairs meet for supervised one-on-one tutoring sessions at public, pre-approved sites every week, for the entire school year, and stay paired for up to four years. EJ Activists work with their Scholars to help them close their learning gaps in math and reading, and, in turn, the Activist gains valuable real world leadership experience.

The EJA program not only benefits students and their families on both sides of the equation, but also the Louisville community as a whole. In terms of reach, the Educational Justice Activists program has grown from serving 88 students in 2015 to more than 450 students this school year and plans to serve over 2,000 by Fall 2022. Since our start in 2015, hundreds of EJ Activists have provided over 15,000 hours of academic support.

Population(s) Served

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

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

EJ Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

EJ Staff nominates Activists who stand out as particularly exemplary because they regularly go above and beyond to combat educational inequity in their community to serve as Activist Leaders.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

EJ Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

EJ Activists continues to identify high school students who desire to participate in community service that takes advantage of both their civic mindedness and their academic abilities.

Hours of tutoring administered

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

EJ Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We're improving participant intake and support procedures to ensure that each Activist provides their Scholar on average 30 tutoring sessions per school year. 2019 total to be reported on 7.31.2020.

Number of children served

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

EJ Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In addition to serving both Activist and Scholars who are paired and meeting weekly, Activist Leaders provide academic support to Scholars on the waitlist, increasing EJ's capacity in the community.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

In our community, students from low-income families are impossibly outmatched: (1) their schools lack the resources to prepare them to compete with students across the socioeconomic spectrum; and (2) their parents lack the financial means to go outside of these schools to acquire the academic services their children need to succeed.

Educational Justice Activists (EJA) tackles this problem throughout Louisville by tapping into an existing resource. High-achieving high school students are uniquely equipped to help their underserved younger peers: (1) they possess academic expertise and (2) they are already doing community service. But that community service rarely takes advantage of their academic expertise.

In the EJA program, high-achieving and service-minded high school students apply to become tutors, or EJ Activists, while parents and guardians of underserved 5th-8th grade students apply to receive a tutoring scholarship through the Educational Justice Activists program. Activist-Scholar pairs meet for supervised one-on-one tutoring sessions at public, pre-approved sites every week, for the entire school year, and stay paired for up to four years.

Pairing a high­-achieving high ­school student with an underserved younger peer for weekly tutoring sessions serves to diminish a student’s learning gaps. Perhaps more importantly, the experience exposes our brightest students to the urgency of educational inequity. This inspires them to remain activists for educational equality when they enter the workforce and become leaders in various industries. Activists work to not only bring their Scholar back up to grade level, but provide them with enrichment opportunities to help them to be better prepared for high school. The goal being, if their Scholar were to apply to the EJ Activists Honor Society once they reach high school, they would be accepted.

In the Educational Justice Activists program, high-achieving and service-minded high school students apply to become tutors, or EJ Activists, while parents and guardians of underserved 5th-8th grade students apply to receive a tutoring scholarship through the Educational Justice Activists program. EJ Activists are trained to work with their younger student before the two are paired, and continue to attend on-going trainings throughout their participation in the EJ Activists program. Activist-Scholar pairs meet for supervised one-on-one tutoring sessions at public, pre-approved sites every week, for the entire school year, and stay paired for up to four years. EJ Activists work with their Scholars to help them close learning gaps in math and reading, and, in turn, the Activist gains valuable real world leadership experience.

As an organization Educational Justice has worked to collaborate with other nonprofits and community members for the purposes of outreach and participant recruitment, expanding our reach through community tutoring sites, and making program improvements in order to enhance the quality of what we provide to Louisville’s students.

In terms of outreach and participant recruitment, Educational Justice works with organizations in order to spread awareness throughout the Louisville community about the opportunity to receive one-on-one tutoring scholarships for 5th-8th grade students, as well as the how to apply and participate as a tutor for 9th-12th grade students. Over the past school year, our strongest community outreach and recruitment relationships are with Family Scholar House, Neighborhood House, Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, the Muhammad Ali Center (through UCREW and MACCS programs), The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, and 4H Youth Development in Jefferson County. EJ also has strong recruitment relationships with over 100 Jefferson County Public Schools. Students from schools within the Archdiocese of Louisville as well as students from Louisville's Independent Schools also participate. Many of these relationships with schools and community partners date back to the program’s pilot year in 2015.

In terms of tutoring sites, Educational Justice is working to expand the number of locations around the city of Louisville that students can meet weekly. The Louisville Free Public Library has been crucial in providing a place to host sessions at more locations throughout Louisville beginning in 2016. This school year, Educational Justice has expanded its tutoring site partnerships to include a local church, C3AG.

In order to improve our program outcomes Educational Justice has worked with members of the professional community as well as businesses.The organization has been collaborating with a former professor at Bellarmine University, since 2016 to implement nationally normed Scholastic Math and Reading assessments so that the organization and our tutors can better target individual student needs. This professor also helped in selecting a Social/Emotional Learning assessment to be administered next fall.

Educational Justice has recently partnered with Office Depot's Feed the Children, Inc. for school and office supply donations. Since the 2018-19 school year, EJ has received supply donations from Costco, Target, and Artist & Craftmanship Supply.

The EJA program not only benefits students and their families on both sides of the equation, but also the Louisville community as a whole. In terms of reach, the Educational Justice Activists program has grown from serving 88 students in 2015 to more than 450 students this school year and plans to serve over 2,000 by Fall 2022. Since our start in 2015, hundreds of EJ Activists have provided over 15,000 hours of academic support. Pairing a high­-achieving high ­school student with an underserved younger peer for weekly tutoring sessions serves to diminish a student’s learning gaps. Based on 2018-2019 internal testing results, two-thirds of EJ Scholars improved their math and reading scores, including over 80% of 5th grade Scholars showing improvement in math and reading. The goal being to close our Scholars' learning gaps entirely and get them back to a 9.0 grade level in math and reading by the start of high school. Perhaps more importantly, the experience exposes our brightest students to the urgency of educational inequity. This inspires them to remain activists for educational equality when they enter the workforce and become leaders in various industries.

Financials

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EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Mays

Heine Brothers Coffee

Term: 2017 -

Ben Keeton

RunSwitch

Jo Cannon

Brown Forman

Annie Fitzgerald