KERN ATHLETIC FENCING FOUNDATION INC

Bakersfield, CA   |  www.kernaff.org

Mission

The mission of the Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation, Inc. is to implement the “Smart Fencing for Kern County" program which supports at-risk students; by improving their academic, social, and physical well-being through individual sport participation, health education, and academic tutoring. The Smart Fencing program is erected on two pillars of discipline: physical training and academic tutoring. Participating students will receive free group fencing lessons and tutoring as long as they maintain satisfactory progress in their academic subjects and conduct. Using fencing as a "magnet" (kids like playing with swords), a requisite for participation by children will be improved academic performance.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Lucas Dobrzanski

Main address

10717 Loughton Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93311 USA

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EIN

45-3586412

NTEE code info

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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

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Our programs

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

Smart fencing for kern county

Fencing training as a reward for participation in tutoring and improved academics

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United States Fencing 2020

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed skills and attitudes to make physical activity a habit

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

Smart fencing for kern county

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID19 limited the number of participants in our program. We are allowed only 9 children per session at our studio and all on campus school activities have been cancelled

Number of new organizations signing on as collaborators

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

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Smart fencing for kern county

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most school programs have been cancelled by COVID regulations. One adult program for disabled individuals is on hold

Number of children with disabilities participating in fencing

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

Health

Related Program

Smart fencing for kern county

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

COVID19 reduced the number of participants from this high risk group

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Goals & Strategy

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The Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation is a private, non-profit, youth sport and academic program, that uses the sport of fencing as a reward for improved academic performance of children. Established in October 2011, and launching its first program of tutoring and fencing in early 2012, It has successfully conducted numerous sessions in local schools and organizations over the last four years.

A focal point of the mission of Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation is whole child development and resiliency building, while helping children to have more physical activity, improve their academic skills, and learn a sport that promotes good habits, such as respect, courtesy, and attention to mental conditioning and critical thinking.

The program has participants from Standard and Bakersfield City School Districts, Girl and Boy Scouts, Weill Child Guidance Clinic, and private individuals that have academic needs of sport activities which they can not afford. Recently we have expanded our program to include the League of Dreams and Independence through Grace participants. Both organizations serve children and adults with disabilities

As we expand our project to more schools and to organizations serving children and adults with disabilities, additional funds are needed to cover costs of coaches, tutors, and additional equipment needed to outfit more kids as they practice the sport and receive academic help.
It is our plan for the school year of 2020-2021 to serve children in numbers equal to our pre-COVID19 levels of approximately 150 total.

We have a head coach who is training and developing assistant coaches so we can satisfy the increased demand for our project. Also, we have a large number of volunteers that provide both fencing instruction and academic tutoring. We also own a large number of fencing equipment enough to provide this service at our current level of participation. Also, a very favorable rental arrangement for the fencing studio allows us to continue growing without a larger expense for a place to conduct our classes.

Since our start in 2012 we have expanded the program of fencing practice as a reward for participation in academic tutoring. During the 2019-2020 school year we have reached over 100 participants in the program. Our goal for participation in the following school year is to get back to pre-COVID19 level of 100 children. Most of them would never have an opportunity to participate in organized individual sports due primarily to their lack of financial means or other socioeconomically deficiencies.

Financials

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KERN ATHLETIC FENCING FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lucas Dobrzanski

Ian Silva

KCSD, lieutenant

Jeff Flores

KCHSD trustee

Linda Sullenger

boys and girls club

Liz Smith

fencing mom

Patrick Hayes

Consultant

Buel Boaz

Retired Kern Co

Lucas Dobrzanski

Retired ChE

Mark Payette

CPA

Shane Brayan

Financial planner

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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

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Leadership

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

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