Learning Club of KCK

KANSAS CITY, KS   |  www.LearningClubKCK.org

Mission

Mission Statement: Unlocking the abundance of life for tomorrow’s leaders. Vision Statement: We will provide a positive, pivotal education experience for the children in Kansas City who most need it. Learning Club helps high-risk children realize their awesome potential through after-school and summer one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. We instill a love for learning through enrichment activities which develop academic, social and leadership skills. We create an environment in our classroom and in our neighborhood where it is easier for kids to be good, to dream, and to succeed.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and Executive Director

Mr. Brad Grabs

Main address

2225 TROUP AVE.

KANSAS CITY, KS 66104 USA

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Formerly known as

Learning Center

EIN

45-5372794

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learning Club is fighting to counter the effects of educational inequity in the urban core of Kansas City. Children in our community are disproportionately affected by adverse childhood experiences that can be barriers to lifelong learning and success. Research shows that one positive, caring adult can reverse the impact of these challenges for children. Learning Club’s mission is to provide a positive, pivotal educational experience for the children in Kansas City who need it most. In our after-school tutoring program, children receive homework help and social-emotional support from a caring mentor one-on-one. Through our in-school program, children chosen by their teachers receive targeted literacy intervention. With the Learning Club Teaching Internship, high school students become mentors for younger students. During our summer program, children who are most susceptible to summer learning loss are enrolled in a full-time enrichment program at the local community college.

Our programs

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

Learning Club

Learning Club is an after-school and summer learning program that builds fundamental skills in reading, writing, and math in low-income, marginalized elementary age students. Through one-on-one tutoring with trained, caring volunteers, students make great academic progress while gaining a love for learning. Our incentive program allows students to earn points with which they can buy school supplies, games and a variety of toys. They also learn the value of delayed gratification by saving their points and earning ‘interest’ towards an item of greater value. Learning Club students also participate in life skills programs. Guest presenters teach hands-on lessons in healthy eating, art, creative writing, gardening, public speaking and many other topics. Professionals sharing their life stories challenge students to dream of possibilities in their own lives. Educational field trips make learning exciting while planting seeds of interest in our students for future careers.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Learning Club Teaching Internship is a program for teenagers from the urban core, offering training and leadership development as well as an opportunity for service. These students learn more about the path to becoming a teacher, and then tutor our younger students in reading and math. In partnership with the Kansas City Kansas public schools, we now have over 80 interns from the five urban core high schools involved.  Besides training for the high school interns, this also provides an additional afternoon of tutoring for our younger students each week at our four largest sites.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Learning Club is working to address education inequity in our community. Believing that each child is inherently good and immensely valuable, we strive to create an environment in our classrooms and in our neighborhoods where it is easier for youth to be good, to dream, and to succeed. The Learning Club's mission is to provide a positive, pivotal educational experience for the children in Kansas City who need it most. To that end, we are working to address a lack of opportunity and human and information resources for low-income families, by providing positive adult relationships, mentors who can model adult thinking, and one-to-one support with schoolwork. We are also working to create space and resources for students to become interested in and flourish in the education field. By growing our own teachers in the urban core, we are increasing diverse representation within our classrooms which will promote further growth at all levels of our community.

In our after-school tutoring program, children receive homework help and social-emotional support from a caring mentor one-on-one. Through Learning Club’s in-school program, children chosen by their teachers experience targeted literacy intervention. With the Learning Club Teaching Internship, high school students are trained to serve as mentors for younger students in our after-school program. During our summer program, children who are most susceptible to summer learning loss are enrolled in a full-time enrichment program at the local community college. In all programs, Learning Club seeks to serve those most marginalized members of our community.

Since 2002, the Learning Club has steadily grown from serving 20 children each week to nearly 300 students a week through our various programs. This growth is possible due to the high need of children and families in our community, the generosity of our donors, and the dedication of our incredible staff and volunteers.

At the request of USD 500 administrators, the Learning Club has recently added an in-school reading program that includes intensive, one-on-one reading intervention for students selected by teachers. We have also expanded our summer program through a partnership with Kansas City Kansas Community College so all Learning Club students are welcome to attend their full-time summer enrichment program, which includes academic programs, two meals a day, and physical education. The Learning Club will continue to grow our services in breadth and depth – trying to reach as many students and youth as possible with high-quality supports and programs.

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Financials

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Learning Club of KCK

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
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Board chair

Mrs. Kelsey Finley

Brad Grabs

Learning Club of KCK

Dawn Grabs

Learning Club of KCK

Irene Caudillo

President and CEO, El Centro, Inc.

Jayson Strickland

Superintendent at Hogan Preparatory Academy

Octavio Estrella

Asst. Dir. of Student Services, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Kelsey Finley

Learning Club volunteer tutor

Canise Salinas

Principal at New Chelsea Elementary, KCKPS

Phil Moderson

Dentons Law Firm

Keaton Dorman

Jack Stack Barbecue

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