STUDENT ACES

Student ACES is the voice of the student athlete

aka ACE   |   Palm Bch Gdns, FL   |  www.studentacesforleadership.com

Mission

Student ACES (ACE) is a 501(c)3 that inspires and develops high school students to be men and women of honor, character and integrity through our character education programs.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder and President

Buck Martinez

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Krissy Webb

Main address

7750 Arbor Crest Way

Palm Bch Gdns, FL 33412 USA

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EIN

46-3081102

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ACE knows that by developing strong and ethical character among student athletes, these young men and women can break the cycle of poverty. The needs of each student are different and being able to support students individually will assist in the development of leadership. ACE works to solve these problems by our character education program offerings.

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?

Student ACES Flagship Program

Students from Palm Beach County high schools are nominated to participate in this character education program, offered on six school days throughout the year, supported by Student ACES core values of commanding respect, earning the trust of others, bringing a winning attitude, sacrificing for self and others, possessing a work ethic second to none, doing the right thing and aspiring to greatness. Students join peers from across the county to participate in an engaging day of role playing and teambuilding affording them the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with coaches, administrators, and athletic directors the Student ACES team creates customized curriculum to support character development opportunities for student athletes. Participants work together to solve case studies and engage in interactive drills tailored to address the identified obstacles of the team. Examples of focus areas include communication, respect, sportsmanship, trust, sacrifice and ethical behavior. Workshops are adaptable and offered to individual schools, universities, teams, camps, training facilities and more.

Population(s) Served

Designed specifically for current and potential high school sports teams captains, The Captains’ Summit dives into the roles and responsibilities of a team captain while helping student-athletes understand the expectations of their role and how to achieve success as a team leader. Using real-life examples and shared experiences, student-athletes work together through common challenges of team captains and address how to overcome them on and off the field during this one-day seminar.

Population(s) Served

The SAC is a renovated bank building located at 915 S. Main St Belle Glade FL 33430 and features a state-of-the-art Sports Stem Lab, an energy generating solar field, multipurpose education rooms and a game lounge that was formerly the bank vault. Phase 2 of the SAC was completed in the summer of 2022 and future plans include a high-performance training facility. During the school year The SAC is open Monday – Friday 2pm – 7pm. School days off 11am-7pm. Summer 9am-6pm.

Mission - The mission of the Student ACES Center is to prepare students in the Glades community to thrive in life through innovative program offerings that focus on academic success, career readiness, college preparation, healthy behaviors, personal development and character education.

The SAC runs innovative and intentional programs that are designed to ensure students are successful in their lives' right now and prepare students to thrive in the future.

Population(s) Served

The Passport Program is a new, innovative, and recurring program that places each student who attends The SAC in an interactive program that leads them on a journey throughout 7 different destinations or guiding principles: Academic Success, Career Readiness, College Prep, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Character Development and Personal Development. Each destination consists of tasks for the student to complete throughout the year, once completed the student receives a stamp for the designated task in their passport; the stamps then amount to rewards.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of African descent
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
People of African descent
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
People of African descent
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
People of African descent
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
People of African descent
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Hopeful Youth Prove Excellence. HYPE combines recreation and fun with real-world learning experiences. Students engage in hands on activities allowing them to learn new skills and explore the world around them. Through Movie Monday, Serve Together Tuesday, Eat! Around the World Wednesday, Tournament Thursday and Fun Friday, we take skill building, lessons directly related to the student's schoolwork and real-world experiences to create an activity that engages the students.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

NonProfits First 2020

Affiliations & memberships

NonProfits First 2020

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 students at or above a 90% attendance rate

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Student ACES Flagship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year over 90% of participants attended programming.

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Student ACES Flagship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Out of 25000 students surveyed in programs they plan to attend college, trade school or become first responders.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Student ACES Flagship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of students have a foundation of values

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Student ACES Flagship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Student ACES has impacted over 5500 student athletes since 2013

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

to date 35,000 students in the ACE Program have graduated from high school

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Student ACES (ACE= athletics, community and education) was founded in 2013 by father-daughter team, Buck Martinez and Krissy Webb, to create a pathway for high school student athletes to achieve the highest standards of honor, character and integrity. The inspiration for ACE stemmed from their desire to see high school student athletes achieve a foundation of leadership that would generate positive outcomes and success in the students' lives. One day, Krissy asked her father, “Who will my kids look up to?" Through the ensuing conversation, Buck realized that his most memorable and rewarding experiences were attained when coaching his three daughters and their teammates. Dedicated to the idea that every student athlete deserves access to basic building blocks like confidence and leadership skills in order to succeed, he and Krissy wanted to form an organization that would help put the future of the country in prepared, capable hands. With that in mind, they started ACE in order to instill the following core values into the next generation of leaders: Respect, Trust, Attitude, Sacrifice, Ethical Behavior, Work Ethic, Integrity, and Teamwork.

ACES Strategy is to provide programs specific to the needs of the school and community.

The Roadmap to Success for Student Athletes –
Virtual Seminar includes 5 interactive virtual workshops focusing on Aspiring to Greatness – Unleashing you're Super Powers to impact the world – Commanding Respect and Earning Trust – Ethical and Moral Leadership – Building a Path to Success. The objectives of the workshops are intended to provide student athletes with values and principles essential to experience success. - presented by FHSAA & ACE Leadership Group


Student ACES Yearlong Program
This program is provided to students from public and private high schools in Palm Beach County and consists of six classes and a community project. Students are nominated by their high schools or peers for exemplifying leadership traits in athletics, education and in their community. The yearlong program accepts male and female students in their junior or senior year of high school. Students are excused from school and work together with students from different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures to discuss values-based leadership. A network of young men and women of character and integrity is created and life-lasting friendships are formed!


Captains Summits
This one day seminar is designed specifically for high school athletic captains to learn leadership skills, techniques and life lessons that will enable them to lead each of their teams on and off the field. Student athletes have firsthand experience to hear and engage with world-class experts and leaders in their respective professions while connecting with captains from other schools. The student athletes engage in interactive drills designed to incorporate communication, respect, sportsmanship, trust, sacrifice and ethical behavior. The captains also engage in team discussions on challenges facing today’s young students.

Leadership Workshops
Customizable to specific teams, schools or sports. The Student ACE staff works closely with school administration and coaches to create a personalized curriculum to focus on specific needs. During workshops, teams have the opportunity to work together to solve case studies and engage in interactive drills designed to incorporate communication, respect, sportsmanship, trust, sacrifice and ethical behavior. Workshop topics can vary according to specific needs and work to break down the barriers that may be preventing a team or school from reaching the highest level of success. Workshops can be offered in one-day or multi-day series.

The Student ACES Center
The Student ACES Center or The SAC, is a community of learners, building a foundation to support student athletes throughout their athletic careers and beyond. This is the place where high school Student-Athletes train to become outstanding, contributing members of their teams, schools, neighborhoods and communities.Throu

Student ACES has grown tremendously each year by diversifying our revenue, developing a strong board of directors and most importantly listening and crafting programs based on what the students needs are. ACE is research informed and each year we continue to move the needle to inspire and develop student athletes to be our leaders of tomorrow.

2020 will go down in history as a year marred by the devastating effects of a global pandemic. While the nation and the world faced sickness, forced business shutdowns and school closings, Student ACES mobilized in innovative ways to ensure our students continued their education. We also created new vocational training and career opportunities for them.

Our Student ACES Center, commonly referred to as “The SAC" and located in Belle Glade, remained open following COVID best practices, social distancing and proper protocols. More than a safe and secure location for students to meet their classroom requirements, the SAC became a second home and lifeline for our students.

Student ACES provided internet access and computers to make distance learning a reality for high school and returning college students, who without Student ACES would not have been able to continue their collegiate education. Along with character, leadership and life-skills training, students participated in fun activities that helped alleviate the stress of COVID’s uncertain future. Through Zoom and other distant-learning tools, we continued to offer our character and leadership workshops to schools throughout South Florida. We were able to reach thousands of student athletes, many who were struggling with the misfortune of having their athletic seasons canceled.

Some of the most significant achievements in 2020 included:
- Transitioning the Student ACES Center (SAC) to a distant learning center
- Providing our students employment opportunities through creative partnerships
- Breaking ground on phase II of the SAC, our state-of-the-art STEM lab
- Commencing construction on an 18-kilowatt solar array at the SAC that will double as an education center for students to learn about renewable energy
- Partnering with multiple companies, including Florida Power & Light, Moss Construction and Garcia Development, to develop workforce initiatives that could result in lifetime careers for our students

No matter what challenges come our way, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve as many students as possible. Our success has been made possible by the incredible support of people and companies in our community. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every student athlete that wants an opportunity to be in the Student ACES program will be provided a seat. On behalf of our team, thank you for your continued support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve middle, high school and young adults through different programs. Student ACES Flagship Program, Workshops, Captains Summits and The Student ACES Center located in Belle Glade and open everyday as an after school program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Student ACES Center in Belle Glade concept and programs were created and developed by our high school student athletes in the Glades Region which has a 41% rate of poverty.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our relationship is shared power in programming and the needs of the people and communities we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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STUDENT ACES

Board of directors
as of 10/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Buck Martinez


Board co-chair

Syd Kitson

Kitson and Partners

Rob Kornahrens

Advanced Roofing

Jamie Levin

Beth Johnston

Florida Blue

Dwight Stephenson

Stephenson Construction and NFL Hall of Fame

Lavonne Idlette

Financial Advisor

Dionne Boldin

Anquan Boldin Foundation

Charles Johnson

MLB Hall of Fame

Karl Watson

Retired CFO Rinker Materials

Chris Gannon

Founder of Bolay

Pam Rauch

VP External Affairs and Economic Development Florida Power and Light

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data