Walking In Authority Teen Council, Inc.

"We Aspire to Inspire!"

aka Walking In Authority (WIA) Teen Council   |   Forest Park, GA   |  http://www.wiateencouncil.com/

Mission

WIATC empowers teens (13-19) and their parents in Metro Atlanta to advocate for themselves, give exposure to civic duty, and develop leadership skills in preparation to address community issues to become agents of change.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mrs. Sparkle K Adams

Main address

P.O. Box 2323

Forest Park, GA 30298 USA

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Formerly known as

Forest Park Teen Council

EIN

46-3422280

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problems our organization is working to address are having a lack of transportation, needing more financial support, and having a lack of skilled dedicated staff (i.e. grant writers, financial analysts, etc.).

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?

Core Program

The WIA Teen Council Core Program's purpose is to create a secure atmosphere in Metro Atlanta with a teen/parent-friendly and safe environment using a holistic approach to education, health and wellness, leadership, mediation and conflict resolution, public administration, public safety, judicial system, discipline, life skills and workforce development, character and personal development while having fun.
o Robert's Rules of Order and Parliamentary Procedures
o WIA Life Skills and Workforce Development
o WIA Mediation and Conflict Resolution
o Ambassador's Program
o Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active
o Nat'l League of Cities

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

We strive to empower our teens through civic engagement networking and building relationships throughout the community, by providing hands on life skills, which will increase their presence and voice within the Metro Atlanta Area.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

The purpose of this program is to provide parent, guardians, and significant others with planning, review and implementation of WIA programs and committees. To recruit parents of Walking In Authority participants for involvement in professional development opportunities, outreach, meetings, conferences and other related activities designed to enhance the role of parents in supporting and educating each other. Research opportunities to share resources, conduct workshops, and provide support to other parents bringing questions, concerns, and ideas regarding WIA Teen Council. To serve as advisors on the committees to support the needs of the WIA Teen Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 community initiatives in which the organization participates

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

Adolescents, Adults, Seniors

Related Program

Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants that follow counseling recommendations

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

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

Core Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

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

Core Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started tracking our unique website visitors in 2017.

Number of press articles published

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donors retained

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

Core Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

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

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of resumes written

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

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trips provided

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of those who successfully gained employment after counseling

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

Adolescents, Adults

Related Program

Core Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our organization aims to provide youth with evidence based or evidence informed life skills training and education programing supported by comprehensive leadership training and education designed to strengthen our teen’s social and emotional competencies while preparing them for a life of community advocacy.

Our strategies include our youth meeting weekly in a community setting to participate in highly structured training and education sessions; using facilitators adept at keeping youth engaged to lead them through a process of training and education using real world scenarios and relevant case studies; and networking through field trips to give hands on exposure to professional environments and civic responsibilities.

In addition to the above strategies, we form collaborations and partnerships that help us network and reach out further than our base and provide skills in the following areas: home, food, self-determination and management, financial literacy, personal appearance, community, employment, technology, citizenship, health and wellness, transportation, and social media.

Meetings are held twice monthly to plan and discuss operations and activities. The youth are taught organizational theory by having committees with parent advisors actively involved in the planning and implementation of all programs and activities. Meals are prepared and served at each meeting to the youth and families, since the meetings are generally held after school and work.

We invite elected officials and community business leaders along with the faith based community to speak to the teens. By showing bi-partisan support at the local and national levels we're teaching tolerance and diversity of thought. We hold sessions’ regarding the voting process to help the teens understand what happens at the polls directly affects the community. We perform community service projects and service learning excursions. Through partnerships and collaborations with major corporations, and some private organizations we can create a pathway to college and leadership opportunities.

We were able to help a teen receive a full scholarship to a northern college and able to provide other deserving teens with partial scholarships. We have helped students through our core program bring up their grade point average, meet professionals, minimize destructive behavior, and focus on improving test taking techniques, study skills, and career development. Through a series of facilitated discussions, youth have explored educational modules containing information about nutrition, diet, and health and wellness.

We have also helped them enhance workforce development skills and through the service learning excursions and community service projects the teens have a great appreciation for civic responsibility. Our participation in the Ambassador’s Program with the State of Georgia, accomplished registering teens to vote and educating them on the voting process.

We plan to expand to larger populations of teens in other municipalities to include teens and parents in other cities.

Financials

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Operations

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Walking In Authority Teen Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sheila Smalls

Walking In Authority Teen Council

Term: 2020 - 2023

Chalonda Smith

Clayton County

Chris Leighty

Clayton County

LaTanga Felder

Clayton County

Al Wiggins

Fulton County

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? 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 12/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability