BRIGHT LIGHTS INC

aka Bright Lights   |   Lincoln, NE   |  www.brightlights.org

Mission

Bright Lights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to meaningful education beyond the classroom and providing youth with unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities during week-long summer sessions.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Lisa Sypal

Main address

5561 S 48TH St Ste 220

Lincoln, NE 68516 USA

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EIN

47-0708499

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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?

Need-based scholarships

Bright Lights has been offering a need-based scholarship program since 1988. Bright Lights offers one need-based scholarship per eligible student, and multiple students from the same family may qualify. Additional scholarships are also offered as funding allows. Each year around 25% of our students are awarded need-based scholarships.

Population(s) Served

Bright Lights also welcomes some 65 students in grades 6-8 from Senshu Middle School in Japan who come each year.  American students join them in 8-10 different classes at Lux Middle scholl.  This is both a friend raiser and a fund raiser.  We have done this since 2002.

Population(s) Served

Each classroom is staffed with two assistants, typically high school students who have aged out of their student involvement in Bright Lights. This allows us to maintain small class sizes with a 1:7 staff to student ratio. The classes offered are a combination of new classes along with past favorites and represent a range of interests and topics. The curriculum is created by the teachers and is based on their passions and interests.

Population(s) Served

Health and safety initiatives are essential to the continued reliability of Bright Lights as a leading summer program in the community. From registration through the end of the summer program we strive to address health, safety, and confidentiality.

Bright Lights provides safe and secure environments for all students and staff. Positive behavior (non-violence, cooperation, teamwork, understanding and acceptance of others) is encouraged in the program and is required of all staff. A Bright Lights Safety Committee meets annually, and members make onsite visits to observe and make recommendations for improvement where it is needed.

A retired school psychologist screens families who have health or behavior needs based on parent-indicated issues on health forms. A nurse is at the main program site every day. On the first day of class she seeks out each identified classroom and student, meets the student, and welcomes them to the health office. The nurse’s objective is to see each student’s face and know where his/her classroom is located. Both the nurse and psychologist receive ongoing professional training in school health areas.

Population(s) Served

Bright Lights offers summer classes that provide broad-range learning outside of conventional teaching methods. This non-traditional approach not only engages students but also prevents a loss of learned information and learning skills. Longitudinal studies by the Rand Corporation indicate that the effects of summer learning programs endure for at least two years after participation.

Bright Lights’ summer learning opportunities ensure that students develop complex skills, including how to make decisions, solve real-world problems, build relationships with adults and peers, and test out their own leadership and teamwork capabilities as they experience STEM learning across different environments.

Population(s) Served

2016 saw us launch a partnership with Lincoln Public Schools and the Federal Migrant Education Program. Bright Lights provides these students with a variety of half-day classroom experiences to augment the LPS offerings. This program helps ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum, graduation requirements, or state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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BRIGHT LIGHTS INC

Board of directors
as of 5/8/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Rodriguez

Olsson Associates

Term: 2017 - 2019

Barbara George

Lincoln Surgical Hospital

Bob Reeker

Eastridge Elementary School

Brandy Johnson

Black Hills Energy

Damian Shotkoski

Shotkoski & Associates

Adam Holz

SolutionOne

Kelly Reese McKay

Lincoln Electric System

Jennifer Morand-Ackerman

West Gate Bank

Tina Reeves

Firespring

Laura Knaus

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Brad Penner

Firespring

Kelly Bjorkman

Hill Elementary School

Jai Burks

Park Middle School

Monica Henkenius

Community Volunteer

Jake Muhleisen

UBT

Stephanie Rodriguez

Olsson Associates

Jeff Rust

Hartley Elementary School

Jennifer Morand-Ackerman

West Gate Bank

Nicholas Stremlau

Assurity

Betsy Tonniges

Primrose of Lincoln

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No