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Partnership 4 Kids

Long-term support for lifetime success.

Omaha, NE   |  www.p4k.org

Mission

The mission of Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) is to engage and inspire students from preschool to graduation guiding them to success with individualized support, career exploration and scholarships. For over 34 years, Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) has been helping promising youth from Omaha’s most under-resourced communities to become confident, educated leaders by providing mentor support and immersing them in programming and activities focused on goal setting, academic persistence, higher education and career planning. P4K provides long-term support that leads to life-long success. P4K stewards participants through critical academic transitions, ignites their excitement for what their future can be and prepares them to successfully obtain higher education and financial stability.

Ruling year info

1993

President

Deb Denbeck

Main address

1004 Farnam Street, Suite 200 Suite 200

Omaha, NE 68102 USA

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Formerly known as

All Our Kids, Inc.

Winners Circle Educational Foundation

EIN

47-0762798

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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?

Elementary Goal Setting Program

P4K Goal Setting Program enables elementary students to become proficient in setting and achieving literacy and life skill goals. The program serves all fifth and sixth graders enrolled at one of six target elementary schools within the Omaha Public Schools District (Field Club, Fontenelle, Franklin, Gifford Park, Minne Lusa and Sherman).

Participants are supported by community volunteers called Goal Buddies who meet with the groups of 4-5 students in a classroom twice per month for 30 minutes per visit. The program aligns with teachers’ set goals that coincide with standard grading systems and reading levels, as well as each target school’s attendance and behavior policies. At the close of each semester, students’ achievements are recognized at school-wide celebrations.

Additionally, college and career readiness are integrated into this programming, prompting students to believe higher education is a tangible possibility for their future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) Middle and High School Program equips underserved youth, grades 6-12 with the tools, academic support, and life skills necessary to be successful in post-secondary studies and future careers. Partner schools include Lewis and Clark, Marrs Magnet, McMillan, Monroe and Norris (middle schools), and Benson, Central, North, Northwest and South (high schools).

Interventions include curriculum-based programming, post-secondary and career exploration experiences, summer enrichment workshops, and continued support from mentors, staff and peers. Students engage in immersive learning experiences such as campus visits to two and four-year post-secondary institutions, career exploration workshops, and shadow experiences that help develop an increased sense of hope and a future-oriented mindset. Students are also guided through postsecondary preparation including resume writing, FAFSA completion, ACT practice tests and the college applications.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

P4K’s Book Buddy program promotes reading readiness and literacy engagement, as well as regular school attendance among early learners, pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. P4K partners with six target elementary schools within Omaha Public Schools (Field Club, Fontenelle, Franklin, Gifford Park, Minne Lusa and Sherman) providing program service to every pre-k through fourth grade student schoolwide. Participants gain access to age-appropriate reading material, are matched (informally) with a Book Buddy who models strong reading practices and are engaged in curriculum-based literacy activities at school and at home. These activities are designed to develop students’ foundational literacy skills and foster a love of reading for pleasure. Over the course of an academic year, each student and their classroom teacher will receive 14 grade-level books to build their home and classroom libraries. Additionally, students will participate in a total of 42 literacy skill-building activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) Postsecondary & Workforce Development Program is the culmination of the organization’s pre-kindergarten to careers programming and services. The program goal is to position students to overcome generational poverty with a meaningful career that provides financial stability and professional satisfaction. Participants are provided with renewable scholarships and wrap-around services to meet their individualized needs and help them persist in their degree/certificate pursuit. Program services include daily P4K staff office hours on campus (UNO and MCC), individual case-management sessions, lunch-and-learn workshops focused on postsecondary best practices, peer mentors who help first-year students transition to college life and find community on campus, a laptop lending library, job/ internship placement support and professional networking, and emergency fund support for urgent financial challenges preventing students from continuing their education.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Economically disadvantaged people

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 volunteers

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Elementary Goal Setting Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of students performing at or above proficiency in state reading tests.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Days fewer that P4K students missed of school than comparison students

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Middle and High School Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

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
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Middle and High School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of students expressing more career knowledge than before attending a P4K summer workshop

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.

The primary goals that guide all of P4K's programming efforts are:

Goal 1: To empower students to succeed through goal setting, life skills education and service learning projects.

Goal 2: To strengthen families by encouraging involvement in their student's education.

Goal 3: To provide more volunteer opportunities for volunteers to help improve public education.

Goal 4: To increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates through academic support and scholarships.

Goal 5: To evaluate program outcomes to determine agency enrollment effectiveness.

Strategies to empower students to succeed:
*Elementary students are asked to work towards the achievement of individualized quarterly academic and life skills goals with the monthly support of volunteer mentors, called Goal Buddies.

*Implementation of strengths based leadership-development curriculum that grows personal strengths and reinforces skills students need to be successful.

Strategies to strengthen families engagement:
*P4K elementary school parents are encouraged to chanting the parent motto, “I am committed to my child's education from kindergarten to college".

*P4K provides families with regular updates about programming; resources and opportunities available to them, and informational sessions on how to support their children during crucial academic transitions.

Strategies to provide more volunteer opportunities for volunteers to help improve public education:
*P4K enlists the support of 415 volunteers to provide student participants with mentor support, motivation and encouragement.

Strategies to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates:
*A minimum of 11 local and regional college campus visits are offered between 4th and 10th grade.

*ACT prep classes are offered in 10th grade

*Regular case management sessions with P4K staff who provide resources to eliminate barriers to academic and personal success.

*Regular after school meetings with curriculum designed to prepare students for high school graduation, college application processes, college acceptance and graduation.

*Career tours and workshops offered to participants, beginning in 5th grade

*Renewable college scholarships are offered through the agency's scholarship endowment

Strategies to evaluate program outcomes and determine agency effectiveness:
*Data analysis results are separately categorized between program impact outcomes and program quality outcomes.

*All data is analyzed toward moving outcomes forward for participating students

*All participants are surveyed and responses are analyzed for program improvement needs.

The agency has been serving at-risk youth populations for 27 years and employs a professional staff with a collective of more than 250 years of experience working with low-income populations, more than 50 years prior teaching experience, and countless hours of continuing education in youth service.

P4K's staff, board, and partners are working together to implement a four-year strategic plan to assure adequate resources to sustain the agency and deliver the highest quality of service as P4K programming expands to meet demands. P4K has enhanced its strategic recruitment efforts to ensure it has enough high quality and dedicated mentors and volunteers, maintaining retention rates at 80% by engaging volunteers, advocates, and donors through quarterly update meetings. P4K is also building a strategy to attract young professional mentors and developing an employer-based strategy for volunteer recruitment, aligning this strategy with board member recruitment and corporate fundraising. P4K's staff and board are implementing professional development programs necessary for succession planning, allowing staff to grow and facilitating staff engagement in the community.

Additionally, P4K partners with over 20 specialized mentoring and college preparatory programs to eliminate the duplication of services and strengthen efforts by increasing cross-agency resources available to participating students.

A long-term funding strategy with an intentional approach to attract new donors, diversify and expand the donor base, and secure more grant funding to ensure long-term financial sustainability is also being implemented.

Finally, the agency is maximizing resources, including in-kind donations, to drive agency efficiencies, impact, and overall sustainability.

Book Buddy Reading Readiness Program has been implemented in 5 of 12 P4K target elementary schools

90% of P4K middle and high school students remain on track to graduate from high school in four years through intense case management with P4K staff and mentor engagement.

Due to the mentoring support nearly 600 P4K middle and high school students receive through program participation, they are more likely to remain in school. Furthermore, research has also found that students who are involved in a mentoring relationship are 55% more likely to attend college.

P4K provides college funding to 105 students (current year) with the projection of 200 students in 2017-2018.

1503 parents in attendance at P4K events during the 2015-2016 school year.

87% of P4K students averaged 2 or fewer absences per quarter for the entire school year.

P4K middle and high school students have maintained an average GPA of 3.1 or higher during the previous two school years.

P4K students exhibited higher levels of affective, behavioral and cognitive engagement in their own learning process, including persistence toward graduation, than did demographically similar students in their own schools. (OPS Student Engagement and School Climate Survey-2015)

P4K provides college funding to 105 students (current year) with the projection of 200 students in 2017-2018.

87% of P4K college students renewed their scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year.

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Partnership 4 Kids

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ward Chambers

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Mary Ann Holland

Community Advocate

Thomas Warren

City of Omaha

Gail Walling Yanney

Community Volunteer

Carol Russell

Community Volunteer

Juan Casas

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Curtis Johnson

DLR Group

Melissa Marvin

Banyan Medical Systems

Stephen Wade

First National Bank

Meaghan Gandy

Kutak Rock

Thompson Rodgers

Affiliated Companies

Monique Cribbs

Common Spirit Health

Sen. Tony Vargas

Nebraska Legislature, District 7

Nicole Leathers

Community Advocate

Bradley Pfeifer

UNMC Assistant Dean of Operation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.