S F T C NONPROFIT

Providing Expressive Opportunities Since 2012

aka Shop Floor Theatre Company   |   Flint, MI   |  https://www.sftco.org/

Mission

Shop Floor Theatre Company (SFTC) has been creating original, community-centered programming and creatively responding to urgent issues facing the City of Flint and surrounding communities since 2012. Our mission is to Build Educational Bridges and Provide Expressive Opportunities. We create transformative arts and education programming with and for people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds that encourages civic dialogue and engagement, and promotes socio-cultural awareness. We are committed to creating a holistic brand of arts and education programming geared toward youth development and positive change by providing organic, youth driven programs that offer a variety of expressive opportunities for young people.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Kendrick Jones

Main address

432 N Saginaw St Ste 238

Flint, MI 48502 USA

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EIN

47-1920448

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For nearly ten years, SFTC has developed relationships with educational institutions and community centers meeting the needs of the young people of Flint. The Creative Learning Program (CLP) prioritizes youth development, literacy, arts education, racial equity, and civic pride. The students we serve face some of the greatest challenges in the country (not having access to basic modern needs like reliable, safe transportation, nutritious and affordable food, weather-appropriate clothing, clean water access, lack of accessible mental health services, etc.). Shop Floor Theatre Company operates within a healthy ecosystem of philanthropic organizations working hard to address these challenges and positively affect the youth of Flint.

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?

Shop Floor Theatre Company - Creative Learning Program

The Creative Learning Program (CLP) prioritizes youth development, literacy, arts education, racial equity, and civic pride. We see the arts as the study and practice of how people process and document the human experience, understand others through languages, histories and cultures, and make moral and intellectual sense of the world.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
At-risk youth
Young adults
Children and youth

Signal Boost is an opportunity for young people to reclaim the narratives often attributed to them, vocalize what they care about and creatively express their vision for a better future. Participation in Signal Boost has had an empowering effect on young people, both directly and indirectly, inspiring more agency and driving positive change in their lives and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups

In an attempt to continue to support arts and culture learning, during the past year we recruited and contracted four apprentice artist facilitators to work alongside current ensemble members for a 12-month period, receive professional development, training and support, and be paid a stipend for their work.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Multiracial people

Making It! An original play inspired by the complexities of teenage life. Created and performed by the students. 24 students and Over 800 audience participants

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Multiracial people

"We Are Not Our Crime Rate” video premier at included a play about self-identity and uplifting one another and youth performances (632 students and parents)

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Integrated Arts Residency at Beecher 9GA, year round, twice monthly visits. (Theatre, dance, spoken word, film and media and voice) 70 students (1680 student contacts)

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

A four-week cross-cultural creative workshop for youth ages 13-19. Participants explore artistic ways to develop, create and perform their original work. This program centers on self-identity, inclusiveness and building youth civic capacity

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

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 clients placed in internships

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Artists and performers

Related Program

Apprentice Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Artistic Apprentices/Interns are contracted to work alongside current ensemble members for 12-months, they receive professional development, training and support, and are paid a stipend for their work

Total number of free admissions

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

Children and youth, Adults, At-risk youth

Related Program

Integrated Arts Residency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have experienced success thanks largely to our continued commitment to teamwork, "Cost Free" community-centered programming.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Children and youth, Parents, Multiracial people

Related Program

Integrated Arts Residency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

During the process, students and community members learn techniques for encouraging dialogue on divisive issues and explore credible approaches and doable methods to produce positive social impacts.

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Integrated Arts Residency

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

SFTC ensemble members work with students, teachers, administrators and parents throughout the year to incorporate creative learning techniques to establish and facilitate youth driven learning

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

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

Related Program

Integrated Arts Residency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants Awarded by Foundations, such as, The Ruth Mott Foundation, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Community Foundation of Greater Flint...

Number of free participants in conferences

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

Adolescents, Non-adult children, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public service announcements created

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

Adolescents, Non-adult children, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

We Are Not Our Crime Rate

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 Creative Learning Program (CLP) prioritizes youth development, literacy, arts education, racial equity, and civic pride. We see the arts as the study and practice of how people process and document the human experience, understand others through languages, histories and cultures, and make moral and intellectual sense of the world. The arts are the stories that introduce us to people we have never met, places we have never visited, and ideas that may never have occurred to us. The CLP helps students address the challenges they face together with diverse communities across Michigan, using the arts as a foundation for the expression, analysis, and exchange of ideas. Our work teaches students to develop their empathy, to think critically and creatively, to consider holistic perspectives and varied sides of social issues, all the while building skills in writing and critical reading. The work developed in the CLP is a showcase of youth decisions about what is true to their heritage and history, what is important in their own lives, and what they can do to make them better, leading to increased agency and self-worth. Our aim is to develop informed and critical citizens, ultimately contributing to healthier communities.

In schools across Flint, our projects have been proven to increase positive self-perception, improve social tolerance, and bolster scholastic performance. During our residencies, young people learn techniques for engaging in complex dialogue and exploring credible ways to produce positive social impact in their day-to- day lives. Through theatre, music, visual art, dance, spoken word, and film, we give participants the power to create and develop their own stories, to decide how their experiences are portrayed through art, and how to process divisive issues with the community at large. The Creative Learning Program (CLP) was created by SFTC leadership and teaching artists in 2014, and has been offering students and their families culturally- relevant, place-based artistic programming in- and after-school ever since.

According to 2019 data, the biggest increase in our metrics was in Self-Worth, particularly in students who have physical, mental, and emotional challenges. We would identify success in our 2021 programming if similar results are measured. Additional metrics of success are student enthusiasm and peer-to-peer learning, evidenced by qualitative data such as teacher observations and focus groups with students and administrators. We use an open topic format with students: an organic process of inviting them to generate topics and activities for their program experience. This model has been extremely effective; youth buy into the process early on with a sense of ownership, pride and personal accomplishment. Teachers, parents, and artists have testified to the success of our approach: young students who begin unwilling to speak about themselves or uninterested in generating collaborative ideas, gradually become more willing, authentic, proud of trying new things, and accountable to the entire group. It is a testament to how the creative process builds personal and civic capacity in our youth.
In judging the success of this project, we will look to a number of indicators, both quantitative and qualitative, and will use teacher observations and surveys to gather our information.

What Have We Accomplished?

Signal Boost 2021 - Signal Boost is an opportunity for young people to reclaim the narratives often attributed to them, vocalize what they care about and creatively express their vision for a better future. Participation in Signal Boost has had an empowering effect on young people (both directly and indirectly), inspiring more agency and driving positive change in their lives and communities.

The SFTC 2020-2021 Creative Learning Program, helping North Flint youth by introducing concepts of retention and persistence that will encourage strong participation and scholastic competence, using fun, multi-faceted arts projects designed to help them navigate barriers to learning and goal attainment. The objective is that by the end of the year, students will have improved global self-worth, scholastic competence and behavioral conduct.

The SFTC 2018-2019 Creative Learning Program, helping North Flint youth by introducing concepts of retention and persistence that will encourage strong participation and scholastic competence, using fun, multi-faceted arts projects designed to help them navigate barriers to learning and goal attainment. The objective is that by the end of the year, students will have improved global self-worth, scholastic competence and behavioral conduct.

Genesee and Shiawassee Counties Teen Summer Workshop: A 7-week summer program where of 24 Urban and Rural youth, ages 12-18, met 4 days a week, to explore (race, gender, drug abuse and suicide) they created “Making It! An original play inspired by the complexities of teenage life". Over 800 attended performances

Schooled: The Groovy: BSD students, ages 5-18, and BMS students participated in workshops addressing anti-bullying and were the production crew for their original music video, “We Are Not Our Crime Rate" which centers on self-identity and community pride. 632 students and community members attended the workshops and performance.

Civic Capacity- Self Identity Residency: A 1-year Civic Capacity- Self-Identity workshop for male and female youth adolescents, 14-19 years old, at BHS. The Residency had 73 students and centered on self-identity and building civic capacity thru the arts. 584-student contacts hours.

Boys and Girls Club of Flint (BGC)- Pilot Program: A pilot program designed to assess the programming needs at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC). SFTC and its partners ran programs devised to improve behavioral conduct and self-worth. 10-15 students attended each of the 10 sessions.

Immigrant U: Our Story Our Way: An original documentary and play, students shared their culture, traditions, and challenges. Made by students in Flint, to break down barriers and build cultural bridges. 30 students participated. 340 attended the workshops and premier.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Zielinski

Angela Zielinski

SiriusXM

Lance Sumpter

Beecher School District, MI

Cynthia Cortez

Bresee Youth Center, LA

Andrea Williams

Menards, MI

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 01/18/2022

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.