NHNTX

Telling a Different Story

aka New Horizons of North Texas   |   Rockwall, TX   |  www.newhorizonsofntx.org

Mission

New Horizons of North Texas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens growing up in environments of poverty, academic failure, and hopelessness. As a result, we are on a mission to empower at-risk youth by telling a different story! Some of the most vulnerable members of our community are provided with the opportunity to choose a different course for their lives through the variety of our no-cost programs. As an affiliate of New Horizons Programs, Inc., New Horizons of North Texas serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex through after school tutoring and mentoring. Our afterschool learning communities emphasize our core values of honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility in daily character education lessons and mentor relationships.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Janie Bordner

Main address

222 McKinney Trail

Rockwall, TX 75087 USA

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EIN

47-2406513

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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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?

Super Kids Club

Elementary afteschool program providing 8 hours a week of support through tutoring, mentoring, and faith-building.

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

Help at-risk children with reading skills through dedicated summer program.

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

Club 678 afterschool program provides 8 hours a week of support through tutoring, mentoring, and faith-building to at-risk middle school students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Dallas After school 2020

Affiliations & memberships

New Horizons Programs, Inc. 2014

Dallas Business Journal 2020

Dallas Afterschool 2020

DCEO Magazine 2021

Fort Worth Afterschool 2022

READ Fort Worth 2022

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 enrolled in service-learning courses

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

Super Kids Club

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

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Provide education, mentoring and spiritual leadership to help At Risk children to become the future leaders in the world.

Our mission is to empower at-risk youth to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring, and faith-building.
This need is clear. NHNTX has the opportunity to not only help students catch up on unfinished learning from the pandemic but also tackle long-standing historical inequities in education. At New Horizons of North Texas, we want to take action and help our youth reach their full potential. Improving skills in reading, science and math, to nurture the love of learning beyond high school and to build relationships with mentors through faith based activities; that holds the promise of a pathway out of poverty, and economic prosperity for the whole family.

New Horizons works with school administrators, teachers and counselors to identify students that are performing below grade level in reading, math and science and/or those they would benefit from technology classes, mentoring and faith-based character-building activities. By working closely with school personnel, parents, and children, we are able to build a relationship with the whole family based on trust and partnership. By providing virtual and in person programming that includes every member of the family, we are better able to provide individualized plans for each student as well as offering life changing services to the entire family. The solution lies in integrated care, the systematic coordination of services. Integrating all services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple needs.
Program Description
At New Horizons of North Texas, we want to act and help our youth reach their full potential. Improving skills in reading, science and math, to nurture the love of learning beyond high school and to build relationships with mentors through faith based activities holds the promise of a pathway out of poverty, and economic prosperity for the whole family.
Our F4 Campaign is different. We are taking an innovative approach to creating a firm foundation for success:
Faith – we are more than our current story
Family – we are an extended family of belonging
Focus – we are people of grit, resilience, and determination
Finish – we will learn to take personal responsibility
These 4 values are ingrained in everything we do. We envision all high-risk youth completing high school with a plan for the future, a lifelong love of learning and the hope of a brighter future.
There are only enough free and low-cost afterschool programs to meet 17% of students in need in Dallas! We work to increase funding for our programming so all families, regardless of zip code and income, have access to our safe, high quality programs. New Horizons of North Texas focuses on:
Mentoring/Tutoring (reading, science, and math) -
Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is acritical marker in a child’s educational

Programs offered include:
AFTERSCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM: Participants will be engaged with a part-time mentor. Parents are encouraged to participate in these sessions. These sessions are done both in person and virtual as needed. All mentors will be required to pass a background check and complete a mandatory training program.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: The after-school program will service youth who are looking for homework, reading, science and math help; along with better study habits and preparation for. Participants will go through a series of objectives through tutoring, STEM education, reading/book club and guest speakers, art and more.
READING LITERACY PROGRAM: The reading literacy program will service youth who are looking for better reading opportunity. Participants will go through a series of objectives to prepare them to be good readers. While reading well is foundational for a student’s success, many of our students read below grade level. Volunteers from across our community work with kids in small, guided reading groups to read 30 minutes each day and encourage them to succeed through positive affirmation. Working in collaboration with the elementary school, level-appropriate reading materials are utilized for each student by our Reading Mentors to build confidence and see progress. This includes a book club designed especially for middle school children. The students interact with their mentors and read aloud as appropriate. Literacy activities include games, cooking, physical assignments, art and community projects.
BOOK OF LIFE PROGRAM: The book of life program is a literacy-based reading program designed to help kids learn to read and then use those skills to write and publish their own book of their life experiences. This program is open to parents as well. In a separate group, parents can learn to become published authors well.
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM: The life skills program includes activities to build leadership skills. Weekly guest speakers provide inspirational stories and share experiences that most of our students would never dream possible. Students receive daily character education training that prepares them to make positive choices and become great citizens at school and at home. Lessons incorporate values of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility using stories, crafts, songs, and drama. Each month, students are challenged to complete a project that helps the community. Last semester. our students held a clothing drive for the homeless in the area, cleaned up trash in the playground of the park across from the school among other things.
TEEN CUISINE PROGRAM: is a cooking class sponsored by the USDA that teaches healthy cooking and eating habits and encourages teens that want to pursue interests in the culinary arts.
PARENT EDUCATION AND INVOLVEMENT: Monthly educational and familiy opportunities that inspire and encourage parents and the whole family to become involved in the program. These

Expectations and Goals
 Improved classroom and home behavior through respect and integrity.
● Mental, behavioral, and emotional wellness. Conflict resolution skills.
● How to become an author: Brainstorming ideas, genre, editing, and marketing.
● Public speaking structure and confidence.
● Increase in Reading Literacy and Vocabulary.
● Financial Literacy (Checking and savings account, credit awareness) Students will know how to manage their finances.
● How to become an entrepreneur? Business Plan Knowledge.
● Increase in Life skills and to effectively communicate and actively listen.
 Reading Growth - we benchmark each student's reading level and then re-assess 2x to measure their growth.
 Program Engagement - we expect committed student participation by requiring a 75% attendance rate to maintain enrollment in our programs.
 Student Social-Emotional Growth - we conduct both student and parent surveys at the beginning and end of each year to compare and evaluate the student's view of self and confidence in school.

Outcomes
 100% of students will improve reading, science and math skills by end of school year with 100% of kids attending regularly advancing 1 or more reading levels
 Kids will be reading better and achieving success in the classroom with 89% achieving a “B” or higher in Reading.
 Kids will be attending school more with 90% of our kids meeting school requirements.
 Number of students enrolled in our program will increase to at least 150 in Dallas and 75 in Fort Worth.
 100% of 8th grade students enrolled will graduate middle school and advance high school.
 Mentoring - students experience relationships from committed and caring mentors and belong to a safe learning community to increase school attendance
 Self-confidence - students grow in right relationship with self and others, and their schools to display grit and determination character traits throughout their lives
 70% of kids demonstrate literacy growth during the summer months measured in Lexia Learning Software
 Seeing 75% of students say that they feel better about themselves and their ability to achieve in school than they did before NHNTX. Baseline and results will be measured through pre/post semester student and parent surveys.

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?

    Children that are below federal poverty level and are performing under grade level in reading, math, science and are at risk of doing poorly in school.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    When schools closed last March, we called and talked with every child and their family in our program. We asked them what their needs were, if they would be interested in an all virtual program and how we could help in other ways. Because of the feedback we received, we completely changed our in person only program to an all virtual program. We also made our program more holistic for the entire family by offering services to parents, providing food, supplies and even case management referrals.

  • 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?

    We have been more engaged with the whole family not just the children now. We have learned to listen more and have changed many components to our program to reflect the interests of the children 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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NHNTX

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Cooper

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2022

Ron Chase

Frog Street Press

Tom Cooper

Retired Executive

Howard Sewell

Retired

Jeremy Tillman

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Chris Bedford

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Dave Huff

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Doug Scott

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Rick Simmons

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Trent Ricker

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Tonia Degner

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Craig Rogers

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/02/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2021

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.