Keene Housing Kids Collaborative

Building the foundation for successful adulthood

aka Keene Housing Kids Collaborative   |   KEENE, NH   |  http://www.khkc.org

Mission

We connect kids living in Keene Housing households to existing opportunities in the community that will give them the tools to succeed.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Liz Chipman

Main address

5 Harmony Lane

KEENE, NH 03431 USA

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EIN

47-2753561

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Keene Housing Kids Collaborative is building the foundation for successful adulthood. We are a non-profit organization working to help children living in households that are struggling to make ends meet reach their full potential. The future of our community – and any community – depends on the ability of our children to grow into productive, healthy, confident and engaged members of our community.

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?

Helping Kids Access Success

We connect children to existing programs in the community, at no cost their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and 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 participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Helping Kids Access Success

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

decrease in participation due to closure of programs during covid-19

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.

Just over 500 children between the ages of birth and 18 live in Keene Housing households – with an average annual income of $23,516. If statistics hold true for these kids, most of them will struggle to get ahead as adults, as well.

School data for these children is sobering: they score about two grade levels behind their more affluent peers on standardized tests in math and reading, are absent from school at a much higher rate, and 2 out of every 5 kids who live in Keene Housing households are enrolled in special education.

We are missing out on the contributions these young people could make if they reach their potential as fully successful adult members of our community: contributions in art, science, business and civic life. The Kids Collaborative is working to change things for children and youth living in Keene Housing by connecting them to existing opportunities and experiences in the community that will give them the tools they need to succeed.

Goals we have for our kids include:
Enter kindergarten with behavior that is generally school appropriate and with strong pre-reading and numeracy skills
Develop strong socio-emotional skills throughout childhood and adolescence, and reach grade level proficiency in reading and math by fourth grade
Graduate high school with a GPA of C+ or higher, without having become a parent, and without having come in to contact with the juvenile justice system

We are moving kids toward these goals by connecting kids to quality community activities in the arts, academics and athletics. We pay tuition and other participation fees, liaise with families to make them aware of what’s happening in the community, manage applications and other paperwork, and act as a central point of contact and clearinghouse of information.

Parental involvement is a key component of the Kids Collaborative model, and empowers Keene Housing parents to provide their children with the experiences and activities that children from more well-off households take for granted.

We partner with more than 30 youth serving programs in the area to give our kids access to their programming. Our kids have access to programs at the following partners, at no cost their families.
• Keene Family YMCA
• MoCo Arts
• City of Keene Parks and Recreation
• Swanzey Recreation Department
• Project KEEP (Keene School District afterschool program)
• ACES 93 (Monadnock Regional School District afterschool program)
• Keene Ice
• White Crane Martial Arts
• Yankee Lanes Bowling
• Stonewall Farm
• Keene State College Kids on Campus
• Child Development Center at Keene State College
• Montessori School of Keene
• Cheshire Children’s Museum
• Cheshire Career Center
• Children’s Learning Center at Cheshire Medical Center
• Monadnock Conservancy
• Cheshire County Indoor Soccer
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH
• Children’s Stage Adventures
• Granite Gorge
• Wakadoodles Open Art Studio
• Greater Keene Youth Baseball and Softball Association
• Swanzey Cal Ripken Baseball
• Keene High School Athletic Department

In 2020, 246 kids participated in 676 separate activities in the community in art, athletics and academics.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    children and families living in households owned or managed by Keene Housing.

  • 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), 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    we instituted a texting service We make sure to have resident representation on the Board of Directors.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Keene Housing Kids Collaborative

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Riki Greenwald

unaffiliated

Term: 2021 - 2022

Danielle Ruffo

Savings Bank of Walpole

Sarah Dresser

Clark-Mortenson Insurance

Elana Comstock

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Kim Schmidl-Gagne

Keen State College

Eliza Murphy

Brewbaker's Cafe

Robb Malay

SAU29

JB Mack

Southwest Region Planning Commission

Debbie Bowie

unaffiliated

Stacey McGilvery

Southwestern Community Services

Adam Kossayda

Bragdon, Baron and Kossayda

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/04/2021

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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

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.