Youth Development

KIDS AND CANINES

Empowering Kids, Changing LIves, One Dog at a Time

Tampa, FL

Mission

We provide at-risk children the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally and give them important life and work skills through the interactions of a dog. Our youngest participate in reading programs with our trained dogs. Teens with special needs, or those within the juvenile justice system, learn how to train dogs. Children are selected for our programs by therapists, counselors or teachers. Program participation is usually 12 weeks, or longer.

Ruling Year

2016

Executive Director

Kelly Hodges

Main Address

3215 Nundy Rd

Tampa, FL 33618 USA

Keywords

at-risk children, teens, rescue dogs, education, training

EIN

47-4925881

 Number

4605774693

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Kids and Canines serves children, as identified by their counselor, therapist or teacher, who can benefit socially, emotionally and by developing important life skills through interactions with rescue dogs. The children we serve have often faced hardships many of us cannot image and need extra help. The dogs break down barriers and allow children to heal, be healthy and learn important life skills.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Furry Tales

Juvenile Justice Dog Training Program

Teen Dog Training Program

Reading With Patriot

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of new donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Kids and Canines had no donor database before 2017. Today we have over 800 donors in our database. As we move forward this data becomes stronger.

Number of organizational partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our partners comprise of public schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities and other community service organizations with similar mission.

Number of camps offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our camps are designed for children with special needs. Camps serve children ages 9 - 14. Because of the success our camps they typically sell out months in advance. Number reflects those attending.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our number of volunteers have increased with our increase in operations. In May of 2019 we began using a volunteer management software system the helped us manage the increase.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Volunteers have contributed over 3087 hours to our organization over the past three years. As of May 2019 our volunteer hours are tracked through our volunteer management software.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Results are determined via surveys from teachers, therapists and counselors. Customer satisfaction is tracked by percent of customers who reported being satisfied to extremely satisfied.

Total dollars received in contributions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants changing undesirable behavior, as reported by experts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All children in our programs are identified as having behavioral issues. Changes in undesirable behaviors are gather from teachers, therapists and counselors via pre and post survey assessments.

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Every child graduated up completion of their programs. Certificates are awarded based on the child's individual skills.

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This outcome measures the Furry Tales and Reading with Patriot Programs participants' motivation to read as obtained through teacher surveys. Reading with Patriot began in January 2019

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The youth are assess through counselor, therapist and teacher surveys in addition to our observations and feedback from the participants themselves.

Hours of literacy instruction delivered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This outcome measure tracks the amount of reading support and mentoring provided in our Furry Tales and Reading with Patriot Program. The Reading with Patriot Program began in January 2019

Number of youth mentored

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This measure includes the number of youth in out Camps, Teen and Detention programs

Number of youth who identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Pre and post assessment surveys are given to gather this information from teachers, counselors and therapists. Additionally feedback is obtained from staff, participants and volunteers.

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Pre and post assessment surveys are give to gather this information from teachers, counselors, therapists and participants.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The magic of Kids and Canines is the connection formed between dog and child with special needs. We often work with children within the foster care system, or those living with caregivers other than their parents, helping them gain confidences, build self-esteem, find friendship learn coping skills and in our training programs job skills.

Offer two reading programs targeted for at-risk children in high poverty schools, or to those identified as having special needs. One program is a long-term program that focuses on reading comprehension. A shorter program focuses on character building. Both programs utilize the dogs to create a positive environment, have reading incentives and provides books for the children to keep. Offer a dog training program to disadvantaged teens. The 9-month program teaches everything from dog handling to dog training. This program is offered to students with special needs and to teens within the Juvenile Justice system. The teen students learn social skills through interactions with the dogs, self-control, empathy and responsibility. Most importantly they are introduced to animal related job opportunities and are learning needed job skills that will help them in any career path they seek.

We have operated our programs to those identified by Hillsborough County School district (Tampa) as having the highest need for more than 20 years. While the program has changed to meet the evolving needs of the community our program services have a long-proven record. This is made possible by the talented, professional staff which include a professional dog trainer and licensed therapist. Additionally, we work closely with our partners and stakeholders to make sure we are meeting the needs of those in our programs.

Participation in our program is an earned privileged. To come to Kids and Canines the students have shown good classroom behaviors, often allowing them to progress further in their traditional studies. When our program starts we typically have a 60 - 65% participation. Within 6 weeks the student participate runs 90 - 95%. This tells us that the children not only enjoy being in our programs but are exhibiting social and emotional skills to be in them. To ensure the best outcomes we have regular meetings with the student's teacher, therapist or counselor. The best feedback we may get is that from the children themselves. The smiles we see daily, or the hardships they will overcome to be in class lets us know we are making a difference in their lives. The children in our programs have the highest attendance rates, have earned most improved in the school and seen academic improvements on top of the social development achievements.

We have worked with a child who missed more days than they attended in years have a perfect attendance ... because he said his dog needed him there to care for him every day. I have seen angry children, who have had brushes with the law, become protective, caring and more attune to the consequences of their actions. In the pilot program at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice the lead trainers did not have one incident in 6 months which was unheard of. We have had teenagers who could barely fill out an application find work in animal related jobs. Daily we have children who cannot connect to the outside world connect to the dogs. By using rescue dogs, we remind these children that everyone has value and deserves love. As we grow, more demands for our services have come from teachers, counselors and therapists than we can currently meet. With additional funding we can easily serve more. We have a proven program and we are operationally ready to grow to serve many more.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/13/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Decline to state
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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