Youth Development

KIDS AND CANINES

Empowering Kids, Changing LIves, One Dog at a Time

Tampa, FL   |  www.kidsandcanines.org

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 info

2016

Executive Director

Kelly Hodges

Main address

3215 Nundy Rd

Tampa, FL 33618 USA

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EIN

47-4925881

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Furry Tales

A 12-week, or longer, reading program that partners one at-risk elementary child with one volunteer or staff member and one dog with the purpose of encouraging reading and growing the child's comprehension and reading skills. Many of the children we serve live within the foster system, or with care givers other than their parents. Because of this the program provides books to the children they can keep. Teachers use our program as a reward for good behavior as many of the children have been identified with special needs and emotional behavior disabilities. This program is only offered to Title I (high poverty schools or to children identified as special needs.)

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$8,900

Our Teen Dog Training Programs are provided at different Department of Juvenile Justice facilities for both girls and boys currently in high or maximum security facilities. Teens participate in a 12-week Social Skills building program that addresses such issues as impulse control, decision making, emotional regulation, anger management, empathy, and coping skills. During the 12 weeks the youth not only gains skills to be more successful in the educational settings, but they also develop emotionally and socially through the interaction with a dog. We give them necessary work and life skills by learning how to train and interact with the dogs. Many of the teens use the knowledge they gained to volunteer at local shelters or find jobs in the animal welfare industry. Regardless of where they go, the skills they learn will help them in their future endeavors.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$23,000

The Kids and Canines’ Teen Student Dog Training Program is designed to empower disadvantaged youth to achieve success. All of the youth we work with have been identified by teachers, counselors and therapists and have been identified as having a special need (ESE student) within the public school system. Our Teen Dog Training Programs are provided at local Middle Schools who have been identified as having a high poverty rate. Youth achieve success they go through a 12-week Social Skills building program that addresses such issues as impulse control, decision making, emotional regulation, anger management, empathy, and coping skills. During the 12 weeks the youth not only gains skills to be more successful in the educational settings, but they also develop emotionally and socially through the interaction with a dog. We give them necessary work and life skills by learning how to train and interact with the dogs.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$54,500

The Reading with Patriot Program is a a short-term program that utilizes a trained dog as a reading buddy for an entire classroom. In this program we have selected character-building books that are supported with additional classroom curriculum. This program is open to all educators, not just ESE teachers. Participants not only find reading enjoyable with the presence of the dog, they are incentivized to continue their reading. . When the child reads 10 or more books, we come back to the classroom to read the next book in the series. And we provide books to the kids that they can keep with the purpose of encouraging reading beyond the classroom.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$2,730

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 new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants changing undesirable behavior, as reported by experts

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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)

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

Financials

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KIDS AND CANINES

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chandra Bonardi

Banfield Animal Hospital

Term: 2019 - 2021

Anita Teaney

Coca-Cola

Kim Goldberg

One Source Advisory

Tanita Montgomery

Amgen

Jenn Millard

Dan Goldberg

One Source Advisory

Susan Zwiesler

Attorney (retired)

Libbie Jae

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

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

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
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

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