Sandy Springs Education Force Inc

Putting the World within Their Reach

Sandy Springs, GA   |  www.sandyspringseducationforce.org

Mission

To create targeted programs that educate, inspire and prepare public school students in Sandy Springs for a competitive world

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Ms. Irene Schweiger

Main address

PO Box 567683

Sandy Springs, GA 31156 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Education Force

Greater North Fulton Education 2000

EIN

58-2051101

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sandy Springs is the 9th wealthiest city of its size in the U.S., yet almost 60% of its public school children are deemed low income, with 14% of our families living below the poverty line. It is calculated that 22% of children who have lived in poverty at any time in their lives, do not graduate high school, compared to 6% of those who have never been poor. This number rises to 32% for students spending more than half their childhood in poverty. These are the children that SSEF's programs serve. Most notably, SSEF has played a major role in increasing the graduation rate in our high schools by 10% since its inception in 2009. This year, with the help of over 300 volunteers, our programs once again impacted over 6,000 at-risk students through thirteen programs.

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?

STEAM Initiatives

Each year, SSEF presents an Annual STEAM Showcase to the 11 Sandy Springs public schools. The opening event takes place at North Springs Charter High School where High School and Middle School students view STEAM focused exhibits geared to the curriculum during the day. In the evening, the general community along with community, business and civic leaders are invited to attend. The Showcase is followed by outreach STEAM events, field trips and programs in many of our schools. SSEF has been twice awarded the Georgia STEM Award for Extracurricular Programs by the Technology Association of Georgia for this program. From the funds raised through STEAM Showcase sponsorships, SSEF is able to offer STEAM grant opportunities to our schools for ongoing after school STEAM clubs and programs. Grant recipients are expected to display their projects at the annual STEAM Showcase. This year SSEF awarded a grant to each of our 11 public schools. SSEF also sponsors an annual math competition event sanctioned by Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS). The 2017 inaugural competition was one of only three MOEMS elementary level tournaments held in Georgia schools this year. The "Hound Bowl," held at High Point Elementary School, involves 4th and 5th graders at High Point, Dunwoody Springs, Lake Forest, Spalding Drive and Woodland Charter Elementary Schools. In the future, 6th graders at our middle schools will be invited to participate. SSEF sponsors an annual math competition event sanctioned by Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS). The 2017 inaugural competition was one of only three MOEMS elementary level tournaments held in Georgia schools this year. The "Hound Bowl," held at High Point Elementary School, involves 4th and 5th graders at High Point, Dunwoody Springs, Lake Forest, Spalding Drive and Woodland Charter Elementary Schools. In the future, 6th graders at our middle schools will be invited to participate.

Population(s) Served

Reading Buddies – This program is conducted at Ison Springs Elementary, Lake Forest Elementary and Dunwoody Springs Elementary Schools. Teachers identify students in need of assistance with reading. Once per week volunteers read to a chosen student for 30 minutes during their lunch period. Orientation, support and training are provided for volunteers. Suitable books are purchased by SSEF and kept on a cart for SSEF volunteers to use with their students. The objective of the program is to foster positive feelings about reading, thereby improving motivation, self-confidence and reading skills, all centered on a meaningful relationship with a caring adult.
Mini-Libraries – This program reaches out to at-risk students by providing them with immediate, home-based access to high quality books that they can read and keep. Portable, free-standing, newspaper- type dispensaries are placed in strategic location sites at five elementary and two high schools. Volunteers collect donated books and fill the dispensaries with books that are nationally recognized as “approved reading” to ensure appropriate books are dispensed. Students are asked to take two books at a time to read at home and can either keep or return them to the bin. The program also includes an evening event with parents at both schools in which students are given books to take home with them. Mini Libraries gives out about 13,000 books each year.

Population(s) Served

After-School All- Stars –This comprehensive after school program takes place five day per week/ two hours per day at Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, incorporating academic remediation and enrichment. The program is implemented in collaboration with the Georgia State University Research Foundation and After-School All-Stars Atlanta. Transportation is provided by the school. 97% percent of the students in the program are economically disadvantaged. Students consistently show an increase in test scores and grades, a decrease in disciplinary infractions and an increase in attendance as a result of participation in this program.
After-School North Springs - This high school program incorporates many of the same elements as its middle school counterpart. Operating three afternoons a week at North Springs Charter High School, the program offers academic support for one hour followed by enrichment activities, field trips, exposure to college and vocational schools and career opportunities.
After-School Lake Forest Tutoring - Volunteer tutors are matched with 4th and 5th grade students to provide support to the students in relation to their specific challenges in reading. The volunteers meet with their student once or twice a week for 1 hour after school during a 10-week period. During this time frame, volunteers work with the student on individualized, targeted skill practice and instruction to increase reading comprehension and proficiency.

Population(s) Served

Junior Achievement (JA) – This program is delivered to students at North Springs Charter High School in collaboration with JA and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce provides valuable financial literacy education to ninth grade students a Career Success program to tenth graders. The program has a structured curriculum designed to educate students in a grade level appropriate manner.
SAIL & CHOSEN – For the SAIL program, Riverwood International Charter School seniors are identified by counselors in February as being on target to graduate, but without post secondary plans. Trained volunteers present options and assist students with post-secondary applications. SSEF provides funds for application fees as well as SAT/ACT fees for those students needing financial assistance. As part of the program, representatives from local post-secondary institutions visit the school. As a result of the program, 84% of the students were accepted to post-secondary institutions this year. A similar program called CHOSEN is implemented at North Springs Charter High School. 87% of the students who participate in this program are accepted to post- secondary institutions.
Link with a Leader – This program is designed to provide targeted students with an opportunity to meet and learn about the world outside of school from members of the business community. Community mentors such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and 100 Black Men of North Metro are asked to share their stories while stressing the importance of getting a good education to students who would not otherwise hear this message. Graduation coaches at both schools identified students who might be at risk of dropping out of school. Students are given a mindset survey before and after the program. Results indicated a positive impact on empowerment and self-esteem for participating students.

Business Bridge – SSEF works with the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee to engage members of the business community in our Sandy Springs public schools. This program matches business leaders to requests from our schools which can include speaking at career/industry centered events, as well as lending their expertise to a particular classroom unit of study. SSEF also assists members of our local business community in connecting with our students through various SSEF Programs such as SAIL/Chosen, Link with a Leader, STEAM Grant After School Clubs, After School All Stars and Junior Achievement. In addition, the community collaboration with our local businesses provides opportunities for our students to participate in career fairs, field trips and business sponsored workshops.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Blue Ribbon Partner of the Year - Sandy Springs Charter Middle School 2011

Fulton County Schools and the Fulton Education Foundation

Blue Ribbon Partner of the Year - North Springs Charter High School 2011

Fulton County Schools and the Fulton County Education Foundation

Golden Leadership Award 2010

Junior Achievement

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.

Ultimately, SSEF is working toward 100% high school graduation for all of our public school students despite their economic standing. Our goal is that each child in our city will graduate with a vocation, military or college career ahead of them to become productive, independent citizens.

Our programs are focused in four primary areas: Literacy, primarily for our elementary school students, after school for our middle school students, mentoring for our high school students and STEAM focused programs and career support for all of our students. We have a three-year Strategic Plan on which we actively focus and consistently monitor for progress.

SSEF works hand-in-glove with nonprofit partners, our school administrations and hundreds of volunteers to implement our programs.

We have built the "go-to" educational organization in our city. Now we are interested in sustainability as well as helping other communities implement our model.

Financials

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Sandy Springs Education Force Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/22/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Heather Kaufman

Commnity Advocate

Term: 2019 - 2021

Carolyn Axt

Julia Bernath

Ava Wilensky

Joseph Nagel

Kathy Shapiro

Jeannie DiLuzio

Heather Kaufman

Tim Bonenberger

Christine Heller

Colin Hubbard

Kirk Marchisen

Temoh Nesbitt

Erica Rocker-Wills

Charan Shikh

DeeAnn Weprinsky

Caroline Jameson

Amit Vyas

Justin Barry

Corey Elias

Ericka Macias- Esposito

Judy Roseman