GUADALUPE CENTER, INC.

Immokalee, FL   |  www.GuadalupeCenter.org

Mission

The mission of the Guadalupe Center is to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Mrs. Dawn Montecalvo

Main address

509 Hope Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142 USA

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EIN

59-2617151

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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 the Guadalupe Center is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. The Guadalupe Center’s approach focuses on providing children and families of Immokalee access to high quality, innovative academic programs aimed at establishing a strong foundation, reducing the achievement gap before third grade, and preparing high school students for success in college and beyond. Three core programs provide more than 1,400 children hope for a prosperous and productive life: Early Childhood Education, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment and Tutor Corps.

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?

Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Childhood Education program serves 371 at-risk children, 6 weeks to 5 years of age, living in low-income households in Immokalee.  Guadalupe Center works to ensure that these students have the skills and ability to perform on or above the State's kindergarten readiness standards and are able to build upon this strong academic foundation as they progress in their schooling years. The Early Childhood Education program has proven success due to high-quality  programming, a highly-effective teaching staff, and a well developed curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

The Guadalupe After-School and Summer Tutoring And Recreation programs offer academic remediation and enrichment for 840+ at-risk children in grades K-2 who are struggling in school. The program offers year-round support to students identified by Collier County Public Schools as at-risk of failure. The Guadalupe Centers After-school and Summer Tutoring Programs work to reverse the effects of Immokalee's achievement gap and increase student performance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

In its mission to break the cycle of poverty through education, the Guadalupe Center's Tutor Corps works to keep Immokalee's teens in school, remove the barriers to higher education, and ensure that students ultimately graduate from college with the tools to be successful in life. These students are eager to break their own cycle of poverty but struggle with economic and environmental barriers beyond their control. Tutor Corps addresses the specific needs children from low-income agricultural communities confront when applying to and being admitted to college. Each year, over 100 high school students apply for a position in the prestigious Tutor Corps program. Once accepted, students are matched with mentors in the community who guide them on their path to success. Students earn a wage while tutoring younger students in the Guadalupe After-school Program. In addition, Tutor Corps students can accrue up to $16,000 in Guadalupe scholarships for college. The dedicated staff provides instruction in test taking skills, guidance in selecting a college and career, assistance with financial aid and securing additional scholarships, and on-going support ensuring that students are prepared for, and graduate from, college.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

National Accredidation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs 2010

Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment 2007

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 Tutor Corps high school seniors that graduate high school

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

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Tutor Corps - college preparedness program for the at-risk teenage population of Immokalee

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of summer 2021 we have 207 college grads, missing from this list of results is our 2020-2021 grads totaling 16.

Number of Tutor Corps students that graduate college

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

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Tutor Corps - college preparedness program for the at-risk teenage population of Immokalee

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 92% of our students attain college degrees - many in four years or less. Through summer 2019 we have more than 160 college grads in the workforce - cycles of poverty effectively broken.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Guadalupe After-school Tutoring/Summer Enrichment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of students in our After-school Tutoring and / or Summer Enrichment Program make academic gains as demonstrated on assessments or as observed by program staff.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Infants and toddlers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Early Childhood Education Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2006, 85% or more of children graduating from the Early Childhood Education Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten classes are kindergarten ready per state assessments.

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.

Guadalupe Center's mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children and families of Immokalee, Florida. The programs serve the following:
Early Childhood Education - 6 weeks to 5 years of age (371 served annually)After-school and Summer Tutoring And Recreation- students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade (800+ served annually)High school students with the goal of post-secondary education graduate high school, attend college and graduate with a degree (over 200 served annually)

At the conclusion of each programs the students will:Enter Kindergarten with a strong, solid foundation, prepared for success in school and "School Ready" by state standards.Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will be promoted annually, increase their skills to grade level, and maintain academic improvement as they progress through school.High school students will graduate high school, be accepted to college, and graduate college. Ultimately the students will become productive citizens working in Immokalee, southwest Florida and across the nation.

Additionally, Guadalupe Center is currently in a Capital Campaign to expand services to more children in Immokalee. In 2020 we opened a new early learning center serving 64 more children 0-3. In 2021 we will open the van Otterloo Campus for Learning, serving 154 more children 0-5 and providing space for our After-school and Tutor Corps Programs.

Guadalupe Center is committed to providing high quality educational programs to the children whom we serve. This is accomplished through utilizing research based programs, performing pre and post-assessments on all students in the programs, developing individualized plans for every student, monitoring those plans and making adjustments to the program when necessary. Certified teaching staff are employed in all educational programs and a passion for the mission of the organization coupled with their educational backgrounds help the Center to achieve their goals.A structured program and fundraising plan that reaches into the future provides a pathway for the organization and the staff to reach their goals. Ultimately educated, competent individuals returning to southwest Florida and entering a variety of professional careers will benefit society and the economy of the region. This will reduce poverty and the wide reaching impact that it has on the area and the resources needed to battle poverty.

Guadalupe Center nearly 40 years experience providing services in Immokalee. The primary focus on educational programs and providing a pipeline to prosperity has been refined in the last 10 years. A strong Board of Trustees, an Advisory Board, a Development Committee, and professional staff work cooperatively to provide the programs and to raise the supporting funds for the programs.The Guadalupe Center works in collaboration with several other agencies in Immokalee and Collier County to ensure that there is not a duplication of service. Conversations and meetings are held regularly with the other agencies to foster communication and cooperation. This alliance of agencies enables us to serve a broader range of children in the community.

The Guadalupe Center has consistently been in the top quartile of pre-school providers in Collier County since 2006. In recent years more than 90% of students completing the Guadalupe Center’s program, are kindergarten ready compared with the national average of 65%. We have increased the number of children and families being served under our early childhood programming by 30% with the establishment of the SmartStart Program and The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary School. For more than a decade 100% of high school students graduate and pursue college degrees. More than 92% of our Tutor Corps students attain a post-secondary education.

In 2020 Guadalupe Center opened a new campus - the Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus. This site expanded services to 64 more children each year.

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?

    Guadalupe Center serves children in Immokalee, FL from 0-5, elementary students as well as high school and college students. Within the programs we encourage parent participation and feedback, as well as staff and student feedback.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, 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?

    At our newly opened Monaghan Campus, we opened during the pandemic. What we realized after gathering feedback from our parents, was that families felt disconnected from the teachers and classrooms. Parents weren't allowed in the building due to COVID. We created outdoor COVID safe parent-teacher meetings on a regular basis to help parents build relationships with teachers and feel connected and confident in the program.

  • 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?

    By asking for feedback we are empowering our parents, students and staff to have a voice. It allows us to also share our guiding principles with them, allowing everyone to feel confident that decisions are made with the students at the forefront.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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GUADALUPE CENTER, INC.

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Baughman

Retired CEO, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank

Term: 2019 - 2023

Alice Arena

no affiliation

Tom Brand

no affiliation

William Dempsey

Retired

Joseph Baughman

Retired

Fred Hagemann

President and CEO of Cedar Investment Company

Bunny Salisbury

Retired Non-Profit Chair of Johns Hopkins Hospital Women's Board

Daniel Capes

Shareholder, Dunwody, White & Landon

Robert Coletti

Retired Emeritus Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Carl Ehmann

Retired Head of Research & Development, Reckitt & Coleman

Bev Cherry

Retired Bank Trust Officer, Boston, MA

James Fitzgerald

Managing Director, BankNote Capital Corp

Marguerite Hambleton

Retired CEO and President, AAA Western and Central NY

Mark Nagan

Retired President & CEO Keeneland

Nick Nicholson

Retired President & CEO Keeneland

Tom White

Executive Chairman, Cardinal Logistics

Beverly Koren

Retired Educator, Non Profit Volunteer

Deborah Toler

Retired VP Client Development

Eric Wallach

Retired Partner, DLA Piper (US) LLP Honorary Trustee, New-York Historical Society Former Trustee, Christina Seix Academy, Trenton, New Jersey

John Paro

Chairman and CEO The Hallstar Company

Susan Duke

Former Mentor, Guadalupe Center Trustee Emeritus, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Volunteer, St. Matthew’s House

Liz Curtain

Co-Mentor, Guadalupe Center Member, Undergraduate Experience Advisory Council, Notre Dame University Retired Volunteer, Wellesley Service League and A Better Chance, Wellesley, MA

Maria Munguia

Management Trainee in Community Relations, Lipman Family Farms Tutor Corps Alumni

Linda Yost

Immediate Past Chair Retired Owner, Carlisle Women’s Apparel

Rich Monaghan

Vice Chair Principal, Ceres Partners President, Putnam Retail Management, Putnam Investments Managing Director, Institutional Client Division, Americas Debt & Equity, Merrill Lynch

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 10/19/2021

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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

No data