Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Transforming Lives, Transforming a Community

aka QLC   |   Fort Myers, FL   |  www.qualitylifecenter.org

Mission

Quality Life Center’s mission is to strengthen and instill pride in family and community through programs and services to cultivate self-discipline, self-development, build confidence and promote cultural awareness. The center provides youth development programs designed to help at-risk youth acquire the tools for a successful life that is financially stable, socially enriching and personally fulfilling.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Abdul 'Haq Muhammed

Main address

PO Drawer 1290

Fort Myers, FL 33902 USA

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EIN

65-0321309

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Quality Life Center provides services to at-risk youth in an area with low educational achievement, chronic poverty and violence. These conditions negatively impact children’s brain development, and physical and mental health. The high violent crime rate in Fort Myers has an insidious effect on the children in the community. In addition to issues like poverty and drug addiction, exposure to violence is a major factor damaging children's health. It affects their ability to concentrate, memory and ability to control their behavior. These behaviors often lead to problems in school or with the criminal justice system. Children lose ground academically, and the cycle of poverty and violence continues.

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?

ACE (Arts, Character & Education) Afterschool & Summer Program

Using a research-based model, the Arts, Character & Education (ACE) Program is to help at-risk youth realize their potential, and to foster their abilities by providing:
 engaging educational projects including active learning, STEAM lessons and reading activities,
 arts including dance, drama, and visual arts, and
 character development activities such as camping, sailing, martial arts and meditation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Accreditations

FL Dept of Children & Families Child Care Facility License 2019

Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program finalist 2017

National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum

Affiliations & memberships

Preventing Crime in the Black Community Award from Florida's Attorney General 1998

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of students who increased their math skills or maintained an A or B grade level

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

ACE (Arts, Character & Education) Afterschool & Summer Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is measured using the student's grades on Lee County School District report cards.

Percentage of students who increased their language arts skills or maintained an A or B grade level

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

ACE (Arts, Character & Education) Afterschool & Summer Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is measured using the student's grades on Lee County School District report cards.

Percentage of students who increased their knowledge and demonstration of positive behavior, teamwork and social skills.

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

ACE (Arts, Character & Education) Afterschool & Summer Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is measured using a behavioral assessment.

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.

Quality Life Center’s goal is to transform an underserved community by providing at-risk children and youth with the tools for a successful life: one that is financially stable, socially enriching and personally fulfilling.
Specific program objectives are:
Early Learning:
1.) Ensure all children are safe, healthy and kindergarten-ready, both academically and socially.
ACE Program:
1.) Ensure all children read at grade level by third grade, and stay on grade level.
2.) Ensure children’s healthy social and emotional development.
ACE Teens:
3.) Ensure all youth graduate from high school.
4.) Ensure all youth have a strategy for self-sufficiency upon high school graduation.

Quality Life Center works to provide consistent, intensive youth services that meet community needs in an accessible location all day for early learning children, and during the afterschool hours and throughout the day during the summer for older students.
Early Learning – Maximize parent/family engagement, and utilize a research-based curriculum to:
• teach age-appropriate lessons such as numbers, letters, shapes and colors, as well as math and language skills,
• provide arts activities which allow students to gain fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors, painting and beading, as well as provide opportunities for self-expression,
• utilize outdoor & recreational activities to promote physical activity, to help children learn to take turns and cooperate, and to improve movement (gross motor) skills, and
• utilize centers, circle time and educational and arts lessons to teach and reinforce social skills, including sharing and teamwork.
ACE (Arts, Character & Education) Program – Utilize a researched-based model to:
• Provide active learning academic instruction in subjects including reading and STEAM subjects, one-on-one tutoring and/or homework help daily.
• Provide weekly arts instruction (music, dance, drama, media and/or visual arts).
• Provide recreational activities.
• Provide character-building activities daily including meditation, mentoring, modeling and activities that incorporate lessons involving subjects such as fairness, honesty, teamwork, and positive interpersonal skills.
Teen ACE Program – In addition to the above:
• Provide exposure activities (to colleges, businesses, sporting and cultural events, etc.) several times during the year.
• Provide leadership and/or teamwork development activities (camping, sailing, kayaking, service projects, etc.) several times during the year
• Provide life skills and social skills activities weekly.

Since 1990, Quality Life Center has been providing high quality youth programs in an area of substantial need. During that time, the organization has developed a positive reputation in the community. The organization has an extensive number of community partners including local government, educational institutions and businesses which provide a variety of educational, cultural and artistic opportunities for students. In addition, 6000-10,000 volunteer hours are provided each year by community members. Crucially, Quality Life Center has a smart, experienced and dedicated staff, including multiple long-time staff members.
Currently, the organization owns debt-free a building with nearly 17,000 square feet of space and 10 dedicated classrooms, a full commercial kitchen, and a dance studio. Construction will be completed on an additional 5400 sf wing which will add a larger teaching kitchen, dedicated teen space and a multi-purpose room for meetings and programs. Classroom space has furniture, SMART boards, computers, supplies and equipment needed to teach a variety of subjects. The campus’s outdoor area includes a shade structure, green space and a playground. The organization owns two 18-passenger vans and two school buses.

Quality Life Center has served over 28,000 residents through the adult or youth programs since 1990.
Quality Life Center has infused $21,216,407 into the community in the last 29 years.
Quality Life Center’s ACE Program was named a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program finalist by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. This national recognition established ACE as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country.
Year after year, Quality Life Center students make gains in math, reading and positive behavior. In 2021:
83% of youth who completed the ACE program (one school year) increased their reading or math skills by a letter grade, or maintained an A or B level. (exceeding our goal of 70%)

92% of youth who completed the ACE program (one school year) increased positive behavior, teamwork, and social skills. (exceeding our goal of 75%)

92% of parents of enrolled youth participated in parent meetings or other center activities (exceeding our goal of 60%)

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

    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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We started a parent committee to spearhead initiatives and provide ongoing, direct feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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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Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Arol Buntzman

Karkinos Precision Oncology CEO

Term: 2022 -

Stephen Russell

State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit-retired

Jeffrey Moes

FineMark National Bank & Trust

J. Webb Horton

Florida Gulf Coast University

Susan Nasworthy

Edison National Bank

Sylvester Smalls

Lee County Sheriff's Office

Diane Spears

Lee Health

Janis Wiebel

Lake Michigan Credit Union of Florida

Marie Collins

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts

Thomas Hayden

Cape Coral City Council

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/21/2019

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/17/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.