Knowledge Works Learning Academy Kai Wadiya Learning Academy

When knowledge works, so does everything else

aka KWLA   |   PHENIX CITY, AL   |  www.kwlakids.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and healthy individual and community-centered educational hub for students meeting the spiritual, academic, mental, physical, emotional, and social needs through the facilitation of 21st century education modules using our innovative Flowing in the S.T.R.E.A.A.M. program.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director & Founder

Mrs. Kai W Gary

Vice President

Aiyinde Lawrence

Main address

3515 Summerville Road #120

PHENIX CITY, AL 36867 USA

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EIN

81-4869194

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Addressing lack of programs (before/after school and during summer break) directed to minorities, low income, K-12 children and learners with disabilities.

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?

KWLA/KWLAKids, Inc Childcare Services

Summer Enrichment Program in partnership with Phenix City Housing Authority from Summer 2018-Fall 2019 providing education services using the formula S.T.R.E.A.A.M.- Science, Technology, Right Stuff, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, and Music. with breakfast and lunch provided.
KWLA, Inc is now located at 2306 26th Street Phenix City, Alabama 36867. KWLA, Inc provides Before Care 5:00 AM- 7AM, Full Day School Services 7AM-2PM, After-School Care 3PM-7PM and Night Care 7PM-12 midnight. Serving students ages 4-17.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Summer Academics on the banks of the Chattahoochee Valley with a holistic program using acronym - S.T.R.E.A.A.M. - Science, Technology, Rightness, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, and Mathematics. Breakfast, Lunch & Snack provided free of charge to all participants and nonparticipants in the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

State of Alabama CoVID--19 Relief Grant Recipient 2020

Alabama Department of Human Services License 2021

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.

Increase low test scores among students in Russell County by reinforcing best practices and strategies coupled with technology, engineering, agriculture, art, music, and holistic models of integration to achieve goals.
Decrease summer loss due to lack of academic programs in the community during the summer break and after school homework hubs during the school year.

Integration of hands on learning strategies. Infusion of art for expression. Mathematics through technology and robotics toys/play integrated into curriculum.

Executive Director is an Education Specialist. Reading Coach is a Retired/Veteran educator with over 30 years experience as a reading specialist and Counselor. Volunteers are Students in Education programs at local university and AmeriCorps trained volunteers.

Parents volunteer and learn with their children which keep the students grounded. The program is in the public housing community center so their peers are learning with them and there is no inconvenience in terms of travel for the families.

We also provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack to ensure that hunger is not a learning barrier.

We are a tri-agency connection. Two nonprofits (KWLA Inc. & Chattahoochee Valley Feeding Program), with Federal government (Phenix City Housing Authority).

Initiated an after school program for over 25 students in the summer of 2018. Will continue program during the school year as an after school homework hub in conjunction with the Phenix City Housing Authority and other nonprofit organizations (feeding programs).

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Knowledge Works Learning Academy, Inc serves parents with children ages 4-17, specializing in providing educational services for children with disabilities. KWLA provides year-round educational services.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Social Media Platforms,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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?

    KWLA extended hours of operations to 5AM-12midnight, providing before school care, transportation services, one-on-one remedial services. KWLA provides educational services to Pre-Kindergarten students.

  • 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?

    Parents are grateful for extended after-school hours to 7PM and night care services.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Knowledge Works Learning Academy Kai Wadiya Learning Academy

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Kai Gary

Knowledge Works Learning Academy,Inc/ Kai Wa'Diya Learning Academy- KWLA

Term: 2077 - 2018


Board co-chair

Aiyinde Lawrence

Knowledge Works Learning Academy, Inc

Term: 2018 - 2025

Patricia McEachane Gross

Private Practice Physician

Aiyinde Lawrence

Graduate Student

Melvin Gary

Electrician

Amber Patton

Graduate Student

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 3/6/2022,

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
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/24/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.