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Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation

Frankfort, KY   |  http://wjrfoundation.org

Mission

It is the Mission of the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation to provide mentorship and resources to children, youth, and families impacted by incarceration. It is the Vision of the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation to end the cycle of incarceration by providing the children and youth that we serve with a path of hope and a vision of a successful future.

Notes from the nonprofit

Established in 2018, by Dale Robinson, Amy Snow, and Krista Hudson, the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation is the vision of Dale Robinson, a former justice involved individual, to create a nonprofit that would provide support and mentorship to children of the incarcerated. Dale served ten years in federal prison, leaving his two sons behind. He credits the wraparound support system of positive role models and caring adults in his sons' lives during his absence, as a significant factor for their success today. Dale honored his late mother in the naming of the organization, and in celebrating the spirit of a mother's unconditional love and hope for her children...that along life’s journey, our sons and daughters learn to love, forgive, believe, and overcome.

Ruling year info

2018

Co-founder & Executive Director

Amy Snow

Main address

PO Box 4591

Frankfort, KY 40604 USA

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EIN

83-1861429

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is committed to breaking the chain of generational incarceration. Children of the incarcerated are more likely to experience mental health issues; substance use disorder; trauma; live in poverty; dropout from high school; are vulnerable to abuse and neglect; and are more likely to become incarcerated themselves. These issues grossly impact our community, as well as the economy. Research indicates that the human potential loss due to the achievement gap in school is equal to a national recession. The impact on our community is devastating. We intend to disrupt this trajectory by providing wraparound support, mentoring, and youth leadership opportunities to children and youth, preK- early adulthood.

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?

Franklin County Regional Jail- Services for Incarcerated Parents

WJRF provides a Family Transition Coordinator within our county jail. This individual meets ongoingly with parents to assess needs. Additionally, the coordinator meets with children and caregivers to provide ongoing community-based support. WJRF implements an evidenced-based parenting class curriculum within the jail. WJRF provides two parenting class instructors to lead men and women's groups.

WJRF provides support for visitation including hosting contact visits, free weekly video visitation for children and youth, and gas cards for transportation outside of Franklin County.

Population(s) Served
Families

WJRF offers a $1000 scholarship to graduating seniors who are impacted by incarceration. To date, nine students have received this scholarship. This award is renewable up to three additional years.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

WJRF provides a monthly support group led by a licensed clinical social worker. Childcare and dinner is provided during this meeting.

WJRF volunteers and parents/caregivers lead a monthly Parent Cafe, from the Be Strong Families model.
This program teaches protective factors and provides a peer-to-peer learning environment.

WJRF provides basic need assistance to families including utilities, housing, and food.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

WJRF provides middle and high school outreach programs that include intensive mentoring and evidenced based, positive youth development curriculum. The program includes college/career and experiential field trips and service learning opportunities.

WJRF implements the KRUSH- Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing program in Frankfort and Franklin County Schools. This is a pe-K through 12th grade social emotional curriculum for students impacted by incarceration.

OMAC, Operation Making a Change, is an intervention program for justice involved youth and those highly at-risk of becoming involved. WJRF contracts with OMAC founder, Geo Gibson, to lead this program for local youth referred by the schools and court system.

Amachi is a national mentoring program specifically designed for children of the incarcerated. Children and youth are matched with a mentor for 12 months. This program is being developed within our organization.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce 2021

Kentucky Youth Advocates Partner 2022

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Partner in Prevention 2023

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 youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of elementary, middle, and high school age participants in Franklin County, Kentucky.

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The scholarship award for graduating high school seniors is renewable up to three additional years for awardees who meet academic requirements and continue to be involved with our organization.

Number of children served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children and youth provided a direct service and/or actively participating in a program.

Number of youth programs offered

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

Programming began in 2019 and sustained through Covid. We are excited about the expansion of programs in 2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The ultimate goal of WJRF is to break the cycle of generational incarceration and to reduce the number of Kentucky children impacted by incarceration. Our mission is to serve children and youth impacted by incarceration and we accomplish that through our twelve operational programs that align with our core focus areas: (1) Educate; (2) Connect; and (3) Prevent.

Our goal to EDUCATE children and youth includes building social-emotional health and college/career exploration. Emotionally strong youth are prepared to pursue their life goals as young adults.

We CONNECT with families by providing a supportive environment for caregivers and fellowship among all- felon and law enforcement; parent and social worker; child and mentor.

We PREVENT by mentoring at-risk youth and by providing concrete support in times of need to our families.

Our identified goals for our third year of origination include:
(1) Secure grant funding to hire full time staff.
(2) Hire a social worker(s); an Amachi mentoring program coordinator; and a KRUSH program coordinator.
(3) Explore avenues of sustainable funding.

The Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation is led by a 7 member board and 14 member advisory council comprised of professionals and representatives of the families we serve- They come from all walks of life and backgrounds to create a diverse and robust board of directors. Law enforcement and felon; successful business owner and school teacher; social worker and caretaker; volunteer and youth- all have a seat at the table, co-leading the direction of the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation. We truly believe that together, we are powerful and unified in our mission.

The foundation partners with schools, community agencies, and other non-profits to provide resources and services to children and families. WJRF has the unique capacity to “fill in the gaps” that macro-level services unintentionally create. WJRF represents “family”, as in total community- felon, child/youth, law enforcement, correctional system, school, mental health, government, and business. Within this family, WJRF provides mentorship for both prisoner and child; support to parents and caregivers; and connection to COMMUNITY. We believe in a holistic approach to breaking the generational cycle of incarceration. This is achieved through the commitment and dedication of the foundation volunteers and board of directors.

In the fall of 2022, through federal funding, our organization was able to hire its' first full time staff. This is an exciting time for us as we focus on growing and expanding our services to children and families.

WJRF has formed strong partnerships with organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. WJRF will continue to work with partners to develop services for families impacted by incarceration.

One of Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation’s greatest strengths is our board. We are a diverse group of individuals composed of men and women of all socio-economic backgrounds, races, and sexual orientation. We are professionals in the career fields of law enforcement, social services, public and independent schools, mental health, juvenile justice, and courthouse personnel. Perhaps most importantly, we have representatives from the children and families we serve.

Our co-founder, Dale Robinson, is a former felon and incarcerated parent who has lived experience. This is a vital asset when building relationships and trust among the families we serve.

We are embedded in our community. We have strong relationships with Franklin County Schools, Frankfort Independent Schools, Franklin County Department of Community Based Services; Frankfort Police Department; Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; and Franklin County Regional Jail.

Peer organizations including the Franklin County Agency for Substance Abuse Treatment, YES Arts, The Pavilion Foundation, The Sunshine Center, Just Say Yes, Franklin County Health Department and Amachi of Central Kentucky have provided ongoing support to us. Civic organizations including the Kiwanis Club and a variety of churches partner with us to provide resources to families.

Through a partnership with the University of Kentucky, we host social work student interns in our organization. This has provided critical research and best practice decision making for our policy and program development.

We envision the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation as a premiere non-profit serving thousands of children and youth throughout Kentucky and beyond. October 2022, our organization was awarded a federal grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, on behalf of the Franklin County Fiscal Court. This funding allowed our board to hire our organizations first full-time staff including an Executive Director, Director of Development, Family Transition Coordinator, and Amachi Match Specialist. Additionally, WJRF has several contract staff who assist with programming and resources to families.

Our mission to serve children and youth impacted by incarceration is pure and steadfast. We are willing to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of generational incarceration and to provide a path of hope and a vision of a successful future for the families we serve.

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 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Amy Snow


Board co-chair

Whitney Jennels

Amy Snow

Co-Founder, Franklin County Schools

Kim Beers

Franklin County Schools

Rebecca Redding

Kentucky Monthly Magazine

Margaret O'Donnell

Attorney at Law

Whitney Jennels

Parent/Caregiver Representative

Meagan Morrow

Franklin Count Schools

Dale Robinson

Co-Founder, GURU Gym

Maria Pearl

EveryDay Matters, LLC

Kalissa Yates

Kentucky State University

Dustin Bowman

Frankfort Police Department

Bailey Slucher

Paul Sawyier Public Library

Gregg Muravchick

law enforcement

Kevin Hocker

Department of Juvenile Justice

Debbie Moore

Franklin County Schools

Krystal Conway-Cunningham

Frankfort Independent Schools

Tisa Conway-Cunningham

Frankfort Independent Schools

Shelley Hearn

Social Worker

Taylor Robinson

Issa Wright

Administrative Office of the Courts

Wil Rhodes

Kings Center Representative

Jonathan Scott

Ashley Mulder

Franklin County Regional Jail

LaQuida Smith

Kentucky State University

Dinah Walker

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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 8/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2023

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • 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.