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Lakeland Leads Partnership Inc

Lakeland, FL   |  https://lakelandleads.org/

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Mission

Our mission is to engage the business community in transforming Lakeland’s public school system to produce graduates with 21st Century skills, post-secondary credentials, and workforce readiness.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Dr. Melody Rider

Main address

502 E. Main St.

Lakeland, FL 33801 USA

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EIN

83-3380202

NTEE code info

Neighborhood/Block Associations (S22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, 71% of our Lakeland Schools are C/D rated, therefore only 29% of students attend high-performing schools. For the past ten years, Polk School District has been the lowest-ranked district compared to similar size districts. Statewide Polk District is currently ranked 55 out of 67 districts and for the past ten years has been in the lowest 25% of all districts in Florida. Thirty-two of our forty-two schools in Lakeland have a 75% to 100% economically disadvantaged student population. Through education performance and policy reform, Lakeland Leads stands beside their education leaders to work in partnership to deliver high-quality educational options that parents want.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

3DE

The vision is to systemically re-engineer high school education to expand economic opportunity for all students. Students learn through real-world experiences to develop competencies for competitiveness, while increasing in-class engagement, discovering individual value, and accelerating academic comprehension. This comprehensive approach unlocks the creative capital of educators and fosters the behaviors, skills, and mindsets that drive student access and opportunity.

The program integrates School District Core Competencies with the local business communities. By providing a project-based curriculum where students work in groups to solve hypothetical business are more engaged in their academics. The model serves the diverse learning needs of all students, providing them with experiential learning, transferable skills, industry exposure, and career connectivity.

The program is currently offered to 9th and 10th graders at Teneroc High School.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Increasing

Number of small learning community opportunities offered to improve undergraduate student engagement

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3DE

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Increasing

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

For all Lakeland students to attend a high-ranking school to gain a quality education. Our prepared graduates will create a qualified workforce pipeline to meet the demands of our growing economy. The exemplary reputation of our schools will attract new businesses and retain high-skill, high-wage talent.

Access: Lakeland has great schools and educators, but our parents need more access to high-quality educational options: To be competitive and forward-thinking, we need to focus on reducing waiting lists and bringing more options to create the best educational ecosystem.
Availability: Most of Lakeland’s A-rated public schools have long waiting lists and leaving thousands of students with no availability to attend. Lakeland’s talent pipeline is at risk: Due to a lack of available qualified professionals, Lakeland businesses must recruit from outside the county. But many, citing lack of access to A-rated public schools for their children, won’t move here. Instead, they send their children — and the per-pupil funding that follows them — to other Florida school districts.
Quality: Lakeland’s future is brighter if we get this right: Rising student achievement today means a more prosperous Lakeland tomorrow. Lakeland employers will be able to hire the high-skill talent they need — whether found locally or from outside of Lakeland — to operate and thrive in Lakeland. Lakeland’s tax base will have the means to meet local government budget demands. Lakeland will be able to compete and thrive in the 21st-century knowledge economy.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Lakeland Leads Partnership Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hallock

GrayRobinson

Jeff Chamberlain

Retired - Publix Super Markets

Ashley Bell Barnett

Community Advocate

Alice Hunt

Hunt Construction Of Central Florida, Inc.

Brian Philpot

AgAmerica

Jack Harrell

Harrell's

Frederick Heid

Polk County Schools Superintendent

Todd Baylis

CEO/Co-Founder Of QGiv

Marcy Benton

Vice President Of Human Resources At Publix Super Markets Inc.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/5/2023

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
Disability status
Person without a disability

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No data

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