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KHSDlynx

Lynx - Helping Highschool students in need

aka LYNX   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  https://www.facebook.com/KHSDLynx/

Mission

Our purpose is to link students that are currently enrolled in high school to clothing, school supplies, daily hygiene, and beauty products to help improve their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO & Founder

Melissa Benson

Main address

2540 F St

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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EIN

84-3068715

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While there are many services dedicated to helping homeless adults, mothers/fathers with children without access to living facilities or food, and infants and children that are suffering from neglect, high school aged teenagers are often left with less support than any other group. They are the least likely group to be recognized as homeless, and will rarely seek out help, for fear of humiliation, rejection, and shame. We need to find a better way to ensure that these students have access to the supplies and support they need to be successful.

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?

ONE4U2

Returning from Christmas break is as, if not more, challenging as the beginning of the school year. Homeless and low income students arm themselves with lies, preparing for the inevitable ‘what did you get?’ The honest answer is familiar and embarrassing- Nothing. However, with the ONE4U2, we let the students know that at KHSDLynx their is ‘one for you too’ under our tree. Their is a new name brand back pack and a new pair of Vans (donated from VansBakersfield). These items make going back to school not just barrable, but exciting.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

Where we work

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 new clients within the past 12 months

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

At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hygiene kits distributed

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

At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who received school supplies

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

At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who receive new clothing

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

At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

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

At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Homeless people, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Due to a lack of community and school support for high school homeless students, KHSDLynx is focused on finding these students in need, and making sure they have the clothes, hygiene products, sheltering supplies, school necessities and resources needed to improve their quality of life, and succeed in school.

Our primary strategy has been to help schools recognize students in need. Through a partnership with the Kern High School District, we were able to establish a connection with high school counselors from all local high schools. This has allowed us to stay in contact with each school and help them understand the importance of reaching out to teachers and staff to help recognize at-risk students that may need support.
The next step was establishing an easy pathway to support by creating a simple request form that counselors could fill out and email/fax/ to KHSDLynx with each students' needs. We were then able to help locate those exact items for each student and get them the supplies they needed.
Lastly, we felt that an off-site location away from school would help these students feel more comfortable while trying on clothes and looking for supplies. It also gave us an opportunity to get to know the students personally and help share our stories with them, and listen to theirs.

Thankfully, through generous support and donations from the community, we have been able to accomplish most of the initial goals for helping these students. We were able to acquire a location for LYNX. We have continued to build strong relationships with counselors at many high schools.

While we have been able to accomplish most of the preliminary goals we set out to do when KHSDLynx was established, there is so much more we can do for these students. Other groups, such as foster kids, have wonderful facilities and support systems in place that they can go to and form communities and friendships. Our next goal would be to create a similar environment for our homeless students. There are over 500 homeless high school students in Kern County, and those are only the ones that qualify for financial assistance from KHSD. Many others do not, and slip though the cracks in our system. They go unrecognized, and unsupported. These are often students that end up dropping out of school. They face shame and neglect on a daily basis. There is so much more we can do for them. If we fail to support them now, then we'll eventually have to support them as they transition to a homeless adult...and just another statistic.

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.
  • 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 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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KHSDlynx

Board of directors
as of 03/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Melissa Benson

Randolph Clinic

Term: 2019 - 2023

Lance Randolph

Wallace and Smith

Nick Key

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/5/2022

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2022

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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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.