Youth Development

Covington Partners

  • Covington, KY
  • www.mycovingtonpartners.org

Mission Statement

Covington Partners works every day to keep our community moving forward by eliminating boundaries to learning and success. Through innovation and collaboration, we create safe and engaging environments for our students and families to learn and grow.

Our work focuses solely in Covington, Kentucky.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Covington Partners Mentoring Program
  3. Out-of-School Time Program
  4. Wellness
  5. Leadership & Resilency Program
  6. Family Engagement
Service Areas

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Kentucky

We serve students in the Covington Independent Public School system located in Covington, Kentucky.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director since 2008

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Ms. Stacie Strotman

Chair, Board of Directors since 2016

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Mr. Charlie Vance

Keywords

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Education, Mentoring, Out-of-School Time, Prevention

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EIN

20-1515753

Physical Address

257 W. Pike Street

Covington, KY 41011

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (O11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Prevention:
The percentage of 10th grade students who say they have not used alcohol in the past 30 days INCREASED from 79% to 84%.
The percentage of 10th grade students who say they have not used tobacco in the past 30 days INCREASED from 81% to 88%.
The percentage of 10th grade students who say they have not used marijuana in the past 30 days INCREASED from 71% to 74%.
The percentage of students in the Leadership & Resiliency Program with good school attendance was 89%.

Education:
2,318 students participated in the out-of-school time program.
Over 400 adults participated in Community Connections - events and classes taught through our Community Learning Centers to encourage life-long learning and encourage adults to connect with our schools.

Mentoring:
The number of hours our mentors spent in one-on-one mentoring sessions with students was 3,300.
The percentage of students with a mentor who had good school attendance was 91%.
We had 205 adults serving as positive adult role models for students.

Family Engagement:
The percentage of students who had an adult family member attend a school event on their behalf INCREASED from 55% to 61%.

Wellness:
The percentage of students that participated in an afterschool fitness club was 44%.
The percentage of students with an unhealthy Body Mass Index DECREASED from 37% 31%.

Programs

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

Program 1

Areas of concentration include drug and violence prevention, mental health promotion, family strengthening, and staff training and support.

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Program 2

Covington Partners Mentoring Program

Covington Partners is committed to working with the schools of Covington to operate the Covington Partners Mentoring Program. By mentoring one student, you can change two lives.

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Program 3

Out-of-School Time Program

Out-of-School Time Programs provide academic enrichment and skill development opportunities during non-school hours for students, families and neighbors. They help students meet state and local academic standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to families and neighbors. Our vision is to transform each school building in Covington into the hub of it's neighborhood, where students, families and neighbors can learn, grow and play.

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Program 4

Wellness

Through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant awarded to Covington Independent Public School, the Health and Wellness Collaborative was created. The Health and Wellness collaborative is comprised of community stakeholders dedicated to the mission of providing school-aged children and their families with health and wellness awareness to empower them to lead nutritionally healthy and more active lifestyles. This committee’s main goal is to decrease the overall BMI percentage of students considered to be overweight or obese.

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Program 5

Leadership & Resilency Program

The Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP) at the Holmes campus is an intensive substance abuse prevention program designed to serve adolescents and teens (ages 12–18) who are “at risk” of failing academically, are having disciplinary problems, substance abuse issues and/or have severe life stressors. LRP uses a strengths-based approach to focus on three key resiliency areas:

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Family Engagement

Covington Partners is committed to working with the schools of Covington to provide family engagement programs to improve student achievement. Programs include education and leadership opportunities.

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    For the past 15 years, Covington Partners has been identified as the organization who Unites, Grows, and Succeeds. The goals of the strategic plan hold onto those roots and create a vision for 2020. The goals are simple but critical, they are attainable but require commitment and they are responsive yet forward thinking.

    Imagine a Covington when Covington Partners is able to:

    Unite our community to provide relevant, innovative, and responsive programming for youth, families and the community.

    Grow our presence in the community by sharing the achievements of youth and family with the world

    Succeed in providing and sustaining programming in all schools in Covington.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Goal 1 – We will UNITE our community to provide relevant, innovative and responsive programming for youth, families and the community.

    • Objective 1 – By 2016, increase the frequency of extensive, thorough data analysis from annually to monthly.

    Strategy 1 –Develop an interactive data tool to provide timely, accurate and consistent data to continuously improve programming.

    Strategy 2- Develop a school-specific report card to evaluate progress and identify next steps. Use this information to generate Covington Partners' annual report.

    • Objective 2 – By 2020, 100% of Covington schools will be full-service Community Learning Centers.

    Strategy 1 – Create and communicate a vision of the full-service Community Learning Center model to all stakeholders.

    Strategy 2 – Hire one full-time Community Learning Center Coordinator at each elementary, middle and high school.

    Strategies 3 – In partnership with stakeholders, develop a thorough needs assessment of student, family and neighborhoods' needs for each school.

    Strategy 4 – Create a “shared leadership" model for Community Learning Centers.

    Goal 2 – We will GROW our presence in the community by sharing the achievements of youth and family with the world.

    Objective 1 – By 2020, 100% of Covington Independent Public Schools staff will know Covington Partners and its programs and services.

    Strategy 1 – Develop and implement internal marketing plan.

    Objective 2 – By 2020, the community will know about Covington Partners and its programs and services.

    Strategy 1 – Develop and implement external marketing plan.

    Goal 3 – We will SUCCEED in providing and sustaining programming in all schools in Covington.

    Objective 1 – By 2020, increase operating budget to 1.1 million and increase annual budget by $25,000 per year with a 5% contingency fund.

    Strategy 1 – Covington Partners' Board of Directors will increase unrestricted funds from $23,000 to $178,000 by 2020.

    Strategy 2 – Create an advisory committee specifically to cultivate donor relationships with foundations and individuals.

    Strategy 3 – Establish consistent revenue streams.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Covington Partners is the collaborative partner of Covington Independent Public Schools that supports the whole child in and out of school. Through the Community Learning Center initiative, Covington Partners will provide wrap-around support services to every child in Covington Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, from early in the morning until evening. This bold approach requires an extensive, comprehensive plan that is envisioned by the community and implemented by identified partners.

    Covington Partners' strategic plan is designed to accelerate the organization through the next five years. The plan stretches our potential and capacity but provides strategies and action plans that will meet and exceed our expectations. It is through this plan that we provide support to Covington Independent Public Schools for every child to Dream, Achieve, and Succeed.

    In response to strategic issues within the community and based on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the organization, Covington Partners has developed a plan to identify key strategies and created action plans to meet each objective.

    Covington Partners' Board of Directors and Executive Director vow to monitor and evaluate progress throughout the five years. The success of this plan and the future of Covington Partners is dependent on the thoughtful, daily ambitions of its leaders and staff.

    The bold plan is supported by a courageous budget. The budget provides human capacity as well as resources to fully implement the plan. The budget requires a commitment from this region that asks investors to take an innovative, collaborative approach to support every child in Covington so all of Northern Kentucky prospers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The strategic plan for Covington Partners will become the daily work of the organization. Facilitators of the creation of the plan were strategic in gathering input from all stakeholders so that all invested in the work will be aligned and supportive. All staff of Covington Partners participated in the development of action plans.

    The action plans for each strategy clear outline the timeline for implementation and people responsible for the work. These action plans will be a living document to provide guidance and accountability for the work of Covington Partners moving forward.

    Furthermore, the action plans were developed based on the needs from students, schools and the community as well as the strengths and opportunities of Covington Partners. This approach has allowed Covington Partners to create a plan that is a system-wide approach to serving students and not based on the personalities of the staff and board nor popular funding initiatives. For this reason, the programs and services of Covington Partner will continue with success regardless of staff changes or shifts in funding.

    Monitoring and evaluating the work will consist of the same approach that created the work; it will be system-wide, including staff, parents, and community partners. Agency leads for each program area will meet regularly to “connect dots". This will ensure all partners hold each other accountable and continue implementing the plan.

    Program leads for each area of programming (Out-of-School Time, Mentoring, Prevention, and Family Engagement) will meet monthly to track the work and modify as needed. The data collected and analyzed will be used to monitor and continuously improve for short-term goals and long-term outcomes. The program leaders will meet monthly with the Executive Director to further assess the work and to receive feedback. The entire department will meet quarterly to receive and share updates on progress and next steps.

    Covington Partners will continue to be the convening organization for all the program leads of the Community Learning Center model. Through monthly collaborative meetings created to implement, monitor and plan the work of each program area, lead and supporting agencies will ensure the work continues to support the needs and strengths of each child. We will continue to meet quarterly with all invested stakeholders and community partners. These meetings will provide an opportunity for all agencies that have taken a lead in a program area to provide updates and receive feedback. All information from each meeting will be condensed into a report provided to the Superintendent on a quarterly basis.

    The quarterly monitoring of programming will culminate in an annual report card that will be shared with Covington Partners' Board of Directors, Covington Independent Public Schools' Board of Education, Community partners, donors, youth and families.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been successful in implementing a monthly data analysis component to our work, an essential strategy in Goal #1.

    We have realigned the roles of responsibilities of staff to increase our visibility both internally, within the school district, and externally.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

We serve students in the Covington Independent Public School system located in Covington, Kentucky.

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Financials

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COVINGTON PARTNERSINC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Covington Partners

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Stacie Strotman

Chair, Board of Directors

Mr. Charlie Vance

BIO

Ms. Strotman has worked with youth and families in Covington for the past 17 years, including the past six as Executive Director of Covington Partners. A Covington schools graduate, Ms. Strotman began her career in Covington working in the Family Resource Centers and worked her way up by providing excellent programs and services for the Covington community. Ms. Strotman now oversees support programs including Community Learning Centers, Mentoring, Health & Wellness, Prevention and Family Engagement. Ms. Strotman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Northern Kentucky University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Charlie Vance

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Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?


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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan