Educational Institutions

Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools/COMPASS

  • Gallatin, TN
  • www.sumnercompass.org

Mission Statement

COMPASS's mission is to develop partnerships between the business community and Sumner County Public Schools to improve student success.

Main Programs

  1. COMPASS Partners
  2. Tennessee Scholars
  3. School Improvement Awards
  4. Stocks At School

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2010

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Rep. Debra Young Maggart

Keywords

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SUMNER COMPASS or compass supporting teachers linking businesses to schools improving public schools community partners

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EIN

20-3147101

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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COMPASS is a vehicle for strengthening public schools by using all available community resources. We seek to achieve high-quality public education through the cooperative and collaborative efforts of students, parents, educators, and community members, working diligently and respectively as partners in education. We do this by identifying effective, measurable ways that the community can support educators and children in the public schools and by creating educational experiences that expand upon classroom lessons and encourage students to become self-directed life-long learners. Coming to the end of our second full year of operation (June 2007), everything feels like a great accomplishment from creating and implementing Strategic and Development Plans to fostering 42 new partnerships to increasing our Investors by 132%. However, our greatest accomplishments include the following: 1. With nearly 150 partnerships, each of Sumner County’s 42 public schools is touched by COMPASS; 2. Giving every Partner exposure for their efforts through newspaper articles and/or the compass website (www.sumnercompass.org); 3. Offering 2 new opportunities to schools through our Stocks At School program and School Improvement Awards. COMPASS has experienced exponential growth and shows no signs of slowing down. 3 of our goals for 2007 are: 1. To continue increasing the number of Partners for each school; 2. To expand our School Improvement Awards so that teachers from every area of the county are eligible to apply; 3. To hold a donor retention rate of 80% or above.

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

COMPASS Partners

COMPASS Partners are businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals who give the gifts of time, money, and/or materials to a school or schools in Sumner County through a formalized partnershimultiple schools, or even system-wide. Partners also have the choice of choosing a program or topic and taking that to the age-appropriate schools as a guest speaker or workshop facilitator. If an individual, group, or business has the desire to directly impact our public school system, COMPASS will find a fit. Thus far for the 2006-2007 school year, we have received full or partial activity reports from just less than half our Partners. These reports reveal 661.5 volunteer hours and $65,482 given to our schools through these Partnerships.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 2

Tennessee Scholars

Tennessee Scholars is an initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, business and industry of Tennessee, policy makers, teachers, and parents. It is endorsed by the Governor of Tennessee and many other workforce development, and economic development entities as an exemplary educational and workforce development initiative that has proven to be successful. It is part of the National State Scholars Initiative that includes over 20 states. The purpose of the initiative is to increase the percentage of students graduating from high school with a rigorous, defined academic course of study sufficient to prepare them for college, the workforce, or the military. Coursework, GPA, attendance and community service are requirements of the program. This year, Sumner County Schools graduated 22 TN Scholars, each of whom was offered a full scholarship to Volunteer State Community College.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$14,205.00

Program 3

School Improvement Awards

School Improvement Awards are given to teachers in $500 increments based on project proposals submitted by the teacher. Cooperative proposals can be written by 2 or more teachers for an award of $2,500. For the 2007-08 school year COMPASS will award $20,000 to teachers through these awards. The awards are sponsored by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Foundation, thus only Hendersonville area teachers are eligible. We are looking for sponsors to help us take these awards county-wide.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Stocks At School

The COMPASS Stocks At School program brings financial instruction to the classroom of 5th graders by a volunteer from the field of finance. COMPASS supplies the volunteer with 11-week curriculum guide that can be modified based on the interests of the volunteer and the school. The program is centered on investment strategies and the stock market but incorporates math, history, reading, social studies, and current events. Topics covered each week are expansions of subject matter listed in the state curriculum standards.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Funding Needs

1. Businesses, organizations, churches, and community leaders to serve as Partners. 2. Investors in COMPASS. 3. Funding to expand our School Improvement Awards. Currently the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Foundation sponsors these awards for Hendersonville schools. We would like to also make the awards available to the schools in Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Millersville, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce

Portland Chamber of Commerce

White House Chamber of Commerce

Gallatin Chamber of Commerce

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Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools/COMPASS

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rep. Debra Young Maggart

BIO

Melissa Hollins is a former Sumner County student and a firm believer in Tennessee education. She attended Howard Elementary, Union Elementary, Rucker Stewart, Gallatin Middle School, and Gallatin High School. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mathematics, with a concentration in Actuarial Science. Melissa brings to the table her vibrant attitude and ever-present professionalism which allows her to effectively communicate with administrators and the business community alike, while also relating to the students that she works with within each school.  Melissa developed a passion for alleviating the individual needs in public schools through many of the activities she has been involved in over the years. Melissa's mother has also dedicated her life to Sumner County education through teaching and counseling.  She is currently a school counselor at Gallatin High School.  Her mother's commitment to the well-being of the students has played an integral role in the passion Melissa has for Sumner schools. These encounters not only allowed her to see how much difference one person could make but the impact an entire organization can have on a school. While rewarding, it was heart-wrenching for Melissa to develop a bond with children who did not have access to adequate supplies, educational programs, technology, mentoring and support. Through her education and experiences, accompanied by her supportive board of directors, Melissa is equipped with the knowledge, drive and guidance to continuously work to help the schools and students in Sumner County.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"There is no similar organization to COMPASS, no organization working solely to gain support and awareness for our public schools in Sumner County. Yes, some of our schools have incredible PTO groups that raise extra monies. But some of our schools do not have such organizations. Also, our goal is not to simply find the extra dollars in our community, although we know that these exist, and have played a role in thousands of dollars being donated to our schools. We are about building relationships. The students in our schools today will be our leaders tomorrow--our leaders, as well as our employees, our activists, etc. If we, as business and community leaders, take the time to build a relationship with a student, to show them what it means to be a good citizen and help them develop the skills they will need to succeed in the workplace, then we are not only benefiting ourselves but we are adding to the quality of life of everyone in our county. We are giving our businesses highly-skilled future employees. We are giving our local government future leaders with integrity. In addition, we are teaching children what it means to give back, so that as issues arise in our community in the future, the circle of giving will continue."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Len Silverman

Huntington Learning Center

Term: July 2011 - June 2012

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