Educational Institutions

Community Involvement in Learning Inc

  • Franklin, IN
  • www.franklineducationconnection.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of Franklin Education Connection is to connect Franklin Community Schools with community resources to enhance academic excellence and instill a lifelong love of learning.

Main Programs

  1. Study Connection
  2. Franklin Community Schools Education Foundation

ruling year

1999

Director of Development

Self-reported

Bea Northcott

Board President

Self-reported

Andy Kinsey

Keywords

Self-reported

Homework Help, Mentoring

Education Foundation

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EIN

35-2082528

 Number

5537623564

Also Known As

Franklin Education Connection

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

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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Study Buddies provide children with needed guidance, mentoring and support in addition to help with their homework. The relationship between Study Buddy and Student is as vital as the academic support. A Study Buddy serves as a stable, adult influence for these children. Although there are many factors involved and many other interventions, in the 2012-13 school year (and for the first time in seven years), Franklin Community High School graduated more than 90% of their seniors in four years. Study Connection has been in existence for eight years. Identifying children who are at risk for dropping out of school while they are still in elementary schools is having a positive impact.
The Education Foundation has provided grants for 29 academic programs at all grade levels since 2011, shortly after it was founded. Thousands of children and hundreds of teachers and parents have benefited from these programs which cover all academic fields including literacy, math, science, technology, engineering, special needs, music, art, literature, creativity, team work, and problem solving.

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

Study Connection

Study Connection is a homework/mentoring program for children in grades 2-6 who are identified by school personnel as needed assistance in reaching grade-level academic and social standards. Adult “Study Buddies” work with students one hour per week during the school year.

Category

Partnerships in Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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None

Budget

$22,550.00

Program 2

Franklin Community Schools Education Foundation

The Education Foundation invests in students in Franklin Community Schools through grants awarded to teachers or schools to enhance students' academic performance

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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None

Budget

$17,660.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to enhance the academic performance of students in Franklin Community Schools by providing programs which the corporation can not provide itself due to budget constraints.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Recruit new Study Buddies to work with students on the waiting list for Study Connection.
    2. Provide Study Buddies with the training and support they need to help their Students.
    3. Work with teachers to develop grant applications which support the Education Foundation's Mission, Vision and Purpose; align with state standards; align with school corporation values; and promote collaboration among classes, grades or schools.
    4. Identify system-wide programs which will enhance the academic performance of all students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our board is comprised of school and community leaders dedicated to improving the academic achievement of students. Our staff is experienced in the areas of public relations/marketing, fund raising, program development and board development. Our volunteer Study Buddies are caring individuals also dedicated to improving the academic achievement of their Students. We have a retention rate of 82% for our Study Connection volunteers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Study Connection Quantitative Data - increased number of students enrolled in program; improved IStep and NWEA test scores, improved attendance
    Study Connection Qualitative Data - improvements in: attitude toward school, communication skills, self confidence, decision making skills and sense of future; testimonials by students, Study Buddies, parents and teachers
    Education Foundation Quantitative Data - number of students, teachers, parents and community organizations impacted; other quantitative data differs for each grant program funded and is monitored on a grant-by-grant basis.
    Education Foundation Qualitative Data - testimonials from students, teachers, and parents
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Franklin Education Connection was created in September, 2013 when the Study Connection Board amended its by-laws to incorporate the Education Foundation into its structure. At that time, there was one part-time contracted staff administering Study Connection. A second part-time staff was contracted as Director of Development in February, 2014. The majority of work since then has revolved around board development and merging the two boards, and branding the new organization. We are just beginning to measure the indicators listed elsewhere and will focus our efforts in the next 12 months on creating processes to measure and report our progress.

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Financials

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN LEARNING
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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

Community Involvement in Learning Inc

Leadership

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Director of Development

Bea Northcott

Board President

Andy Kinsey

BIO

Bea has extensive experience in non-profit management including in the areas of board development, marketing, public relations, strategic planning and fund raising. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and French from Butler University and a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Kennedy Western University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Johnson County.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Andy Kinsey

Grace United Methodist Church

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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