Educational Institutions

Waukegan Public Library Foundation

  • Waukegan, IL
  • www.waukeganpl.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation is to activate the community to invest in its future by providing the Waukegan Public Library the resources to create and grow innovative, impactful programs and prepare its residents for academic and career success.

To that end, Foundation Directors help educate donors and potential donors about the Library's community impact and cultivate an understanding of how philanthropy contributes to the Library's long-term financial future and sustainability.

Main Programs

  1. Conversational ESL
  2. Temporary Visitor's Driver's License (TVDL) Classes
  3. Adult Basic Education Tutoring
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Families Learning Together
  6. Families Learning Together - ESL
  7. Health Awareness
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

We serve the city of Waukegan, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois. Through our programs, we also serve residents of: North Chicago, Gurnee, Mundelein, Round Lake, Grayslake, Zion.

ruling year

1987

Executive Director, Waukegan Public Library

Self-reported

Richard Lee

Assistant Director, Waukegan Public Library

Self-reported

Heidi Smith

Keywords

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literacy, education, immigration, digital literacy, career readiness, early-childhood learning, workforce development

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EIN

36-3446040

 Number

3366889893

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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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Our programs are targeted to respond to our community's needs, which are determined through an ongoing environmental scan from our engagement team and survey data provided by our partners. Through our programs, our learners have been successful in learning English, understanding their healthcare options, developing computer skills, and learning how to become a child's first teacher. Success means something different to each of our learners - for one, it might be obtaining a GED to get a promotion; for another, it might be learning to read a menu. At Waukegan Public Library, we're committed to fostering learning and discovery in all its forms in our community, and we treasure our learners' successes.

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

Conversational ESL

Conversational ESL is a dynamic, multi-level tutor-led weekly class in conversational English for non-native speakers. Students of all levels, from beginner to advanced, are able to enhance their English speaking skills via weekly learning tools that focus on specific, real-life topics, such as going to the doctor, parent-teacher conferences, employment interviews, safety in the workplace, and more.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 2

Temporary Visitor's Driver's License (TVDL) Classes

The Temporary Visitor's Driver's License is a driver's license that is given to immigrants requiring them to be well-versed in the Rules of the Road, and safe, insured drivers in the state of Illinois. The program prepares students to successfully pass the written Rules of the Road exam.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Adults

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 3

Adult Basic Education Tutoring

Trained volunteer tutors meet one on one with adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Digital Literacy

Classes in basic mouse and keyboard skills, Microsoft Word, and the Internet are offered each month. The Library also hosts a drop-in computer lab, where volunteer tutors are ready to help adults improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 5

Families Learning Together

A family literacy class that teaches children through stories, music and activities, while their parents improve their reading, writing or math n the classroom next door. Curriculum covers basic reading, writing and math skills. Learn how to be your child’s first teacher.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 6

Families Learning Together - ESL

A family literacy program, taught in English, that prepares children for pre-school and kindergarten while their parents learn to communicate in English, right next door. Learn how to be your child’s first teacher.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 7

Health Awareness

Classes that teach participants the current health care options that may be available to them, connect them with a primary health care provider, and educate them on when to and when not to seek hospital emergency care. Students are also welcome to bring their 3-6 year olds with them. While parents learn English, library staff read books, make crafts, and play games with the children.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

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?
    To activate the community and move it towards the Board of Trustees' vision - a community that is always learning and discovering - the library developed a five year targeted goal: to produce measurable gains of 25% for WPL learners by the 2020 fiscal year. To carry out this plan to impact patrons' overall literacy, the library established four strategic areas of impact, approved by the board in 2014: kindergarten readiness; grade-level reading; college and career readiness; adult learning.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The library will work to achieve this broad goal with an outcomes-driven approach. The library outcomes are defined by learning centers designed to deliver appropriate instruction to target the four impact areas. Often, learning centers will incorporate defined, measurable outcomes for multiple impact areas.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Literacy 2020 areas of impact, as well as the associated learning centers and outcomes influence all library services, including the Collection, customer service, and administrative departments. Waukegan Public Library's internal policies ensure that each department, from engineering and maintenance to finance and human resources, works to support the Literacy 2020 strategic objectives.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Outcome evaluation includes the analysis of metrics unique to each service, class, or exhibit. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be analyzed on an ongoing basis to ensure that those engaging with the library's resources and services increase their literacy and skill levels. Data tracking will enable the Library to observe long-term trends.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In FY 2015, the first year covered by this strategic plan, we worked on developing the framework for the plan: identifying outcomes and strategizing ways to achieve our goal. In FY 2016, we implemented processes and began the work of tracking data to establish a baseline.

    Moving forward, we will continue to develop and refine services and classes to ensure alignment with our outcomes and relevance to our community. We'll use the data we gather to make observations about our impact on the community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

We serve the city of Waukegan, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois. Through our programs, we also serve residents of: North Chicago, Gurnee, Mundelein, Round Lake, Grayslake, Zion.

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Financials

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Waukegan Public Library Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Waukegan Public Library Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director, Waukegan Public Library

Richard Lee

Assistant Director, Waukegan Public Library

Heidi Smith

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director, Waukegan Public Library

"At the Waukegan Public Library, we're passionate about enriching our community through learning. Through innovative programming and library services, we're dedicated to creating unique experiences that impact our community and address its needs. Our Literacy 2020 strategic direction aims to impact literacy among our patrons by focusing on four key areas of impact: kindergarten readiness, grade-level reading, college and career readiness, and adult literacy.

The Early Learning Center provides a unique bilingual, immersive experience designed to teach preschool concepts through a fun theme. Other programming in our children's department, whether our award-winning Bus to Us field trip program or innovative STREAM classes in engineering, art, creative writing, and more, support our goals to impact literacy and develop a lifelong love of learning.

We focus on college prep for our young adults, helping them to navigate the application and admission process. Our adult literacy programming includes one-to-one tutoring, Spanish-language GED preparation, Conversational ESL, health awareness, and a suite of digital literacy offerings including job readiness, computer skills, and financial literacy.

"Transformation" means something different to each of our learners. Transformation is learning to speak English, understanding how to navigate the healthcare system, learning to read and preparing for the GED. It's getting into college, getting a first job, or getting a promotion. We're just lucky to be part of their success.

Learn more about who we are and what we do on our website, waukeganpl.org. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Verna Wilson

Waukegan Public School District #60

Term: May 2015 - June 2016

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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