Educational Institutions

FAMILY LEARNING INSTITUTE

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • http://www.familylearninginstitute.org

Mission Statement

The Family Learning Institute is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Through collaboration with local schools and community partners, and innovative programs that develop literacy and prevent summer learning loss, FLI engages economically disadvantaged children, their parents, and community in supporting a commitment to success in school and beyond. FLI believes our students, regardless of life circumstance, deserve a chance to forge the skills they need to build the lives they dream.

Main Programs

  1. Reading and Writing Program
  2. Monday Math
  3. Summer Programs
  4. Algebra Academy
  5. Outreach Programs
  6. Kitchen Table Classroom (Family Literacy)
  7. Ad Hoc Supplemental Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Washtenaw County, Michigan.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Sharine Buddin

Keywords

Self-reported

achievement gap, literacy, reading, writing, math, education, remedial, low-income, child, elementary, school-age, out-of-school time

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EIN

38-3514675

 Number

7660692872

Physical Address

1954 S Industrial Hwy Suite D

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Also Known As

FLI

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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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FLI's major accomplishments in 2010 include:

Served 72 economically disadvantaged, academically challenged students in our school year reading program, increasing the reading level of 78% by one grade level or more within six months

Had 16 of 16 students complete our math program and 15 improve one or more grade levels within six months

Our summer program, Brain Boot Camp, succeeded in preventing summer learning loss among all 12 participants
Our summer program for incoming middle school students, Super U, garnered rave reviews from students and parents -- eight of our top graduates set their sights on high school and beyond through What to Expect, a series of outings on the University of Michigan campus
Continued our financial turnaround, remaining debt-free, generating over $21,000 from our Annual Campaign Fund letter, over $27,000 from our annual spelling bee, and over $42,000 per year for two years from the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders (a collaboration of the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, the United Way of Washtenaw County, and others)
Completed a pilot project that aimed to overcome access barriers by delivering tutoring on-site at local community centers, resulting in a full program to be implemented Fall 2011 at Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti in partnership with the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.
Hired a part-time development director, reading specialist, and social worker to strengthen FLI's sustainability and capacity to serve its clientele.

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

Reading and Writing Program

Adult volunteer tutors ("coaches") provide one-on-one instruction to the same 2nd-5th grade, economically disadvantaged student one hour per week throughout the school year. This is preceded or followed by one hour of group writing instruction.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Monday Math

Adult volunteer tutors, trained by professional teachers, provide one-on-one instruction to 2nd-5th grade students from economically disadvantaged households once per week. This is preceded or followed by group math game activities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Summer Programs

"Brain Boot Camp" addresses backsliding during summer months ("summer learning loss"), a common problem among students from low-income households. This four-hour, once-a-week program for students grades 1 -8 has succeeded, based on pre- and post-tests, in ensuring kids maintain skills over the summer. FLI also offers "Super U" for 6th graders about to enter middle school; it lets them know what to expect, gives them coping strategies, and takes them on excursions onto the U of M campus (with U of M student mentors) to get their sights set on college.

Category

Summer School

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Algebra Academy

Piloting fall, 2013, Algebra Academy is a collaboration with The Young People's Project (YPP) to train economically disadvantaged college students to train high school students to provide math and social justice tutoring to middle and elementary school students. Research shows that being successful in Algebra in 8th grade correlates with success in and graduation from high school, and that peer-to-peer engagement is effective. FLI provides the middle school students, Community High School provides high school math tutors, and YPPprovides college students and economically disadvantaged high school students, and their training. Algebra Academy meets on Saturdays throughout the school year.

Category

Mathematics

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Outreach Programs

The common denominator of FLI's outreach programs is their goal of overcoming barriers to access to FLI's core program, like transportation, parental work schedules, and lack of institutional trust. FLI has brought modified versions of its Reading and Writing Program to Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti, and is currently in discussions with WISD, AAPS, and YCS to help run afterschool, on-site, co-curricular programs at its elementary schools.

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 6

Kitchen Table Classroom (Family Literacy)

In 2013, FLI is piloting Kitchen Table Classroom (KTC), a family literacy program offering home visits and a cable access video series. In partnership with CTN and Washtenaw Literacy, KTC will address the four pillars of family literacy: (1) child education (FLI's core program), (2) parent education (in-home and public access video instruction on fostering literacy in the home), (3) parent-child time (in-home and public access video instruction on playing literacy-oriented games in the home), and (4) adult education (Washtenaw Literacy).

Category

Family-Based Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Single Parents

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$0.00

Program 7

Ad Hoc Supplemental Programs

FLI, living up to the "Institute" in its name, is constantly experimenting with supplemental programs that meet the needs of our students and families. Recent offerings include Adventures Group, a group activity with FLI students at their schools during lunch hour that develops social and emotional skills critical to academic success, and FLI Around the World, a Saturday program that enhances our students' awareness of geography and cultures around the world.

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

Washtenaw County, Michigan.

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Funding Needs

As a small, community-based non-profit weathering the recession of 2007-2009, we need funds for operations, supplies, and computers.

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FAMILY LEARNING INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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FAMILY LEARNING INSTITUTE

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Principal Officer

Sharine Buddin

BIO

Sharine Buddin is a Masters-level professional teacher and administrator trained at Eastern Michigan University. She has over fifteen years experience as an elementary school principal. She joined FLI as the Executive Director in November of 2014.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jean Waltman

University of Michigan

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

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