Youth Development

Project Success-Students Undertaking Creative Control

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.projectsuccess.org

Mission Statement

Project SUCCESS motivates and inspires young people to dream about the future, helps them take steps to get there and gives them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Our vision is that every child entering middle school will graduate high school with a plan for their future and have the skills and confidence that will take them through the rest of their lives.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools.

ruling year

1996

Founder & Executive Director since 1994

Self-reported

Adrienne Diercks

Keywords

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students, kids, education, theater, youth development, goals, dreams, success, school, classroom

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EIN

41-1837278

Physical Address

One Groveland Terrace, Suite 300

Minneapolis, 55403 1104

Also Known As

Project Success

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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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

Our program is comprised of the following compoments: School-based Workshops Our staff of professional facilitators lead workshops based on specifically-designed curricula developed for each grade level. Working together with teachers and school administrators, our curriculum has become an integral part of English/Language Arts classes, ensuring that our program reaches each child in every school. Students participate in a workshop once a month for a total of eight workshop experiences per student, per year. The curriculum guides young people through a variety of unique exercises, experiences and discussions to help them look at their interests, their strengths and desires for the future. We then work with them to set specific goals and take particular steps towards those goals. We call this process "dreaming with your eyes open," and 90% of participating students report taking a positive step toward achieving their goals. Theater Experiences We believe in the power of theater to illuminate the world. We use professional theater as a springboard to inspire students and to help them look at the real issues they face. With the help of 16 professional theater partners, we offer students and their families the opportunity to attend between six and twelve theater experiences a year. These are not school field trips, but tickets to evening and weekend performances. We work with theaters to choose the appropriate plays, we coordinate every element of the experience including providing transportation and childcare, and facilitate post-play discussions with the performers and directors. One-on-One Assistance, College Tours and Special Programming High school students need attention and assistance planning for their future. So we offer a one-on-one counseling program in after-school sessions. Our facilitators help students with reviewing and filling out applications for college or financial aid, finding job opportunities and seeking the resources necessary to make life after high school a positive, productive experience. State and national college tours are an important part of this one-on-one assistance. Each year, Project SUCCESS staff take over 500 high school students on in- and out-of-state college tours. Other specialized programming we offer includes 1) Project SUCCESS produced musicals and performances 2) summer trips to the BWCA 3) all-school field trips to the theater and 4) Special Artist Residency programs

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Service Areas

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Minnesota

Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools.

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

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Project Success-Students Undertaking Creative Control

Leadership

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Founder & Executive Director

Adrienne Diercks

BIO

Adrienne Diercks is the founder and Executive Director of Project SUCCESS, a youth-development organization that motivates and inspires young people to dream about the future, helps them take steps to get there and gives them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Adrienne has a vision that every child entering middle school will graduate high school with a plan for their future and have the skills and confidence that will take them through the rest of their lives.

Her passion to help young people achieve their dreams led her to begin Project SUCCESS in 1994 with 200 students at Minneapolis North High School and the support of the Guthrie Theater. Today, she has grown the program to serve 12,000 students and their families and 15 schools in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, with 35 theater partners across the Twin Cities.

Adrienne was named a 2008 Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal "Woman to Watch", and has been honored with the Minneapolis Award for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the City of Minneapolis, the Community Member Arts Advocate Award from the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education, and the Hispanic Heritage Month Award for work in education with the Hispanic community. Under her leadership, Project SUCCESS received the 2008 Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Sally Award for Excellence in Education. In 2010, Adrienne was honored with Ann Bancroft Foundation's "Dream Maker" Award for Achievement and Leadership and the first-ever Minneapolis Metro School Counselor Association "Friend of Counseling" Award. In 2015, Project SUCCESS received a Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award for the outstanding character and ethical leadership development of its experiential learning programming.

In addition to her role at Project SUCCESS, Adrienne serves on the Mission Impact Council to support opportunities for urban and underserved youth in the Twin Cities, the Itasca Project College & Career Readiness Advisory Group, and the Minneapolis Public School District Global Education Task Force. She is a graduate of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.

Prior to her work with Project SUCCESS, Adrienne founded Possibilities, Inc., a non-profit whose mission was to inspire kids to dream about their lives. In that role, she traveled throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin conducting inspirational workshops.

Adrienne has a B.A. in English from Whittier College and is a proud graduate of Minneapolis Public Schools.

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder & Executive Director

"“My mission has not changed in twenty years. It is to inspire young people to dream about their futures, help them take the steps to get there and to gain the tools they will need to achieve those dreams and goals and carry them through the rest of their lives. It's about helping to create equity for all, one child at a time.""

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ann Ruschy

Salo

Term: Jan 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?