Youth Development

RACE FOR EDUCATION INC

  • Lexington, KY
  • www.raceforeducation.org

Mission Statement

Through academic development programs, tutoring, internships, financial literacy training and scholarships, the Race For Education and it's Starting Gate afterschool program provides opportunities for educational success for young people with significant financial need and academic challenges.

Main Programs

  1. Starting Gate
  2. Starting Gate Teaching Intern Scholarship
Service Areas

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National

The Race for Education scholarship programs serve students nationwide. The Starting Gate afterschool programs serve central Kentucky middle school students.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Elisabeth Anne Jensen

Keywords

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afterschool, literacy, at-risk, Lights on After School, Starting Gate

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EIN

42-1546327

 Number

1886126073

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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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In 2015, The Race For Education offered $330,00 in college scholarships. Approximately 50 students graduated from college with the support of our awards. Our 2016 scholarship process has begun and will continue to help students with college tuition. The Race For Education's Starting Gate afterschool literacy program is currently offered in Fayette County, Kentucky at Crawford Middle, Paris and Leestown Middle. The Race For Education continues to focus on service and provide free assistance with FAFSA preparation and college applications to the Hispanic community. The Starting Gate will continue to expand to additional schools, with future hopes of offering Theatrix, a drama program that incorporates literacy and language arts skills while developing self confidence and exposure to the arts.

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

Starting Gate

The purpose of Starting Gate is to engage middle school youth in order to improve literacy and language arts skills, and post-secondary preparation, while also imparting the value of continued education via college or vocational school. Types of services offered: Literacy developmentTutoring - homework assistanceAssistance and support with Kentucky State required Individual Learning Plans (ILP)Cultural field tripsCivic engagementAcademic Summer Camps

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

80000 / school

Program 2

Starting Gate Teaching Intern Scholarship

Teaching internships are offered to participating area colleges/universities for students pursuing degrees in Education. The Starting Gate Program Coordinator works with individual college/university internship program coordinators to determine the structure of our internships. After successful completion of this internship, participating college students receive a $1,000 scholarship from The Race For Education to be used for tuition. A scholarship can be earned for each semester an intern works. If an intern returns for a second semester, they are eligible to apply for the RFE's Assets for Independence Program, which could qualify them for an extra $4,000 to be used for tuition costs. All interns work with a bilingual (Spanish), certified teacher with 12 years of classroom experience. Interns will be asked to teach large group lessons, as well as small group break-outs, assist with homework, and accompany the group on field trips once per month. To complete the internship and receive a scholarship, participating college students are required to: Attend a volunteer training orientation at The Race For Education.Attend lesson planning sessions once per month with the Program Coordinator.Work with middle students two days per week and one Saturday per month for at least one semester.Assist middle school students with homework, school projects, computer use, etc.Submit to a background check and sign a confidentiality agreement.Be in good academic standing with their college/university.Submit to an exit interview at the end of the semester. All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Leslie Spears, Starting Gate Executive Director at lspears@raceforeducation.org

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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?
    Goal 1: To improve the academic achievement of the students that we serve in Central KY.Needs were determined by:K-PREP scores KY Department of Education Report Cards Measures of Academic Progress scoresKey Activities: Literacy Activities Homework Help College and Career Readiness Activities Outcomes for Goal 1: Students will be reading on grade level. Test scores will improve Goal 2: To increase educational enrichment opportunities of participating students to address non-cognitive areas, including behavior, attendance and goal setting for College and Career Readiness.Needs were determined by: Data from activity surveysKey Activities: Arts and Humanities Activities College and Career Readiness ActivitiesOutcomes for Goal 2: Improvement in attendance Increase in the usage of the Individual Learning Plan for the purposes of College and Career Readiness goal setting
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Starting Gate afterschool literacy program is hands on and uses disguised learning techniques to engage and to encourage our students would do not learn in a traditional manner. Learning in out of school time is more flexible than during the regular school day. Each Starting Gate classroom is staffed with a certified teacher and at least three teaching interns, which enables us to keep our student to teacher ratio low. Our students have one on one tutoring as needed and the extra time to complete their homework for the evening. Literacy activities are large and small group based and offered on an individual basis. Starting Gate data showed that 85% of our students improved their Methods of Academic Progress (MAP) test scores by the end of the year and that 45% of our students were reading on grade level.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools make the Starting Gate program possible. The school partnerships supply space, students with educational needs and data. The partnerships we have with the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Education Association, and the Kentucky Out of School Alliance are key to our success. The University of Kentucky Education Department helps recruit teaching interns for the Starting Gate program and the Kentucky Education Association recruits interns and certified teaching staff, both have representatives on our Starting Gate advisory board. An additional partnerships that are vital to our success are the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Out of School Alliance and God's Pantry. Starting Gate uses the Kentucky Out of School Alliance's lending library and attends professional development opportunities through their office. They too have representation on our advisory council.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We gather K-PREP, report card and MAP score data to evaluate how our students are progressing. K-PREP test are taken at the end of the school year in May and the scores are released in the fall. The Methods of Academic Progress (MAP) math and reading test is given three times a year (fall, winter and spring) and there are benchmarks each time that students need to meet to be considered on grade level. Report card grades are also tracked in all core subjects. Starting Gate teachers access Infinite Campus with our students to check and see if there is missing homework that needs to be made up. The teaching staff also works with our students to develop and improve their non-cognitive skills. We track each student's attendance and behavior and at the end of the year each student is surveyed about the program. Additional surveys are given each semester to our teaching interns.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Last year we saw an 85% improvement on the Methods of Academic Progress (MAP) scores and 45% of our students finished the year reading on grade level. We would like to see 100% improvement on the MAP scores and 100% of our students reading on grade level. There are many obstacles that still exist. Many of our students come from English Language Learner (ELL) homes and they only hear English spoken when they are in school. Another obstacle is known as the "summer slide", this is when a student's mind is idle during the summer months. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: "A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year". In an effort to combat both of these obstacles, we make several book distributions throughout the year and then again right before summer break. Additional obstacles include: lack of family support, hunger, stress and homelessness.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Race for Education scholarship programs serve students nationwide. The Starting Gate afterschool programs serve central Kentucky middle school students.

Funding Needs

For the 2016 - 2017 school year, the organization will be expanding the afterschool outreach program to additional grades. Needs for this program will be: 1. Funding for bus transportation home at the conclusion of programming. 2. Qualified teachers for program staffing. 3. Teaching Interns to provide classroom assistance from area colleges. 4. Funding for books and other literacy materials. 5. Funding for field trips.

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THE RACE FOR EDUCATION, INC .
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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RACE FOR EDUCATION INC

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Principal Officer

Elisabeth Anne Jensen

BIO

President and Executive Director Elisabeth Jensen established The Race for Education with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Casner. Attended Aiglon College in Villars, Switzerland, and F.I.T. City University of New York, Ms. Jensen has served in an executive management capacity for several Fortune 500 companies, including most recently The Walt Disney Company.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Race For Education provides educational opportunities for young people who might otherwise never have the opportunity to go to college. The average household income our students is only $27,000. Having the opportunity to get to know these young people and watching them overcome significant hardship and disadvantage to graduate from college and become a responsible member of our community is extremely rewarding. It is a dream come true for most of these kids and their families. Education is empowering and it gives young people a choice. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bryan Pettigrew

Breeders' Cup

Term: Jan 2016 - Jan 2017

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