Youth Development

Ace Mentor Program of the Greator Washington Metropolitan Area Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.acementor.org/592

Mission Statement

The ACE Mentor Program of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, Inc. has a two‑fold mission:

                          1)        To enlighten and motivate students toward architecture, construction, engineering, and related careers.

             2)        To provide mentoring and scholarship opportunities for future designers and constructors.

 

No school time is used and no school funds are needed; students meet after school during the school year. The ACE program serves to engage students through hands-on projects and field trips of construction sites, offices and other major projects in the area. These activities reinforce classroom learning in math, physics, art, computer skills and other important subjects, establishing for students a direct link between curricular and career success. Additionally, there are guest mentor presentations, discussions on career opportunities and a chance to meet university personnel and visit college

campuses.

 

ACE DC makes a special attempt to reach students that otherwise may not become aware of the challenges and rewards of a career in the design and construction industry.

Main Programs

  1. ACE Mentor Program
  2. College Access
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, DC and Surrounding Metropolitan Area, to include Maryland and Virginia

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Trisha Grant

Keywords

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mentoring; architecture; high school; construction; engineering; trade development; after school program, scholarships

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EIN

52-2336830

 Number

3916128465

Physical Address

1401 New York Avenue, NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20005

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Washington Post reported in 2009 that the graduation rate for D.C. public schools was below 50%, while rates for Maryland (73%) and Virginia (69%) have not improved since 1996. The ACE Mentor program enhances classroom teachings. Of participating ACE seniors, 100% graduate from high school and 92% go on to two- or four-year colleges, community colleges, vocational and technical schools or registered apprenticeship programs.

DC mandates require 50% First Source Employment from developers and A/E/C contractors to attain minimum participation in city projects for city residents. Despite these mandates, contractors, unions, and developers often fail to meet the requirements stating that individuals lack the skills required to fulfill the position. ACE DC builds economic viability for the Washington, D.C. area by increasing the pool of experienced talent in the construction industry. ACE DC students are profoundly involved in their community and strive for projects that serve their schools and neighborhoods. For example, the ACE Coolidge Team coordinated efforts with the Coolidge High School alumni association, local park association, and school administrators to rehabilitate their school's greenhouse, a gift from the class of 1950. The new greenhouse will follow a sustainable design and eventually will be linked to a community garden to serve as a farmer's market for the area. In restoring this historical keepsake, this team will create the first LEED certified school greenhouse in the area.

Programs

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Program 1

ACE Mentor Program

Operating budget for the ACE Mentor Program which includes expenses for the student teams' year long mentoring - October to May - throughout the school year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$103,000.00

Program 2

College Access

Our college access initiative of providing scholarships to those students recognizes high school students with outstanding academic achievement; as well as encourages the advancement of higher education in the built environment. The scholarships awarded reward those students possessing academic dedication and the drive to succeed in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry with scholarships to continue on in their studies at a two or four year college.

 

Scholarships are $4,000 each and we award fourteen.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$56,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC and Surrounding Metropolitan Area, to include Maryland and Virginia

Funding Needs

Operational costs include consultant fees, audit fees, and fundraising fees. Program fees include: a) Mentor/Student outreach and recruitment; b) Mentor training, and related materials ; c) required Mentor Background Checks; d) Insurance for student participants; e) ACE student supplies and manuals – Green Certification program materials, pencils, calculators, observatory journals, soldering tools, circuits, hard hats, measures, architectural scales, balances, etc.; e) ACE student team presentation expenses – encompasses industry softwares, schematics, presentation boards, photos/hard data gathering, production, etc.; and f) General logistics, snacks and transportation costs.

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ACE MENTOR PROGRAM OF THE GREATER WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Ace Mentor Program of the Greator Washington Metropolitan Area Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Trisha Grant

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"ACE’s combination of engaged, interpersonal mentoring and professional development is uniquely important to improving educational and economic outcomes for our participants. ACE Mentor follows a project-based learning strategy and draws upon a tested body of hands-on activities that reflect many aspects of designing and constructing a building. During the course of the free program, each mentor-student team meets after school for approximately 15 sessions to work toward development of a hypothetical project from concept to the delivery. At the conclusion of the program, the students present their projects in a public forum.
 

Our mentoring program is unique in that we provide career-skill oriented group mentoring, scholarships and a network of professionals to refer back to. For example, wn conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the ACE Mentor Program of America, ACE DC will develop and offer a “Green Diploma Program” for students obtain first-level training in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a nationally recognized standard for green building."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christine Merdon

McKissack & McKissack

Term: June 2010 -

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