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Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center Incorporated

  • Hickory, NC
  • www.patrickbeaverlrc.org

Mission Statement

Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center serves individuals with learning differences, ADHD, and dyslexia; their families, and the professionals who support them. Through information, training, and collaboration, our goal is to increase community awareness of learning differences and to promote the educational and personal success of those affected by them in the Unifour area.

Main Programs

  1. Augustine Literacy Project
  2. Eye-to-Eye
  3. Family Support Sessions

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Service Areas

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North Carolina

Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center serves individuals in Unifour area of  NC, primarily in Catawba County.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Joyce Steelman

Keywords

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learning differences, learning disabiliites, dyslexia, ADHD, literacy, mentoring, tutor, tutoring, reading

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Also Known As

PBLRC

EIN

56-2160295

 Number

7818327787

Physical Address

361 10th Street Ave Dr NE

Hickory, NC 28601

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center seeks to inform and support parents through Family Support Sessions; train literacy tutors for individuals from low income families through the Augustine Literacy Project; and mentor middle school children with learning differences through Eye-to-Eye, a  program led by college-aged mentors with learning differences.

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

Augustine Literacy Project

Augustine Literacy Project (ALP): ALP is a tutor-training program, the purpose of which is to equip volunteers to serve struggling readers from low income families. We train individuals who have a heart for people, who believe reading is an essential skill for life success, and who are willing to intervene in a responsible way against illiteracy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$18,200.00

Program 2

Eye-to-Eye

Eye-To-Eye seeks to empower individuals with learning differences through mentorship and youth leadership development. Research has shown that when children at risk for academic failure are engaged in high-quality mentoring programs, such as  Eye-To-Eye, they are more likely to have positive relationships with their parents and teachers, receive more social and emotional support from their peers, have greater self-worth,  fewer disciplinary problems, better attendance records, and more positive life outcomes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 3

Family Support Sessions

PBLRC’s Famliy Support Sessions seek to         provide  families and educators with valuable                 information on many topics related to ADHD, dyslexia, and learning differences. Monthly we offer families the opportunity to hear from area specialists and experts on such topics as executive functions, medications, 504s and IEPs, anger management, and many others. Parents find a safe and welcoming place to discuss the difficulties they experience daily and leave with a sense of hope and support.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,000.00

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 increase community awareness of learning differences
    Goal #2 to promote educational success of those with learning differences and
    Goal #3: to promote the personal success of those affected by learning differences in the NC Unifour area
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Goal #1 Strategies:We promote community awareness in several ways. First, we provide information to families through a free monthly workshop dealing with many areas of learning differences. We also work with the city library to maintain a collection of books and other materials on learning differences. We also sponsor speakers--such as Philip Schultz in 2012--who address the community on the issues of learning differences.

    Goal #2 We provide trained reading tutors to struggling readers from low income families. We are also researching the possibility of providing training for day care workers to promote the educational success of preschool children with learning differences.

    Goal #3 We provide mentors to middle school children who have learning differences. These mentors, successful college students, help students gain a healthy perspective on their learning and provide hope to them that they, too, can succeed.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Adaptive Capabilities
    PBLRC monitors and responds to internal and external changes in several ways: We conduct periodic strategic planning sessions for organizational assessment; we evaluate each program on a yearly basis, assessing the needs of the individual program; and we work within committees and partnerships to plan improvements.

    Leadership Capacity
    Each board member meets specific criteria related to our mission, attends an orientation session when he or she joins the board, signs a board contract and conflict of interest form, and is provided materials to support the member’s work within the organization. Executive leadership is provided professional development through professional memberships and conferences as well as periodic webinars.

    Management Capacity
    The board maintains internal communications and management by meeting monthly, recording attendance, and maintaining a 75% attendance rate policy. Executive management is reviewed yearly by the board and supported through the executive committee. Financial management is overseen by the executive committee as well as by the board at large, who are presented with financial information at each monthly meeting.

    Technical Capacity
    PBLRC is able to achieve outreach and advocacy through partnerships with other organization, involvement in county-wide committee work, and programs designed to reach the community at large. Free facilities (library and churches) allow us to deliver services at no cost to PBLRC. Fundraising is a multi-level venture including 100% board and staff financial support, mail campaigns, an annual fundraiser, and donations from local donors, foundations and grants. Accounting is maintained and overseen by board and an independent CPA firm which supplies PBLRC with an annual audit. Facilities are provided free of charge by a local donor. Marketing and communications are achieved through mail as well as through web and social media.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators for reaching the community (Goal #1) are gauged by anonymous evaluations of each Family Support Session. These sessions have been well-received with overwhelmingly positive evaluations.

    Educational advances achieved by students being tutored in the Augustine Literacy Project are determined by pre- and post- tests which assess students on phonological awareness, word recognition, spelling, fluency and comprehension. Tutors are trained in giving these assessments and are asked to submit them to PBLRC at the end of the school year. Each year, we see grade level increases for each child tutored 40 lessons or more.

    Students in the Eye to Eye program take pre- and post- assessments which are reported to PBLRC; these assessments deal with self-esteem, self-advocacy, and understanding of student learning styles and how they can accommodate their learning in order to succeed. The program has been well received. In its first year, we anticipate the results to be very positive.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the last three years, we have been able to consistently recruit and maintain a dynamic and informed board, provide for growth and expand our programs, updating our web and social media; instituting monthly Family Support Sessions, and organizing Eye to Eye, PBLRC with LRU.

    In its 5th year, the number of Augustine Literacy Project tutors trained has risen from 5 (in one training session) the first year of the program to 30 a year, with 3 training sessions.

    Progress is slow because of low funding and staffing, but we have faith that hard work and persistence will help us achieve our goals.
Service Areas

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North Carolina

Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center serves individuals in Unifour area of  NC, primarily in Catawba County.

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Funding Needs

Funding is needed for capacity-building. The need to serve the population who have learning differences is great; we currently operate with one part-time paid staff.

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Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center Incorporated

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Principal Officer

Joyce Steelman

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center (PBLRC) is the only organization in Catawba County that exists solely to serve those in our area with learning disabilities.  We believe in the collaborative efforts of caring people. PBLRC: because learning differences don't have to become learning disabilities."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. JoAnn Spees

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