Educational Institutions

Education Foundation~Osceola County

  • Kissimmee, FL
  • www.foundationosceola.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Education Foundation~Osceola County is to bring resources and people together to support and enhance public education in Osceola County.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Initiatives
  2. Bookmark Buddies
  3. A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County
  4. Take Stock in Children
  5. Kids Closet
  6. Medical Pipeline Program
  7. "got college~got careers"?
  8. Construction Pipeline
  9. Prodigy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The geographic area to be served is Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Celebration, Buena Ventura Lakes, Narcoosee, Harmony, Keenansville, and Holopaw.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Kathy Carr

Keywords

Self-reported

take stock in children, youth development, scholarships, teachers, mentoring

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EIN

59-2960396

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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The Education Foundation of Osceola County has remained a strong and viable non-profit, even is this current economic climate. The Kids Closet, to provided over 1,700 needy students with uniforms. The Medical Pipeline Program is in its 5th year introducing Osceola students to healhcare careers and "got college" A partnership between the Education Foundation~Osceola County, Valencia College and the Osceola School District to increase the college going rate in Osceola County. We currently are serving over 530 students in our two mentoring programs, Bookmark Buddies and Take Stock in Children, and will be awarding over 258 scholarships to graduating high school seniors this Spring. Our website was redesigned last year to allow potential donors the opportunity to review our programs, research our board of directors, send inquires to staff, view our new video. We continue to support the School District enhancement programs such as the Welcome Back Event, Superintendent State of Education, Education Awards and Education in the Park.

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

Scholarship Initiatives

The Scholarship Intiatives Program includes awarding scholarships, as well as free scholarship counseling services for students and parents. Assistance is given on applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, and applying for financial aid.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$200,906.00

Program 2

Bookmark Buddies

Bookmark Buddies is a successful literacy program designed to raise the reading levels of at-risk third grade students in Osceola County. The program targets third grade students who read below grade level and are at risk of scoring a Level 1 on the FCAT. To improve reading skills and reduce the risk of retention, Bookmark Buddies matches these third grade students with trained mentors from the community. Once matched, the child and mentor meet once a week for thirty minutes in the child's school using carefully selected reading materials at the child's current reading level.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$50,482.00

Program 3

A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County

A teacher free store providing school supplies for needy children in their classrooms, A Gift for Teaching-Osceola is stocked with donated surplus supplies, slightly damaged merchandise, individual gifts, and by an annual school supply drive. The products are distributed at no cost to teachers who spend an average of more than $1,000 out of their own pockets to provide for their students and the more than 70.2% of students who are receiving free or reduced lunch in Osceola County.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Homeless

Budget

$164,597.00

Program 4

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college and vocational scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, student advocates (case managers), early intervention, long-term support and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school and include transition into college. Students sign contracts upon entry into the program agreeing to maintain at least a "C" average in all classes, no drugs/alcohol, good attendance, good behavior in and out of school, and meet with a volunteer mentor at school at least 30 minutes each week. Upon graduation from high school, having met the terms of the contract, students are awarded four-year, tuition-free scholarships.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$147,449.00

Program 5

Kids Closet

Kids Closet is the newest program of the Education Foundation designed to assist destitute Osceola County School District students in obtaining new clothing for school. Currently, there are over 3156 homeless children living in cars or motels, and 70.2% who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. Since Osceola County has a district wide uniform policy, students are not allowed to attend school if they are out of dress code. Luckily, our School District Social Workers and teachers work together to identify these high need students so that they do not have to miss any school. Social Workers visit the Kids Closet to obtain uniform shirts, pants, shorts, socks, underwear, jackets, sweatshirts and personal hygiene products. Many times, the Social Workers realize a need for the entire family including appropriate work attire for mom and dad or even play clothes for younger siblings.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Homeless

Budget

10000.00

Program 6

Medical Pipeline Program

The Medical Pipeline Program will serve as an avenue to increase the number of students choosing to pursue health care careers. The program is designed to awaken students' interest in medical careers and to challenge them to work hard and be high achievers. The porgram offers a one-day shadowing experience at Florida Hospital-Celebration Health. The students are exposed to healthcare careers in the hospital setting. The program also has a 2 week Medical Academy. These 35 high school students from Osceola spend a week at UCF campus in lab settings, lectures and hands on experiences with college professors. The second week is spent touring Florida Hospital, St. Cloud Regional Hospital, Valencia and UCF College of Medicine.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$23,375.00

Program 7

"got college~got careers"?

The "got college~got careers"? a partnership between the Education Foundation, Valencia College and Osceola School District. The program is designed to improve college entrance rate in Osceola County by offering: information sessions; bus tours to Valencia College and TECO; college ambassadors visiting schools and speaking with students; a community calendar; and addressing college transportation issues.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$57,438.00

Program 8

Construction Pipeline

The Construction Pipeline similar to the Medical Pipeline, the construction pipelines goal is to assist student pursuing a career in construction industry. educating them on the resources that are available to them in Osceola County. This program will help ensure a students success in the construction field after graduation.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

25000.00

Program 9

Prodigy

Prodigy is a cultural arts after school program, funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The mission of prodigy is to provide at risk children with a safe place to go after school in hopes of keeping these students out of trouble.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

50000.00

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: Establish a scholarship initiative that ensures all students are prepared for and have the resources to succeed in higher education. Goal 2: Support district recruitment ad retention of qualified teachers and staff. Goal 3: Manage charter schools that provide quality facilities and administration to support the School District's efforts to meet growth and provide outstanding education to students. Goal 4: Expand support of enhancement programs, which address district, classroom, and student needs. Goal 5: Develop an awareness program that involves the community in supporting and sustaining the mission of the Education Foundation.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The geographic area to be served is Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Celebration, Buena Ventura Lakes, Narcoosee, Harmony, Keenansville, and Holopaw.

Funding Needs

The top 5 most pressing needs of the Education Foundation are as follows: 1. Locating investors that will help promote the good works of the Education Foundation to other investors. 2. Financial investors that want to support education in Osceola County. 3. Elevate the Foundation's name to acquire widespread public recognition. 4. Formulate a long term development plan to recruit investors and volunteers. 5. Develop a board member training program through Rollins Phillanthropy Center to promote effective business strategies for the Foundation.

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Financials

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THE FOUNDATION FOR OSCEOLA EDUCATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Education Foundation~Osceola County

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kathy Carr

BIO

Kathy Carr is the Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director of the Education Foundation ~ Osceola County. Kathy acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the hospitality industry, education, the non-profit sector and local government for twenty years. Ms. Carr's work with the Osceola School district has included direction of the district's school volunteers program, public relations, grant writing and fundraising. In her role as grant writer for the district's technical center, Kathy assisted the district in generating over $3,000,000.00 in equipment and training grants. Kathy held the position of Director of Grants for the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for three years prior to joining the Foundation as its Executive Director in 2001. While employed by the County, Kathy's efforts helped to make the historic preservation of Osceola County's courthouse, which is the State of Florida's oldest working courthouse, a reality. Since Ms. Carr's arrival at the Education Foundation, this organization has grown from five employees to nineteen and has added many new programs to support the educational needs of teachers and students. Some of these programs include A Gift for Teaching store where teachers shop for free supplies for their classroom; a scholarship counseling program to aid students in obtaining scholarships for college, a successful grant writing department, Bookmark Buddies Mentoring Program, Take Stock In Children, and the Kids Closet.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Kathleen Plinske

Valencia College. President

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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