Educational Institutions

Redeeming Light Community Services Inc.

  • Orlando, FL
  • www.keepstraight.org

Mission Statement

Providing transitional education services for at risk youth and their families. This is effectively done through two (2) community programs: 1. Keeping UP, A Safe Site for Suspended Students (K-12) 2. Straight UP, Teen Health Program- Focusing on abstinence education as well as wellness opportunities for better healthy lifestyles.

Main Programs

  1. Keeping UP, Program, Straight UP Program, MAN UP Program

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Service Areas

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Florida

The geographic areas served is Orange County Florida. Students may attend that reside in Orange County, Florida whether public, charter, or private school. Surrounding county's students may attend if there is available space. These programs are available to all ethnicities, genders and grade levels.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 1999

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Mrs Beverly Renee' Brown

Co Principal Officer

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Keywords

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education at risk keeping up youth mentoring

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EIN

59-3616459

 Number

4889694764

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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Redeeming Light Community Services 5 top accomplishments for 2011: 1. Our teaching staff started classes to become reading endorsed certified 2. Our program partners with Youth Central to bring parenting classes to our suspended students parents called, "Creating Lasting Family Connections 3. Partnered with Dr. Phillips Foundation to secure updated computers. 4. Purchased the Student Island Reading Curriculum and created a reading area to assist our struggling readers improve with fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. 5. Ability to continue operations despite loss of vital staff personnel, and funding. 2015- We are part of Orange County Public School Philanthropic Strategic Plan under Suspension Centers for students. Our top three goals for 2015-2016 students is to be available for at risk students will increased technology, premier teaching strategies, more community outreach as far as developing partnerships with organizations that will mentor young African American Males because that is 75% of our attendees. Organization such as HBCU's Historical Black Colleges and Universities, Fraternities, Positive Male Role Models-Young Men of Distinction and Male teachers within the school system of Orange County

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

Keeping UP, Program, Straight UP Program, MAN UP Program

Keeping UP, A Safe site for Suspended Students, is a alternative to suspension program offers transitional education for students k-12 that have been suspended out of school from one to ten days. This program provides a safe structured academic environment for continued education. It is man with certified teacher, and supported with volunteers. Students come from the Orange County Public School demographics Straight UP, Teen Health Program is a teen health program with its primary functional on sexual health concerns, proper decision making curriculum and character development. This program works in conjunction with Orange County Public Schools Coordinated School Health Office. Venues for teaching are Keeping UP, Local Community Centers and Churches. Mentoring is a program that assist community males ages elementary through high school with character development curriculum, healthy physical activities, nutrition and mentoring by community positive role models

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$225,000.00

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?
    We are aiming to accomplish:The continuation of providing suspension services to out-of-school suspended students, to continue to assist that population of students academicallyincrease graduation rates for this at risk population.provide counseling and parental resources.Our ultimate goal for intended impact is to keep k-12 grade qualifying students in a academic environment during an out of school suspension timeframe of one to ten days, so that they will not fall behind academically of get into additional trouble or continue down an undesirable path. We will continue to: Provide transitional education so that failure is not an option. The group or communities we aim to assist is the 27,000 out of school suspended youth in Orange County. (about 180 students daily)The needs our work is addressing:Decrease juvenile delinquency.Decrease introduction into gangs.Decrease adolescent pregnancy.Decrease drug and alcohol consumption.Increase reading readiness.modify negative behaviors, provide character development curriculum, increase school attendance, increase parental awareness of the academic process towards college readiness, increase students appreciation of the community in which they live. provide smaller classroom environment for better student academic engagement. (2.5 teacher per 15 students) Our overall goals in the next five years jointly fit with the community, local and state goals to have:healthy communities,vibrant and academically astute students.To have youth that are actively involved in the positive development and contribute to the wellness and safety of their environment. These goals will lead to lasting and meaningful change for the student, their families, schools, community and beyond. When I ask myself, if someone were to read this would they have a clear definition of the long-term success for my organization, I'd say YES.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies are simple:Provide continuity of education during a students out-of-school suspensionprovide a conduit for teachers to allow students to do the exact work that their classmates are doingprovide students will the access to technology for online assignments recapturingprovide students will enhance reading comprehension and fluency/math skills.Students do a pre/post test to access behavioral needs and academic needsProvide students with access to counseling and other resources that will assist the family. Provide families with support through other organizations such as Neighborhood Center for Children and Families, Second Harvest Food Bank, Community volunteers, and tutoring beyond the scope of the school day, motivation speakers, and health education.We know the strategies above accomplish the long-term goals because we have seen the outcome work consistently within the last 14 years of the program. Students blossom under the care of caring adults, consistency, smaller classroom and great teacher. 80% of all students attending do complete High School and become productive citizens within the community. The board approach that we employ is to work within the school system to continual market to the suspended population and let them know that they do not have to stay at home, fall behind, or give up. Near-term activities that serve as important building blocks for future success is visiting schools, being a parent resource, following up on students after they re-enter from a suspension. Offering counseling and family resources. These elements strengthen Redeeming Light Community Services strategic approach by committing work with the entire educational community so that the student may not fall through the cracks.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Organizational capabilities: been offering youth services successfully since 1999 in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools, Orange County Government, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and other local volunteers and agencies. Our resources are specific curriculum, pre/post test data. Because we are the 10 largest school district in the nation and have217 school and 178,000 students, we need more than one suspension site. Logistically it is very difficult to be accessible to all schools and all suspended students, therefore our long-term goals are to open additional site throughout. Our internal resources range from practical experience to formal education. The director is a former Orange County Public School adjunct instructor, teacher and high school dean of discipline, coupled with a master degree in educational leadership and over 20 years of educational experience. The lead teacher has been with the organization since 2000 and has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is a fantastic math teacher that also tutors students after school in local libraries, Barnes & Nobles, and if need be homes. The budget has been streamline to cover needs and not necessarily wants. There is not fluff, just what is needed to make the programs effective. The bottom line future contribution factor is simply to seek students complete there educational process successfully and not be discouraged because of an out of school suspension. Our future resources and success hinges upon the zero tolerance stands of educational policy makers. Because of the volatility of our communities, it is doubtful that suspension and the need for behavior modification will diminish anytime soom.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our key qualitative indicators are- increase reading comprehension, increased school attendance, increase postitive social skills, decrease juvenile delinquency, decrease repeat offenses, increased parental involvement, These qualitative indicators are measured quantitatively by, pre/post behavior test, reading test, math test accessments, attendance rosters, following county juvenile justice and out of school suspension figures. The above mentioned indicators assess our progress towards the impact we have in moving an at risk students off the list of statistics onto the list of successful students. Our key miles stones/interim targets are increase attendance during a suspension, completion of all assignments given by the homeschool teacher, increase of 20% for behavior modification as indicated on the student post behavior modifciation skill test. Decrease in repeat offenses as measured by the follow up liasion as documented by the students home school administrator/s. We monitor academic qualitative and quantitative methodes of success by using Study Island curriculum key accessment tool and Kahn Academy academic assess test. We use the accessment tools and test results to personalize academics for individual student achievement and to assist in behavior modification curriculum that will have a direct impact on students social skills, peer mediation and the reduction in disciplinary referrals. decrease future disciplinary reports
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    What we have not accomplished so far is to totally convince parents that the reduction is suspension are possible by allowing their suspended child to consistently attended an out of school suspension program. The students that attend the Keeping UP Out of School Suspension program gets their suspension time reduced. The number of days of the reduction is up to school administrators. We have not accomplished a consistent mode of transportation for students whose family simply cannot get the student to the suspension site. We have not consistently been able to provide mental health counseling for students with beyond the normal behavior needs such as Compulsive Disruptive Disorder (CDD), We have not accomplished a vehicle for decrease access to weapons and drugs coming from the home environment, mitigation of out of school youth towards gang activity and the decrease the number of suspension county wide. What we have accomplished is providing a safe, structured academic environment for K-12 students that have been suspended from school. This environment helps students relax and do their assignments free from peer pressure, fighting, crowded classroom and the social pull to belong to one group over the other. The classroom is especially designed for no more than 15 students daily but is often less than that. The population of the class on any given day is carefully monitored so that there are no fights, no gross insubordination, students are always engaged, no recess, two five minutes breaks, reading time and technology manipulative/s. The fulfilling of our short and long term goals are very simple. Help the student succeed academically by helping them stay current on all assignments while they are out of school for a one to 10 day suspension and sometimes a multiply suspension. We have learned is that students view school differently if they: 1. Understand the assignment, 2. Can ask questions without embarassed. 3. Just focus on learning without all the side bar daily school activities. 4. Treated with respect even if they are not respectful. What risks and obstacles that exist is that we often are dealing with a populatio of students that are extremely angry. We realize that tempers could fly at any given moment and do all that we can to circumvent that. We realize that 75% of all students attending the program are below grade level in reading and math. We do what we can in the time they are with us. We also realize that many students coming to us made innocent mistakes, come from great and supportive homes and really do not like the idea of missing school. For the last reason, we often modify our intake process to meet with parents to talk about how they can get their child back in school before the suspension time is over, because some schools do permit early reentry.
Service Areas

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Florida

The geographic areas served is Orange County Florida. Students may attend that reside in Orange County, Florida whether public, charter, or private school. Surrounding county's students may attend if there is available space. These programs are available to all ethnicities, genders and grade levels.

Funding Needs

Redeeming Light Community Services, Inc. 5 most pressing needs. 1. Staff development and salaries2. Volunteers for tutoring students and encouragement weary parents 4. Counselor to provide mental health services to families. 5. Capacity building for Board of Directors

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs Beverly Renee' Brown

Co Principal Officer

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BIO

Executive Director-Redeeming Light Community Services, Inc. 2000-Present Director the Keeping UP, Suspension, Straight UP Teen Health, and MAN UP Mentoring Programs-Duties: Grant writing and maintaining, policy & procedure, employee management & relations, team skills building, staff development, public relations, fundraiser, conference coordinator, marketing. Motivational Speaker- Conferences, Community Events, Seminars, Workshops 1996-Present Executive Pastor, Redeeming Light Center Church- Eatonville, Florida 1993-Present Dean of Students, Hungerford Preparatory High School, Eatonville, Florida 2004-2006 School disciple team leader, work with area administrator of the Central Learning Community discipline. Worked with expulsion meeting coordinator. Organized and assist in implementing effective in-school suspension,for prevention/intervention Teacher, Keeping Up, A Safe Site for Suspended Studentsprovide transitional services to suspension students. Adjunct Teacher, Mid-Florida Technical School, Orlando, Florida-1992-1999 Orange County Correctional Facility Orlando Vocational Technical School, Diversity Training Facilitator-1991 Trinity Christian School, Apopka, Florida-teacher Lord & Brown Design-Entrepreneur Xerox Corporation/Senior Marketing Representative, 1982-1985 Management and Professional Training Program-Xerox Corporation. Education & Certification Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, December 2007 Attended Troy University 2004 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Bachelor of Science, Consumer Science 1975-1979 Florida Teaching Certification Grades 6-12 ESOL: 60 hours HIV Prevention Education Training

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Redeeming Light Community Services, Inc. has offered consistent services to the Central Florida Community since August of 1999. We are currently a contracted provider for Orange County Public Schools-School Choice Department, Partners with the Orange County Philanthropic Strategic Plan, Orange County's Citizen's Commission for Children, and another local organizations: Changing World Charities, Orange County Sheriff Department and Eatonville Police Department that lend their support through the use of logos on our marketing communication. The programs are needed due to the excessive amount of students suspended annually (31,000). These students are at risk for not graduating due to out of school suspension that cause them to fall behind academically.Our distinctive niche in the community is the out of school suspension provision. We are the one of 3 suspension centers that provides out of school suspension services, with the pure intent of academic achievement and reading readiness. The Straight UP Teen Health Program focuses on the health needs of teens through abstinence education, and nutrition, communication, decision making, etc. What is unique about all this...we literally cover, parental needs (having a safe structured environment to bring students during an out of school suspension) parenting classes on selecting a better way to get families through tough times, academics and health all under on organization. We know that our community youth need help. As Orange County suspension rates continue to climb upward, we see the need for at risk students to have transitional education. With the State of Florida having to fall in line with the federal mandate to change how we are graded, more students will be impacted as teacher once again shift to make accommodation to meet the rising demands placed on them. Students that are behavior concerns need extra services to assist in the process of graduation. Our challenge is to make certain that these students and their families know that we are available to help academically through the Keeping UP, A Safe Site for Suspended Students and Straight UP, Health Programs, teaching positive methods of health education. These are challenges and opportunities that take consistent funds and a dedicated staff. It is extremely important to our organization that all students attending receive top notch academic assistance and appropriate follow up after they return to school after a suspension. The overall goal is to reduce suspension and to improve academic success to make Orange County Students globally prepared for future workplace employment. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Sharon Yvette White

Chase Bank

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2016

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