Youth Development

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • www.thebeth.org

Mission Statement

We are God's people, called to empower inner-city youth and families to model responsible behavior through discipleship, education and leadership development.

The Bethlehem Center's vision is to transform the Alton Park community and beyond into literate, spiritually enriched and economically self-sufficient neighborhoods, that are safe and enjoyable for all residents to live, work and play.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Bethlehem "Read to Lead" Literacy & Leadership Academy

service areas

Tennessee

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ruling year

1976

chief executive for fy 2015

Reginald Floyd Smith II

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Keywords

Education,Spiritual Growth,leadership training,faith-based,United Methodist,inner-city,urban ministry,community development

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EIN

62-6066210

Physical Address

200 West 38th Street

Chattanooga, TN 37410 1317

Also Known As

The Bethlehem Center

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Urban, Community (S31)

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?

Impact statement

2012 After-School Academy Results

*Students in the 3rd through the 8th grades were tested on their Reading Comprehension. Overall a total of 97% of all students are at or above grade level in reading.
3rd & 4th Graders
100% of students are at or above grade level.
At the time of the pre-test, the average Reading Comprehension was at a 3.7 grade level.
At the time of the post-test, the average Reading Comprehension increased by 3.2 years to a new average of a 6.9 grade level.
5th & 6th Graders
95% of the students are at or above grade level. Only one student was not at or above grade level. However, we celebrate his success because he entered the 6th grade on a 2.2 grade level and in one year he advanced 2.8 years to a 5th grade reading level.
At the time of the pre-test, the average Reading Comprehension was at a 5.5 grade level.
At the time of the post-test, the average Reading Comprehension increased by 1.6 years to a new average of a 7.1 grade level.
7th & 8th Graders
83% of the students are at or above grade level. Only one student in this class was not at or above grade level. This student entered the 8th grade reading at a 5.7 grade reading level and finished the academy reading at a 6.4 reading level. We are so proud that he continues to improve. Lexia access will continue to be available to him as a 9th grader at The Howard School.
At the time of the pre-test, the average Reading Comprehension was at a 6.5 grade level.
At the time of the post-test, the average Reading Comprehension increased by 2.4 years to a new average of a 8.9 grade level.

*Students in the 1st through the 8th grade were tested on their Math Improvement.
1st & 2nd Graders
Average math scores increased by 3.5%.
1st & 2nd Graders are not evaluated by grade level in math.
3rd & 4th Graders
100% of students are at or above grade level.
Average math scores increased by 28%.
5th & 6th Graders
85% of students are at or above grade level.
Average math scores increased by 8.7%.
7th & 8th Graders
100% of students are at or above grade level.
Average math scores increased by 5.5%

*Students in the 3rd thru the 8th grade were tested on their Vocabulary and Spelling.
3rd & 4th Graders
95% of students are at or above grade level in vocabulary and spelling.
At the time of the pre-test, the average Vocabulary and Spelling was at a 3.1 grade level.

For more results, please visit our website at www.thebeth.org under PROGRAMS--> RESULTS

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

The Beth's program strategy focuses on three, key areas: Spiritual Growth, Education / Literacy and Leadership Development. Everything the Bethlehem Center does includes Spiritual Growth and normally one or both of the other two focus areas. But why these three areas of focus? - Spiritual growth is essential to the inner transformation of hearts and people. - Education replaces the hopelessness and fear embodied in ignorance with the empowering hope and courage arising from knowledge. - Economic empowerment transforms people and families from a state of dependency and consumption to a state of self-sufficiency and production.

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Program 2

Bethlehem "Read to Lead" Literacy & Leadership Academy

Outcome #1 100% of students will read at or above grade level by the end of The Bethlehem "Read to Lead" Literacy & Leadership Academy. The Education Coordinator works with each academic coach to determine what reading skills need improvement with each individual student & what material should be used. Academic coaches keep daily records on the progress of each student. Every student's reading levels is assessed 3 times a year. The McCall-Crabbs & Lexia tests are used to monitor, evaluate & track progress.

Outcome #2 100% of students will be at or above grade level in math. Our math program promotes student success through sound, proven educational practices of incremental development & continual review. Students use handwritten math assignments & age appropriate computer software to achieve personal goals. Students are tested in math throughout the school year & each student’s grades are compiled for mid-term & end-year progress reports. Reading, spelling/vocabulary & math grades are charted to assess overall achievement.

Our 4 Areas of Focus- Education, Leadership, Economic & Spiritual

 – The primary goal of BLA is to cause dramatic, positive changes in the lives of children trapped in situations of poverty, illiteracy, violence, substance abuse & hopelessness through no fault of their own. Academic, economic, political, communication, public safety, health & recreation programs are incorporated, with heavy focus on personal responsibility, reading & math skills.

Statement of Need: The community has many needs; among them are the needs for access to positive mentors, academic coaching & safe havens for recreation. The challenges facing our community include; a high unemployment, rising gang activity, a low high school graduation rates, high poverty & illiteracy rates, prevalent hypertension & diabetes, a history of environmental pollution & children's of fear violent crime.

The Beth addresses these challenges by offering education as a healthy alternative. The students don’t feel the same pressure to join gangs as their peers outside because they have friends & positive adults who encourage them to be community leaders at all ages. They learn the world is full of rewarding job opportunities & they can achieve anything with work. Professional guest speakers open the children’s eyes to ways of living that they do not normally see. Students enjoy healthy snacks of fruit & soup daily. Students learn they were created for a purpose & that they can do good in the world.

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Budget

$171,253.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    100% of students will read at or above grade level.
    100% of students will be at or above grade level
    100% of students will have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
    100% of students will increase their knowledge of the Bible.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We are giving the students at the Beth the opportunity to utilize the best academic and technological resources available to increase their opportunities in life. With our focus on growing the students’ technological skills we are not abandoning the proven teaching methods we have always used. We continue developing oral language and listening skills with the students in a classroom setting. We insist that students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts of print, develop and maintain phonemic awareness, develop and use decoding strategies, read books to develop fluency, expression, accuracy, and confidence, as well as develop and extend vocabulary.

    Every student's reading skill levels are assessed three times a year, at the beginning of the first and second semesters, and again at the end of the academic year. The process we use to evaluate, monitor, and track progress is the McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in reading and the Lexia Reading Program. The coordinator of education programs works with each head academic coach to determine what reading skills should be worked on with each student and what materials should be used.

    Our math program promotes student success through the sound, proven educational practices of incremental development and continual review. Our new Xtramath computer program allows teachers to see which concepts students are mastering and which areas need instruction. Cumulative daily practice strengthens students’ grasp of concepts and improves their long-term retention of concepts.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Beth collaborates with On Point youth development, Hamilton County Schools, Student Venture, HOPE Job Training Ministry, LAUNCH Business Development, The World Needs A Father, Howard School, Brainerd High School, Tyner High School, the Healthy Kids Health Communities Program of the Health Department, Chattanooga Food Bank, Allied Arts, The United Way of Greater Chattanooga, many churches throughout the region, and the South Chattanooga Recreation Center to better benefit the children of the Beth.

    We have 5 classrooms with a total of 25 computers and a mobile computer lab with 28 laptop computers. We have Lexia online Reading software and K9 web protection that keeps our students safe from inappropriate or dangerous websites. Students have access to publishing equipment and software. Students also have access programs that allow them to creative video, photo and recording art. Our photography studio has 15 Nikon D-3100 DSLR cameras, several backdrops, lighting options, photo printer, and four laptops for students.

    We have a beautiful gymnasium with basketball hoops and a scoreboard. The Beth has a brand new sound system and well-equipped stage with multiple lighting options. We have a teaching garden with six raised bed gardens. The Beth has a registered kitchen and Bistro for teaching children etiquette and holding community events. The Bethlehem Center has a brand new playground and large field for recreation activities. We have three vans to transport children to the center, on field trips and on vision college tours.

    The Bethlehem ReSource Center Thrift Store located off site of the Bethlehem Center provides low-cost, high-quality clothing and home goods to the community and the funds raised from donated items go directly to support programming at the Beth.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The purpose of the Beth’s Literacy and Leadership Academy is inspiring and empowering youth to excel academically and socially to become positive Christian leaders for the future of Chattanooga. According to the Public Education Foundation, only 24% of elementary student in South Chattanooga are reading at or above grade level. 99% of the students at the Beth are reading at or above grade level. We would like to share our model for reading success with as many students in Chattanooga as possible.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Arts education is also very important at the Beth, during the summer of 2013, students took African drumming classes, dance classes, photography, public speaking, gardening, music classes, visual arts and basic crafting classes. We believe that children need healthy outlets for communicating and that the arts give them safe ways to express themselves.

    The programming at the Bethlehem Center is an effective mode of gang prevention. Keeping students invested in education and off the streets gives them the extra support and belonging that all youth need for healthy development.

service areas

Tennessee

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UNITED METHODIST NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS INC
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Reginald Floyd Smith II

BIO

Prior to accepting the Executive Director position at the Bethlehem Center, Mr. Smith served as the iZone Project Manager for Hamilton County's Innovation Zone where he was able to implement several key projects which turned five low-performing schools around in Hamilton County. He also served as Family Partnership Specialist for East Lake Academy for more than three years.

A native of Memphis, Mr. Smith moved to Chattanooga in 2004 to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He earned both a bachelor's degree in human services/non-profit management and masters of public administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Presently, he is working to complete this Ph.D. in educational leadership from Johnson University.

“Reggie has built an impressive track record in developing successful academic programs for students that are from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds," said Claire Overmyer, president of The Bethlehem Center's board of directors. “He brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of social services, public education, and administration. We couldn't be more excited to have Reggie join our leadership team as our executive director."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Claire Overmyer

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