Educational Institutions

Education Foundation--Champions for Learning

  • Naples, FL
  • www.championsforlearning.org

Mission Statement

Making it possible for the community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through teachers and directly with students.

Main Programs

  1. Take Stock in Children
  2. Real World Learning Model
  3. Connect With a Classroom Grants
  4. Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Serves the students, teachers and community of Collier County.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 1990

Self-reported

Mrs Susan McManus

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, Teacher, Student, Grants, Scholarships, Literacy, Leadership, Parents, Classrooms, Child

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Also Known As

The Education Foundation--Champions for Learning

EIN

65-0230582

 Number

5817733378

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Our programs focus in three specific areas: mentoring and scholarship, classroom grants and educator recognition and support. Each program continues to expand year after year as we meet the ever-changing needs of the increasing population of Collier 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

Take Stock in Children

Champions For Learning has been implementing the Take Stock In Children scholarship and mentoring program for nearly 15 years and is the lead agency for this program in Collier County. TSIC provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Champions For Learning selects promising local students to take part in this program. We directly provide each of these students (who meet federal poverty guidelines and are at risk of dropping out due to economic/cultural obstacles), with a caring volunteer mentor, a tuition college scholarship and a hope for a better life. These students are evaluated for acceptable grades, good attendance, and good behavior, and have a supportive parent or guardian. Take Stock makes a multi-year commitment to each child, providing a comprehensive array of services from the time they enter the program through their high school graduation, and maintains a relationship with the students as they attend college or vocational school. In return, students commit to remain drug and crime-free, maintain good grades and meet with an assigned mentor at his/her school for an hour each week during the school year. These mentors help give the mentees the guidance and goal-setting skills needed to be successful in school and in life. Students who fulfill this commitment and graduate high school earn a two-year tuition scholarship to a Florida state college or technical training school.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Real World Learning Model

The Real World Learning Model is a collaborative effort between our organization, Golden Gate High School (GGHS), Collier County Public Schools and many community partners and volunteers. This initiative provides students and their families with the information and resources needed to graduate from high school, attend college and make a successful transition to the workforce. We also include opportunities for high school students and families around financial literacy, so they can learn the different ways to pay for their college education and make sound financial choices. We are expanding upon our impact through focused implementation of the Real World Learning Model at a new College & Career Lab at our office on Enterprise and through additional curriculum after-school at Golden Gate High School.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Connect With a Classroom Grants

Champions For Learning began funding classroom grants in the early 1990s, and was cutting edge in the state when it began Connect With A Classroom in 2003. This online program allows teachers to post funding requests (maximum $2,000) for creative, innovative learning experiences for their students, which also invests in best practices to share with other teachers. Champions For Learning funds these classroom grants through the proceeds from the specialty Florida Educational License Plate along with contributions from clubs and organizations to the Connect With A Classroom Grant Fund, and through individuals in the community who view and fund grants for which they have an interest. This grant program provides remarkable opportunities both for teachers in the Collier County Public Schools and for community members who want to play a part in improving the quality of instruction in our schools.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program

Our organization began with the core belief around the importance of a teacher and the impact they have on their students every day. Over the years, the work of teachers and the impact on students has been highlighted through a Golden Apple Teacher Recognition program and celebration event that has been the community's sincerest expression of the collective value we place on teachers and the difference they make in our students' lives.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

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?
    Our goal is to connect students to their future, by making it possible for the community to impact lives by enriching the environment for student learning through teachers and directly with students. We aspire to give students the opportunity to gain life skills they need to succeed in an ever more competitive world; helping parents to support their children's studies; encouraging teachers and principals to develop and share best practices; strengthening and building community networks that inspire innovation. We will help identify models of student learning for community support and share them widely. The success of our students and community continues to rely on the thousands of you who have supported the work of Champions For Learning. Thank you!
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    GOALS & STRATEGIES1. Foster real-world learning opportunities for students and families.Strategies Develop school-embedded model to support students to be well prepared for college/career (Real World Learning Model College & Career Program). Provide mentoring and coaching opportunities for students and families to find resources for post-secondary success. Expand post-secondary scholarship access for students (i.e. Take Stock in Children, Real World Learning Model College & Career Program) 2. Cultivate opportunities for educators to engage with their community and each other.Strategies Create opportunities to connect educators with community leaders Invest in and share innovative/best practices through classroom grants and Golden Apple 3. Build community-based networks to promote collaboration, innovation, and sharing of resources.Strategies Cultivate strategic alliances that leverage community resources Continue to engage the community and educators through ongoing Connect Now community engagement Utilize communication and outreach strategies that cultivate volunteerism and giving 4. Leverage resources to create a strong and sustainable base of financial support.Strategies Strengthen and build relationships with existing and new donors Leverage support for grants and scholarships Build endowment through legacy given
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Champions For Learning has a unique and important role in the learning process. As an independent, non-profit, community-based organization, we can work across the spectrum to underscore and support the value of learning in our community. And so, Champions For Learning has been and will continue to be a community catalyst and convener around innovation in student learning.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Measuring Results of Take Stock in Children We will measure the outcomes and impact of this program in a variety of different ways during the 2015-16 school year. * We must work closely with the schools and parents to monitor students' grade requirements, progression from grade-to-grade and eventual graduation. * Students must complete all of our requirements and must meet personally with Champions For Learning staff to receive their Florida Pre-Paid card. * Utilize a streamlined communication and reporting tool so that mentors are reporting their meetings in writing on a regular basis. * We will also take attendance for our workshops and scheduled meetings. * Students will take part in a variety of reflective self-assessments which will gauge their attitude about the impact of the program. * Each student will have a profile created on Naviance software, which maps out the students' plans for the future and helps guide them to the college & career that is best for them. Naviance provides a detailed report on the tasks that students need to accomplish along their path to graduation and acceptance to college. This tracks their submissions of applications for college & scholarships, as well as charts their progress in ACT preparation (Reading, English, Math & Science). Measuring Results of the Real World Learning Model We will utilize a combination quantitative and qualitative tools, including surveys, attendance logs, data sources (i.e. FCAN), and school-based reports, etc. Process measurements: * Attendance at activities * The number of students voluntarily seeking assistance * Attendance at College Goal Sunday * #/% of students in 11th and 12th grade that report they understand the importance of completing FAFSA * #/% of students in 9th and 10th grade reporting their progress toward achieving graduation and post-high school goals * #s of volunteers engaged * #s of partnerships Outcome measurements: * Federal Graduation Rate for Golden Gate High (GGHS) * % of GGHS 12th graders completing the FAFSA * % of GGHS 12th graders reporting they have a post-high school plan * % of GGHS 12th graders reporting their some form of post-high school education * % of GGHS 11th graders reporting their intention to graduate the following year * #/% of GGHS students participating in AP or AICE courses * #/% of GGHS students participating in Dual Enrollment * #/% of GGHS students taking the ACT or SAT * #/% of GGHS students participating in AVID * #/% of GGHS student participating in an ""academy"" program * # of GGHS students who took an industry certification test * #/%of GGHS students who passed an industry certification test Career/Technical Education: - Measure the percentage of 12th grade project participants who have identified their next step after high school - FAFSA Completion rate: We will measure the FAFSA completion rate of 12th graders, which shows intent for education after high school - Percentage of students participating in career certification/academy programs - #/% of student passing an industry certification test Increasing Graduation Rates - Federal Graduation Rate - Measure the % of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders that report they intend to graduate Connect With A Classroom All teachers that earn a Connect With A Classroom Grant submit grant reports that outline qualitative and quantitative indicators of the success of their innovative classroom projects.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    There are still many children that need the services that we offer. We wish to expand our Real World Learning Model in additional schools to give teens a clear-cut path to graduating highs school, enrolling in/graduating from college and having a clear understanding of accomplishing this with little to no debt, through financial literacy. There are also many deserving students out there that need our Take Stock in Children program. We wish to eventually include more students, so that they can not only have the opportunity to earn a two-year tuition scholarship, but that they may also have the time with a caring mentor who can guide them to be successful in life.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Serves the students, teachers and community of Collier County.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

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The Education Foundation of Collier County Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Education Foundation--Champions for Learning

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs Susan McManus

BIO

Susan McManus is the President of Champions For Learning. Susan has led the foundation since its infancy, serving on the founding Board of Directors, and becoming the executive director in 1993. Champions For Learning brings our community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning. As an independent, community-based 501 (c) (3) organization, the foundation will continue proven programs, but will also advocate innovative approaches that benefit student learning. Susan has been very involved in education, both private and public for her entire career. She came from a family of teachers and began teaching first in Nova Scotia, Canada, and then after moving to Naples in 1977, taught at St. Ann's School. She believes strongly in the power of the teacher to impact a child, which is a core belief of the organization. Her work locally, regionally, and statewide has provided continuous leadership and support to other education foundations as well. She was the president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations from 2001-2003 and continues to play a leadership role in aligning resources, sharing knowledge and expertise and staying focused on what's important—students and teachers. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University, both in Halifax, Nova Scotia; she also earned a Master of Education degree from University of South Florida. She was recognized as Gulfshore Life Woman of the Year (1999) and recognized with the Women in History Award (2007) by the American Business Women's Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Collier Class 2004 and a graduate of the Greater Naples Leadership Class XVII.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William R Barker

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