Educational Institutions

Positive Tomorrows

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • www.positivetomorrows.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is educating homeless children and their families to break the cycle of poverty. It is our goal to prepare children living in chaos with the academic and social skills to succeed in public education once they leave our school.

Main Programs

  1. Positive Tomorrows - School
  2. Family Support Services
  3. After-School and Break Camp Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

We primarily serve homeless children in the central section of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. However, sometimes student families will obtain housing in other parts of the city and we will stretch our transportation resources as much as possible in order to continue their enrollment in our school.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Susan Agel

Keywords

Self-reported

homeless, children, education, volunteers, families, family, child, home

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Also Known As

NA

EIN

73-1393438

 Number

1958634709

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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Positive Tomorrows is an accredited private school and social services organization focusing on the unique needs of homeless children. In addition to school, we provide deep family support services aimed at helping the child find stability in and out of school.In the past year, we have initiated an afterschool program, partnering with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and other organizations to provide enrichment experiences so desperately needed by children living in deep poverty. The goal of our board of directors for the near future is a comprehensive review of our business model and educational delivery systems. We are about to embark on a period of growth, both in terms of facility expansion and numbers of clients served. In order to accomplish those tasks effectively, we will first make certain our model of service is the best fit for the task at hand.

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

Positive Tomorrows - School

Accredited education for children who are homeless or who suffer academic and social delays due to past homelessness.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

600000.

Program 2

Family Support Services

Families are offered case management, counseling, assistance in finding housing, referrals, food, clothing and other services as needed to change family circumstances and accomplish stability.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Other Named Groups

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 3

After-School and Break Camp Program

A comprehensive after-school program encompasses tutoring, enrichment classes, and child development opportunities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, etc. Day camps are held during the summer and school breaks in order to keep academic skills honed and provide enrichment activities.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Oklahoma

We primarily serve homeless children in the central section of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. However, sometimes student families will obtain housing in other parts of the city and we will stretch our transportation resources as much as possible in order to continue their enrollment in our school.

Funding Needs

According to the Oklahoma City Public Schools, there are 3,200 homeless children in that school district. Due to our building size and financial limitations, we are only able to serve approximately 100 children each year.Positive Tomorrows operates on donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in the community. These contributions ensure teachers are highly qualified and available for all of the needs of our children, children are fed a nutritious diet, a safe, reliable bus provides transporation, counseling is available and parents receive support too. We must raise approximately $1 million each year to meet our operating needs.Volunteers are needed to mentor children, provide birthday parties and other activities, and assist with building maintenance and special events.In-kind gifts, such as gently-used children's clothing, tissues, wet wipes, toilet paper, etc., are also welcomed. Groups willing to hold drives to collect necessary items are greatly appreciated.

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation

Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Consortium

Oklahoma A+ School

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Financials

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POSITIVE TOMORROWS, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Positive Tomorrows

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Susan Agel

BIO

Susan Agel, President of Positive Tomorrows, has worked to advance the mission of nonprofit organizations nearly all her professional life. Employed at Positive Tomorrows since early 2009, Susan has led the nonprofit to accreditation by the North Central Association, increased enrollment and increased contributions.In 2012, Agel was named one of ""Fifty Making a Difference,"" part of the Journal Record's Woman of the Year program. She was also an honoree in the Journal Record's Most Admired CEO recognition as a finalist in the nonprofit division. Recently, Susan was awarded the 2011 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for Oklahoma, given each year by FBI Director Robert Mueller. She accepted the award in ceremonies at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Susan served as founder and executive director of the Deaconess Hospital Foundation for 10 years, 1993-2003. More recently, Susan raised funds for City Rescue Mission, developed the grants program for Butterfield Memorial Foundation, and assisted in communications and marketing efforts at The Children's Center. Earlier in her career, she was director of public relations for HeartSpring School (for children with disabilities) in Wichita, receiving an M.A. in communications from Wichita State University in 1993.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Positive Tomorrows fills a unique niche. According to our research, we are the only accredited private school for homeless children in the country with afterschool and day camp programs during school breaks. We have found a handful of schools receiving public funds in Arizona and in California; however, they do not have the extensive family support and out-of-school programs that we provide. We have also discovered a couple of private schools in other parts of the country, but they are not accredited or have the breadth of services we provide. Positive Tomorrows also creatively collaborates with other organizations to provide comprehensive educational services to our students. For example, PE is taught in the Boys and Girls Club gym, music is taught by music education students at Oklahoma City University, and media use is learned at the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library with the assistance of the children's librarian there. Advanced psychological and educational testing is done through the educational psychology department at the University of Central Oklahoma. We believe that effective use of community resources is imperative in order for us to provide as many services as possible to children who are already so far behind."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Todd Lechtenberger

First Med Urgent Care

Term: July 2014 - June 2017

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