Youth LIFT

St Petersburg, FL   |  www.youthlift.org

Mission

Helping homeless youth succeed through education

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Shea Standefer

Main address

PO Box 86763

St Petersburg, FL 33738 USA

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EIN

27-0707544

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Tutoring/Mentoring

Tutoring is provided by Youth LIFT volunteers to help homeless students meet and exceed grade level requirements. Volunteers help students develop better study habits, complete homework assignments, and help prepare for tests while improving self-esteem.

Population(s) Served

Educational trips offer homeless students the opportunity to identify a career choice that strikes their passion and educates them on the requirements to follow that career path.  Students learn first hand what is required for these different careers and what a day is like working in these jobs.

Population(s) Served

Youth LIFT offers help with enrolling children in school, and keeping them in their school of origin. This can include transportation to and from school, help with records, and advocacy to schools.

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Goals & Strategy

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Our goal is to help homeless youth stay in school and graduate from high school. We want to see improved grades, school performance, and self-esteem among these children. Our ultimate goal is to help these kids to identify a career of their interest and to do whatever it takes to pursue that career so that they can become self-sufficient adults. We want them to be able to take care of themselves as adults so that they do not have to rely on others for their basic needs. It is our goal that they will become successful adults by completing their education and finding a career that will allow them to support themselves. For each of these children, we hope to end their cycle of poverty and homelessness.

We match each homeless child in our program with one volunteer tutor for a one-on-one relationship. These volunteer tutors meet with the child once per week for 2-3 hours each week for a minimum of one school year. They work on homework assignments or specific subjects where the child is behind. We help students develop better study habits, complete homework assignments, prepare for tests, develop organizational skills, and understand the importance of an education. We also help with school supplies, school fees, and transportation. With transportation, we help the families work with the schools to get a bus scheduled for their child. Until that bus is approved, we will provide public bus passes for the parent and child to get to and from school. We also take the teenagers in the program on field trips that are both educational and fun. The purpose of these trips is to educate the kids and to help them learn about careers that may interest them so that they have a goal in pursuing their education.

We have many dedicated volunteers that tutor these children each week. Each volunteer receives training, a personal interview, background check, 3 reference checks, and monthly meetings to receive ongoing support in tutoring. The founder and CEO of Youth LIFT has worked with several nonprofit organizations including work with homeless youth and mentoring organizations. She also has a Masters in Social Work and a PhD in Public Service Leadership with a specialization in Nonprofit Management. The members of the board of directors have also been involved with these types of organizations prior to being on the board of Youth LIFT.

Currently, we have 40 homeless youth enrolled in our program. We have 30 that are matched with tutors. There are many more homeless youth that are interested in enrolling in our program and being matched with volunteers, but we need more volunteers. We are developing new strategies for recruiting volunteers and are starting to see an increase in the number of volunteers contacting us each month. We are putting together a team consisting of a social worker, a teacher, and a tutor that can function as a panel to discuss the needs of each child and to help the volunteers meet the needs of the kids that they are matched with. We are developing new strategies for reaching out to more homeless youth in our area. We have also begun working on growing our organization to different cities in Florida and in Tennessee.

Financials

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Youth LIFT

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristin Standefer

Kristin Standefer

Joy Jackson

Todd McIntyre