Wilson Youth United- The SPOT

To Share Positive Outcomes Together with kids and their families in Wilson

aka The S P O T   |   WILSON, NC   |  www.thewilsonspot.org/

Mission

To Share Positive Outcomes Together with kids and their families in Wilson. The SPOT promotes an atmosphere of accountability, confidence, and self-esteem building with our children. We are in the business of inviting our kids to dream and help them to take the steps that see them through. We are in the business of developing ambitious, inspired, High School Graduates, & beyond. We are in the business of addressing & closing society’s darker cracks, that way too many young lives fall into. The tools we use to accomplish our mission are: Structured After-School Program Tutoring Summer Camps (Preventive Learning Loss) Leadership Skill Development Drop Out Prevention Teen Pregnancy Prevention Spiritual Development

Ruling year info

2010

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Q. Edwards

Executive Director

Tracy Pittman

Main address

910 TARBORO ST W

WILSON, NC 27893 USA

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EIN

27-1604121

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The SPOT aims to provide needed programs to under-served youth in the community of Wilson, NC. These services are identified as academic support, health/nutrition, and emotional development. Wilson, NC 22.8% of families in Wilson live below the poverty line. This is higher than the national average of 13.4%. Increased incidence of poverty is connected to lower academic progress, food insecurity and health disparities. The SPOT provides affordable programs in these areas to the community of Wilson with successful impacts in each area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Health And Fitness

Health and Fitness Programs are offered everyday throughout the week. Fitness activities are diverse, exciting, and engaging to get kids moving setting a precedent of health and exercise at an early age that will carry through their lives. The goal is to continue to decrease the obesity rate among kids and their familes. While they participate in fitness activities they will learn about making healthy food choices through nutrition classes creating a well-rounded healthy lifestyle that will last beyond their youth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The free food program offers free meals to the entire community of Wilson at no charge. The SPOT provides open meal times Monday through Friday to children whether they are enrolled at The SPOT or just in the community. Our goal is to end childhood hunger in Wilson County. These meals are provided out of school time- During the school year we provide dinner and snack after school hours. During the summer we provide breakfast and lunch. The meals all meet healthy standards promoting both food accessibility and healthy eating habits. Children that are food insecure at home also receive weekend meal assistance with take home book sacks of food on Fridays ensuring the student and their family has access to food over the weekend.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The SPOT provides an affordable after school program that is well rounded in its approach focusing on education, health, and emotional development.
Students receive homework assistance daily as well as small group tutoring when needed assuring they have access to resources aiding their academic success. The SPOT boats a 99% grade passing rate for its students attributed to the non traditional learning techniques and valuable resources we provide at no additional charge. This allows students from all backgrounds access to needed services to be successful in the classroom.
Students who are hungry do not focus in class. Therefore, before students begin homework they are provided with a full, nutritious meal daily. This is provided through our free food program (CACFP) and is considered a vital part of student success.
Students also participate in exercise activities during after school. Physical well-being is just as important as academic success.
Finally, students also receive services to promote their emotional development. The SPOT has increased attendance in undeserved youth who show higher incidences of trauma in their youth including: poverty, divorced/single parents, increased stress, and food insecurity. The SPOT recognizes these needs and meets them through guidance services and training for all staff.

All of these components combined create a a strong and successful after school program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

High Five 2020

Healthcare Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

United Way 2019

United Way 2020

United Way 2021

United Way 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Academic Success, 100% grade advancement rate


Goal 2: Health/Fitness, Shifting BMI toward a normal/healthy range


Goal 3: Nutrition, Ending Childhood Hunger in Wilson, NC

Goal 1: Academic Success, 100% grade advancement rate
A leading, long-term solution to poverty is academic success and achievement. Completion of higher education allows for higher wages and benefits local economy. Therefore, the SPOT emphasizes academic success through a unique after school program that promotes non-traditional learning styles for students who struggle in the classroom. The SPOT is proud to say we currently hold a 99% grade advancement rate for students attending regularly (3 or more days per week).

Goal 2: Health/Fitness, Healthy shift in BMI
The SPOT promotes physical well-being as much as academic success. Physically healthy children become physically healthy adults. Healthy habits in youth reduce healthcare costs in the future by reducing incidents of preventable diseases like type 2 diabetes. The SPOT's "get up and move" exercise programs promote cardio exercise through dance, music, games, sports, etc. All non-traditional, kid friendly forms of exercise students enjoy. Our goal is to shift students BMI toward the healthy range. This is measured and recorded confidentially.

Goal 3: Nutrition, Ending Childhood Hunger in Wilson, NC
The SPOT provides free meals Monday-Friday out of school time accessible for all youth in Wilson, NC regardless of their membership with The SPOT. Hungry kids are unable to focus in school and do not have the nutrition needed to be active and exercising. Because of this, nutrition is considered a vital part of all programs at The SPOT.

Goal 1: Academic Success, 100% grade advancement rate
The SPOT houses 11 classrooms with updated technology to fit the needs of the 21st century learning environment. Our teachers are highly qualified and receive annual training. Class sizes do not exceed 16:1 student to teacher ratio allowing for more personal interactions tailored to the individual. Educational classes are conducted using Activity Based Learning (ABL) that is specifically designed for the non-traditional learner. Educational activities are hands-on, dynamic, and diverse to present core subjects like math and reading in a memorable and exciting way. This approach is highly successful has led to a 99% grade advancement rate.


Goal 2: Health/Fitness, Healthy shift in BMI
Exercise is incorporated in student schedules daily to promote healthy habits. Like educational activities, our exercise activities are also creative, non-traditional, and diverse. The SPOT campus holds an indoor gym, walking trail, outdoor basketball court, covered pavillion, and sits on 3 acres of land allowing for many activity spaces. We also provide programs in the summer like kayaking, biking, and swim lessons, snorkeling, and scuba diving that promote exercise through unique experiences. Students who attend The SPOT for more than one year, on average, show a healthy shift in BMI.


Goal 3: Nutrition, Ending Childhood Hunger in Wilson, NC
Ending child hunger is a monumental task, but the community as a whole is taking strides in the right direction. The SPOT has a full service commercial kitchen and serves hundreds of meals every week day with fluctuation in the summer when we serve our summer camp as well as multiple other churches and organizations.

Goal 1: Academic Success, 100% grade advancement rate
Currently, 99% of students who attend the SPOT regularly (3 or more days per week) advance to the next grade. We are using the data collected from previous years as well as expanding the use of Activity Based Learning to complete the final 1%. Student success is also heavily tied to support systems in school, in after school, and at home. With this in mind, The SPOT is expanding parent engagement giving parents the resources they need to support their students like positive reinforcement and technology training.

Goal 2: Health/Fitness, Shifting BMI toward a normal/healthy range
Currently, students who attend The SPOT for more than a year show a healthy shift in BMI. We plan to utilize this data further to increase the effectiveness of the program by identifying high need classes.

Goal 3: Nutrition, Ending Childhood Hunger in Wilson, NC
Child hunger in Wilson, NC has decreased from 1 in 4 to 1 in 6 children considered food insecure. At the SPOT, no children are food insecure because of the programs we offer including week day meals and weekend food assistance. The weekend food assistance program will be increased through an online application and well as the ability to apply by phone to increase privacy to ensure all students and families in need are receiving assistance. The SPOT will continue to serve meals and hopes to expand this program even further through a mobile food service program.

Financials

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Wilson Youth United- The SPOT

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Mark Hooper

Hooper - Thurston Elite Chiropractic

Term: 2010 -

Bill Jeffrey

Retired

Chuck Finklea

State Farm Insurance

David Taylor

Dr. Richard Groskin

Barton College Professor

Charlie Bedgood

Wes Berry

Truist - Senior Vice President

Page Smith

Farris & Thomas Law Firm

Natalie Long

Truist

Will Aycock

Greenlight

Dr. Daniel Michalak

Wilson OB GYN

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.