Education First, Athletics Second Coalition
1408 E. 99th Street
Kansas City MO 64131
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 392-9847
Mission Statement
The mission of Education First, Athletics Second Coalition (ED FIRST) is building strong  community relationships through Education, Recreation and, Positive Interaction between adults and youth.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Wallace
Board Chair Mr. David Wallace
Board Chair Company Affiliation Education First, Athletics Second Coalition
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Our community needs your help keeping our youth safe, active, and alive. When we keep our youth involved in positive activities and programs we create safe communities for them to live in! Help Ed First continue to provide a safe and fun environment for youth to learn and grow in. Your donation to EdFirst will help us continue to provide quality educational, health, and fitness programs to at-risk urban area youth. All donors to EdFirst will be listed on the EdFirst website and in the EdFirst Make it Count newsletter. See our contact page to donate by mail. All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for your contribution. 

INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION LEVELS Friends of Ed First $5 First Quarter Champion $250 Second Quarter Champion $2,500 Third Quarter Champion $10,000 Fourth Quarter Champion $20,000 Over-Time Champion Estate Plan Providing services for one youth costs an average of $600.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Education First, Athletics Second Coalition (ED FIRST) is building strong  community relationships through Education, Recreation and, Positive Interaction between adults and youth.
Background Statement Since its inception in June 1998, the area of emphasis that ED FIRST focuses on is providing students and adult a solid concrete foundation they need in today’s culture to compete in everyday society. Areas of concern are English, etiquette courses, performing arts, computer classes, health programs, special need students, family involvement, and recreation programs. ED FIRST has collaborated with local school districts and churches to provide its programs to the community.
Impact Statement
Major accomplishments and facts for the 2018-19 program year include:
  • Enrollment of 50 students in the core academic / recreation programs.
  • Increased overall performance from 85% to 92%.
  • Continued to strengthen our Kids Get Fit and Mentoring program by developing additional partnerships with local schools, colleges and universities. Those being Avila University, Kids Zone. Prime Health, Sports 4 Life and Graceway Church
  • Served over 50 families during annual community outreach health fitness day.
Needs Statement
  1. Two staff positions - a full-time Grant Writer - $44,000 and a part-time Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator - $25,000.
  2. An additional 25 volunteers are needed to address the planned reading tutorial programs during the 2018-2019 program year.
  3. $300,000 in unrestricted funding to address the facility purchase / operations cost from housing our programs at one of the closed KCMO school buildings.
  4. Volunteers interested in serving on the following Board committees: Strategic Planning, Finance, Fundraising, Programming and Marketing and Community Relations.
Service Categories
Student Services
Community Service Clubs
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement For 21 years, ED FIRST has successfully administered and delivered after school services to youth and adults in the Kansas City. ED FIRST has established relationships with local churches, lea’s and school districts, and has gained their support. Through the administration of education, computer, and health and fitness programs, ED FIRST has emerged as a leader among small non-profit groups that work directly with our community’s youth.  ED FIRST is seeking LEA partnerships to provide additional quality and affordable space in order to increase the number of programs it currently provides. As ED FIRST anticipates creating more youth programs and projects that will require strenuous fundraising. With this in mind, ED FIRST is launching a $300,000.00, three-year fundraising campaign. In addition to fundraising expertise within ED FIRST’s board and from outside professionals, ED FIRST’s capital campaign will benefit from $250,000 in Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) tax credits issued by the State of Missouri. ED FIRST’s fundraising campaign will focus on securing funds to purchase a property in order to generate new revenue to support existing and new programs while at the same time reducing our program participant and mortgage costs. As we work to become self-sufficient within the next five years, ED FIRST’s plan to have multiple partners, program rental income, multiple programs to administer, and support from local charitable foundations and individuals. All of which will help us reach our goals. With a diligent and dedicated staff, board of directors, and supportive funding community, ED FIRST is positioned to achieve its mission and be an even greater community asset.
The goal of the ED FIRST Kids Get Fit After School Program is to teach youth how to work as a team and become physically active by teaching about the benefits of nutrition and exercise. The Kids Get Fit After School Program will: 
  1. Train program staff on curriculum;
  2. Enroll 100 youth in program;
  3. Increase youth physical activity level by 10%;
  4. Increase youth fruit and vegetable intake by 10%
Program Budget $35,000.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success

The curriculum the Kids Get Fit After School Program will utilize is Nutrition and Fitness for School Students by the Channing Bete Company. The curriculum will help the program reach its goals by helping youth make the connection between healthy eating and physical activity, develop a basic understanding of how good nutrition and fitness can lead to better health as adults. In addition, youth will learn the characteristics of a healthy diet and engage in a variety of physical activities.

Long-Term Success
The ED FIRST Kids Get Fit After School Program will teach youth how to work as a team and become physically active by teaching the benefits of nutrition and exercise. 

Outcomes are as follows:

  • 65% will become more physically active;
  • 70% increase in fruits and vegetables consumption;
  • 65% percent positive change in their breakfast eating habits.
Program Success Monitored By
Pre and Post Surveys will be conducted to ensure the participants meet the Kids Get Fit Program Goals. The ED FIRST Kids Get Fit After School Program will gather data from evaluation surveys taken from participants when they register and a post-survey will be conducted at the end of the program. Program success will be determined by the number of clients enrolled and pre and post surveys results and measured with the proposed outcomes. 
The ED FIRST Kids Get Fit After School Program coordinators will measure the effectiveness of its activities through: 
  • Activity evaluation surveys that will be completed by coordinators, parents, and participants;
  • Pre and post fitness tests;
  • Pre and post nutrition surveys;
  • Record the number of participants in each activity and the number of sessions attended by each participant.
Examples of Program Success
During the past program year there were approximate 50 youth participants.  Approximately 70% of youth who participated in the program on a weekly basis lost an average of one pound during the program eight week session.
The goal of the Read, Succeed, and Achieve Program is to enable youth in grades K-8 with the resources they need to improve their reading skills that will prepare them for high school and post secondary education.
The Read, Succeed, and Achieve Program will: 
  1. Train program staff on curriculum;
  2. Enroll 50 youth in program;
  3. Students will increase their reading skills by one grade level and;
  4. Help students increase in reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span.
Program Budget $31,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success
Students who participate in the Read, Succeed, and Achieve Program will learn how to:
  • Create a plan for completing goals independently;
  • Use writing to help thinking and learning;
  • Learn to set short- and long-term goals;
  • Ask questions and express themselves;
  • Articulate his/her academic concerns;
  • Learn to think and wait; and
  • Become active listeners.
Long-Term Success
Students will have the opportunity to work one on one with tutors. ED FIRST will hire qualified tutors to help deliver its reading programs. Tutors will work with students either one-on-one or in small groups. Tutors recognize the importance of building relationships with the students and also are key motivators in the student’s progress.
The students in the program will increase their reading speed and comprehension, which will help them obtain classroom subject proficiency. 
  • 75% of youth will increase reading skills by one grade level, and
  • 75% of youth will increase reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span.
Program Success Monitored By

Reading tests will conducted at the beginning of the Read, Succeed, and Achieve program and again at the end of the program to determine increases in reading speed and comprehension. The program will identify students in need of reading assistance by conducting pre- and post-tests of the student’s skills and will also conduct periodic evaluations of the effectiveness of the program by having tutors, parents/guardians, and students complete a program evaluation survey. Read, Succeed, and Achieve Program director, tutors, and parents/guardians are involved in evaluating the program. The program director, tutors, and parents/guardians will communicate regularly about the student’s progress.

Examples of Program Success
During the past program year on average 50% of the students who attended the program on a regular basis increased their reading level by one grade. In addition, the same students increased their math grade level by 15% point increase.
CEO Comments

ED FIRST has an ongoing array of programs empowering student athletes and local the community through service programs and leadership activities. ED FIRST volunteers are recruited through churches, college student interns, and retired school district educators. Each program is evaluated at the end of its eight-week session. Total evaluations are accumulated annually and results are produced. All outcomes in program area are consistently reached and/or exceeded. ED FIRST is currently implementing afterschool programs in the KCK area at local elementary schools. This zip code ranks 105 out of 105 nationally in regards to needing improvement in both nutrition and physical activity.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David Wallace
Experience As the President of ED FIRST, Mr. Wallace coupled his love for athletics and youth and wrote the business plan. He annually revises the strategic plan for the coalition to ensure growth and organizational development. He has been successful in securing funds for grants, donated equipment and volunteer time. Mr. Wallace recruited and assembled a highly qualified Board of Directors and has created numerous partnerships with the corporate community, surrounding school districts, churches and other community organizations. He also wrote the curriculums for all academic and athletic programs for all age groups. Mr. Wallace has over 10 years experience working with Not-for-Profit, community-based organizations. His illustrious career began with a college internship in 1992 as Project Director for the Oskaloosa, Iowa YMCA.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 45
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
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  • NAIA
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Central Bank
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • UMKC Women's Basketball
  • National Guard Armory
  • Graceway Church
Afterschool Alliance2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Wallace
Company Affiliation Education First, Athletics Second Coalition
Term June 1998 to June 2019
Board Members
Mr. Robert HarrisCentury Link
Ms. Adrienne HoffhinesSprint
Ms. Sonja PotterJackson County Courts
Hilary SweattHallmark
Mr. David WallaceEducation First, Athletics Second Coalition
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Gwendolyn GrantUrban League of Kansas City
Mr. Reggie HineCBE
Mr. Turner PettwayUS Bank
CEO Comments
Education First has a unique approach to staff and volunteer structure. Each of the volunteers helps directs a portion of overall parent and evening programming. The executive director, of course, maintains fiscal oversight if each department. In the last three years, Education First has established a number of partnerships through out the community.
The organization has been able to maintain through donations and in-kind services. Education First has expanded its services to several other school districts to market its after school and weekend services. The growing request for additional service has now reached across the state line.
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $25,000
Projected Expenses $20,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$9,398$2,289$21,654
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.750.020.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,996$45$2,337
Current Assets$6,996$45$2,337
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$6,996$45$2,337
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments With new reporting, policies and procedures requested by the IRS nationally. The organization will do an annual 990 report  or Post Card each year. Once the coalition is moved into a higher tax reporting bracket. It will have a financial organization on retainer to complete annual reporting.
Other Documents
Organization Name Education First, Athletics Second Coalition
Address 1408 E. 99th Street
Kansas City, MO 64131
Primary Phone (816) 392-9847
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Wallace
Board Chair Mr. David Wallace
Board Chair Company Affiliation Education First, Athletics Second Coalition
Year of Incorporation 1998