Palestine Learning Center, Inc.
3619 E 35th Street
Kansas City MO 64128
Kids at Petting Pen
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 921-6009 213
Mission Statement
To develop and implement community programs that provides opportunities for growth and development for people of all ages which will empower them to learn and understand how to enhance themselves, individually and collectively, their families, respective environments and neighborhoods.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lynn M. Miller
Board Chair Donald Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement To develop and implement community programs that provides opportunities for growth and development for people of all ages which will empower them to learn and understand how to enhance themselves, individually and collectively, their families, respective environments and neighborhoods.
Background Statement The Palestine Learning Center was established and organized in 1970 to provide economical child care for families.  As the children progressed we saw the need to provide help for families in other areas and expanded our ability to assist students and families academically from preschool through 12th grade.  Our program now includes a Summer Day Camp that was established in 1982.  It is an eight (8) week literacy program for student Kindergarten through sixth grade.  This program also provides summer jobs for college and high school students.  We have a music program for children and youth ages two (2) through eighteen (18); a week long summer camping experience for urban children and youth (which began in 1965); a track program; a health initiative program; an arts program with drama, art, singing, and dance; a scholarship program for graduation seniors (in partnership with College Coaching Network), and a violence prevention program in partnership with Aim4Peace.
Impact Statement

The Palestine Learning Center’s top three accomplishments from the past year are:  providing a safe learning environment for the students in our program; providing employment opportunities for college students; and implementing an educational program for preschool students that prepared them for their elementary school academic environment.

Our top goals for the current year: Partner with another educational program as a feeder school; develop our fundraising and funding stream for long term sustainability.
Needs Statement

Our top five (5) Needs are: 

  1. To establish a hands-on program that includes healthy cooking, health and wellness, sports, entrepreneurial programs, and the Arts (music, dance, art, and drama); to better serve the targeted population of children, youth, and families; and to increase our youth’s exposure to various skills.
  2. To provide a unique and enriching camping experience for urban youth, who reside in the Greater Kansas City community with Camp Palestine.
  3. To provide our computer resource lab with updated software and hardware programs for use in all of our children and youth academic and tutorial programs.
  4. To provide educational opportunities through various scholarship programs and recognition for our children, youth, and families.
  5. To address health and nutrition disparities in our community through our partnership with Faith Works of KU.
Service Categories
Nonprofit Management
Educational Services
Neighborhood Centers
Areas of Service
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Palestine Learning Center is unique in that it provides academic, artistic, recreational, morality and social training, and other activities that nurture the children and youth in the urban core regardless of economic, social, or ethnic background.  Parents of  children who are participants in the program, are utilized as resource speakers.  They volunteer to mentor the children and youth in various careers.  In this manner, the very young children are given an opportunity to interact and communicate with other adults who are also parents of some of the children who are enrolled in the program.  They also are learning about various jobs that are part of the workplace and what type of preparation had to be done to qualify them for their jobs.  They are being taught respect for authority figures who are adults beside their parent(s).  They are exposed to area colleges visiting campuses and find out what happens when they decide to become a college student.  They are taught the importance of self-discipline, cooperative learning, and shared governance in small group activities even at an early age.  The children and youth are involved in the grandparent experience through volunteer grandparents who come and help with special activities.  The Palestine Learning Center Program is distinctive because it is a place of social, psychological, and academic learning for children of diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Programs
Description We have several youth outreach programs at Palestine. Each year our Youth Department attempts to education, motivate, and inspire boys, girls and their families to set personal achievable goals, and to develop the confidence to stay focused on these goals.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success To assist them in this endeavor we have developed a youth enrichment program filled with diverse resources that will introduce them to many careers, academics, community and social concepts.
Long-Term Success To complete their high school education with goals and objectives for continued education in college or technical schools.  To be moral individuals who care for others and look out for those in need.  To be lovers of their community and work to keep it viable and attractive.
Program Success Monitored By We will do quarterly surveys that will assess what careers, academic, community and social programs they have been involved in and its success or failure.
Examples of Program Success In our 51-year-history we have had over 7,000 young people complete high school and college/technical school. We have supported their growth academically, morally, and socially. Many have returned and are leading in various auxiliaries continuing the legacy of Palestine to make a difference in this community.
Description Our intent is to plant a seed of morality and academics. This will be offered in a structured and nurturing environment. Each child will be given the opportunity to develop holistically. We appreciate the opportunity to help children and families strive toward their fullest potential. 
Program Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Once a child is accepted into our program they develop better communication skills using correct English and addressing their teachers in a respectful manner. They learn phonics and word recognition. They are taught math skills daily. They learn how to get along with their peers, how to follow instructions, how to make good decisions, and how to control themselves in challenging situations. 
Long-Term Success Our successes are our diverse programs for ages 2 to 5 year old. Our Child Care provides safe, loving, fun, caring, and affordable place for children of this age group. We are passionate about teaching and giving these early learners the tools for being successful in their academic journey in life through the academic programs. Some of the Activities include: Safe, Affordable, Child Care for children ages 2 to 5, Academic Program from the Missouri State Preschool Education Curriculum, Computer Classes – teaching basic computer skills, reading, and math, Health Nutrition Program, Public Speaking Opportunities through annual presentations (Christmas, Black History, and Graduation)
Program Success Monitored By All children will be assessed and a portfolio will be kept for each child. As a parent/guardian you are always welcome to view this portfolio. We assess the students to identify strengths and weakness and to track progress on academic goals for each age group. Progress in development is shared three times each program year with families: fall, winter, and spring.
Examples of Program Success Many students who have graduated from our program are placed in advanced classes when they enter public school. They are academically advance in reading, math, and socialization. We have been informed that some schools have to develop a separate curriculum to accommodate the advanced learning ability of the students from our program.
CEO Comments Staying relevant provides a challenge and opportunity for our organization. With technology moving so swiftly we are challenged to keep our equipment up to date and relevant. Our need for faster computers, servers, and software are our most demanding challenge; and keeping them safe from viruses and intrusion follow it. We want to remain on the cutting edge of programming and application. We are consistently searching for volunteers who are willing to grow, learn, and give.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Lynn M. Miller
Term Start Jan 1979
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience The Youth Director of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ since 1979, beginning under the late Earl Abel, our founder, and now under the leadership of Pastor Leonard P. Butler, Jr. Implemented the music and arts program, is the Director of the Summer Day Camp, Camp Palestine, Freedom School and coordinator of the Music Department and Young Adult Department. Has volunteered and worked with the Kansas City Missouri School District and is a Certified Trainer for Black Parenting Program. With more than 30 hours training in Substance Abuse.
 
Educational Background:
  • High School Diplomas, Central High School, KCMO
  • Associate of Art Degree, Penn Valley Community College, KCMO
  • Bachelor of Art Degree, University of Missouri in Kansas City
  • Master of Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Master of Divinity, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, KCMO .
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Formal Evaluations
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Application to partnership with:
  • Kansas City Missouri Public School District
  • Kansas City Health Care Foundation
  • Grandparent Support Group of Kansas City
  • Kansas City Neighborhood & Community Services
  • Kansas City Freedom School Initiative
  • Palestine Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Aim4Peace
  • Black Health Care Coalition
  • Truman Medical Center
  • Kansas University
  • University of Missouri in Kansas City
  • Palestine Senior Citizen Activity Center
  • Office of City Manager Youth Advocacy
  • Harvesters
  • Linc
  • Swope Corridor Summer Program
CEO Comments Staying relevant provides a challenge and opportunity for our organization. With technology moving so swiftly we are challenged to keep our equipment up to date and relevant. Our need for faster computers, servers, and software are our most demanding challenge; and keeping them safe from viruses and intrusion follow it. We want to remain on the cutting edge of programming and application. We are consistently searching for volunteers who are willing to grow, learn, and give.
Board Chair
Board Chair Donald Miller
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Email donlyntomye@sbcglobal.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Leonard P. Butler Jr.Pastor, Palestine Missionary Baptist Church
Joan Finley Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.
Melina Johnson Self-Employed
Lynn Miller Palestine Missionary Baptist Church
Donald Miller Retired General Mills, Self-Employed
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
CEO Comments Staying relevant provides a challenge and opportunity for our organization. With technology moving so swiftly we are challenged to keep our equipment up to date and relevant. Our need for faster computers, servers, and software are our most demanding challenge; and keeping them safe from viruses and intrusion follow it. We want to remain on the cutting edge of programming and application. We are consistently searching for volunteers who are willing to grow, learn, and give.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $20,000
Projected Expenses $20,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
  • FY 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$19,840--$15,912
Administration Expense$0--$0
Fundraising Expense$0--$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.00--1.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%--100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0--$0
Current Assets$0--$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$0--$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 No
Organization Comments Staying relevant provides a challenge and opportunity for our organization. With technology moving so swiftly we are challenged to keep our equipment up to date and relevant. Our need for faster computers, servers, and software are our most demanding challenge; and keeping them safe from viruses and intrusion follow it. We want to remain on the cutting edge of programming and application. We are consistently searching for volunteers who are willing to grow, learn, and give.
Organization Name Palestine Learning Center, Inc.
Address 3619 E 35th Street
Kansas City, MO 64128
Primary Phone (816) 921-6009213
Contact Email lmllr3619@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Lynn M. Miller
Board Chair Donald Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2010