R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc.
PO Box 300764
Kansas City MO 64130
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 607-1031
Mission Statement
The mission of R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. is to educate, equip and empower underserved girls with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career, and community.
 
The vision of R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. is to prepare underserved girls, especially those that aspire higher education as a first generation college student. By educating them with knowledge, equipping them with essential life skills and empowering them to realize their best in every situation.
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chantell M. Garrett
Board Chair Mr. Edgar Palacios
Board Chair Company Affiliation Central Exchange
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. is to educate, equip and empower underserved girls with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career, and community.
 
The vision of R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. is to prepare underserved girls, especially those that aspire higher education as a first generation college student. By educating them with knowledge, equipping them with essential life skills and empowering them to realize their best in every situation.
 
Background Statement

R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded July 2010 by Chantell Garrett and two incorporators as a response to an immediate need to develop young ladies in their own community. R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. seeks to enhance the lives of young ladies in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area to achieve socially, academically and professionally. The organization educates, empowers, cultivates and motivates young ladies on the importance of self-worth through mentoring programs that will give them the confidence to excel beyond measure. Adopting and expounding on a vision and mission that asks young ladies to "Realize yoUr Best In Every Situation," the foundation of the organization was set through its mantra. With an invitation extended to six additional members who shared in the vision, a working board was established. With the establishment of board policies and bylaws R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. held its first meeting.

Our vision is that every young lady be educated, empowered, and equipped on the importance of self-worth through community leadership, cultural enhancements, health and wellness, and life skill development. Living the mantra, "Realizing yoUr Best In Every Situation".  

 
 
Impact Statement
Our top three accomplishments from the 2015 fiscal year are:
 

 

  1. Provided mentoring program and services to 150 girls through the Project 100 and No Boys Allowed programs.
  2. Increased fund development efforts through grants and additional fundraising. 
  3. Provided holiday cheer to over 1,000 Kansas City families through the Unwrap A Gift which also gave our participants an opportunity to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism.
  4. Strategically cultivated and acquired Board members with the talents and skills the organization has been seeking for 2 years.

 

 
Our top three goals for the 2016 fiscal year are:
 
  1. To establishing mentoring partnerships with area school districts and youth serving agencies.
  2. Increase fund development in an effort to hire a full time Executive Director and part time staff member.
  3. Increase participation of participants and mentors by 75%.
  4. Revamp the marketing and outreach of programs and services. 
Needs Statement
Our current needs are as follows:
  1. Capacity Building Funds
  2. Monetary and In-Kind donations to support programs
  • $25,000/Annually
  • School and craft supplies 
  • Snacks 
  • Special holiday contributions
  • Tickets to cultural events and activities (i.e. plays, the zoo, museums)
     3. Office Supplies
  • General office supplies (paper, pens, folders, ink, etc.)
  • Supplies for mentor program (art supplies, paper, folders, etc.)
  • Computer
  • Office space
     4. Operating Building/Office
     5. Mentor/Volunteers/Board Members
     6. Operable van to transport participants 
     7. Grant writer 
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Student Services
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

2015 marked the 5th anniversary for R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. and as an organization we have truly made significant strides in the lives of girls as well as the Kansas City Community. Our successes include:

 

 

  • Awarded $6,000 in scholarships to female, first generation college students
  • Provided life-enriching, mentoring and college preparation programs and services to 125 girls and young women over 3 years
  • Created strong partnerships with Rockhurst University, Urban League, Girls Scouts and LINC.
  • Provided 400 families, 600 youth with new toys, hat and glove sets during the holidays
  • 125 volunteers have completed over 800 hours
  • Awarded The Pitch’s Kansas City’s Best Nonprofit, Black Celebrity Giving’s Midwest Nonprofit, Missouri Resolution from 23rd District State Representation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Emerging Young Leader Award
  • Featured in the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Call, Kansas City Pitch, KCTV5, KPRS/KPRT

 

I must say that as we continue to make strides in the lives of girls that are aspiring to be the first in their families to graduate college we must continue to preserve as an organization of limited resources solely because we believe in the dreams of these girls. We know the importance of have an advocate that believes in you. I believe one of our mentee’s Jacoya Rivers helped solidify the importance of the work that we are doing.

 

“R.U.B.I.E.S. has definitely been a life changing experience; the mentors have helped me in many different ways; such as, taught me networking skills, given me tips on how to write the perfect essay and just simply been there to listen. Without R.U.B.I.E.S., I probably wouldn't have gotten many of the other scholarships that I have and I would not feel as prepared for college as I do now. With R.U.B.I.E.S., I was given the opportunity to volunteer at women’s shelters and many other service projects; I was able to make other people feel a little better. I am glad that I was able to be a part of this program and I hope that once my college journey starts that I will be able to stay connected with the people that I have met while with R.U.B.I.E.S. They have truly made a difference in my life and I'm sure they will continue to do so in others.” - Jacoya River, Project 100 Alumna, Current University of Missouri-Columbia Engineering Major

 

Even in the midst of such celebrated success we face challenges that we are working to improve which include board development, organization expansion and funding. We are currently seeking ways to further develop through board development in an effort to be an effective and efficient organization in the community. We are currently adding to our strategic documents to create an organization that will best serve the needs of our target demographics. We are also seeking the following expertise; youth development, education, grant writing, psychology, curriculum design/evaluation, and fundraising.
Programs
Description

R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. offers a college preparation, college access program for high school first generation college students. Participants are eligible for a scholarship after the completion of the program. Project 100 holistically prepares students for academic success through college preparation sessions; mentoring; leadership and life skill development; and community engagement.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Females,
Short-Term Success
  • An increase in critical thinking and life skills
  • 98% of program participants complete the Student Success Binder Access to necessary
  • Academic and social resources on their perspective college campuses
  • 90% of program recipients are paired with collegiate mentoring 
  • Provide pre-collegiate training such as ACT/SAT Prep
  • 100% of program participants receive financial scholarship for college
  • 100% of program participants increase awareness of college culture
  • 85% of program participants show an increase in their sense of self-worth, self-awareness and self -esteem
  • Develop the attitude and academic skills necessary to excel in high school and prepare for college
  • 100 % of learn how to pursue a career that aligns with their talents and their interests
  • 98% of program participants complete financial/investment training
  • 98% participate in Investment Club
  • 90% of program participants complete 1000 hours of community service
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for each participant is to successfully graduate from a four-year university receiving a Bachelor's degree. The organization will use formal assessments (written, performance, etc), informal assessments (participant questioning, peer conversations, etc.) anecdotal / observational data, and student interviews to measure the success of the program. Formal assessments will be conducted three times during the year, one in the beginning, midway and at the end of the year. This will allow us to monitor the program success and the impact that the program is having on the participants.
Program Success Monitored By
The progress of the program is being measured through surveys, attendance, anecdotal evidence and active participation. 
 
  • 100% of participants engage and participate in sessions and community service projects 
  • 85% of students are excelling academically with a 3.0 or higher grade point average
  • 100% of participants have received Financial Literacy training from our partner agency which will result in College Financial Aid Assistance 
  • 100% of participants have engaged in positive adult/youth relationships with RUBIES mentors and other positive professional women
  • 100% of participant have engaged in collegiate workshop topics and will be taken on a college tour in June. 
  • 70% of participants participated in a True Colors workshop which provided them with an opportunity to better understand their personalities and how they could align with potential career choices
Examples of Program Success

"R.U.B.I.E.S. has definitely been a life changing experience; the mentors have helped me in many different ways; such as, taught me networking skills, given me tips on how to write the perfect essay and just simply been there to listen. Without R.U.B.I.E.S., I probably would not have gotten many of the other scholarships that I have and I would not feel as prepared for college as I do now..." - Jacoya R, current Sophomore at University of Missouri.
Description

Unwrap A Gift is a holiday extravaganza that impacts that community during the holiday times, providing toys, hats and gloves sets in a family friendly atmosphere. This event also provides an opportunity for girls in R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. to develop leadership skills by assisting in the planning, implementation and execution of the event.

Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success The short term success of the program is that R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. has been able to engage the community in philanthropic giving that serves the needs of those are disadvantaged during the holidays but also engages the participants of RUBIES in opportunities that they may not otherwise participate in.  This volunteer opportunity build the leadership and team building skills of the girls as well helps them complete part of their mandatory community services hours needed to graduate high school and college.
Long-Term Success
The long term success of the program includes providing 400 families, 600 youth with new toys, hat and glove sets during the holidays and over 125 volunteers have completing over 800 hours from various organizations and communities.  This event also gives our participants an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and volunteerism by planning and implementing parts of the program.
Program Success Monitored By The success of the program is tracked through data submitted from families included surveys and anecdotal data. 
Examples of Program Success This philanthropic event has been in existence for 3 years and has impacted the lives of over 1,000 youths and their families.  This event is truly a time of giving during the holiday season which provides youth with a holiday gift, a new hat/glove set, a variety of activities and their parents receive free health assessments and massages as their children partake in the activities. 
Description

The No Boys Allowed: Girls Only Conference is an event held prior to the start of the school year to empower and enrich the lives of high school and college aged young women. This conference provides the participants an opportunity to engage in a variety of workshops that relate to and exposes them to new ideas, philosophies, careers, individuals, etc. The conference focuses on workshops in the following areas of development; college, career, community, leadership, health and wellness. It is with hopes that every young woman that attends the event feel more confident, empowered and enlightened as they prepare for the upcoming academic school year.


Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success A short term goal of the conference is that by the end of the day the participants will set higher standards for themselves, gained confidence in knowing that women can be powerful in a variety of career fields. 
Long-Term Success The long-term success is that the participants will feel empowered with the knowledge received during the conference impacting their self-esteem.  A long term goal is also that the participants will seek and understand the importance of mentorship and connect with the 75+ they encounter with during the day. 
Program Success Monitored By The program success is monitored with surveys from each workshop and an overall survey of the conference. In 2015, over 85% of participants found the conference to be inspiring, empowering and transformative providing useful information that will help them prepare for their future. 
Examples of Program Success Here is a great recap and testimonial of the event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPVFxoTHO1s&feature=youtu.be
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Chantell M. Garrett
Term Start Jan 2012
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Edgar Palacios
Company Affiliation Central Exchange
Term Mar 2016 to Dec 2016
Email edgar@centralexchange.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Sara Buffington Great Western Bank
Ms. Shannon Cade Cerner
Dr. Aniika Jackson
Mr. Terrell Jolly Southeast Wood Treating
Mr. Edgar Palacios Central Exchange
Mrs. Lusette Walker Luse Hairs Salon & Boutique
Ms. Hashina Webster DuBois Consultants, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

The organization is currently experiencing some wonderful opportunities in the area of fundraising and building a powerful base of supporters who believe in the mission of the organization. The organization held its first successful Gala in October 2013 and looking forward to host this year's event in recognition of the organization's 6th year anniversary.  In addition, RUBIES, INC is organizing a strong Board of Directors who understand and support the organization mission and strategic plan.  

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $88,750
Projected Expenses $46,066
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,725$27,311$26,909
Administration Expense$7,022$9,620$11,402
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.801.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses45%74%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$13,059$12,454$19,780
Current Assets$13,059$12,454$19,780
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$13,059$12,454$19,780
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Black Community Fund $5,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --American Association of University Women $3,600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Coach Foundation $2,500
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
R.U.B.I.E.S, Inc. was founded in 2010. Our organization’s biggest challenge is that we have only been in existence five years. We do not have a long track record to show topotential funders and supporters. However, in the short time that R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. has been in existence, we have complied a series of successes that demonstrate that we are having a positive impact on our target population, young girls who want to go to college.
Our successes to-date include:
-Mentoring 30 girls in our Project 100 Program. Project 100 is designed to provide mentoring programs and services to young women aspiring to attend college as the first one in their immediate families.
-Providing on-going mentoring to first generation college students who have
completed our Project 100 Program.
-Awarded $6,000 in scholarships to 9 girls who are attending college.
-Recruiting 10 women to serve as mentors.
-Collecting and distributing thousands of toys for R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc.’s Unwrap
a Gift holiday program. While R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc.’s primary focus is college
preparation, our toy donation/give away program draws potential participants to R.U.B.I.E.S., at an early age as well as give our current participants as opportunity to engage in philanthrophy.
We have addressed the challenge of not having a long track record by achieving the successes listed above. These successes were achieved by implementing sound program, administrative, and financial management practices. Our Executive Director works with our Board of Directors to create a strategic plan. Our Executive Director and Board compare our strategic plan to actual outcomes. Adjustments are made to the plan and activities as needed.
The demand for R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. services is demonstrated by the waiting list for Project 100. Our Executive Director and Board of Directors will continue to work diligently demonstrate that the successes that we have achieved thus far are sustainable. Our Executive Director and Board will also continue to work diligently to obtain the financial resources that R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. needs in order to assist young girls who want to go to college.
 
Michael Byrd, Financial Accountant
Organization Name R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc.
Address PO Box 300764
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 607-1031
Contact Email info@rubiesinc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Chantell M. Garrett
Board Chair Mr. Edgar Palacios
Board Chair Company Affiliation Central Exchange
Year of Incorporation 2010