Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room
2803 E. 51st Street
Kansas City MO 64130
After School Program Student
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 363-3819
Mission Statement
The Upper Room works to transform and revitalize urban core neighborhoods by offering and supporting quality programs, including education, comprehensive health care, jobs, and community and economic development.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Esq. Tonia Gilbert
Board Chair Mrs. Lynne Beaver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer/Donor
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Upper Room
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Upper Room works to transform and revitalize urban core neighborhoods by offering and supporting quality programs, including education, comprehensive health care, jobs, and community and economic development.
Background Statement

The Upper Room commenced operations in 1999 in reconstructed space on the third and fourth floors above St. Louis Catholic Church at 5930 Swope Parkway. Approximately 1.5 million dollars was spent to make this facility a state-of-the-art learning center. Based on focus-group studies with single moms from the neighborhood, the Upper Room introduced a ten-hour-a-day, eight-week Summer Academic Program that had a laser-beam focus on reading improvement. The rigorous curriculum called for reading and math instruction lead by certified teachers in the morning and lots of interesting activities in the afternoon, including music, dance, art, field trips, swimming, soccer camp, gymnastics, computer lab, mentoring sessions, martial arts, and inspirational speakers. The first summer we enrolled 90 at-risk students but 250 registered for the program. The following summer we added two churches and accommodated 250 at-risk children. That pattern continued so that by this summer we plan to enroll 2,000 students at multiple partner locations.  

Beginning in 2011, the Upper Room developed the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) in partnership with Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek. The NTI is a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan focused on education, health, housing, and jobs. NTI components include the 45,000 square foot Mary L. Kelly Center, a partnership with the K-12 Hogan Prep neighborhood school system, referrals to the KC CARE Clinic, and home sales through Upper Room Urban Development, Inc.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2016:

  1. During our Summer Academic Camp 2016, we served approximately 1,750 students at 15 locations. On average, each student gained 4 months in reading levels during the 8-week period.
  2. As of January, 2017, The Mary Kelly Center has now been up and running for 3 years. The Kelly Center has 1,100 active members and has offered over 360 hours of fitness & dance programming over the last year, in addition to the open gym and health club.
  3. During our Summer Academic Program, our volunteers gave a total of approximately 14,000 hours of their toward literacy efforts with children in our education programs, the majority of which was one-on-one reading tutoring. 
 
Goals for 2017: 
  1. To show an average of 6 months growth in our Summer Academic Program, which usually serves approximately 2,000 students.
  2. To increase membership at the Mary Kelly Center and the number of hours of fitness programming offered and community events offered. 
  3. As always, we hope to recruit more volunteers that will be committed to our cause and serve as one-on-one reading tutors in our program. 
  4. Our final goal is to complete our search for a permanent Executive Director. For now, our Director of Operations, Lee Barnes, Jr. has served as the Interim Director as we continue our search. 
Needs Statement
  1. We need a dependable stabilized stream of private donors.
  2. We need volunteers to read with our children in the Summer and After School Programs.
  3. We have several building needs at the Mary Kelly Center that would provide structural improvement. 
Service Categories
Educational Services
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Preschools
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement In 2015, the Board of Directors revised the Upper Room's Vision and Mission Statements to reflect the organization's focus on neighborhood revitalization. New Vision Statement: The Upper Room envisions healthy and vibrant urban core neighborhoods. New Mission Statement: The Upper Room works to transform and revitalize urban core neighborhoods by offering and supporting quality programs, including education, comprehensive health care, jobs, and community and economic development.
Programs
Description

The Summer Academic Program (7:30 am – 6:00 pm for 8 weeks) is for K-8th Graders, serving approximately 2,000 students each year with a focus on READING. The primary goal is to help children improve their reading ability & get them at or above grade-level. We use certified classroom teachers to deliver the Accelerated Reader program for literacy instruction. The program is provided at no cost to the families. Youth counselors & volunteer tutors provide individualized instruction. The program also addresses other important aspects, such as Math, Nutrition & Wellness, Music & Art, and Field Trips. 

In 2007, Johns Hopkins University Ph.D.’s evaluated our reading program. The evaluation showed that in the eight weeks the students were with us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result made us one of the top summer reading programs in the country.

Program Budget $2,055,096.00
Category Education, General/Other Summer School
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success means all students are activity engaged in summer enrichment activities and improving in reading levels over the summer. During the Summer Academic Program, we hope to see children improve by at least 6 months in reading. Ideally, we would like all students to be reading on or above their grade-level by the end of summer programming.
Long-Term Success The Long Term success of this program will be measured by how many of our students are reading proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade. Studies have shown that if a student is not reading on grade-level by the end of 3rd grade, that student is four times more likely to drop out of high school. One of the three main contributing factors to this is summer learning loss. We hope by improving our students reading abilities to increase their chance of graduation and future success.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by pre-tests and post-tests taken in STAR Reading. Students also quiz on each book read to show us the students' comprehension level of their reading, taken in Accelerated Reader. The weekly AR quiz scores also show us how much the student has improved each week. By this combined data, we can calculate how much a student has improved.
Examples of Program Success
In 2007, Johns Hopkins University Ph.D.’s evaluated our reading program. The evaluation showed that in the eight-weeks the students were with us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result made us one of the top summer reading programs in the country. 
 
In our Summer Program of 2016, our students gained an average of 4 months in reading levels across all of our 15 locations. Research shows that students from a low-socioeconomic background will lose 2 months in academics over the summer. We are proud to be a part of combatting that statistic. 
Description The After School Program (after school until 6pm, Monday - Friday) is for K-8th Graders, serving up to 300 students each year with a focus on READING. The primary goal is to help children improve their reading ability & get them at or above grade-level. We use certified classroom teachers to deliver the Accelerated Reader program for literacy instruction as well as homework help as needed. Students are also fed a nutritious meal each day. The program is provided at no cost to the families.
Program Budget $124,872.00
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured by monthly pre-test and post-test scores. By looking at these scores and their average scores on daily quizzes, we can calculate the student's level of success.
Long-Term Success The Long Term success of this program will be measured by how many of our students are reading proficiently on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Studies have shown that if a student is not reading on grade-level by the end of 3rd grade, that student is four times more likely to drop out of high school. We hope by improving our students reading abilities to increase their chance of graduation and future success.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by pre-tests and post-tests taken in STAR Reading. Students also quiz on each book read to show us the students' comprehension level of their reading, taken in Accelerated Reader. The weekly AR quiz scores also show us how much the student has improved each week. By this combined data, we can calculate how much a student has improved.
Examples of Program Success In 2007, our Summer Academic Camp was evaluated by Johns Hopkins University. The research showed that students who participated in our program gained an average of 1 full academic year during the 8-weeks in our program. This quality carries over into our After School Program as well.
Description
The Upper Room Child Development Center serves children ages 6 weeks – preschool, and has capacity to serve up to 90 children. The Upper Room Child Development Center encourages the physical, social, emotional, creative and cognitive development of each child through the use of Developmentally Appropriate Practice; while assuring our parent's peace of mind in the care and service we render.
 
It is the philosophy of the Upper Room Child Development Center and its staff that children ,their families and society benefit from the high-quality early childhood programs. We believe that there is a critical link between a child's early experiences and later success in life. We believe that you cannot separate childcare and education; children learn best through their play, interactions and experiences.
Program Budget $623,107.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success
Short term success in the Child Development Center includes the child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills development through:
  • Active exploration and investigation
  • Personal discovery
  • Reorganization of the physical environment
  • Support from adults
Long-Term Success Long term success in this program could be measured by Kindergarten readiness and exposure to literacy rich environments, which are critical to early brain development. 
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the number of children regularly attending the Child Development Center, showing their increased exposure to healthy and nutritious meals, a literacy rich environment, and physical activity through play time and structured activities. In our preschool aged classrooms students are also tested using age appropriate assessments to indicate Kindergarten-readiness. 
Examples of Program Success The Upper Room Child Development Center has been in existence since 2001, serving families with high quality early childhood education. 
Description
The Adult Education Program provides GED/HiSET exam preparation for individuals without a high school diploma. Since it's inception, the Adult Education program has graduated 58 students, and consistently has new students enrolling each semester. We will work with a student as long as it takes to obtain his/her GED certificate.
Instruction is provided over the five testing areas, including math, science, social studies, language arts/reading and writing. Classes are held in large group settings as well as one-on-one and small group instruction based on student needs.
Program Budget $77,250.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success The Adult Education Program served approximately 47 students last year; 6 students completed the HiSET exam and received their High School Equivalency Certificate in 2016. So far in 2017, we have 2 students that have passed the HiSET Exam and graduated the program, and 4 students who have passed in every subject area besides math. According to state guidelines, we are at 89% progression, meaning that our students are progressing at a very high level. We expect to graduate 10 students through the program in 2017.
Long-Term Success
Since it's inception, the Adult Education program has graduated 58 students, and consistently has new students enrolling each semester.
Program Success Monitored By

Success will be defined by each student that is able to "graduate" from our program in 2017. Graduation is defined by passing all subject areas on the HiSET exam and completing their High School Equivalency.

Examples of Program Success The number of Adult Education Program graduates, the number of good jobs attained, and the number of students in college are concrete examples of success. Since the inception of our Adult Education Program, we have graduated 58 students. In 2016, 6 students graduated form our program and received their high school equivalency.
Description Eddie Baker was a prominent Jazz legend in Kansas City. Eddie was a strong advocate for our organization in its early stages. After his death in 2001, we realized the enthusiasm our families had for music. In 2008, we started the Eddie Baker School of Music in his honor. The program serves approximately 60 children each week in 30-minute private music lessons, and group fundamentals of music lessons, all of which are free of cost to the family. The student is provided with an instrument to take home for practice. We also offer ensemble lessons for more advanced students on Saturdays. Additionally, we have over 250 students who take our "Fundamentals of Music" class through our 8-week Summer Academic Program.
Program Budget $73,620.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is measured differently with each student. We have 5 instructors, who set goals each semester with each child. At the end of each semester we have a music recital, where students can choose to perform for their parents and peers. Short term success could easily be measured by our students gaining enough skill and confidence to perform in one of these recitals. It can also be measured by the gains they make throughout each semester and year (varies by student). 
Long-Term Success When it comes to music, our goal is to create a love of music in our children. Jazz is a crucial part of our Kansas City heritage, and a lot of our kids find a place where they can succeed and "fit in." A measurement of long-term success for us in this program would be students who begin with our instructors, continuing with them until they graduate, as well as developing a lifelong passion for the art of music. 
Program Success Monitored By In our Eddie Baker School of Music, we have 5 instructors who are supervised by our Music Program Director, Greg Richter. The team of musicians is constantly working together to determine how we can improve our program. We offer one-on-one lessons, where instructors get to measure their own gains with their students. As children progress, they can have the opportunity to also join a "Jazz Ensemble" which meets separately. 
Examples of Program Success The only way we can show that our music program is successful is by the fact that we are never in need of students willing to come to their one-on-one lessons with instructors. Our instructors are constantly taking on more students to provide for the need. We have had consistently about 60 students each year taking music lessons in our program, many of which are repeat students! Additionally, we have over 250 students who take a music class through our 8-week Summer Academic Program. All of these various lessons/classes allow children to learn music skills who may not be introduced to the fine art otherwise. 
Description The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) is a grassroots, comprehensive revitalization plan focused on the neighborhoods of Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek in the urban core of Kansas City. The NTI seeks to provide greater opportunities for high-quality education, health care, housing, and jobs.
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term successes of the NTI include improved kindergarten readiness and attendance rates, increased participation in fitness and nutrition courses, greater numbers of home rehabs, and greater numbers of residents employed in neighborhood businesses.      
Long-Term Success Long-term successes of the NTI include ensuring every resident has access to a high-quality cradle-to-career education, eliminating health disparities, increasing home values, and reducing unemployment in Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by the Education, Health, Housing, and Jobs Committees, which meet monthly and in which data collected through surveys is shared and analyzed. Biannual "visioning sessions" at the Mary Kelly Center ensures regular feedback about programs.
Examples of Program Success To date, the Kelly Center has provided 800+ hours of nutrition programming, 750+ hours of fitness programming, and 500+ hours of dance programming to 1,000+ neighborhood residents.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Esq. Tonia Gilbert
Term Start July 2017
Experience

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Management at Howard University in Washington DC, she earned a Doctor of Law degree from the Washburn University School of Law. Ms. Gilbert joined the Upper Room after spending 17 years in the Kansas City Public Schools in a variety of positions. In September 2000, she accepted the position of Staff Attorney, was promoted to Student Discipline Attorney in 2006, Director and Executive Director of the Office of Student Support and Community Services in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James recently appointed Ms. Gilbert to the KC Health Commission.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Hon. Lee Barnes Jr.June 2016 - June 2017
Jerry McEvoy 1999 - 2016
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Experience/Biography Lee has served as the Director of Operations for approximately 12 years. He also served as the Interim Executive Director for 1-year while our board conducted a search, and has now moved back into his original position as the Director of Operations. Lee also serves on City Council as the representative for Kansas City's 5th District-at-large. 
Title Director of Administration
Title Mary Kelly Center Director
Title Director of Child Development
Experience/Biography Twelve years of experience in for-profit child care managing facilities with up to 180 children. The last five years as Director of Child Development for Upper Rooom. Certified to facilitate "Up with Parents" Parenting Curriculum. Member of Swope Corridor Renaissance Board of Directors, plus member of Swope Parkway Church of Christ Women's Ministry.
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 15
Paid Part-Time Staff 500
Volunteers 1500
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Kansas City Public Library, Turn the Page KC, Kansas City Missouri Public Schools, Hogan Prep Academy, ArtsTech, Christmas In October, KC CARE Clinic, Connecting for Good, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, etc.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Lynne Beaver
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer/Donor
Term Mar 2015 to Mar 2018
Email board@scr-upperroom.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Lynne Beaver Community Volunteer
Linda Campbell Retired, CPA
Leon Dixon Community Volunteer
Dennis Dunmyer KC CARE Clinic
Kevin Fitzpatrick Investor / Community Volunteer
Vern Glover Retired, USDA
Ken Hager Retired, DST Systems
Mary L. Kelly Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association
Chris Mohart Polsinelli Shughart PC
Rev. Kirk Perucca Covenant Presbyterian Church
Paul Tancredi Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 42%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 22%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Audit
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments We have made a couple of additions to our board which we think will be very significant to our effectiveness. We have added Dennis Dunmyer from the KC CARE Clinic, so we now have someone to represent our healthcare initiatives on the board. We have also added Paul Tancredi, who is the President of the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association and parishoner at St. Therese Littleflower (an anchor church in the neighborhood). Finally, Linda Campbell, who joined in 2016, is our newest board member. Her experience as a CPA and serving on other boards in the past is a great asset to our team. We believe these additions will be crucial to our future growth as an organization and are happy to have the new members on board! 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,419,848
Projected Expenses $4,353,407
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$350,032$762,169$514,630
Government Contributions$5,089,941$6,500,031$6,230,338
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$5,089,941$6,500,031$6,230,338
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,179$966$753
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,894,076$5,961,369$6,427,202
Administration Expense$891,839$1,131,537$466,446
Fundraising Expense$225$6,618$3,250
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.020.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$5,508,965$7,264,324$6,297,179
Current Assets$2,289,612$3,967,416$3,180,319
Long-Term Liabilities$1,913,209$3,188,497$2,462,008
Current Liabilities$71,846$208,929$0
Total Net Assets$3,523,910$3,866,898$3,835,171
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.8718.99--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets35%44%39%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $500,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --21st Century Community Learning Center Grant $300,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hall Family Foundation $300,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room
Address 2803 E. 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 363-3819
Contact Email mgobet@scr-upperroom.org
CEO/Executive Director Esq. Tonia Gilbert
Board Chair Mrs. Lynne Beaver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer/Donor
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Upper Room