Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation
9301 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City KS 66112-1530
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 788-5657
Fax 913- 788-4410
Mission Statement

The mission of the Oak Ridge Youth Development School is to nurture, mentor, and empower youth to become critical thinkers and capable leaders in a global society.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Donna Hardy Ed.D.
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Hickman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Diversity Compliance & Testing Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Mail Check to ORYDC at 9301 Parallel Pkwy, KCKS 66112
  • You can also make donations on our website www.orydschool.org
  • In kind donations of E-Readers, IPADS, microscopes, Wi-Fi smart TVs
  • Visa, MasterCard, or American Express gift cards for field trips
  • Underwrite school buses for field trips
  • Underwrite Sylvan ACE-IT Reading and Math Programs and ACT Preparatory Exams.
  • Donate food for healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks for 6 weeks
  • Donate or under write Fun Services Carnival Equipment for Family Fun Night Annual Fundraiser
  • Donate IPad's and video equipment
  • Donate or underwrite staging equipment (stage and decorations) for Oak Ridge Experience Finale
  • Donate Finale Reception food (cupcakes, punch, fresh fruit)
  • Donate decorations for Finale Reception
  • Underwrite 12 College Interns ($3,500 each) teaching students
  • Underwrite scholarships for students ($350 each)
  • Volunteer as Harambee Reader during morning (15 minutes and book is provided if needed)
  • Volunteer to talk about careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)
  • Volunteer to assist in choreographing The Oak Ridge Experience Finale
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of the Oak Ridge Youth Development School is to nurture, mentor, and empower youth to become critical thinkers and capable leaders in a global society.

Background Statement
Located in western Wyandotte County, Oak Ridge Baptist Church has provided a summer youth program for economically disadvantaged minority youths since 2006. “Lift Them Up” provided a strong reading and math curriculum and offered youth development programs. We prevented a loss of learning in math and reading during the summer months. The church funded the program. In 2008, Oak Ridge became a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School and maintained an average enrollment of 175. Students read books that challenged them to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, schools, communities, nation, and world. In 2012, the Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation was formed. In order enhance the program, in 2014, ORYDC formed the Oak Ridge Youth Development School and is no longer affiliated with the Children’s Defense Fund. We will continue the standard of excellence and enhance our strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), student leadership, and community service.
Multigenerational mentoring occurs through hiring college interns who demonstrate their commitment to youth leadership development, social action, civic engagement, and youth empowerment. We also hire high school students, as Junior Interns, preparing leaders for the 21st century.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from 2018
  1. Partnered with the Providence YMCA to continue the "Swim for Life" program which provided basic swim lessons for 120 youth.  Results from pre-test showed that 57% of our participants were successful in completing seven (7) basic swim skills.  At the end of the program post-test results showed 88% of our participants were successful completing seven (7) basic swim skills.
  2. Partnered with Sylvan Learning to continue the ACEIt! Math to address achievements gaps in learning which resulted in a math grade equivalency growth of .85.
  3. Integrated and expanded technology using Samsung Nooks to facilitate ACT-Prep participants. Average composite growth score was 1.3.
  4. We partnered with Lexia Core 5 and Reading Plus reading programs.  With an average reading comprehension growth of 85%.

Goals for 2019:
  1. We are partnering with Educational Design Solutions, LLC. to implement the curriculum based programs, Symphony Math and College Ready to meet the individualized needs of our participants through technological applications.
  2. Continue to teach children how to recognize and prepare nutritious meals, increase fitness activities, and raising awareness of the importance of these attributes to create a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Continue our partnership with the Providence YMCA of Kansas City, KS in order to teach children how to swim, water safety and elimination of the fear of water.
  4. Continue to improve critical thinking, problem solving and concentration through strong emphasis in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math).
  5. Continue to build character education through creating an environment through education, community awareness and the Character Counts program.  Therefore encompassing our anti-bullying initiative.
  6. Continue to engage in capacity building trainings and workshops. Expand funding activities and sources.




 
Needs Statement
  • Program Operational Expenses ($195,000) which include: Sylvan ACE-IT Reading, Math and ACT College Prep, Swim for Life program and Kids in the Kitchen Nutrition Program and STEM activities, Food for breakfast, lunch and milk for breakfast & lunch.
  • Program Equipment: (75) Ipads ($37,125.00) 
  •  Management & Staff Salaries: ($82,300) which includes: Executive Director, Program Director, Site & Curriculum Coordinator, Fiscal Officer, Math Specialist, College Interns, Junior Interns, Security, Culinary and Consultants.
  • Classroom Supplies: ($6000)
  • Field Trips: ($4380) 
  • Staffing
  • 12 College Interns: $42,000
  • Program Director: $6000
  • Site Coordinator $4,500
  • Director of Finance $4500
  • Entrepreneurial Teacher $3000
  • Math Specialist: $3,500
  • Culinary, Custodial, Clerical, Security: $14,000
  • High School Junior Interns: $4,800
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Youth Development Programs
Mathematics
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Our program primarily serve youth in Wyandotte County, Kansas who primarily attend USD 500 Public Schools.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Oak Ridge Youth Development School is one of the top summer youth programs in Kansas City, KS. We will serve 130 students this year, primarily racial minorities from the urban core, many of which are from female-headed households and economically disadvantaged. We have a high rate of returning students and staff, which is a testament to the standard of excellence and the superior programming provided by our organization. Parents attend weekly meetings and are supportive of our program and fundraising efforts. In addition to our reading and math curriculum, we emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as other youth development programs. We believe that our program stimulate student interest and prevents the loss of learning that so often occurs over the summer months. We take pride in letting the students experience fun, while they are learning. We invested in E-Readers for a portion of our students in 2013, thanks to a grant from the Sprint Foundation. It is our intent to purchase E-Readers for every student. We continue our quest to stay innovative and welcome new ideas and technology to strengthen our operation. Our management is strong. Our Executive Director, Project Director, and Site Coordinator are all educators and the ED served as an Assistant Superintendent for the KCK USD 500 school district. We are providing summer employment for college students committed to our youth and giving high school students an opportunity to be of service as Junior Interns while gaining community service hours toward their high school graduation requirements. Our Board is comprised of talented individuals that have the capability of moving our organization forward. We are actively seeking grant opportunities and donations to sustain our program and starting early to enroll students and mobilize parents. We recruit our college students early in an effort to secure the beset and the brightest. We invite you to view our video clip available on our GKCCF link. We believe that it shows that the students that walk through our doors in June and have the “Oak Ridge Experience” leave us in July, better, brighter, and more confident when they arrived.
Dr. Ricky D. Turner, President
Programs
Description
The Oak Ridge Youth Development School has partnered with Sylvan Learning in order to prevent learning loss over the summer. Students will take part in ACEit!, Math Tutoring and ACT Prep programs. ACT participants have a year license that’s monitored through our program. These programs will pretest, educate, and post-test each student using the Group Math and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE). College interns are hired, trained, and provided lesson plans and needed tools to implement the curriculum. The College Interns have passed the Sylvan certification assessment prior to beginning instruction. The ACT Prep class is facilitated by a certified teacher. The curriculum is aligned to national and state education standards, and common core. Instructional plans are developed for each student and students enjoy being rewarded for their effort and achievement.
Program Budget $77,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our goal is to make math fun for students and to extend the learning into their lives. We want to prevent a summer learning loss, increase children's math performance, and ensure that students are prepared for the next school year.
Long-Term Success Our students are from urban areas where risk factors include lower academic achievement as measured by grades and standardized tests, lower graduation rates, and difficulties with reading and math. We hope our program will mitigate this impact by bridging the gap between the summer and fall and ultimately preparing students to be successful readers in college and the world of work.
Program Success Monitored By Our Site Coordinator will constantly monitor our classrooms. The SC will provide ongoing evaluations to ensure the best instruction is taking place. The post-test will provide measurable data and program progression individually and in group reporting format. Parents will also receive the results of their child's progress.
Examples of Program Success Student’s progress is assessed by their post-test data. (Example- 90% of our ACT Prep. participants showed growth.)
Description ORYDS is placing a strong emphasis on STEM activities. We partner with the Kansas City Kansas Community College to provide a variety of science experiments to our students’ grade K-8 that meet state standards. Dr. Edward Kremer, Dean of the Department of Math, Science, and Technology prepares the curriculum and trains our teachers to deliver the science experiments. We also added Lego’s to our STEM program. Research shows that using Lego’s peak interest, help build vocabulary, and activate the thought process.
Program Budget $6,000.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success We introduced STEM in a non-threatening way to our students. The activities peeked their curiosity. They loved the experiments and knowledge that came with the activities. Students loved to discuss the scientific facts of their experiments and even presented what they learned during our Finale Program.
Long-Term Success Employment occupations related to STEM is projected to grow rapidly. STEM education is necessary for preserving our capacity for innovation and discovery and for ensuring U.S. economic strength and competiveness. Our goal is to educate our students in STEM so that they are able to compete in a 21st century marketplace. We also want to increase the ability of minority and female students to learn deeply and think critically in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Program Success Monitored By Our Site Coordinator is constantly monitoring our classrooms during the day to make sure that students are actively engaged.  The students can explain what they are doing and are engaged in conversation with each other.
Examples of Program Success Parents are reporting that their child/children are asking them to buy supplies to engage in science experiments at home.  Many students that never had an interest in science are now enjoying learning in this subject area.
Description
ORYDS developed an Integrated Health Curriculum to address nutrition, health, and wellness. Students will be provided with a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack using the MyPlate.gov menu. We have partnered with the Providence YMCA of Kansas City to provide differentiated swimming lessons to our students. The Wyandotte County K-State Research and Extension has partnered with us to provide Kids in the Kitchen. In this program, students will learn about nutritional foods and how to prepare healthy foods and snacks. Parents also have the opportunity to be involved in this learning through our parent meetings. Our goal is for students to be able to use what they learned to create, organize, and manage a Healthy Cantina for our school.
 
ORYDS will continue chess as part of our curriculum for all students K-12. The students will learn the art of playing chess. Playing chess will teach our students to plan, set goals, problem-solve, and think critically. After learning the game, students will participate in a chess tournament.
Program Budget $18,000.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short term, the students learn about healthy food choices and are introduced to different foods for healthier living, i.e. kale chips, plumcots, salt free diet, and an abundance of raw vegetables from our salad bar.  The students also learn a series of exercises for physical fitness, that over time become routine and fun for them.  They also learn how to read labels for food content and to make choices at fast food restaurants that were less fattening.  
Long-Term Success Long term, the program will change eating habits, creating a culture of label readers, making healthy choices about the fat contents, sodium, calories, sugars and carbohydrates contained in the food that they eat. Through swimming, students will learn water safety and swimming technics. Chess stimulates our students minds to think critically and to problem solve.  The program will change the awareness of the benefit of exercise and how it can be worked into their daily schedule.  Students will develop a healthy lifestyle that will control obesity and help them to live longer lives free of diseases caused by obesity like diabetes and heart attacks. Their knowledge will transfer to their families and friends, which is the catalyst for change and the reduction of diseases like diabetes, and heart problems in our society, especially Wyandotte County, where obesity is great among our young people, especially minority children.    
Program Success Monitored By This program is executed in partnership with K-State Research and Extension. We monitor students knowledge of healthy nutritional practices before and after the program through the Retro Teacher Feedback Survey provided by K-State. The survey also addresses the students' participation in physical activities.
Examples of Program Success

The students are enjoying healthy meals, salad bar is empty each day.  Students learned to become safe around water and successfully execute swim techniques taught.

Description ORYDS partners with Educational Design Solutions a technology based program to implement Lexia Core 5 & Reading Plus Reading Programs. According to research Lexia has been proven to accelerate the development of critical fundamental literacy skills in elementary grades. Data indicate that even the most severely struggling students are benefiting from Reading Plus practice. For severely challenged readers facing Common Core demands, one report indicates that it may be possible to narrow substantially the gap between where students are and where they are expected to be with consistent and well-designed opportunities to read. We use Lexia Core 5 grades K-3 (Grade 4 if indicated) and Reading Plus grades 4-8. Each student is pre-tested and prescribed individual lessons to support their academic needs. Scholars are then given a post-test to show their growth. The students have access to these two reading programs for a full year.
Program Budget $24,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our goal is to make reading fun for students and instill the concept of reading as a lifelong journey. We want to prevent the summer learning loss, increase children's reading performance, and help prepare students for the next school year.
Long-Term Success Our students are from urban areas where risk factors include lower academic achievement as measured by grades and standardized tests, lower graduation rates, and difficulties with reading. We hope our program will mitigate this impact by bridging the gap between the summer and fall and ultimately preparing students to be successful readers in college and in a global society.
Program Success Monitored By Program successes are monitored using our post test scores.
Examples of Program Success
  • 100% of our program participants increased in their individual grade level skills.
  • 86% of program participants either completed a skill set or had an 80% or above in comprehension.
Description
ORYDS Entrepreneurial Program began with 24 hours of staff training in the implementation of the New York Entrepreneurship curriculum (NYE). Our program is implemented by a certified teacher with the support of college Interns. The students were introduced to the various modules (1 – 12) of the curriculum as they concurrently engaged in the Business Plan process. The students assessed themselves for: what it would take to be an entrepreneur; what is needed in their communities that they could fulfill; what it would take to get started with their business idea; and, how would they get the word out to the community that they were open for business—the Marketing Plan. These students prepared prototypes of their projects for our Finale showcase.
Additionally we have an entrepreneurship creations, innovations and inventions class, where several categories were explored.
It allowed many ideas and thought processes to be stimulated by students.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success  As students work through the business plan process.  They chose to carry out the  naming of their business " KCCases"  throughout its entirety. "KCCases" is a customized cell phone case. They pinpointed a market opportunity, they designed and manufactured the product, created the brand, marketed and displayed the product. Through the survey process we found that students interest were heightened and empowered them to consider entrepreneurship as a career opportunity.
Long-Term Success Students are exposed to entrepreneurship as an alternative vocation.  They are able to plan and execute a business from the curriculum presented. Additionally it is our hope that students interested in being entrepreneurs would give back and provide services to their community.
Program Success Monitored By  Program surveys and instructor feedback.
Examples of Program Success During the program, students generated several business idea's. Some of which they have established such as; lawn mowing and baked goods.
CEO Comments
We serve approximately 120 student this year, primarily racial minorities from the urban core, many of which are from female headed households and economically disadvantaged families. We have a high rate of returning students, and staff, which is a testament to the standard of excellence and the superior programming provided by our organization. Parents attend scheduled meetings and are supportive of our programs. We have placed a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, our entrepreneurial and other youth development programs. We believe our program stimulates student interest and prevents the loss of learning that so often occurs over the summer months. We take pride in making the students' experience fun, while they are learning and augment their curriculum with great field trips. We purchased 25 IPads and look forward to purchasing one for all 120 students. We will continue our quest to stay innovative and welcome new ideas and technology to strengthen our operation. As with many nonprofit organizations, our challenges include funding for our program, although ORYDC is vigilant in providing funding for our program. This quest requires substantial resources to provide the quality program that we aspire to continue to deliver to our families. We have established a fund-raising committee consisting of staff, volunteers and parents. This committee seek fund-raising opportunities, organize and initiate them throughout the year.
Dr. Donna Hardy
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Donna Hardy Ed.D.
Term Start June 2008
Experience Served as Assistant Superintendent for the Kansas City Kansas USD 500 School District.
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title Math Coordinator
Title Site Coordinator- STEM Coordinator
Title Finance Director
Experience/Biography  
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 31
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 10
Retention Rate 80%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

 

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Sylvan Learning
  • Providence Branch YMCA of Kansas City Kansas
  • K-State Research and Extension 
  • Education Design Solutions
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Hickman
Company Affiliation Diversity Compliance & Testing Group
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2021
Email julie.hickman@dctlearn.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Mark BidellSupt., Kansas City MO Public Schools
Mr. Matthew BrowningVice President and Branch Manager, Bank Midwest, Kansas City, Kansas
Dr. Doris GivensPresident, Kansas City Kansas Community College
Ms. Julie HickmanPresident, Diversity Compliance & Testing Group, Inc.
Mr. Joshua PrichardOwner, Chick Fil A @ The Legends
Dr. Ricky D. TurnerPastor, Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Finance
Board Governance
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Program / Program Planning
Administration
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Marketing
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Sadie BirchardProvidence YMCA / Ball Family Center
Mrs. Kwamea EdgelyORYD Students Parents
Dr. Shalaunda GrayFamily Physician
Ms. Karla R Jones Esq.Attorney at Law
Mrs. Diana MoodyDirector of Operations, New York Life
Ms. Leala TaylorPrincipal, KCK Public Schools
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $243,000
Projected Expenses $253,963
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$84,620$120,699$50,985
Government Contributions$62,500$60,000$65,000
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$62,500$60,000$65,000
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$37,101$77,370$69,810
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$24,416$3,757$2,829
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Other$1,626--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$202,389$207,723$228,392
Administration Expense$36,953$38,841$22,196
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.060.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%84%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$48,755$37,634$14,950
Current Assets$38,385$33,160$13,119
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$48,755$37,634$14,950
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 --Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church $65,200Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church $93,198
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Greater Kansas City Community Foundation $50,000Unified Government Hollywood Casino $40,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Unified Government Hollywood Casino $45,000Kansas Health Foundation $25,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation
Address 9301 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 661121530
Primary Phone (913) 788-5657
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Donna Hardy Ed.D.
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Hickman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Diversity Compliance & Testing Group
Year of Incorporation 2012