Oak Ridge Youth Development Corporation
9301 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City KS 66112-1530
Enjoying Sean Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Class"
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 788-5657
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.

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
Financial Summary
Revenue Expense Area Graph

Comparing revenue to expenses shows how the organizations finances fluctuate over time.

Source: IRS Form 990

Net Gain/Loss:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.
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 2016: 

  1. Implemented the "Swim for Life" program which provided basic swim lessons for 135 youth. 
  2. Partnered with Kansas City Kansas Community College to implement a STEM program that met state standards.
  3. Partnered with Sylvan Learning to implement the ACE-IT Reading, Math and ACT-College Prep to address achievements gaps in learning which resulted in a increase of grade level of .55%.
  4. Partnered with K-State Research and Extension in implementing  the "Kids in the Kitchen" program which address healthy eating and preparation of foods.. Utilized the MyPlate.gov healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack.
  5. High school students earned community service project at Union Station, Harvesters, and houses for the developmentally disabled (Mastin House, Hillcrest Transitional Housing).
  6. Integrated and expanded technology using E-Readers in the reading, math, chess and science curriculum.


Goals for 2017:
  1. Continue to strengthen reading and math skills by continuing our partnership with Sylvan Learning.
  2. Increase ACT scores of 9th-12th grade scholars through the Sylvan ACT Prep program.
  3. Introduce and 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.
  4. Partnering with the Providence YMCA of Kansas City, KS in order to teach children how to swim, water safety, and eliminating the fear of water.
  5. Continue chess to improve critical thinking, problem solving, and concentration.
  6. Continue to build character education and implement an anti-bullying campaign through creating an environment through education, community awareness and the Character Counts program.
  7. Engage students in activities that teach diversity and cultural tolerance.
  8. Continue to engage in capacity building activities including;development of a community advisory board and expanding funding activities and sources.
Needs Statement
  • Program Operational Expenses ($120,994.00) 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: (15) Computers and a (15) passenger van. ($62,750)
  •  Management & Staff Salaries: ($97,625.00) which includes: Executive Director, Program Director, Site & Curriculum Coordinator, Fiscal Officer, Math Specialist, College Interns, Junior Interns, Security, Culinary and Consultants.
  • Classroom Supplies: ($3000)
  • Field Trips: ($4380) 
  • Staffing
  • 12 College Interns: $42,000
  • Program Director: $5,000
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction: $4,500
  • Math Specialist: $3,500
  • Culinary, Custodial, Clerical, Security: $14,000
  • High School Junior Interns: $4,800
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
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

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! Reading and Math Tutoring Program. This program will pretest, educate, and post-test each student using the Group Reading and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) and 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 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.
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Our goal is to make reading and math fun for students and to extend the learning into their lives. We want to prevent a sumer learning loss, increase children's reading and 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 We get feedback from parents about the student’s progress. We often get comments about how the students are enjoying and improving their skills in reading and math.
Description ORYDS is placing a strong emphasis on STEM activities. We partnered with the Kansas City Kansas Community College to provide a variety of science experiments to our students grade 3-12 that meet state standards. Dr. Edward Kremer, Dean of the Department of Math, Science, and Technology prepared the curriculum and trained our teachers to deliver the science experiments. We are also using 4-H Clover Kids Science for our kindergarten - 2nd grade. It is an inquiry approach to build young scientists.
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
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 engaged. We also have a STEM Coordinator who will be monitoring classrooms during STEM activities to make sure students are engaged, focused, and learning. The students can explain what they are doing and are engaged in conversation with each other.
Examples of Program Success Several parents told us during Open House how glad they were to have their students engaged in such a wide variety of STEM activities. Many students that never had an interest in science are now enjoying learning in this subject area.
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.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Short term the students will be able to play chess and realize some satisfaction and enhanced self esteem from learning the game.  They may join a chess club at school and gain a new skill.  Chess will also improve their ability to plan and implement school projects because of the requirement to plan and focus in the chess game.  All of the chess skills are transferrable and the students will learn this quickly.
Long-Term Success Long term, students will learn planning skills and to focus and strategize, all very important skills for success in high school, college and the workplace.  They may also become proficient at chess and become eligible for college scholarships and monetary gain depending on their level of proficiency.
Program Success Monitored By We actually use a chess curriculum for this component of our program.  We interviewed students to find out how many had played the game and even knew what it was. We monitored how many could actually move the chess pieces correctly and actually play a game.  The results were every child could play and name the pieces by the end of the program.
Examples of Program Success When you can walk into a kindergarten and the students are all raising their hand to name the chess pieces and what they do, you know that learning has taken place.  When a 5th grade student, who has never played before,  beats all of the students in his class and is the challenger to a ninth grade student that knew how to play chess before, you know that learning has taken place.  When students are playing chess in their free time and at home, you know that learning has taken place.  All of this happened during our program. 
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 students will use what they learned to create, organize, and manage a Healthy Cantina for our school. Students will gain a real world experience with becoming an entrepreneur and they will be able to use their incentive tokens to purchase items from the store. Students will also participate in physical activities with age appropriate games.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
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.  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 will be done in partnership with K-State Research and Extension. We will 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 the healthy meals. The complaints about the absence of salt became less and less and children actually began to ask for seconds on some of the favorites. The students enjoy the salad bar and it is empty each day.
ORYDS has classes for high school students and hires high school students as Junior Interns.  Both the students and Junior Interns participate in weekly community service projects in the community gaining hours toward their high school requirements.  They also learn the importance of volunteering in the community.
Short Term - Students learn about various places in their community to volunteer and they earn community service hours.
Long Term - They learn the joy and the importance of giving back to their community.  Learning this as youth makes it more likely that they will volunteer as adults and become caring leaders. 
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success Short term, the students learn about new volunteer opportunities available to them in the community.  Some had never volunteered before.  We debriefed the volunteer opportunities and many of the students said that they would like to volunteer at the sites again.  Each agency was pleased with the service provided by our students and requested that they come again.  The experience raises the self esteem of the students and provides another group of volunteers for the agency.  We also provide the students other venues for community service, which they intend to follow up on during the school year.
Long-Term Success Our high school students went out weekly to volunteer their services to a worthwhile organization, i.e. Assisting in the classrooms, Harvesters, Union Station, Homes for the Disabled...  Research shows that when students volunteer at a young age, that they continue to give back to their community as adults.  We are helping to develop leaders and future volunteers for our community and providing the students with hours toward their high school community requirements for graduation.
Program Success Monitored By The students had not been to some of the agencies that were chosen for this year.  The trimmed hedges, painted and did various other ground work at the home for the disabled.  They were lukewarm to the idea, but began to work as a team and at the end were proud of their accomplishments and humbled by the thanks received from the residents and agencies we supported.  This signaled success and they repeated the job at another facility.  They also found that volunteering can be fun.  They did a great job at Union Station, and got to see the exhibit for free...a win win for all.  The students completed 100% every community service assignment.
Examples of Program Success  Each agency has requested Oak Ridge to return to do community service.  Some were repeat from previous years, which indicates that we have a good disciplined that is dedicated to making a difference.  Some of the students that were in our program last year told us of other community service opportunities that they participated in during the school year.  This demonstrated that we were impacting their value system regarding volunteering and creating future leaders.
CEO Comments
Oak Ridge CDF Freedom School was one of the top three Freedom Schools in the country and the premier Freedom School in Kansas City.  Oak Ridge is used by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) as a model for organizations seeking to become a Freedom School.  We are no longer affiliated with CDF, however, the same summer youth development program of excellence will continue under the Oak Ridge Youth Development School (ORYDS).  We will serve approximately 130 student 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 thje standard of excellence and the superior programming provided by our organization.  Parents attend weekly meetings and are supportive of our program and funraising efforts.  We have placed a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, as well as other youth develoment programs.  We believe our program stimulates student interest and prevents the loss of learning thjat so often occurs over the summer months.  We take pride in making thje students' experience fun, while they are learning and augment their curriculum with great field trips. We purchased 39 E-Readers last year and look forward to purchasing one for all 130 students.  We will continue our quest to stay innovative and welcome new ideas and technology to strengthen our operation.  As with many non profit organizations, we are constantly seeking funding for our program, although ORYDC provides substantial funding for our program and parents conduct annual fundraising activities.
Dr. Stephen Green, President 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Donna Hardy Ed.D.
Term Start June 2008
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience Served as Assistant Superintendent for the Kansas City Kansas USD 500 School District.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title Finance Director
Title Math Coordinator
Title Site Coordinator- STEM Coordinator
Paid Full-Time Staff 31
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 4
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


  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Sylvan Learning
  • Providence Branch YMCA of Kansas City Kansas
  • K-State Research and Extension 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Hickman
Company Affiliation Diversity Compliance & Testing Group
Term June 2015 to Dec 2017
Email julie.hickman@dctlearn.com
Board Members
Mr. Matthew Brandmeyer Brandmeyer Foundation
Mr. Matthew Browning Vice President and Branch Manager, Bank Midwest, Kansas City, Kansas
Dr. Doris Givens President, Kansas City Kansas Community College
Ms. Julie Hickman President, Diversity Compliance & Testing Group, Inc.
Dr. Rodney Smith Associate Director of the Center for Academic Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dr. Ricky D. Turner Pastor, 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
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
Board Governance
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Sadie Birchard Providence YMCA / Ball Family Center
Mrs. Kwamea Edgely ORYD Students Parents
Ms. Deidra Elijah Former ORYD Student / College Student
Dr. Shalaunda Gray Family Physician
Mr. Malichi Hibler ORYD Student Junior Intern, High School Student
Reverend Russ Hines Pastor, Open Door Baptist Church of Kansas City, KS
Ms. Karla R Jones Esq.Attorney at Law
Mrs. Diana Moody Director of Operations, New York Life
Ms. Leala Taylor Principal, KCK Public Schools
Mr. Sam West Owner, Chick Fil-A Restauraunt, Kansas City, KS
CEO Comments

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $373,571
Projected Expenses $373,571
Audit Documents
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
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$228,392$133,767$182,167
Administration Expense$22,196$26,340$26,606
Fundraising Expense$0$2,722$2,083
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.801.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%82%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%5%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$14,950$18,933$15,836
Current Assets$13,119$16,643$14,462
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$14,950$18,933$15,836
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 AmountOak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church $93,198Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church $95,198Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church $84,574
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnified Government Hollywood Casino $40,000Sprint Foundation $10,000Unified Government of Wyandotte County $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas Health Foundation $25,000 --Family $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
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