High Aspirations Inc.
6320 Brookside, Suite 263
Kansas City MO 64113
Playing chess
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 305-3334
Mission Statement
  • High Aspirations will raise African American males’ aspirations by initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of their lives spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Henry W. Wash MPA
Board Chair Mr. Damon Bryant
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fox 4 News
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
  • High Aspirations will raise African American males’ aspirations by initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of their lives spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically.
Background Statement Founded in 2004, High Aspirations is a Kansas City, MO, 501(c)(3) organization that provides a  proactive mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African American males ages 8-18 in the Kansas City urban core. Our organization’s objective is to reach low-income at-risk youth, who spend their childhoods in a disadvantaged environment beset by crime and violence.
 
Nationally, when reviewing the number of homicides that occur on a regular basis in the United States, 30% of them are honor roll students. When the data are broken down to category order they show majority of the 30% are young African American males. African-American males are the perpetrators and targets of the majority of local violence. High Aspirations primary purpose is to target the 30% population of young African American males 8-18 in Kansas City’s urban core who are interested in making positive life choices.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments from 2016: 

  • Increased Mentors and Volunteers by 50% 
  • Performed 2,256 hours of Community Service
  • 60% of our young men have been in the program at least 4 years
 
Goals for 2017: 
  • Establish trademark, brand and copyright
  • Take 29 young men to Kids Across America to establish more depth in leadership council
  • Establish more depth in our evaluation and matrix (partner with KU)
Needs Statement
  • We need to find a partner to share space with for programming 
  • We need a 15 passenger van to go on college tours and take our young men on field trips
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • More resources to grow the program
Service Categories
Youth Development-Citizenship
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core

These young men principally live in Kansas City's urban core, which approximates from the Missouri river to 95th Street; State Line to I-435. The statistics for the urban core are dire- the median family income is $34,100 and within the Kansas City School District where over 80% of all students receive free/reduced lunch. Eighty-seven (87%) of all public housing units through-out the city are in the African American dominated census tracts. The majority of our participants are living in either single-parent female headed or grandparent-headed households.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The program values assessment, strategy and action planning for each mentee’s process. Its pre/post-test measures what young men have control over verses what they do not (Internal and External Focus of Control). It was designed by Dr. Lester Blue. When our mentees first enter the program they are placed on observation and given a chance to earn higher levels of the following: Fundamentals, High Standards and High Aspirations. We have three pillars that hold this organization together our mothers group, mentor advisory council and our board. This is why I love being involved.   

Damon Bryant, Board Chair
Programs
Description
  • 1st Saturday: chess session builds critical thinking skills, patience and healthy competition.
  • 2nd Saturday focuses on leadership training that develops the youth’s skills in leadership, participation and fosters success in home, school and community. We develop them through debate and public speaking.
  • 3rd Saturday is a pre-collegiate program created in partnership with local community colleges/universities that focuses on academic preparation and success. First three Saturdays after the session study hall is held for 2 hours.
  • 4th Saturday of the month is when the group (mentors and mentees alike) volunteers in the community; these activities foster the development of work skills and social engagement. 
  • High Aspirations, mentors are responsible for 7 young men at a 7:1 ratio. The mentors call their group of 7 young men once a week to support/coach them into manhood. High Aspirations model focuses largely on support.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Males, ,
Short-Term Success

High Aspirations has four different levels connected to the situational leadership model. The first level is observation, level two is Fundamentals, level three is High Standards and level four is High Aspirations. There are different requirements for each level that correlate to expectancy and there are benefits to each level. High Aspirations, has a student-led Leadership Council wherein each level is represented. The aforementioned group is allowed to give consistent feedback on new ideas and ways to make High Aspirations' programming more relevant and influential in creating a positive cultural system for participants. The Leadership Council is also allowed to assist with High Aspirations program governance matters.

Long-Term Success
  • Every Saturday we hold programs to measure satisfaction
  • Surveys from young men to see what they want to add/improve to program
  • The ultimate goal is to build men that are well educated, highly skilled, entrepreneurial and prepared to be loyal husbands and loving fathers.  They, in turn, will give back to the community as mentors to a new wave of High Aspirations young men.
Program Success Monitored By

HA uses a series of metrics designed to demonstrate the program's positive impact. Pre- and post-testing is conducted electronically (Survey Monkey), given to each new participant on the third Saturday of the month, and measures generalized and achievement expectancy.

To measure achievement expectancy, we collect each participant’s grade cards and assess changes in grades over the school year.

Another important guide to measuring the progress of each mentee is the five-step, five-year goal setting plan that the mentee in collaboration with and support from their mentor develops at the beginning of their involvement in the program. The plans are reviewed every three months to ensure the mentee is making progress towards their goals. The plans are updated annually to include new goals or set new timelines based on individual circumstances.

Board member, Dr. Lester Blue designed the test. KU and UMKC assist in evaluating data or revising the metrics as needed.

Examples of Program Success

Robert Rimpson has been a participant in High Aspirations since 8th grade. At the start of the program he had lofty goals. Since he began High Aspirations Robert has made good grades and has far beyond exceeded his mothers expectations. He has improved socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. He graduated from High School and received his Associate of Arts degree at the same time in one year. He now attends Florida A&M on a full Scholarship.  

Description
  • Mentees have created a volunteer based social entrepreneurial lawn-mowing program for the mentees during the spring/ summer/months
  • The mentees of High Aspirations volunteer during the spring/summer performing landscaping activities every fourth Saturday for two hours from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The young men learn how to maintain lawns through cutting abandoned overgrown and unmaintained lots in the inner city.
  • This program is being used to teach the young men the value of hard work, the value of money-management and savings through a partnership/coaching with Mariner Wealth Advisors and Arvest Bank.
  • Once young men have obtained the skills necessary, they will receive their own push lawn mower to cut grass in their own neighborhood outside of the High Aspirations program time.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Males, ,
Short-Term Success

High Aspirations has four different levels connected to the situational leadership model. The first level is observation, level two is Fundamentals, level three is High Standards and level four is High Aspirations. There are different requirements for each level that correlate to expectancy and there are benefits to each level. High Aspirations, has a student-led Leadership Council wherein each level is represented. The aforementioned group is allowed to give consistent feedback on new ideas and ways to make High Aspirations' programming more relevant and influential in creating a positive cultural system for participants. The Leadership Council is also allowed to assist with High Aspirations program governance matters.

Long-Term Success

High Aspirations community service program has grown consistently in its impact and reach in the Greater Kansas City community. The program has assisted St. James hand out over 2000 food baskets, create over 3000 school snack packs at Harvesters Food Bank, maintain six vacant lots and ensure every prior commitment in the past has been honored.    

Program Success Monitored By

HA uses a series of metrics designed to demonstrate the program's positive impact. Pre- and post-testing is conducted electronically (Survey Monkey), given to each new participant on the third Saturday of the month, and measures generalized and achievement expectancy.

To measure achievement expectancy, we collect each participant’s grade cards and assess changes in grades over the school year.

Another important guide to measuring the progress of each mentee is the five-step, five-year goal setting plan that the mentee in collaboration with and support from their mentor develops at the beginning of their involvement in the program. The plans are reviewed every three months to ensure the mentee is making progress towards their goals. The plans are updated annually to include new goals or set new timelines based on individual circumstances.

Board member, Dr. Lester Blue designed the test. KU and UMKC assist in evaluating data or revising the metrics as needed.

Examples of Program Success
Joel is a changed young man. He has been a participant in High Aspirations since 10th grade. At the start of the program Joel had 0.5 credits. He graduated in the fall of 2015 earlier than expected because of his commitment to High Aspirations. Joel was also High Aspirations 2016 Lawn Crew Leader.
Description
The High Aspirations Olympics (“HA Olympics”) is a program that engages all young men, parents, and mentors in a way that stokes competition among the different mentoring groups, and rewards success to the young men for their consistent commitment to the program’s principles. The Olympics challenges the young men to strive for excellence in four key areas:
  • Academics
  • HA Activities
  • Relationship Building 
  • Community Service 
There are two Olympics seasons each year. One is in the Fall and one the winter. Like the professional Olympic events, the team with the best team work does win the season, along with a traveling trophy and other prizes.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  • Increased Attendance
  • Greater Participation During High Aspirations Sessions
  • Improved Academic Performance
  • Better Interaction with Mentors
  • Greater Accountability to team/ Program
Long-Term Success
  • Increased Attendance
  • Greater Participation During High Aspirations Sessions
  • Improved Academic Performance
  • Better Interaction with Mentors
  • Greater Accountability to team/ Program 
Program Success Monitored By
The program success is monitored through High Aspirations Program Specialist. We have total point tracking grid to monitor the success. 

Too, HA uses a series of metrics designed to demonstrate the program's positive impact. Pre- and post-testing is conducted electronically (Survey Monkey), given to each new participant on the third Saturday of the month, and measures generalized and achievement expectancy.

To measure achievement expectancy, we collect each participant’s grade cards and assess changes in grades over the school year.

Another important guide to measuring the progress of each mentee is the five-step, five-year goal setting plan that the mentee in collaboration with and support from their mentor develops at the beginning of their involvement in the program. The plans are reviewed every three months to ensure the mentee is making progress towards their goals. The plans are updated annually to include new goals or set new timelines based on individual circumstances.

Board member, Dr. Lester Blue designed the test. KU and UMKC assist in evaluating data or revising the metrics as needed.

Examples of Program Success The "Green Team" won the first season Olympics and they all improved in their grades, attendance, High Aspirations activities and social interaction.  
CEO Comments High Aspirations, is currently seeking interns that will be a good fit for the organization. Furthermore expand our reach to more young men and mentors. Another challenge facing High Aspirations is the competition between life reality (present) and life possibilities (future forward looking). Many of our young men come from home lives beyond their control where they are surrounded by negative environmental influences. Our program is focused on preparing for the future and working on the character of the young men; these are intangible things. The mentors serve as visual motivation; many were in the same situation as young men and have life stories that can aid in motivating our young men to keep moving forward in a positive manner. We are also aware that the need for High Aspirations services in Kansas City continues to grow exponentially each year but at this time we are not in a financial position to expand our reach as we would like to do.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Henry W. Wash MPA
Term Start Nov 2010
Experience

The founder of High Aspirations, Henry W. Wash, possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, minor in African American Studies, a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Urban Affairs. Henry serves as the chief operating officer and is responsible for representing the organization in the community. He participates in fundraising, development, and overseeing the future of the organization.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 70
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 2
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 Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

We partner with several community organizations to ensure our programs adequately meet the needs of the young men we serve. Our partners include: 

  • SCR/Upper Room - they provide us transportation for a discounted rate, we refer students to them and they provide tutorial services to our youth as needed. We are currently in discussion with them regarding providing mentoring services at the newly open Mary Kelly Community Center. 
  • UMKC Cultural House, Penn Valley Community College and the Lucile Bluford Library - provide meeting space for Saturday programming sessions.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Mickey Dean Leadership and Commitment awardCity of Kansas City2014
2015 Class of Rising StarsKC Independent2015
SpotlightAEI, FDIC2015
Buck O'Neil Legacy SeatKansas City Royals2015
Jack and Jill of America KCMO ChapterJack and Jill of America KCMO Chapter2017
CEO Comments

The founder of High Aspirations, Henry W. Wash, is an excellent leader. There are always things we can improve. We should continue to raise more dollars to aid High Aspirations in serving more young men.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Damon Bryant
Company Affiliation Fox 4 News
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Lester Blue Private Psychiatric Practice
Mr. Damon Bryant WDAF-TV 4
Ms. Jeanette Countee Hallmark Inc.
Mr. William Dunn Jr.JE Dunn Construction Company
Ms. Angie Fingers Concerned Mothers of High Aspirations
Ms. Anita Maltbia Green Impact Zone
Mr. Doug Ngomsi Deloitte
Mr. Robert Sniezek Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
Mr. Stan Stark Arbor creek tax service
Mrs. Erica Stone UMKC Proffessor
Mr. Zachary Thompson Clay County Prosecutors Office
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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 Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bill Dana
Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. David Gershon
Mr. Daniel Gerson
Mr. Doug Heck
Mr. Crosby Kemper III
Mr. Jacob Kern
Mrs Gayle Krigel
Mr. Glen Posladeck
Mr. John Schmidt
Mr. Rico Tejada
Mr. Patrick Trysla
Mr. Brian Wimes
CEO Comments High Aspirations is currently seeking a marketing person to serve on our board. We should see a qualified candidate fill the position soon. We desire to keep this a first class organization and having a solid marketing person will assist the organization in this area.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $252,250
Projected Expenses $226,716
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$138,087$102,752$84,096
Administration Expense$48,413$56,988$49,790
Fundraising Expense$14,356$12,797$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.181.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%60%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$171,322$179,486$147,015
Current Assets$170,725$177,028$143,531
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,949$3,982$2,469
Total Net Assets$162,373$175,504$144,546
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.0844.4658.13
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $8,200
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $7,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments


Organization Name High Aspirations Inc.
Address 6320 Brookside, Suite 263
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 305-3334
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Henry W. Wash MPA
Board Chair Mr. Damon Bryant
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fox 4 News
Year of Incorporation 2010