Social Impact Technology and Engineering, Inc. (SITE)
4825 Troost Ave., RM 108
Kansas City MO 64110
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 448-2033
Fax 816- 448-2047
Mission Statement
SITE’s mission is to eliminate education, socio-economic barriers impeding underserved and underrepresented individuals, from attaining meaningful employment in the region, while increasing access, equity, and diversity for the current and future STEM workforce in the Kansas City region.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark A. Irvin
Board Chair Mr. David D. Rentie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Semi-Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
SITE is in an ongoing effort to raise funding this year for 2019-20 programs. Your financial donations can be mailed to our organization or by supporting our individual program fundraising campaigns online.
 
We will gladly accept in-kind donations as well. Please contact us at 816-448-2033 or email us at sitekcinfo@gmail.com.
 
SITE is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your contributions may be tax-deductible.   
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement SITE’s mission is to eliminate education, socio-economic barriers impeding underserved and underrepresented individuals, from attaining meaningful employment in the region, while increasing access, equity, and diversity for the current and future STEM workforce in the Kansas City region.
Background Statement
SITE is built on founder Mark Irvin's decades of experience as a business owner, skilled trades educator, and youth mentor. As a mentor, Mark introduced urban students to STEM project-based learning with cutting edge technology. He saw firsthand how this approach engaged and opened their eyes to career possibilities in the STEM economy in ways that traditional STEM lessons could not. Based on this observation and a growing awareness of Kansas City's STEM economy and the workforce gap within it, Irvin developed SITE to complement existing STEM curricula with real-world learning experiences.
 
SITE's flagship program to date is Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), an all-day event for select high school juniors and seniors to tour advanced manufacturing plants and observe firsthand what it might be like to start a career in one. Since the first MFG Day in 2015, SITE has expanded to include (1) more in-depth tours for teachers and students to take a closer look at processes and technologies (Small-group Site Tours) and (2) a STEM career summit for girls to work together on hands-on projects and interact with female role models (GEM Day). As SITE's reputation for impactful learning experiences grows, so does its programs.
 
In 2019 as we enter our fifth year, we will continue to operate and adapt existing successful programs. We also aim to scale up impact by empowering out-of-school youth and adults with a new STEM Economy Education Nurtured (SEEN) Program. SEEN with its new U.S. Department of Labor, registered apprenticeship program, intends to break the barriers of the cultural norms that presumably all architect and engineering (A&E) professionals must have at least three years of A&E experience and a college degree. Moreover, expose and inspire aspirants; underserved and underrepresented especially people of color to pursue Building Information Modeling (BIM) and computational design as a career choice or an entrepreneur. BIM is an intelligent 3-D modeling process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage their projects. This type of training creates a value proposition for both industry and our targeted population.
Impact Statement

The year 2018 for SITE was a great year for outreach. We built new private, public and corporate relationships. Last year compared to sowing seeds, and we are excited about the harvest!

The Kansas City region is of the largest concentrations of architecture, engineering (A&E) and design firms in the country. It is a major economic vantage point for our region. Thus, leading to more career and business opportunities for our community.

SITE’s commitment is being an integral part of transforming the STEM economy concerning increasing equity and diversity within it. SITE’s workforce development training program is focused on the emerging process of Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is an intelligent 3-D modeling process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage projects.

Some of last year’s accomplishments and others we are drilling deeper to fine tune are:

1. Developing the STEM Economy Education Nurtured (SEEN) Program. The SEEN program incorporates and adapts SITE’s existing programs which include:
  1. High school students and educators STEM career tours throughout the year
  2. Consulting and exchanging STEM industry trends with relevant stakeholders, e.g., education systems, industry partners, students, and the community.
2. SITE was aligned as a Missouri Eligible Training Provider. This alignment will allow SITE to receive funding from the state to upskill individuals with our workforce development training programs.

3. SITE developed and was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor on an apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program develops an entirely new occupation. The occupation: Building Information Modeling Assistant (BIMA). The BIMA occupation is a hybrid position. Hybrid jobs are a blend of technical new-age skills that employers are favoring. The apprentice will be developed and become proficient overtime with capabilities that support AEC professionals.

 

Needs Statement
The SITE organization has proven its ability to create, develop and implement engaging STEM-related educational activities for students and educators, but needs Unrestricted Operating Support funding to sustain, scale up and enhance its programming efforts. Specifically, SITE seeks operating support to complete the launch and expansion for the SEEN Program. These operations will include:
  1. Core-infrastructure personnel
  2. Scholarships for thirty, students of the SEEN Program
  3. Community outreach and engagement
  4. All student support activities, supplies, and materials

With sustainable funding, SITE intends to expand its reach while continuing to benefit educators, students and architecture, engineering, construction, advanced manufacturing and other STEM-related industries. Currently, all SITE personnel have been uncompensated, but funding will help to change these efforts and increase the organization’s ability to carry out daily tasks for more successful output.
Service Categories
Vocational & Technical Schools
Engineering & Technology
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
According to a report published by Mid-America Regional Council in 2018. As KC Global Design firms seek talented workers, both to fuel growth and replace those who retire, they have two choices: attracts workers to the Kansas City region or grow their own talent at home. Both of these present challenges and opportunities.
 
Companies need tech-savvy new workers to carry increasingly digitized industries forward, but Millennials are poised to let this opportunity go by. Factors that may limit the supply of talented workers in A&E sectors include the perception of difficulty to enter the industry. As an African American, business owner and Kansas City native with connections to both the business world and the education sector, I see clearly the negative impact that this disconnect between industry and the future workforce has on our society. To ensure that Kansas City’s economy thrives and delivers equitable prosperity in the future, it is imperative that we as the community do all that we can to encourage and inspire the individuals who are underserved and underrepresented namely, people of color to pursue STEM-related careers.
 
SITE’s mission is to create and implement opportunities that eliminate education, social, and geographic barriers impeding underserved and underrepresented individuals, specifically people of color, from attaining meaningful employment in the region while increasing access, equity and diversity for the current and future STEM workforce of Kansas City’s region.
 
I feel privileged to have grown up and spent my career in this great city, and I am dedicated to ensuring our community can access all it has to offer. This is a passion that keeps me up late at night and rising early in the morning. In SITE’s first four years of existence, we have accomplished remarkable things, developing and growing our programs and our efforts. Over the next three years, we are poised to make an even more significant impact through programs that increase the number of high-quality STEM technicians that make up a new hybrid occupation to better support the A&E sectors. I believe that by engaging the philanthropic, corporate, education and community sectors, SITE can grow to become a high-impact, long-term-sustainable player in Kansas City’s, global reaching STEM economy.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Irvin
Executive Director
Programs
Description SEEN is a new U.S. Department of Labor, registered apprenticeship program designed to develop a hybrid occupation to better support architecture, engineering and construction professionals. This course introduces industry standard 2D & 3D CAD applications in both the architectural and construction fields. The architectural portion of the course covers the basics of 2D CAD for creating scaled drawing details. The construction portion of the course covers basic parametric modeling with BIM (Building Information Modeling) software including the concepts for planning, assemblies, drawings and embedded data. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. Moreover, the aspirants will be equipped to take exams for both CAD and BIM, and with the passing of the exams, acquire industry-recognized credentials (IRC).
Program Budget $321,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served Minorities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short term, our success will be measured by the number of people who participate in the SEEN program events and the feedback they and our relevant stakeholders provide on how it impacts their interest in and motivation toward STEM-related career opportunities.
Long-Term Success Our long-term success will be measured by the number of individuals who, after participating in SITE-CEED, enroll in SITE’s secondary school programs and the post-secondary programs offered by organizations such as Metropolitan Community College/SkillUP Missouri, KC Degrees, and others as appropriate. Ultimately, this program aims to improve quality of life within the black community of Kansas City, by increasing the rates of employment in stable, rewarding careers with wages that enable real prosperity. We hope to contribute to decreases negative indicators such as the proportion of disconnected youth, and increases positive indicators such as secondary and post-secondary graduation rates and proportions of families making the median income or more.
Program Success Monitored By

SEEN’s workforce development training includes a proactive, comprehensive, and consistent evaluation plan with benchmarks and tools to measure programmatic quality and impact. Some of the benchmarks include a high satisfaction rate (at least 90%) among stakeholders such as trainees and the employers who hire them. We will analyze the feedback from trainees, staff and our partners in business and industry for an objective and data-informed view of our work. This range of metrics allows us to make any needed adjustments as well as allowing us to demonstrate to our stakeholders how their respective investments pay off.

Examples of Program Success Corporate partners will engage us more seeking our program participants. Program participants will gain employment opportunities. 
Description

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is a national annual event to educate the future workforce about what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t – through such as open houses, public tours, and career workshops. SITE’s MFG Day program brings 11th and 12th graders and their teachers into some of Kansas City’s most exciting advanced manufacturing settings to introduce them to the career possibilities in the local STEM economy. The day is designed to inspire youth who were previously unaware of these possibilities to consider careers in advanced manufacturing or other high-tech STEM industries, and to seed relationships between manufacturers, the future workforce, and educators. SITE collaborates with other organizations that work with youth to help identify students who can benefit most from the program, such as YMCA and KC STEM Alliance, to maximize the program’s impact. This high-visibility event helps promote SITE overall to schools and businesses.

 

Program Budget $3,650.00
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term program success will be demonstrated through increased student interest in MFG Day and other programs year-on-year. We aim for students to seek out SITE based on word of mouth from their peers, and even to become peer advocates for the program themselves within schools. Another indicator of our success in serving both students and employers is the number and quality of relationships we can establish and grow with Kansas City area businesses and industries, and the number of business that sponsor MFG Day with both financial and other resources.
Long-Term Success MFG Day aims to improve perceptions of manufacturing and similar STEM skilled trade careers through exposure and education. Ultimately through these programs, student awareness of, positive perceptions of, and interest in these careers will increase.
Program Success Monitored By
  1. SITE developed benchmarked data system that will track students' goals, interest and aptitude in manufacturing.
  2. SITE will work with businesses to generate corporate interest in creating a built-in succession plan that includes the use of a reliable pool of highly skilled, enthusiastic, and innovative Kansas City youth. The number of students will be tracked on an annual basis.
  3. SITE will have helped corporations fulfill their interest in social responsibility in return the corporations’ will support our students and program by contributing to our program.
  4. SITE will increase student participation in SITE sponsored initiatives.
  5. SITE will increase volunteer participation each successive year.
Examples of Program Success Feedback from students and teachers alike on MFG Day 2015 was extremely positive. Based on the success of the 2015 event, and with support from KC STEM Alliance, in 2016, SITE brought 50 students and 7 educators from 7 different high schools for a day of hands-on technology experiences and facilities tours, beginning with the General Motors Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant and continuing to several other sites. In a testament to the program’s popularity and growth, among the 2016 cohort were 15 returning alumni of MFG Day 2015. Said one educator, “Most of [the GM employees] had been there 10, 20, 30 years. And to have [the students] hear that, to realize that this was a long term investment for them, and what a great work environment it was for them… that gives them something to aspire to.” In 2017, we aim to offer MFG Day to 90 students based on increasing demand.
Description While MFG Day is a fast-paced, whirlwind introduction to the world of STEM careers, smaller, single-facility tours throughout the year provide more in-depth learning experiences. During guided tours, participants are introduced to new technology, processes, and career possibilities while learning about the importance of quality work and education. These rewarding and informative guided tours offer eligible students and teachers the ability to learn about these careers in a new setting with the aim that they will incorporate their takeaways back into the classroom and help others understand the importance of these industries and the potential they hold.
Program Budget $7,600.00
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term program success will be demonstrated through increased student interest in tours year-on-year, and increased tour offerings through additional business partners. As noted in the MFG Day summary, we aim for students to seek out SITE based on word of mouth from their peers, and even to become peer advocates for the program themselves within schools.
Long-Term Success Like MFG Day and other SITE programs, tours aim to improve perceptions of manufacturing and similar STEM skilled trade careers through exposure and education. Ultimately through these programs, student awareness of, positive perceptions of, and interest in these careers will increase.
Program Success Monitored By
As tours work in a similar way to MFG Day, but on a deeper level, monitoring will comprise the same benchmarks:
  1. SITE developed benchmarked data system that will track students' goals, interest and aptitude in manufacturing.
  2. SITE will work with businesses to generate corporate interest in creating a built-in succession plan that includes the use of a reliable pool of highly skilled, enthusiastic, and innovative Kansas City youth. The number of students will be tracked on an annual basis.
  3. SITE will have helped corporations fulfill their interest in social responsibility in return the corporations’ will support our students and program by contributing to our program.
  4. SITE will increase student participation in SITE sponsored initiatives.
  5. SITE will increase volunteer participation each successive year.
Examples of Program Success To date, SITE has four advanced manufacturing facility tours for local students and teachers. The direct impact of these tours included 150 students, 10 teachers, and 3 school districts and a host of volunteers. Student feedback indicates that we are indeed raising awareness and shifting perceptions. Said one tour participant, “I’m just more of an artistic, right-brained side rather than left-brain side I guess. And I enjoyed this trip so much. I learned a lot and it was really – I’m surprised at how interested I am in this and I’m really glad I got to have this opportunity.”
Description In 2016, SITE developed and partnered with the KC STEM Alliance, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Community College - Business and Technology and hosted (GEM) Day – an all-day, all –girls event . designed to educate girls in a supportive, empowering environment on the many opportunities available to them in advanced manufacturing and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. GEM Day included a keynote speaker , breakout sessions, hands-on projects and guided tours a featured group of panelist for sharing insight and discussions about STEM related issues and classes and high-impact videos, featuring younger STEM professionals. Going forward we plan to hold two GEM Days each calendar year, one that focuses on girls and another for boys, reaching approximately 150 students annually.
Program Budget $2,000.00
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Manufacturing & Industry
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term program success will be demonstrated through increased requests for participation from business partners and increased student interest. Students will seek out the GEM Day program and express interest to their teachers.
Long-Term Success GEM Days are requested and facilitated at multiple career technical colleges locally and regionally, and garner multiple paying sponsors. GEM Day becomes as popular as Career Day at high-quality, best-practice educational agencies.
Program Success Monitored By
As GEM Days work in a similar way to MFG Day and tours, monitoring will comprise the same benchmarks:
  1. SITE developed benchmarked data system that will track students' goals, interest and aptitude in manufacturing.
  2. SITE will work with businesses to generate corporate interest in creating a built-in succession plan that includes the use of a reliable pool of highly skilled, enthusiastic, and innovative Kansas City youth. The number of students will be tracked on an annual basis.
  3. SITE will have helped corporations fulfill their interest in social responsibility in return the corporations’ will support our students and program by contributing to our program.
  4. SITE will increase student participation in SITE sponsored initiatives.
  5. SITE will increase volunteer participation each successive year.
Examples of Program Success Our first GEM Day attracted 135 girls, Grades 7-10. We secured participation from a panel of 5 women in STEM-related careers and a relevant keynote speaker. Feedback from GEM Day participants was extremely positive, and led to the realization that there is high need and demand for a similar event for boys. Metropolitan Community College - Business and Technology (MCC-BT), who partnered with SITE for the event, received a “Champions of Inclusion” award from MCC for their role. Another partner, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, provided the following feedback: “It was apparent that the students enjoyed much of the day learning about careers and aspects of manufacturing, as well as connecting with all of the STEM professionals in the room.. I think that the girls really connected early with [the keynote speaker]… and were more open to what they experienced throughout the day… It seemed like the girls really enjoyed GEM as they discovered various aspects of the manufacturing process.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Mark A. Irvin
Term Start Dec 2013
Experience SITE’s founder, Mark Irvin, has extensive experience in both skilled trades and education for underserved youth, which have proven invaluable as SITE continues to move forward. Mark’s skilled-trades training led him from high school to a successful career in construction, ultimately enabling him to run his own firm, KC MASS Services. Throughout his career he has worked to ensure that the future workforce can access similar economic rewards through relevant educational experiences. Prior to founding SITE, Mark’s education work included: serving as Executive Director for Are You Committed KC, a nonprofit providing life skills, job training, and apprenticeship placements to at-risk youth; founding The Charter School Group, which brings together education and corporate sector leaders to improve academic outcome for charter schools; and mentoring at-risk youth through MINDDRIVE. Through these endeavors, Irvin discovered the urgent necessity for the advanced manufacturing and STEM-related workforce while building important and valuable relationships with educators, school systems, and businesses, which now support SITE’s cross-sector partnerships.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Rentie
Company Affiliation Semi-Retired
Term Feb 2019 to Feb 2021
Email Drentie@sitekc.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Eddie HendersonRetired (General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant)
Mr. David RentieCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Crystal RodenbaughCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Martha ThompsonCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Tameka WilliamsonJohn Maxwell Team
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments The all-inclusive stakeholders include the education sector, parents, community, industry and most all the program aspirants . When I set about the task of identifying my board, it was very gratifying to have such a strong momentum and willingness of the group to get things accomplished for our community. The SITE board composition is 50% educators and 50% business/corporate sector. This composition directly mirrors the work we are trying to do in the industry by linking education/corporation to benefit urban youth. SITE is seeking to further identify board members/key advisors who can garner additional resources for the organization.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $334,250
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$28,898$22,521$15,350
Administration Expense$3,823$6,154$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.842.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%79%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Operating Budget2017View
Organization Name Social Impact Technology and Engineering, Inc. (SITE)
Address 4825 Troost Ave., RM 108
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 448-2033
Contact Email sitekcinfo@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark A. Irvin
Board Chair Mr. David D. Rentie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Semi-Retired
Year of Incorporation 2014