Ivanhoe Youth Development Inc. dba Urban Christian Academy
4328 Jackson Avenue
Kansas City MO 64130
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 895-2333
Mission Statement
We seek to provide a holistic education marked by academic excellence where students are exposed to Jesus and through Him are nurtured and inspired to become leaders in their community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kalie George
Board Chair Mr. Gary Phillips
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
We seek to provide a holistic education marked by academic excellence where students are exposed to Jesus and through Him are nurtured and inspired to become leaders in their community.
Background Statement

Simply put, we believe Christ is the only hope for the transformation of lives. When we look at the city we call home, we see His fingerprints all around us and at the same time we see the brokenness that sin has caused. From the effects of historical and ongoing racism to abuse and neglect, we’ve seen and experienced thedevastation that sin has caused in this community. Many are tempted to believe the lie that things can't change and dysfunction is hopelessly cyclical. But there is a Light that can pierce through the darkness and a Hope that can restore all that has been broken. We believe that God alone has the power to break through the chains of injustice in our city. We believe He has deep love and compassion on the least of these, that he longs to be a refuge for the weary and burdened. We see a quality education as an important key in the process of breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming broken parts of our city into flourishing communities. Therefore, our goal is to see our students on a different trajectory than the one their zip code dictates. We believe that while Jesus is the lynch pin to transformation, an excellent high-quality education is a vehicle to a myriad of life options we believe our students deserve and are capable of.

As they only tuition-free, private, Christian school in Kansas City, we take our calling very seriously. Our goal is to continue to serve our scholars and their families through elementary school, middle school, high school, and walk with them as they pursue higher-education.  
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments from 2014-2015:
  • Obtained 501(c)3 status
  • Obtained school building at 4328 Jackson Ave.
  • Launched inaugural kindergarten class
  • Recruited new class of kindergarten students and advanced inaugural class to first grade
  • Hired first grade teacher
  • Fully funded for 2015-2016 school year
Top Goals for 2015-2016:
  • Secure funding for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Hire a third teacher
  • Hire a bus driver and a school cook
  • Assign each student a volunteer reading mentor
Needs Statement
Top Four Most Pressing Needs:
  • $350,000 for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Volunteer reading mentors for each of the students
  • Support staff in the form of a bus driver and a cook. Currently the Executive Director is the only licensed CDL driver on staff
  • Additional space for growth
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I began the journey of launching Urban Christian Academy by asking the simple question, “What if?”  What if your zip code didn’t have so much weight in determining your access to a high quality education? What if kids fell in love with learning and were fueled by curiosity about the vast world God created? What if school discipline wasn’t just about changing behaviors but creating space for Jesus to change hearts? I realized the answer to all my what if questions led to a deep hope that the cycle of poverty can be broken, that scholars from under-resourced communities can defy all odds and achieve greatness, that the Gospel can break every chain and open every door.
Since our doors opened we’ve been fighting relentlessly for the scholars that are now part of our growing family. The prohibitive cost of a typical private Christian education excludes the families we have targeted, therefore we have removed that barrier and seek to provide a tuition free Christ-centered education. Each scholars tuition totals $7,500 and we have successfully partnered with members of this great community to sponsor each UCA scholar’s tuition up to this point. It’s beautiful to watch the ways this type of education is inspiring hope and building a solid foundation for scholars to pursue the life options we believe they deserve and are capable of achieving.
Our ultimate goal is provide a high quality, Christ-centered education. We employ several data driven ideologies to achieve this goal. We believe in experiential learning, therefore, we give our scholars as many chances as possible to touch what they are learning. We go on weekly field trips to meet this goal as well as bring in community leaders to share their experiences. We infuse arts education in every aspect of our learning to create well rounded thinkers. Class sizes are limited to 16 in order to provide a distinctively differentiated learning experience for each scholar. We create intentional times of worship and Biblical study so scholars can be exposed to the beauty of Jesus.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  • Instill a love for learning
  • Each scholar performing at or above grade level in reading
  • Each scholar performing at or above grade level in math
  • Scholars able to identify and reflect leadership character traits
Long-Term Success
We ultimately seek to equip and empower indigenous leaders who will grow up to be contributing members of their communities. We see college as a vital part in reaching this goal.  Therefore we will create a rigorous and compelling educational experience that will give scholars the skills they need to pursue college and career options.
Program Success Monitored By
Teachers, Board of Directors, Advisory Board and outside input from accreditation agencies.
Examples of Program Success
  • In our first year, all students being promoted to the next grade were reading at or above grade level.
  • Multiple families have moved closer to the school to be a more active part of the UCA family.
  • 86% student enrollment retention rate.
  • Over $700,000 in cash and gift in kind resources raised in only a year and a half.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kalie George
Term Start May 2014
Kalie George has a deep passion for her community. She lives in the same community where the school is located and has spent her entire professional career working in under-resourced neighborhoods in Kansas City. She is a zealous visionary and dreams of a day where Kansas City is no longer segregated by race or income.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Co-Founder and Director of Teaching and Learning
Title First Grade Teacher
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gary Phillips
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Annie DeLapp Community Volunteer
Mr. Greg Frohna Director of Next Steps Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
Ms. Kalie George Executive Director, Urban Christian Academy
Mr. TeRance Golden Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ms. Meredith Moore Director of Teaching and Learning, Urban Christian Academy
Mr. Gary Philips Retired
Mr. Justin Ricklefs Director of Partnership DevelopmentKansas City Chiefs
Ms. Kathy Sievert Elementary School Principal, Heritage Christian Academy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $300,000
Projected Expenses $262,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$42,116----
Administration Expense$38,668----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.32----
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$106,482----
Current Assets$106,482----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$106,482----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Ivanhoe Youth Development Inc. dba Urban Christian Academy
Address 4328 Jackson Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 895-2333
Contact Email info@ucakc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kalie George
Board Chair Mr. Gary Phillips
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2014