Heartland 180 Inc.
PO Box 12926
Kansas City KS 66112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 708-1528
Mission Statement
To passionately help youth to improve their lives by accepting personal accountability and to continuously strive toward the goal of achieving their full potential, “one degree” at a time.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. John Errante
Board Chair Dr. John Errante
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
To passionately help youth to improve their lives by accepting personal accountability and to continuously strive toward the goal of achieving their full potential, “one degree” at a time.
Background Statement
The purpose of Heartland 180 is to provide educational, life skills and character building programs offered by the 180 Degrees Program, a secular and faith-based education program for youth. Specifically, this corporation is organized to provide funding and to run an in-school and after-school program for youth, parenting classes, life-skills classes and work apprenticeships for young adults, and community service opportunities. The goal is to assist youth and young adults to reach their full potential, which will reveal itself through increased grade point averages (GPAs), test scores, class attendance, long-term employment and reduced referrals and delinquencies. The programs will assist youth and young adults in character education, core values, life skills, 21 Century skills and community outreach.
We plan to share program space with the Unified Government Youth Justice Service Center to share our resources and better meet the needs of youth and their families in the metro area. 
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments:
  1. Sustained increase in Grade Point Average
    Fall 2016 - 33.5% (32% average increase for prior 3 semesters
  2. Sustained decrease in Full Day Absences
    Fall 2016 - 24.5% (36% average decrease for prior 3 semesters)
  3. Sustained decrease in Documented Disciplinary Incidents
    Fall 2016 - 63.6% (42.8% average decrease for prior 3 semesters)
  4. Added a peer mentor group of students called Torch Bearers
  5. Implemented a Beyond the Classroom Wednesday curriculum focused on career awareness and cultural and academic resources in the metro.
  6. Implemented Strengthening Families Program where adults took part in family communication sessions which were followed by family dinner and role playing to implement the strategies at home.
  7. Provide membership for our youth in the Boys & Girls Club and will provide a summer membership to graduates in either B&GC, YMCA or local boxing gym.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to add a program director who will write grants, generate funding, develop relationships with all parties associated with the programs, and focus on the high level of front end work required each semester
  2. Funding for program expansion
  3. Broader awareness of the program within metropolitan area
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Educational Services
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
We serve the youth and families in Wyandotte County but we have a vision to broaden our scope.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
We continue to see great improvement in the core measurements of our program. This past year we added the follow program enhancements:
  1. We offered the Strengthening Families program that includes parents, guardians and other family members for instruction, dinner and enhanced family communication. It has been very well received.
  2. Our Beyond the Classroom Wednesdays support the Diploma + program within USD 500 in exposing youth to career awareness and interest in addition to meeting academic and citizenship needs.
  3. We had so many graduates interested in returning as peer mentors that we started a Torch Bearers program to provide them leadership skills and project management opportunities. 
The purpose of Heartland 180 is to provide character education, values training, life skills, social-emotional learning, 21 century skills and social responsibility to youth and young adults. The goal is to assist youth and young adults to reach their full potential, which will reveal itself through our performance and outcome measures (evaluating changes in grade point averages, test scores, class attendance, as well as delinquencies and referrals).
This fall we plan to share program space with the Unified Government Youth Justice Service Center to offer program and services beyond what either organization would be able to provide without this collaboration. We plan to implement an internship program for case management of our clients and their families.  
Description Provide 180 Degrees Program training to disadvantaged and marginally at-risk children and young adults.
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success will be seen through better grades, fewer truancies, better class and/or job attendance and longer term employment.
Long-Term Success
That each participant in the program reach their full potential, lead a successful life and be an asset to their community.
Program Success Monitored By Metrics are in place to measure grades, test scores, class attendance, and delinquencies.
Examples of Program Success The pilot program generated these results: an 11.4% increase in GPA, a 26.6% drop in full day absences from school, a 54.2% decrease in school disciplinary incidents and a 52.3% increase in the parent/guardian’s satisfaction with their child’s social and academic development.
CEO Comments
We have expanded our program to include a focus on personal financial management. Rather than being given "extra credit points" as reinforcements, we will use H180-Bucks. Students will keep ledgers to manage their money and learn to budget to reserve enough Bucks to "purchase" a ticket for the end of year celebration. There will be items available for purchase and students will learn the value of currency and make goals-based decisions about saving and depleting assets.
We are also implementing "Beyond the Classroom" Wednesdays when we will break from the normal program schedule and invite guest speakers, take field trips, engage in special projects and perform community service activities.
Please check out our Facebook page and visit our web page for more details.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. John Errante
Term Start June 2016
Experience He is a person with great passion for youth and has volunteered in juvenile and adult prison ministries for over twelve years. In the Spring of 2016 he taught a college class for Donnelly College at the Kansas Women's Prison in Topeka. He brings years of experience in education, computer information systems as well as management experience.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Jonas Hayes May 2014 - May
Senior Staff
Title Program Coordinator
Experience/Biography Mr. Mendoza is an active juvenile justice advocate for the state of Kansas. He is the Governor appointee to the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (KAG) where he serves as the chairman of the Kansas Youth Committee.
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 7
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
  • USD 500 School District
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County Community Corrections
  • 180 Degrees Program
  • Kansas Department of Corrections
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. John Errante
Company Affiliation retired
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Email h180director@gmail.com
Board Members
Dr. John Errante H180 Executive Director
Ms. Samantha Johnson JCCC, English Teacher
Mr. Max Mendoza Governor appointed juvenile justice advocate for Kansas
Mr. Jan Mohr Retired
Ms. Cheryl Pletcher Retired
Mrs. Karyl-Ann Roehl KS Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
Ms. Janice Steffen Juvenile Division Administrator for the Department of Community Corrections, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City KS
Mr. James Trast Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 24%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 88%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $273,000
Projected Expenses $272,040
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$48,899----
Administration Expense$2,874----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.42----
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$37,984----
Current Assets$37,984----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$12,497----
Total Net Assets$25,487----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.04----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
Organization Name Heartland 180 Inc.
Address PO Box 12926
Kansas City, KS 66112
Primary Phone (913) 708-1528
Contact Email Heartland180@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Dr. John Errante
Board Chair Dr. John Errante
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Year of Incorporation 2014