OK Program, Inc.
1111 Main Street; Suite #450
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 457-1054
Mission Statement
The OK Program’s mission is to Empower Black men and boys to transform their communities and live a long and productive life. The OK Program is a mentoring program that fosters partnerships between police agencies, schools, students, community members and the business and faith community to provide positive guidance and support to African American males 12-18 years old.
 
The primary goal of the program is to reduce the high rates of incarceration and homicide of young African American males by guiding them away from prison and toward college, military service, vocational training and a life of responsible citizenship. Under the guidance of an African American police officer, the program organizes responsible African American adult males to serve as positive role models and mentors for their younger counterparts.
 
School administrators and teachers play a critical role in the OK Program. Their critical support encourages OK Students to excel and achieve a high level of academic excellence. Students in the program receive awards for their efforts, achievements and successes. Also, an incremental reward system is an important component of the OK Program.
 
Every Saturday, KIC’IT (Kids Interacting Communicating Immix Teammates) Sessions bring together OK Program coordinators and teammates to mentor and share life experiences with young African American males and teach them how to interact with police.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Donald Northcross
Board Chair Mr. Major Baisden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baisden Consulting Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The OK Program’s mission is to Empower Black men and boys to transform their communities and live a long and productive life. The OK Program is a mentoring program that fosters partnerships between police agencies, schools, students, community members and the business and faith community to provide positive guidance and support to African American males 12-18 years old.
 
The primary goal of the program is to reduce the high rates of incarceration and homicide of young African American males by guiding them away from prison and toward college, military service, vocational training and a life of responsible citizenship. Under the guidance of an African American police officer, the program organizes responsible African American adult males to serve as positive role models and mentors for their younger counterparts.
 
School administrators and teachers play a critical role in the OK Program. Their critical support encourages OK Students to excel and achieve a high level of academic excellence. Students in the program receive awards for their efforts, achievements and successes. Also, an incremental reward system is an important component of the OK Program.
 
Every Saturday, KIC’IT (Kids Interacting Communicating Immix Teammates) Sessions bring together OK Program coordinators and teammates to mentor and share life experiences with young African American males and teach them how to interact with police.
Background Statement
The OK Program was established in 1990 at Mills Middle School in Rancho Cordova, California. The program was designed to reverse the grim statistics that young African American males were facing...namely, the high rates of incarceration and homicide. Since 1990, the OK Program has won many awards including:
  • 945th Daily Point of Light for the Nation – President George H. Bush
  • Jefferson Award
  • Association of Attorneys General “For the Children” Award
  • Safe Streets Hero of the Year 1994
  • California State Legislative Assembly Resolution –Speaker Willie L. Brown
  • California Governor’s Community Service Award-Governor Pete Wilson
  • California Highway Patrol Community Achievement Award –Commissioner Hannigan
  • Black Advocates in State Service 
  • International Society of Industrial Security CSA 
  • Optimist Club Community Service Award
  • California Department of Corrections Crime Prevention Award 
  • County of Sacramento Resolution 
  • Outstanding Community Service Award
  • California State Police Certificate of Appreciation
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce–Outstanding Community Service Award 
In 2005 the OK Program became a national program and moved its headquarters to Kansas City, Missouri in 2015.
Impact Statement
The OK Program has accomplished out of the 300 African American Boys enrolled in the KCMO and KCK Chapter, the average GPA is 2.6 and only five males being suspended from School!
OK Program Goals are to:
  • Raise awareness about incarceration rate of African American males
  • Reduce the high incarceration rate of African American males
  • Reduce high cost of incarceration on American society
  • Educate young African American males about police procedures
  • Educate young African American males about how to interact with police officers
  • Reduce the homicide rate of African American males
  • Reduce gang affiliation
  • Reduce gun violence
  • Provide role models with strong, positive character
  • Enhance individual self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enhance academic performance
  • Enhance individual and civic responsibility
Needs Statement
The Top Five needs are: 
  1. Program funding- participants attend weekly Saturday Kic’it Sessions where lunch is provided. Funds will be used to provide lunches. The OK Program is an incentive based program. At the conclusion of every grading period, students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher and no more than two negative citizenship marks are rewarded with a (step) trip to a local event. The event ranges from laser tag, professional and collegiate events, museums and or cultural enrichment activities. At the conclusion of the school year, participants who met all steps attend a 2 day out of state trip to reward their hard work.
  2. Mentors- we need African American male mentors to tutor, attend kic’it sessions, share experiences and be positive role models to the young men in the program.
  3. Board members- Experienced Board members to advocate and raise funds for the local chapters.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CA
GA
IN
NY
LA
We serve the Greater Kansas City metro area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Major Baisden is the chairman and an alumni of the OK Program. Major personally understands the benefits of the OK Program and all the impact a mentor can have in the life of a young black male. Major brings over 18 years of years of diversified management experience in business to business services companies. At the age of 19, Major graduated from the University of California at Davis and continued to overachieve, running two Inc. 500 companies and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in wealth in company exits before the age of 35. Major got his start running a start-up division of a business to business technology and professional services company and quickly grew its revenue from $8MM to $30MM in three years. He later founded and served as the CEO of another B2B services company, growing its revenue from $0 to $46MM in eight years, and generating a 16x EBITDA exit. In his spare time, Major tends to his restaurant, which has profitably grown 2.5x in revenue over the past three years. Major has managed the acquisition and integration processes of six companies ranging from tuck-ins to the merger of comparably sized players. Perhaps most importantly, Major has mentored several executives who have gone on to run and manage their own enterprises using the processes and decision making skills that have made him successful.         
Programs
Description
Under the leadership of Officer Jonathan Westbrook, the OK Program of KCK currently serves 173 African American Males at Coranado Middle School and Schlagle High School. The OK Program in Kansas City began in the summer of 2011 with 15
African-American young men. As of May, 2016, the number of participants has reached 212.
 
The OK Program’s mission is to Empower Black men and boys to transform their communities and live a long and productive life. The OK Program is a mentoring program that fosters partnerships between police agencies, schools, students, community members and the business and faith community to provide positive guidance and support to African American males 12-18 years old.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage, ,
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Improved Community -Police relations (System Change) – bringing awareness and reducing the amount of negative interactions/perceptions of and between Law Enforcement and Young African American Males.
  • Citizenship- Reduce suspension and arrest rates amongst African American. Bring awareness to laws and police procedures, how to respond, make sound decisions, set goals, creating a value in life.
  • Educational Attainment- 70% of participants will have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA ,Over 90% will graduate from High school. Over 90% will either enroll in college , trade school or active military.
  • Youth Development/ Workforce Development- Create partnership with local businesses where students can receive various trainings.
Long-Term Success
  1. Reduced suspension rates amongst African American Boys
  2. Reduce arrest rates of African American Boys
  3. Increase percentage of participants who have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  4. Increase the number of participants who graduate High School
  5. Increase the number of participants who either enroll in college, trade school, and/or military
Program Success Monitored By
  • Discipline - 15% or below of OK Boys suspended
  • GPA- Minimum of 60% of OK Boys will have a 2.5 or Higher 
  • Membership- Minimum of 50% of African American Males at Target Schools will be in OK Program 
  • Kic'it Session Participation- Participants will attend a minimum of 40% of Kic.it Sessions 
  • Community Service- 120 Hours of Community Service per chapter per Year 
  • Step Completion - Minimum of 35% of OK Boys will meet the step requirements 
  • Officer home visits- OK Officer will make a minimum of six home visits per week 
  • Graduation rate- 90% of OK Boys will graduate High school 
  • College going rate- 80% of graduates will either enroll in college or enlist in the military
Examples of Program Success
  • 18 OK Program participants achieved a final 4.0 GPA.
  • 38 participants achieved a final 3.0 GPA or better.
  • 75 percent of 8th grade participants ended with a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • Over the past two school years, 58 OK participants have gone on to attend Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, a nationally ranked magnet school in Kansas City, Kansas, which prepares students for high-level academic and creative pursuits.
Description The KCMO chapter is under the supervision of Officer Garron Carter and they currently serve 163 students at Hickman Freshman Academy, Smith and Hale Middle School, and Ruskin High School. The OK Program’s mission is to Empower Black men and boys to transform their communities and live a long and productive life. The OK Program is a mentoring program that fosters partnerships between police agencies, schools, students, community members and the business and faith community to provide positive guidance and support to African American males 12-18 years old.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage, ,
Short-Term Success
  • Improved Community -Police relations (System Change) – bringing awareness and reducing the amount of negative interactions/perceptions of and between Law Enforcement and Young African American Males.
  • Citizenship- Reduce suspension and arrest rates amongst African American. Bring awareness to laws and police procedures, how to respond, make sound decisions, set goals, creating a value in life.
  • Educational Attainment- 70% of participants will have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA ,Over 90% will graduate from High school. Over 90% will either enroll in college , trade school or active military.
  • Youth Development/ Workforce Development- Create partnership with local businesses where students can receive various trainings.
Long-Term Success
  1. Reduced suspension rates amongst African American Boys
  2. Reduce arrest rates of African American Boys
  3. Increase percentage of participants who have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  4. Increase the number of participants who graduate High School
  5. Increase the number of participants who either enroll in college, trade school, and/or military
Program Success Monitored By
  • Discipline - 15% or below of OK Boys suspended
  • GPA- Minimum of 60% of OK Boys will have a 2.5 or Higher 
  • Membership- Minimum of 50% of African American Males at Target Schools will be in OK Program 
  • Kic'it Session Participation- Participants will attend a minimum of 40% of Kic.it Sessions 
  • Community Service- 120 Hours of Community Service per chapter per Year
  • Step Completion - Minimum of 35% of OK Boys will meet the step requirements
  • Officer home visits- OK Officer will make a minimum of six home visits per week 
  • Graduation rate- 90% of OK Boys will graduate High school
  • College going rate- 80% of graduates will either enroll in college or enlist in the military
Examples of Program Success The KCMO chapter currently serves 163 students at Hickman Freshman Academy, Smith and Hale Middle School, and Ruskin High School. The average GPA for program participants are 2.6 GPA. Only two program participants were suspended from school last year.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Donald Northcross
Term Start Mar 1990
Experience Donald Northcross graduated from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy and was voted the most inspirational recruit by his peers. His natural leadership abilities continued to surface when he became the first President of Sacramento County’s Black Deputy Sheriff’s Association two years after joining the force.As president of the Black Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Northcross centered his focus on taking action around the devastating impact that high rates of incarceration and homicides of young black men was having on African-American families. In 1990, his growing desire to reverse the grim statistics that young black boys faced led him to found the OK (Our Kids) Program, an innovative mentoring program that organized black men from the community to work with young black males living in Rancho Cordova, California, which at the time was one of the most violent inner city neighborhoods in Sacramento County.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title National Executive Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Major Baisden
Company Affiliation Baisden Consulting Group
Term June 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Major Baisden Baisden Consulting Group
Mr. Ray Brown NFL Coach (North Carolina Panthers)
Mr. Petri Byrd Actor (Bailiff – Judge Judy)
Mr. Robert Jones High School Teacher
Mr. Donald Northcross Founder/CEO, OK Program
Mr. Charles Turner Sacramento Sheriff’s Department
Mr. Albert Wilson Wilson Real Estate
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $200,000
Projected Expenses $190,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$87,828----
Administration Expense$29,970----
Fundraising Expense$63,283----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.03----
Program Expense/Total Expenses49%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,209----
Current Assets$8,009----
Long-Term Liabilities$3,557----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$4,652----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets43%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $167,489----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack Community Foundation $9,593----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name OK Program, Inc.
Address 1111 Main Street; Suite #450
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 457-1054
Contact Email info@okprogram.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Donald Northcross
Board Chair Mr. Major Baisden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baisden Consulting Group
Year of Incorporation 2015