STEMS on the VINES
2830 Holmes
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 835-0874
Mission Statement
We support public schools by providing educational enrichment through our Mobile STEM Labs to stimulate interest and foster understanding of science, technology, engineering and financial literacy.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Board Chair Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Board Chair Company Affiliation TWC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement We support public schools by providing educational enrichment through our Mobile STEM Labs to stimulate interest and foster understanding of science, technology, engineering and financial literacy.
Background Statement
STEMS on the VINES\KC Creators Clubs as an organization has been in operation informally since September 1999. We obtained nonprofit incorporation in July 2015. In October 2015, we were invited by Longfellow Elementary principal Peter Retsos to locate our STEM program at this school. We just completed our second school year at Longfellow Elementary. We now receive invitations to bring our programming to students beyond the elementary school level.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  • Planted a Monarch Butterfly Garden with 177 students.
  • Obtained 50 scholarships for Treehouse computer science.
  • Field trip to iFly indoor skydiving with 17 students.
  • Honorable Mention Award in the KC Healthy Kids contest.
 
Goals:
  • Complete our Mobile STEM Lab.
  • Form strategic partnerships with STEM AmeriCorps and industry professionals.
  • Create online channel to give homework assistance.
Needs Statement
Our most fundamental need is to complete our Mobile STEM Labs before the fall 2017 semester. This includes 5 tablets, 20 Chromebooks, mini drone kits, a wifi hotspot from TechSoup and a mobile charging cart.
We would like to employ the professional services of Support KC, and need to locate funding dedicated for this. Many of the grants we apply for do not allow for operating expenses. Our capacity to serve would be greatly enhanced by AmeriCorps STEM volunteers, enacted under President Obama.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I started this nonprofit with one computer purchased at a garage sale. Every single student in my after school program lined up to take turns using it. This is a critical need. It is reported that 70% of KCPS students do not have residential Internet service and more than 40% have more than one address per school year. These students are falling behind without access to technology. STEM proficiency will be the literacy issue of the future.
There are no computer science standards in the Common Core used by public schools, yet students will be expected to know computer basics in every facet of their education. Access to state-of-the-art technology is limited to parents and school districts that can afford to pay for it.
Our partnership with the Tuskegee Airmen's chapter helps to preserve this historic legacy. It is crucial that students understand basic consumer finance for their everyday lives. We also want to give students the opportunity to contribute to university research projects and learn about sustainability.
Programs
Description
Our Mobile STEM Lab will travel throughout the KCPS district, bringing STEM to interested students. The main focus is on basic, practical skills and exposing students to technology. Industry professionals visit, talking about tools they use in everyday work.
The financial literacy unit includes a stock market trading simulation resembling what is used in the industry. Engineering and architecture are in our study of CAD and 3D printing. Computer science includes coding basics with the study of electronics. Students will build drones, learn Scratch programming to fly them and use a flight simulator to learn geography in an exciting way.
We study biomimetics and sustainability. Chemistry is studied in our water quality testing unit. Surveys of students’ interests are considered when creating lesson plans for the year. Students also have the opportunity to contribute to university research projects. Our program sponsors an annual field trip to indoor skydiving at iFly.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Both male and female students express excitement about our program offerings and show an increased interest in STEM careers. Self-esteem and willingness to take on greater academic challenges is greatly exhibited among our students that learn software coding. They perceive coding as something only smart people can do. This improves their self-image. Students (especially boys) that struggle with behavioral problems in other classes exert more self-discipline when mentally engaged in STEM activities.
Students participated in a live streaming demonstration on using Google Maps for homework assignments. They expressed appreciation on acquiring something they can add to their skill set which distinguishes their classwork from that of other students.
Long-Term Success We want to give students access to Dreambox software, which uses adaptive learning (AI) technology to improve math comprehension. In the near future, we want to be a resource for teachers to learn how to create paperless classrooms (LMS) using modern digital tools. Ultimately, we want to create an academic pipeline for students interested in STEM careers.
Program Success Monitored By Our program will measure success according to an increase in comprehension of basic STEM concepts. STEM modules have online metrics to track student progress. Dreambox, drone modules and the online coding portal all track student progress using dashboard metrics. The various STEM units will be set up through Google for Education, which provides digital tools to gage comprehension, pre and post surveys and can create graphs for reports.
Examples of Program Success Two of our students earned more than 1,000 points using Treehouse computer science software, which many adults use. Most of our students express an interest in college to pursue STEM careers after participating in our program. One girl, living in a homeless shelter with her mom, now wants to become a pediatrician after our study of carcinogens. All of our students successfully participated in the national Hour of Code, writing a minimum of 20 lines of code.
CEO Comments Contrary to popular opinion, children actually want to be engaged in mentally stimulating activities and complain when they "don't have something to do" in the after-school environment. Rather than rote memorization and tedious tutoring, children yearn for state-of-the-art technology that school district and parents cannot afford. As more and more new technological innovations come into the marketplace, these children are falling further behind due to lack of access. There is no career I can think of that does not utilize STEM. Students love science and this is evident in their play. When given the opportunity, children are eager to explore, experiment and seek to understand why and how things work. It is quite gratifying for them learn something that they are most interested in. Many students that come to us with reported discipline issues in other classes exercise a greater degree of self-discipline with us so they don't lose the privilege of learning something interesting in a fun way. Attaining proficiency increases self-confidence which in turn has a positive impact on a child's self-image. They then start to see themselves as smart, and become more willing to take on academic/intellectual challenges.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Term Start July 2015
Compensation N/A
Experience
Ms. Mehta has worked as a certified network administrator, as a mutual fund registered representative and in communications. She studied the Montessori method and was Director of the After-School Program and Summer Day Camp at Carver Christian Academy.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 1
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 Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments


Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Company Affiliation TWC
Term July 2015 to July 2019
Email imanimehta@sotvkccreatorsclubs.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Mozella Dyer President, Black MBA Association
Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta TWC
Colonel Len Nevels Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
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 1
CEO Comments

Contrary to popular opinion, children actually want to be engaged in mentally stimulating activities and complain when they don't have "something to do" in the after-school environment. Rather than rote memorization and tedious tutoring, children yearn for state-of-the-art technology that school district and parents cannot afford. As more and more new technological innovations come into the marketplace, these children are falling further behind due to lack of access.

There is no career I can think of that does not utilize STEM. Students love science and this is evident in their play. When given the opportunity, children are eager to explore, experiment and seek to understand why and how things work. It is quite gratifying for them learn something that they are most interested in. Many students that come to us with reported discipline issues in other classes exercise a greater degree of self-discipline with us so they don't lose the privilege of learning something interesting in a fun way. Attaining proficiency increases self-confidence which in turn has a positive impact on a child's self-image. They then start to see themselves as smart, and become more willing to take on academic/intellectual challenges.


Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $15,735
Projected Expenses $15,320
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016: Financial data reported using the 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
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Assets and Liabilities
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Long-Term Solvency
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Incorporated in July 2015, started operation in October 2015, submitted 990-N that same year
Organization Name STEMS on the VINES
Address 2830 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 835-0874
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Board Chair Ms. Imani Malaika-Mehta
Board Chair Company Affiliation TWC
Year of Incorporation 2015