Kansas City Teen Summit
P. O. Box 6643
Lee's Summit MO 64064
STEM Learners
Mission Statement
Our mission is to inspire disengaged and low-income teens to excel at their fullest potential, to reconnect teens to the value of community, and to bridge the communication gap between adults and teens.
CEO/Executive Director Brenette Wilder
Board Chair Brenette Wilder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer You can donate or volunteer with us via mail or donate on our website.  Our mailing address is P.O. Box 6643, Lee's Summit, MO  64064 and our website is www.kansascityteensummit.org
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is to inspire disengaged and low-income teens to excel at their fullest potential, to reconnect teens to the value of community, and to bridge the communication gap between adults and teens.
Background Statement

The Kansas City Teen Summit (KCTS) has designed a summer education and community enrichment program that supports the school retention and college enrollment efforts for high school students by utilizing college professors for STEM education, local companies for STEM visits, local businesses/colleges for internships, teachers for reading enrichment, art teachers, team leaders for supervising the students, and volunteers. Partners and members supporting the program utilize their strengths to provide small environment learning and internship opportunities that meet student development needs interested in STEM. KCTS is leveraging their strengths with Donnelly College in Kansas City, KS, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Avila College (pending discussion) and community leaders who also share the same mission of service to the underserved, rural, and urban community. United together we are engaging students in STEM majors and careers and to the value of their communities.

KCTS has adopted a relaxed learning setting with activities that reflect the best techniques that show results for engaging students. The program established three primary measures for growth:

  1. Implementation of informal STEM classes that are relaxed and fun learning. The Output will be improved academic STEM engagement and college preparation. 
  2. Improve and maintain children reading and writing abilities with interventions that include mentoring by teens and teachers. The Output will exhibit improved reading and writing in an environment opened to the family. 
  3. STEM visits at corporations and local businesses will drive impact. Learning in partnership with a real-life experience will help seal the learning. The Output survey will capture the personal benefits to the participant in their own words.
  4. Volunteering to teach students the value of giving back to their community. Output per Latham reports that students that volunteer 1 hour per week are 50% less likely to engage in destructive behavior, learn a respect for others; learn to understand people who are different; develop leadership skills, becoming more patient, and better understanding of citizenship, (Latham, 2003).
Impact Statement
Our impact goes beyond numbers and statistics.  We believe that by changing an individual's state of mind to achieve, you can change the outcome of their life, reconnect them to the value of community, and empower them for success.  And that's what we are doing.
Top three accomplishments: Test improvement, enrollment increase, increase community partnerships, and broadening our program reach.
Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program is established in two locations: Kansas City, Missouri and Jefferson County, Arkansas. In 2018, we realized up to 190% improvement in chemistry with only 1 student showing no improvement.  Seventy-eight percent of the high school students showed reading vocabulary improvement.  This is a 16% increase from last year's 62% improvement.  Four of the students returning to the program gained the benefit of building upon training from the previous years.  In our K-5th grade reading program, the number of return participants were 10.  Percentage of children showing reading improvement was 87%.  Community involvement included the public library, teachers, professors, community leaders, volunteers, and community businesses.
In 2017, we had an enrollment increase of 33% in Arkansas, while also broadening our reach to Kansas City, Missouri by piloting a new STEM site with 5 new students. This allowed us to sponsor 14 teens and 53 children. Our teen enrollment this summer will increase by an overall 22%. Our program approach has strengthened learning abilities, creative thinking skills, and students sense of belonging in a college environment.
STEM in Arkansas: Students spend 2-weeks during the summer on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff college learning virtual 3-D electronic used to train medical teachers, mathematics, reading, English, writing skills, campus survival skills, learning styles, mental health challenges, Zumba, biology, chemistry, and designs. We saw success in the following areas : General Chemistry: 44% of the students showed Improvement; Sentence Skills: 100% of the students showed Improvement: Nelson Denny Reading: 62% of the students showed Improvement; other classes allowed students to learn and analyze through creative lens, rather than record results.
STEM in Missouri: In 2017, KCTS planted an additional site in Missouri. A college had not been identified at that time, so we began with STEM visits, volunteering, and internship. In 2018, we partnered with Donnelly College to offer a spring STEM camp that includes STEM classes, breakfast, and lunch. The non-credited program included robotics, genetics, and chemistry. The follow-on activities such as STEM visits and work program will be offered this summer. Our future goals are to build upon the same goals to increase participation.
Needs Statement

Our top pressing needs center around transportation ($250/week), lunch for up to 75 students ($15/day for each student minimum), 3 additional board members, 5 additional volunteers, and funding to support student growth ($5000/year).  

Continuous quality improvement is obtained via surveys and meetings with educators and program provider prior to each project. This information helps to identify weaknesses and opportunities for growth. Our goal is to meet our STEM demands in a diverse and broader manner.  Funding to support a third party evaluator $2000.

Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative We service Jackson County Missouri, Wyandotte County Kansas, and Jefferson County Arkansas
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

There are so many ways that your donation is making a difference towards helping individuals. Things that are considered necessities to some are unattainable luxuries to many, like the many living in rural Arkansas or the many in urban Kansas City, Missouri. Things like visiting a college campus for the first time or being the first person ever considering going to college, or even receiving an internship when there are no other work opportunities in town are but a few benefits and luxuries unattainable to low income families. The property cleanup our students participate in is not only making the community safer and a prevention to crime, but it is also building community pride. Giving back in any way, from simple donations to volunteering, is impactful and meaningful regardless of the size of the participants or town. The more donation we secure, the wider the net is cast, producing other charitable acts from others who may not have done so before. And Yes, there are also challenges such as student sustainable attendance.  We have improved attendance by spreading the students stipend over the entire program.  This means that students will lose money due to lack of attendance in any area including volunteering.  Attendance is important to us and our team work together to attack hard issues straight on.

KCTS stress-free learning environment coupled with STEM company visits and volunteering brings a balance between the classroom, community involvement, and real-life. Research shows that non-academic skills are important to student success. Factors such as work habits, time management, and social and academic problem-solving skills affect how well students successfully navigate college life and meet new academic and social demands (Conley, 2007). Some students have never been in a college environment or seen what STEM careers look like outside the classroom. Our program is overcoming this obstacle while making students comfortable with college education.

KCTS summer STEM program is designed to increase school retention and college enrollment for high school students. By introducing students to pre-college activities we are preparing them for college, careers, problem solving skills, team work, and community engagement.
1. Student attend classes taught by qualified educators from Colleges located in Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas;
2. Students learn STEM subjects;
3. Students visit tech companies;
4. Student participate in special projects (i.e. urban heat mapping);
5. Students are made aware of community businesses for work opportunities.
Program Budget $21,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our summer program has realized improvements and sustainability in subjects such as reading, writing, and chemistry.  Other classes allow teens to learn and analyze through creative lens rather than record results.
Long-Term Success
KCTS summer program focus is STEM education and learning. Our efforts are to identify activities that produce the best results while making STEM informal. The first part of the informal STEM learning is spent with college professors, but students do not earn credit towards a degree. No report cards are sent home. This doesn’t mean the learning is less rigorous, but it does mean the pressure in failing is lessen, the experience becomes fun and informal, and improve grades are a bonus. We will show that we are advancing knowledge through testing and tracking results when applicable to the class. The relaxed mode of learning adds value to retention and willingness to participate.
Teens interning in the program will work with local businesses identified by KCTS. In the past the intern opportunities have been mentoring, helping children read, property owner. We are currently looking for internship more in line with STEM related to analytics and aviation.
Program Success Monitored By Our success is monitored via testing and surveys. The stability and improvement of our STEM process is secured through College educators and teachers that are academically prepared to train students. KCTS uses data gathered to determine areas of improvement, growth, and the next step (Prevention, 2008). Adjustments are made if data indicates failure or downward turns. Continuous quality improvement is obtained via surveys and meetings with educators and program provider prior to each project. This data helps to identify weaknesses and opportunities for growth. The program utilizing test yields result to show that we are meeting our goal to increase learning from the start of the summer program to when school starts in the fall. Due to the nature of our project and the small size of the rural areas progress is realized each summer as we increase student engagement, evaluate our process utilizing surveys, and monitor pre-and post-testing. Gains achieved each summer aligns with our program goals and will be reported prior to the fall high school season.
Examples of Program Success
Examples of 2017 results:
  • University Arkansas: General Chemistry: 44% of the students showed improvement
  • University Arkansas: Sentence Skills: 100% of the students showed improvement
  • Nelson Denny Reading: 62% of the students showed improvement
  • Arkansas k-5th grade readers: 83% improvement
  • Missouri 1st grade readers: 80% improvement
  • Missouri 2nd grade readers: 100% improvement
CEO Comments The biggest opportunity is transitioning responsibility back to the community.  Within 5 years I would like to see the community conducting fundraisers and sponsoring their own teens in the program we have established for them.  It's my goal to see small communities healthy and successful from within.  KCTS has developed a model we believe is transferrable to small groups and that will be one of my focus for the coming years.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Brenette Wilder
Term Start June 2005
Experience Since 2005, our board members and CEO's currently do not receive a salary.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 3
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
KCTS collaborates with community businesses and leaders to obtain the best opportunities for our participants.  
Missouri Collaborators: 
  1. Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas provides STEM learning for our teens.
  2. Heartland Book Bank provides Inkind book donations to our organization.
  3. Saint Luke's College of Health Science gives our student insights on becoming a nurse and doctors which includes hands on learning.
  4. ProMetals Systems & Services exposes our teens to career options related to HVAC, sheet metal services, and insulation services.
  5. Aviation Institute of Maintenance exposes our teens to careers in aviation.
  6. Polly Pops teaches our teens about entrepreneurship and manufacturing. 
  7. Days for Girls provide volunteer opportunities to allow our teens to give back to disadvantage countries by making reusable personal hygiene product. 
  8. Nile Aquaponics provide volunteer opportunities to allow our teens to learn the science behind gardening while growing food that feeds the neighborhood.
  9.  WeThrYve is a recruitment site and has provided transportation.
  10.  UMKC will provide support for college visits.  The earth and environmental sciences/climate department will collaborate on a climate control project related to urban heat mapping.
Arkansas Collaborators:
  1. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff provide STEM learning for our teens.
  2. Booktown USA provided books for our reading program (closed 2018)
  3. Altheimer Public Library allow KCTS to teach reading at their facility.
  4. Altheimer city Mayor collaborates with KCTS to obtain a successful program each year.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Brenette Wilder
Company Affiliation Retired
Email wilderbrenette@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Alicia Hammond
Company Affiliation Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Attorney Advisor
Email alicia.hamm@gmail.com
Board Members
Roy BrownHoneywell FM&T (retired)
Delores FrenchCenturyLink (retired 2018)
Dorthy GaddyPara-Professional Grandview Missouri High School
Alicia HammondOffice of Medicare Hearing and Appeals Attorney Advisor
Brenette WilderHoneywell FM&T (retired 2017)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Advisory Board Members
Loinel FlemingJC Penney's
Delores FrenchCentryLink (Retired Strategic Sourcing Analyst/Engineer); Substitute Teacher Part-time
CEO Comments We are seeking to increase and diversify our board for a boarder understanding of our audience.  This year we attended board training offered by Support KC.  We continue to seek ways to better how we do business.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $18,000
Projected Expenses $16,433
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial documents. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$23,710$9,956$7,010
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.211.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%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
Organization Comments

Kansas City Teen Summit is a small not-for-profit organization with annual gross receipts of approximately $17,000 or less. The Organization is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. Teen Summit focuses 100% of its expenses on its program. As a result, in the past, the Organization has been able to provide summer, pre-college STEM experiences to Kansas City metro wide high school students on both sides on the state line. These opportunities inspire disengaged and low-income teens to excel to their fullest potential, to reconnect teens to the value of community, and to bridge the communication gap between adults and teens. A grant award would enable the Organization to provide opportunities to additional students this summer.

Due to the size of our Organization, we have not been required to complete an audit or review or to file a Form 990 in the past. We have reached out to CPAs to request a bid for an audit or review and have learned that the cost of an audit or review, for even a small organization like ours, would likely be $1,200 to $2,500. Because paying for an audit or review would divert valuable funds from our mission, we respectfully request waiver of the requirement to submit an audit or review with this proposal. We have provided a budget summary based on our most recent fiscal year income and expense and would be happy to provide any additional available financial information to assist your committee in making a decision to fund this grant request. Thank you in advance for your consideration
Other Documents
2019 Missouri Report2019View
certificate of good standing Missouri2018View
2018 Report2018View
Organization Name Kansas City Teen Summit
Address P. O. Box 6643
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Primary Phone (816) 287-2167
CEO/Executive Director Brenette Wilder
Board Chair Brenette Wilder
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2013