Future Education
13718 Scottsdale Place
Smithville MO 64089-8810
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 686-9638
Mission Statement
Future Education is a non-for-profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to prepare American youth to reach their greatest potential in personal growth, career building and leadership development via training, workshops, services, assistance, summer learning opportunities, community outreach programs and other activities related thereto.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lina Dickson
Board Chair Kenneth Fee Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board member
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2018
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Financial donations are gratefully accepted by check or with a credit card or PayPal. We are also in need of more volunteer tutors for our students.

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Future Education is a non-for-profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to prepare American youth to reach their greatest potential in personal growth, career building and leadership development via training, workshops, services, assistance, summer learning opportunities, community outreach programs and other activities related thereto.
Background Statement
Future Education was established in 2007 by Lina Dickson, a Chinese native who lived in KC Northland for 18 years, to offer children from heritage and non-heritage families to learn Chinese language and culture.
 
Now our organization is dedicated to creating an academic, friendly and supportive environment for children and youth in greater Kansas City metro area to improve academic achievement, through enhancing interaction among educators, students, parents as well as communities.
Impact Statement
Future Education actively promotes interaction among educators, students, parents as well as communities, via cultural festivals and activities that are open to the public.
 
In February 2018, Future Education hosted the first Chinese New Year Festival in Northland. Kids from different races and backgrounds attended various cultural activities. Local Chinese dancing groups were invited to perform and demonstrate.
 
In Spring of 2018, Future Education opened three Chinese classes in Spring semester: CSL-Beginner-0, CSL-Beginner-1, and CSL-Intermediate (CSL stands for Chinese as Second Language). The school employed three language teachers on a regular basis with 21 students enrolled. Students are placed into small classes according to their age and level of proficiency in Chinese. The school met every Saturday afternoon for 16 weeks from January 8, 2018 to May 12, 2018. In Fall of 2018, Future Education opened four Chinese classes. The school employed four language teachers on a regular basis with 13 students enrolled. The school met every Saturday afternoon for 16 weeks from August 18, 2018 to December 15, 2018.
 
In July 2018, Future Education partnered with Park University and offered a three-week Chinese Summer Camp completely free to 60 graders of 3-8. Our students came from 11 public school districts with 35 elementary and middle schools, and 2 private schools in the greater KC metro area, spanning both states of Missouri and Kansas! Many parents drove 30 minutes one way to take their children to our program.
 
We did our best to bring together students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, ethnicity, and socio-economic circumstances. Our participants came from a very diverse cultural or ethnic background, including Caucasian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Middle Eastern, North African, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino. Around 35% of our participants received free or reduced-price lunch at public schools.
Needs Statement
We want to extend our educational service to the STEM field, especially Cybersecurity. We want to stimulate interest in and foster understanding in Cyber-Security Concepts, ethics, and safe online behavior while facilitating a learner-centered classroom, help students understand Cyber-awareness, personally identifiable information, information assurance as well as basic python programming, Linux operating systems, and activities utilizing the Raspberry Pi, how to be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula.
 
Therefore, we need 25 Chromebooks - $5,500, 25 sets of Rasberry Pi - $7,500, Formlabs 3D printer - $3,500, Keyboard - $1200, Computer Mouse - $600, Sprint Wifi Hotspot - $165, and Epson Ecoprinter - $299.
Service Categories
Educational Services
Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Computer Science
Areas of Service
MO
KS
Geographic Area Served Narrative We are based in KC Northland, but we service the greater Kansas City metro area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement We are here to support and assist every child in the greater Kansas City metro area to reach their greatest potential in personal growth.
Programs
Description

The Student Summer Program in Kansas City offered three-week intensive

language and culture learning experience to 60 novice learners from grades 3-8, both true beginners and students with some prior proficiency in Chinese, in greater Kansas City metro area and neighboring rural areas in the state of Missouri. Underserved, marginalized and rural population are encouraged specifically to apply and participate.

Based on students’ age group, the program was divided into four sections, two for rising 3rd-5th graders and two for rising 6th-8th graders. To make the classroom activities relevant to students and motivate them in their learning, each section used a thematic curriculum; the theme for rising 3rd - 5th graders is “What We Know about Chinese New Year”; the theme for rising 6th - 8th graders is “Let’s Plan a Trip to China.” Students will attend seven hours of activities daily consisting of three-and-half-hour task-based language learning classes, one-and-half-hour cultural seminar and hands-on activities, half-hour morning Chinese Taichi exercise, half-hour separate group activity, and a one-hour complimentary lunch, for a total of 105 instructional hours for three weeks. All classes were conducted in an immersion setting using a variety of authentic materials with ample opportunities for communication via meaningful use of vocabulary, phrases and sentences in real-life contexts.

Theme-based cultural seminars, music demonstrations, games and

competitions, and hands-on activities will further enrich the learning experience to all learners. After our 2018 three-week intensive study, students have reached communicative proficiency, exemplifying the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). In addition, students gained knowledge and appreciation for Chinese culture, as well as a continued increased interest and confidence in learning Chinese, and ultimately become life-long learners of the language. Considering the beginning language proficiency of our students, we put more emphasis on assessing learners’ communicative proficiency in listening and speaking while supplementarily assessing their reading and writing of the Chinese language. All our instructors are well-educated and result-driven with rich knowledge and ample experience in teaching Chinese to the student groups at the targeted age level. All instructors will work together to finish the curricula, using the curriculum template as the framework for each section.

There was plenty of time planned for mentoring, planning, implementation, and reflection of the curricula and teaching plans.


Program Budget $89,157.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The final performance was such a big success! Students behaved so well. It is hard to believe those 3 -5 graders could put up a show after three weeks. Most of them couldn’t speak a single Chinese word on the first day! The performance of 6 – 8 graders also went beyond the expectation. Students formed groups and had mixed conversations among groups. Each conversation was about a city in China and its uniqueness, such as food, tourist spot, etc. All the conversation was conducted smoothly in Chinese with no script.

Parents were amazed by the performance! No matter from the online surveys results of parents of 3 – 5 graders and participants themselves from 6 - 8 graders, or from face-to-face conversations with students and parents, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We also receive positive feedback from site visitors. We kept receiving inquiries from parents about next year’s program. Parents are lining up to enroll their children for next summer.

Our program was alive on the local TV FOX 4 for both morning and evening shows. The clip can also be seen on FOX 4 website. Many parents told us their family members, friends, coworkers, or neighbors saw their kids on TV. 

Long-Term Success

Many parents thought it was a great program, their children enjoyed it a lot, and they would continue sending their children to next year’s program or encouraged their children to learn further. In fact, our Chinese school did enroll several participants from the program to attend the fall semester and continued learning Chinese in an immersion setting.

The survey from 6 – 8 graders indicates that the majority of the students think conversation exercises with their classmates, reading, writing, listening and oral exercises, and cultural learning are very useful for their language learning. I am very pleased to find out as high as 83.33% of our middle-school participants will continue learning Chinese in one way or another. Many students thought highly of their Chinese teachers. Again, our Chinese school got enrolled some middle school participants from the program to attend the fall semester and continued learning Chinese in an immersion setting.

Program Success Monitored By The site-visitor report, the after-program surveys of parents and students  
Examples of Program Success

For 6 – 8 graders, I am pleased to find out 64% of our participants “can provide information by answering a few simple questions on very familiar topics, using practiced or memorized words and phrases, with the help of gestures or visuals”. 75% of them “can understand memorized or familiar words when they are supported by gestures or visuals in conversations”, “can identify memorized or familiar words when they are supported by visuals in informational texts”, and 70.83% of them think “learning a world language is interesting”.

The survey from 6 – 8 graders indicates that the majority of the students think conversation exercises with their classmates, reading, writing, listening and oral exercises, and cultural learning are very useful for their language learning. I am very pleased to find out as high as 83.33% of our middle-school participants will continue learning Chinese in one way or another. Many students thought highly of their Chinese teachers. Again, our Chinese school got enrolled some middle school participants from the program to attend the fall semester and continued learning Chinese in an immersion setting.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Lina Dickson
Term Start Dec 2017
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 3
Volunteers 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Kenneth Fee Jr.
Company Affiliation Board member
Term Dec 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jeffrey LeeBoard member
Jie Nightingaleboard member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $95,468
Projected Expenses $95,295
Form 990s
2018 990-EZ
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$66,511----
Administration Expense$27,553----
Fundraising Expense$900----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.99----
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$189----
Current Assets$189----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$189----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
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
Campaign Purpose 1
Other Documents
Organization Name Future Education
Address 13718 Scottsdale Place
Smithville, MO 640898810
Primary Phone (816) 686-9638
CEO/Executive Director Lina Dickson
Board Chair Kenneth Fee Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board member
Year of Incorporation 2018