W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center, Inc.
4510 East Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64128-2119
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Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 523-3339
Fax 816- 523-5343
Mission Statement

The mission of WEB DuBois Learning Center is to improve academic performance of under-served communities through educational services and state-of-the-art technology programs.  Our programs include reading, science, math, robotics and Cisco Certified networking.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Tamara Sykes
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are 3 primary ways to support the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center:
Financial Support - Monetary donations are always needed. You may send a check or visit our website and make your donation with a debit or credit card.
Volunteer Service - Because all programs and services are delivered by volunteers, we have an ongoing need for skilled professionals and community members to volunteer. Additionally, we need support to fill operational roles that include marketing, finance, curriculum development and evaluation. Last, but not least, we have embarked on a capital campaign and would welcome experts to help with fund development, construction and project management. 
General Donations - We are happy to receive general office supplies; copy paper, pencils, pens, notepads, paper products including plates, cups, plasticware  and incentives for our students are great; gift cards, games, gloves etc. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The mission of WEB DuBois Learning Center is to improve academic performance of under-served communities through educational services and state-of-the-art technology programs.  Our programs include reading, science, math, robotics and Cisco Certified networking.

Background Statement

Founded in 1973, DLC, a non-profit organization, is committed to raising the performance levels of under-served communities across the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area through utilization of supplemental education services and state of the art technology. 

For the past 40 years, the DLC has focused on youth leadership and development by providing services to Kansas City Metropolitan area youth in grades 1 through 12 in the core areas of math, communication arts, science, and computer technology and access to free information systems technology provided by our in house telecommunications network.  Providing these services has been a challenging yet rewarding experience, as we have been able to witness children improve their academic ability, develop a desire for knowledge and expand their future aspirations through the use of shared technology.
Our children enrolled in the programs at DLC, attend either KC Public Schools, Raytown, Grandview, Center, NKC, Lees Summit and  area charter schools. As a volunteer-based organization, DLC’s organization and programs have often been cited as a model for replication. DLC initially started with a handful of volunteers who tutored a small group of students in reading and math. Today, the center is “staffed” and supported by over 70 active volunteers, and tutorial assistance has been expanded to include science and computer technology. In addition to serving as tutors, our volunteers serve as mentors and role models for the students. These volunteers provide more than 4,000 hours of classroom, telehub and administrative program support each year. Several of these volunteers have worked with DLC since its inception.
DLC’s volunteer base comprises a very diverse range from attorneys and engineers to high school teachers and college students, with skill sets ranging from computer expertise and program management to accounting and parenting. It is estimated that over 10,000 students have benefited from DLC’s tutorial services over the years. Enrollment in DLC programs continues to grow due to the need of area youth for educational assistance and increasing awareness of the value of DLC’s programs.
Impact Statement
On August 26, 2016 we completed the purchase of the Milton Moore Elementary School. We are in our 45th year providing academic and technical services to families of the Greater Kansas City, Missouri area.  Our focus is raising awareness of the Center to help ensure sustainability, transitioning new leadership and service models to support 21st century learning and thinking about a more strategic way forward - with a goal of ensuring impact and value to the community for the next 40 years.  We have partnered with Black Family Technology and have KUAW-98.5 radio station, just one more way of keeping the community connected.
The Center in 2018 added an Academic Writing class for Middle and High School Students.
In 2019 we hope to continue to increase enrollment in our programs as well as add other classes to help the students exceed academically.  The center will continue to work towards our capital campaign goals in order to upgrade the facility and be a catalyst in the community.
Needs Statement
Fund development is one of our most pressing needs, as we finalized the purchase of our new facility (previously Milton Moore Elementary School) we need to increase revenues/fundraising to help offset operating costs.  With more than 45,000 square feet of space, the building is structurally sound and for the first time provides us ample classroom and learning space to meet and expand our current program design, as well as begin to think about and offer additional learning opportunities to students and adults for 21st century opportunities. 
We are excited about the new building, as it will allow us to expand our programming and explore new opportunities for our families. Additionally, we are always looking for high quality volunteers to serve in a number of capacity (within the tutorial program OR on a board committee). Most specifically, we are always in need reading instructors and individuals with website/graphic development skills, public relations and marketing skills and fund development skills. 
Service Categories
Educational Services
Computer Science
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center was conceived in 1973 to supplement the education of students primarily from the urban core of the Greater Kansas City community and includes students from public, private and charter schools from various districts. Our approach is to recruit skills professionals to volunteer their time, talents and expertise to work with our youth. This is what makes our approach so unique. Over the years many of our youth have been assisted in their academic work and mentored with respect to their chosen fields and interests. Many were helped to select college majors, secure financial assistance and determine which colleges and universities to submit entrance applications. Our yearly parental and student surveys continue to show high satisfaction with 90% approval ratings. DLC's IT professional volunteers implemented the Telecommunications Network, which enables select community centers and some churches throughout the urban core to access DLC educational software and servers. This opportunity benefits and enhances their youth and after-school programs by providing much needed educational software and assessment tools. The success of the Telecommunications Network has created two challenges: expansion of the DLC Telecommunications Network's outreach to other community organizations serving youth and expansion of the DLC facility to house enough hardware and equipment to meet the growing demand for participation by these other community organizations, who are requesting our technology services. DLC recognizes the need to address these challenges and is currently implementing strategies to meet the growing demand of students desiring our help. DLC and its Board continues to work to provide high quality and relevant service to children and the community at-large as their needs continue to grow due to changes and advances in technology, educational approaches and economic conditions. DLC recognizes that it houses a vast pool of intellectual ability and potential that will help shape a new framework for the future.
Description DLC's Computer Technology Program introduces students to computer training and technology through self-paced and user-friendly software. This program allows for many one-on-one sessions and hands-on training. The youth classes are structured to provide computer training in a sequence that requires an age appropriate mastery of reading and math. If deficient in these areas, students are required to enroll in the regular math or reading tutorials. The computer classes are structured in two tracts. Students are first introduced to Office desktop software or Wiring and Cabling class and then go on to a PC Maintenance & Repair or HTML (web page design) course based on their interests. In the Wiring & Cabling class, students learn how to prepare a facility for Internet access by actual wiring of facilities. In PC Maintenance and Repair, students engage in hands-on technical/maintenance training that allows them to build a generic PC or one that is built from very specific requirements.
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success The short term measure of success of DLC's Computer Technology Program is reflected in the students' performance in the classroom at their regular school through increased participation and ability to use and integrate technology in all classes. Since many inner city students enrolled in DLC's computer classes do not have computers at home, the program increases their daily access (over 20 computers available on weekdays and weekends) with trained IT and other professionals available to provide technical and/or Internet support.
Long-Term Success DLC's long-term definition of success for the computer technology program is community equity in exposure and access to computers, technological benefits and Internet access. In addition, success is measured by increasing the number of students who understand the practical application that technology plays and its potential as a career, as well as those that develop an interest in technology courses in high school in preparation for college.
Program Success Monitored By The Computer Technology program contains both quantitative and qualitative benefits for participating students and their schools. The following instruments are used to demonstrate these benefits: monthly DLC progress reports, review of tutorial session work and projects, school quarterly progress reports and grade cards, and semi-annual parental surveys.
Examples of Program Success

At DLC, we continue to see an increase in the number of students enrolling and remaining active in the computer technology program for the duration of the program year. The Telehub initiative continues to provide access to educational and technology resources in underserved neighborhoods primarily in the urban core through wireless and virtual network linkages to 12 partnering sites. The sites located in local churches and community centers service a free Summer Academic Camp, after-school programs and various classes. It also continues to serve as the base of operations for the Black Family Technology Awareness Week which has seen a steady increase in participants each year.


DLC addresses both remedial and enrichment needs of students. Our Reading program focuses primarily on comprehension and vocabulary development. In Math, computational skills are the focus for students in grades 1st - 12th. They are grouped according to skill and "promote" as able to the next level of difficulty. High school students are placed according to the class they are taking at school and work on the areas  in which they are having difficulty. Our Science program addresses biology, chemistry and physics for middle and high school students. Since all of our programs involve small-group classes, our volunteers are able to identify specific needs for improvement for each student. The learning environment promotes excellence and success from the very first day that a student enters class regardless of their past performance because there is a concentrated focus on one subject and tutors understand what the needs are and implement instruction based on the unique needs of the student.  In 2018, we added a Academic writing class for middle school and above to increase their skills in writing  reports and essays.

Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success

The short term goals for success of DLC's tutorial program include changes/improvements in growth demonstrated in both the students' school classroom and the tutorial sessions.

Areas of growth measured include listening, participating and speaking skills; active classroom engagement; increase in independent reading of more complex and difficult reading selections; the production of properly constructed sentences and paragraphs; an increase in computational skills and an overall understanding of mathematical processes. Students are encouraged to demonstrate mastery of math formulas and problem solving skills by answering questions and performing board work. For science, DLC helps students develop investigative, problem-solving and logical reasoning skills so that students feel equipped to become more actively engaged in the learning process at school by contributing to classroom discussion and asking relevant content related questions.
Long-Term Success

The long-term goals for success of DLC's tutorial programs include both retention and performance. To successfully build skills in all academic areas, students must be engaged either in a very time-intensive program for a year or a more evenly paced program over a number of years. DLC's approach is the latter and we define long-term success as retaining students as they progress from level to level (elementary-middle-high school) with a continuous improvement of skills as demonstrated through Grade Level Equivalent scores. DLC also defines success by the growing number of students who are prepared to take advanced level courses while in high school and subsequently graduate from high school prepared to successfully complete college level courses.

Program Success Monitored By

DLC’s tutorial programs contain both quantitative and qualitative benefits for participating students and their schools. The following instruments are used to demonstrate these benefits: monthly DLC progress reports, review of tutorial session class work, school quarterly progress reports and grade cards, semi-annual parental surveys; and monthly, semester and annual program status reports that show pre- and post-test scores. All students are tested to determine their skill-level. Over the course of the program, they are tested at monthly or semester depending on the grade level and subject matter. Adjustments and/or reassignments are made when necessary. At the conclusion of the program, the student is tested again, to determine the amount of growth and improvement.

Examples of Program Success

Overall, students are demonstrating increase in mastery of academic content. In the math program 94% of consistently attending students showed improvement and of those 82% of them “promoted” to the next level of program difficulty. This year in our Reading program 90% of our students were able to show measurable growth after a program change that increased contact time from 18 to 36 hours per semester. A particular evidence of success was a 3rd grade reading student that entered the program in September unable to complete the assessment due to a high level of frustration with the reading material. By the end of the program year, he not only completed the entire post assessment with little or no frustration, his reading score increased over 2+ grade levels to score on-level with a 3.9 reading score. 


DLC's CISCO Certified Network Academy, consists of a four semester training curriculum. It is designed to prepare students to obtain industry standard certification through CCNA testing. It is a very difficult and demanding program, yet it is a popular offering at DLC due to its enhanced potential for employment in the IT industry. This program targets both youth and adults and prepares them to manage, maintain and troubleshoot network systems. The program is designed to ensure student success through small classes and ample opportunities for constant feedback and a high level of one-on-one interaction between student and instructor. DLC attempts to minimize and address the potential obstacles that contribute to a student falling behind or having difficulty in comprehending the material.

Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success

Short-term successes for the CISCO Academy include being able to market a program and annually increase enrollment of adults from a diverse urban core population, engage and motivate non-traditional students with little technology or Internet backgrounds and experience to improve their overall knowledge of technology, and to increase training courses that are locally situated and minimally priced.

Long-Term Success

The long term effect and success of DLC's CISCO Training Academy is employment in an Information Technology (IT) environment and an overall improvement in the economic standing of students' and their families. 

Program Success Monitored By

The monitor of success for the Academy is very different from the rest of DLC's programs because our participants are adults many of whom are working and supporting families. Because there are primarily non-traditional students enrolled in the program, we take into account the myriad of influences that will affect their success and completion. The instruments we use to measure success include attendance data, anecdotal reports from the instructor, and student surveys. We attempt to gauge potential barriers or obstacles for the students and proactively provide support.

Examples of Program Success

The CISCO CCNA Training Academy continues to show increases in its student enrollment each program year. 

VEX kits inspire students to become the problem solving heroes of tomorrow.  
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success The ultimate goal is to prepare our youth for the challenge of the forth industrial revolutions.
Long-Term Success To harness the excitement of building robots to immerse learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts.
Program Success Monitored By The program success will be monitored by the number of students enrolled in the program.
Examples of Program Success As the program progresses with larger number of students and how well they do in competitions involving robotics.
Description The Basic computer class for Seniors in the community, Digital Literacy.  The courses help one to learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, and stay safe online.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success To increase the number of Seniors enroll in the program.
Long-Term Success To help Seniors to have more confidence in using and to have the essential skills using computers.  
Program Success Monitored By Program success can be monitored by the increase number of participants and their confidence is computer usage.
Examples of Program Success The program seeing an increase of enrollment by 50%. 
CEO Comments

I am proud of DLC for maintaining its high performance standards for more than 44 years by continuing to attract a large number of concerned parents interested in educational growth for their children; scores of volunteers who give their service year-after-year and community and business support that make it possible to provide service.

DLC will continue to build relationships with surrounding community/neighborhood schools and organizations in an effort to strengthen home-school-community linkages.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Tamara Sykes
Term Start Feb 2019
Former CEOs
Mr. William B GraceAug 1973 - Sept
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 18
Volunteers 70
Retention Rate 67%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Yes. DLC currently collaborates with the following organizations in order to reach the youth of Greater Kansas City metropolitan area: The Upper Room, University of Central Missouri, Trace’s Place, the Black Family Technology Awareness Association, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, and Christ Temple Church. DLC maintains relationship with several area school districts including Kansas City, Missouri, the African Centered Education Collegium, Raytown , Grandview, Hickman Mills, Ruskin, Center, Independence, Kansas City, Kansas and St. Joseph Catholic Diocesan Schools. In addition, DLC works with the following area charter schools: Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology, Gordon Parks Elementary, Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy, University Academy Charter, and Urban Community Leadership Academy.  
Outstanding Service AwardUrban League of Greater Kansas City2004
Designation for supplemental educationState of Missouri2006
Recognition And Appreciation For Support To The Gambian AssociationThe Gambian Association of Greater Kansas City2005
Jordan McNeal Prestigious Community Service AwardMissouri Legislative Black Caucus2004
Pioneer in Technology AwardBlack Family Technology Awareness2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

DLC has been able to weather economic downturns experienced over the years because our operating structure depends on volunteers and not paid personnel. This has been crucial to our ability to provide direct services at maximum levels for the past 39 years, but this structure has also been limiting in our ability to evaluate, develop and implement key organizational improvements. Fortunately, we were able to start a capacity-building initiative in 2007 that has greatly improved our leadership, organization and program areas. These improvements have contributed to an increase in sustainability, community outreach and long-range planning and development. As we continue to implement capacity-building efforts our challenges include maintaining the existing staff engaged in the initiative and hiring additional staff to implement newly developed organizational plans developed such as the Resource Development Plan, the Volunteer Recruitment Plan and the Marketing and Public Relations Plan. Our current opportunities include continuous improvement in the tutorial and prevention programs and increased participation in the College Coaching and Computer Technology programs.

We are actively addressing both our challenges and opportunities by increasing our community visibility and importance, developing new streams of fee-for-service classes and keeping abreast of best practices in both education and non-profit management.  

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Barnes
Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank
Term Aug 2015 to
Email tbarnes@duboislc.org
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Vern Glover
Board Members
Mrs. Terri E. BarnesFederal Reserve Bank
Mr Donald Ealy
Mr. Overnice GloverU.S. Dept. of Agriculture, retired
Ms Marion Halim
Mr Harrison MayFederal Reserve Bank
Dr. Carla MebaneUMKC
Mr. Michael MooreNew York Life
Ms Bonita Powell
Mr Calvin Robertson
Mr Phillip Vann
Mr Carlos Walker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 98%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

The Board of Directors of the W.E.B DuBois Learning Center is a highly unique and committed group of individuals. In addition to the general expectations of the Board, the majority of our board members are also active volunteers in our program. Over the past year, the board has been challenged with ensuring we have the appropriate mix of talent and skill on the Board, as well as within our Staff to meet the goals established for the organization. As DLC looks to the future, the Board fully recognizes the need to improve upon existing services and organizational dynamics. We are working with Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership to develop a formal Strategic Planning process to guide our work into the future.  The Board is also working to develop a long-term Fundraising/Resource Development Plan, Marketing and Public Relations Plan and a Volunteer Recruitment Strategy.  

Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $431,350
Projected Expenses $389,568
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$42,405$176,972$36,065
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$135$37$101,390
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$155$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$8,748$125,455$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$160,993$99,589$105,222
Administration Expense$118,530$31,980$124,147
Fundraising Expense$12,922$43,923$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.483.120.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%57%46%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$305,712$516,472$118,048
Current Assets$65,599$272,798$11,376
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$33,753$12,361$15,132
Total Net Assets$271,959$504,111$102,916
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.9422.070.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are currently involved in a capital campaign to purchase one of the Kansas City Missouri Public School buildings - previously, Milton Moore Elementary School. We have entered into a lease to purchase agreement with the KCPS and are in the process of raising funds/commitments to cover the cost of building purchase and major renovations.
Goal $1,000,000.00
Dates July 2013 to June 2014
Amount Raised to Date $200,000.00 as of Dec 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

LC has a diversified funding stream that includes individual contributions, private, business and foundation grants and fee-for-service revenues. Looking forward to the future and in an effort to implement new capacity building strategies, DLC is actively engaged in developing a long-term Fundraising/Resource Development Plan. We have conducted a resource development audit and action plan for implementing changes. Some items from the audit have been completed and implemented, while others are still under development.  

Part of the plan is recognizing the value of the service that we provide not only to children and their families, but also to school districts and area charter schools. In 2006, DLC received designation from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a Supplemental Educational Service Provider (SES), which provides funding for tutoring to students that attend low-performing schools. During the past three program years, DLC has increased revenues from the SES program by over 40% each year. 

DLC is consistently working to improve its ability to win corporate and foundation grants. In early 2010, we gained certification and grant funding from the United Way of Kansas City and in December 2010, we were selected to receive funding through their new 3-year funding strategy for 2011-2013. DLC has secured its 3rd year of funding through the City of Kansas City’s Community Development Block Grant for all of our youth programs. The grant is renewable each year, provides funds for both staff positions and programming needs and has strong leveraging potential.

In addition to financial contributions, DLC has a dedicated volunteer staff who donate over 4,000 hours of service per year that is valued at over $130,000 of in-kind services.

Other Documents
FY2012 Annual Report2012View
FY 2011 Annual Report2011View
FY 2010 Annual Report2010View
Organization Name W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center, Inc.
Address 4510 East Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 641282119
Primary Phone (816) 523-3339
Contact Email thefuture@duboislc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Tamara Sykes
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank
Year of Incorporation 1976