Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation-Kansas City
800 W. 47th Street, Suite 525
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-7737
Mission Statement

PREP-KC is addressing one of the Kansas City region's most long-standing and difficult challenges: improving the education of KC’s urban students in order for young people to complete high school and be fully prepared for college and/or employment.

The PREP-KC team works with six bi-state urban school districts (Center, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City Public Schools, and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools), 12 high schools, and many “feeder” middle and elementary schools (both traditional and charter) which serve 55,000 mostly low-income students.

In partnership with these districts/schools, PREP-KC is supporting a powerful math curriculum (for all students), providing the opportunity for students to earn college credit during high school, and offering career-focused experiences to prepare all students for future employment opportunities.

PREP-KC offers investors the opportunity to focus resources on urban public education, to support continuity during district leadership changes through long-standing relationships in districts, and to support proven, data-driven strategies that are improving the lives of urban students.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Susan Wally
Board Chair Mr. Chris Gentile
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired 2016: President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

PREP-KC is addressing one of the Kansas City region's most long-standing and difficult challenges: improving the education of KC’s urban students in order for young people to complete high school and be fully prepared for college and/or employment.

The PREP-KC team works with six bi-state urban school districts (Center, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City Public Schools, and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools), 12 high schools, and many “feeder” middle and elementary schools (both traditional and charter) which serve 55,000 mostly low-income students.

In partnership with these districts/schools, PREP-KC is supporting a powerful math curriculum (for all students), providing the opportunity for students to earn college credit during high school, and offering career-focused experiences to prepare all students for future employment opportunities.

PREP-KC offers investors the opportunity to focus resources on urban public education, to support continuity during district leadership changes through long-standing relationships in districts, and to support proven, data-driven strategies that are improving the lives of urban students.

Background Statement

For far too long, the Kansas City region (both Missouri and Kansas) has struggled to improve educational outcomes for public school students. Efforts to improve academic performance were fragmented and inadequate. In 2005, though there was some initial up-turn in the outcomes in Kansas City Kansas, confidence in scalable and sustainable improvement was in short supply. Funders and advocates had stepped back, and the city’s two large urban districts continued to struggle to prepare their students for postsecondary education and the 21st century workplace.

Additionally, there was no organization positioned to provide investors with independent and timely data on the impact of their investment, a commitment to stewardship of their funds, and the opportunity to join together to focus resources on a long-standing barrier to the city’s economic and civic progress – the city’s urban education challenges.

As a result of encouragement and support from a broad cross-section of Kansas City leaders, PREP-KC was founded as an independent intermediary organization with both resources and leverage to provide strategic pressure and support to improve the city’s urban education outcomes. With a start up grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PREP-KC was soon able to more than match Gates funds with an unprecedented list of co-investors ultimately creating a significant five-year fund. These investors in PREP-KC understood that when student outcomes from a region’s urban, public education systems improve, the quality of economic and civic life in that region will also improve.
Impact Statement

“Change Your High School Experiences; Change Your Future!” Since its 2005 founding, PREP-KC is dedicated to closing the opportunity gaps which exist for the young people who attend public schools in KC’s urban school districts. Through partnerships which PREP-KC has created with five bi-state urban school districts, critical improvements are underway.

  • As a result of PREP-KC's MATH BENCHMARKING, students at all grades (K-12) have the necessary supports to master rigorous algebra and advanced math courses which are necessary for higher education and high-quality employment. Due to the success of this program, K-3 LITERACY BENCHMARKING to increase reading proficiency by 3rd grade (which has a strong correlation to high school completion) is now underway.
  • Through PREP-KC's partnerships with key higher education institutions and business leaders, CAREER EXPLORATION EXPERIENCES and intensive CAREER ACADEMIES are available to students. These opportunities provide students with early business and industry knowledge/experiences which build their pathways to postsecondary education and/or employment.
  • In partnerships with lead teachers in partner high schools, PREP-KC is helping create EARLY COLLEGE opportunities in high schools. This jump-start on college is especially critical for first-generation high school graduates and first-generation college applicants.

Through an online DATA DASHBOARD, PREP-KC is committed to closely monitoring student achievement data to ensure private investments yield an important return, both in new opportunities for urban students as well as improvements in the region’s future workforce.

In addition to its commitment to maintaining its high-impact supports for current partner schools, PREP-KC is considering its capacity to respond to new requests for support from additional schools serving high percentages of low-income children and young people.
Needs Statement

To continue to be able to show a strong, positive impact on the lives and futures of urban students in the bi-state Kansas City region, and grow these student-focused opportunities, PREP-KC needs:

  1. Scholarships for tuition costs to assist urban high school students who have stepped up to taking rigorous college courses while still in high school. This early college course-taking allows students to graduate from high school with college courses on their transcripts and with a jump start on their postsecondary pathway. This is a powerful advantage for a low-income, first-generation college-goer.
  2. Professionals from a wide range of career pathways to volunteer to speak to students and host students for work site and college campus visits. It is these experiences with a wide range of professionals from the Kansas City region which give low-income students the opportunity to "see the possibilities" for their futures.
  3. General operating support to keep PREP-KC's lean-but-effective team supplied with the resources necessary for creating these life-changing experiences for the region's urban students.
Service Categories
Educational Services
Urban & Community Economic Development
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Programs
Description

PREP-KC works with math departments, grades K-12, to equip teachers with the necessary supports to raise the rigor of all math classes to prepare ALL students for success in advanced math classes. More than ever before, advanced math is required for success in higher education and in high-growth careers in the Kansas City region. Studies show that when students experience success in math, their confidence also improves in other subjects.

Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Increased proficiency rate on state math assessments and increased rigor in classrooms.
Long-Term Success Increased proficiency rate on state math assessments, students taking and passing more math courses, students better prepared for college and careers.
Program Success Monitored By Number and rate of students proficient on state assessments, number of students passing a course beyond Algebra 2.
Examples of Program Success

PREP-KC has supported four of Kansas City’s urban districts in moving rigorous Algebra 1 from 9th to 8th grade as the required curriculum for 8th graders. This is critical to improving student outcomes because it increases the likelihood that students will complete advanced math courses prior to high school graduation. Algebra 1 is now the standard math course in 8th grade in Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Center School District, Grandview School District, and Hickman Mills School District.

In the school districts implementing Math Benchmarking the longest, math proficiency on the Algebra 2 state assessment is approaching or surpassing state averages and more than half of graduates complete a math course beyond Algebra 2 (2015; Center and Grandview School Districts). Completing an advanced math course has been shown to be predictive of postsecondary success/completion.

Description PREP-KC has created five career Academies in high-growth fields such as health sciences, technology, and engineering. These Academies give students early business experiences and industry knowledge. These business/industry-based experience help students who might not otherwise have these opportunities, develop aspirations for their futures, helping them to develop concrete plans for postsecondary education and ultimately, employment.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Student interest and rigorous coursework in high-demand, high-growth career areas, including early college credit and career credentials.

Long-Term Success A robust workforce pipeline from high school through postsecondary education in high-demand, high-growth career areas.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the number of career experiences students participate in, early college credits, career credentials, academic performance, and postsecondary enrollment.
Examples of Program Success

Career Academy graduates are enrolling in postsecondary education at rates higher than national norms. According to the American Council on Education (2015), only 46% of students from low-income backgrounds and 64% of middle-income students go on to attend postsecondary education. In contrast, 74% of Academy graduates involved in programming for a year or more (also low-income) have enrolled at a postsecondary institution.

Academy students report strong non-cognitive skills (ex: they report that they believe they can be successful in challenging work if they make an effort), improved workplace skills (ex: giving oral presentations and working on a team), increased knowledge about and connections to postsecondary and career paths, and value their experiences in the Academy.

Description
By working with urban high schools and area higher education institutions, PREP-KC is establishing multiple opportunities for high school students to take college courses while still in high school. This is especially critical for first-generation high school graduates and first-generation college applicants. Studies show that students who successfully complete college courses before the end of their high school education are more likely to complete postsecondary education. In addition, low- income students can reduce the cost of postsecondary education by completing some courses while attending high school.
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Increasing the number of students that complete a college course for credit in high school.
Long-Term Success Students complete at least one college course for credit prior to high school graduation. From this, students understand that they can be successful in college and eventually enroll in and persist in postsecondary education.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by tracking the number of graduates each year that have completed at least one college course prior to high school graduation.
Examples of Program Success Many students are completing college courses while in high school in PREP-KC’s partner districts. For example, in Grandview School District, the percentage of high school graduates successfully completing a college course increased from 26% to 45% (2013-2015).
Description

a. PREP-KC’s college and career preparation strategies include a large number of events (serving over 7,000 students) which bring middle and high school students into conversations with professionals from a range of high-need/high-growth industries in the Kansas City region. These strategies include Customized Workplace Tours, Career Jumping Events, Customized Campus Visits, FAFSA and College Application Completion Events, and hands-on learning experiences. These experiences help urban students envision and prepare for careers that they otherwise might not have known existed.

Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Providing students with at least one career/college exploration experience each year.
Long-Term Success
All students are aware of different career paths and how to enter that path (education and skills necessary). Students enter a career path of interest to them; hopefully in a high-growth, high-need local industry.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the number of unique students reached each year.
Examples of Program Success

In 2016, 836 professionals from 192 businesses and 32 postsecondary institutions in the bi-state Kansas City region supported & career exploration experiences with PREP-KC to reach 7,154 individual urban students.

In the 2016-17 school year, PREP-KC will reach over 8,000 high school students in career planning experiences that include Career Jumping, FAFSA completion, Workplace Tours, Customized Campus Visits, and hands-on/real-world projects. All of these experiences are supported by volunteers and donors like you!

Description

K-3 Literacy Benchmarking is PREP-KC’s up-stream investment focused on 3rd grade reading proficiency. Literacy Benchmarking is designed to significantly improve reading instruction and aims for all students to be proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. This is especially important because reading proficiency by 3rd grade strongly correlates to high school graduation and postsecondary success. Literacy Benchmarking develops a strong literacy foundation for students, increases teachers’ expertise in research-based literacy instruction and assessment, and provides high-quality classroom libraries to help students develop an identity as a reader.

Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success K-3 Literacy Benchmarking is also documenting evidence of improved practices of teachers.
Long-Term Success

Prior to the launch of K-3 Literacy Benchmarking in 2015, PREP-KC’s extensive data collection showed that a majority of our urban K-3 teachers felt they did not have the strategies and resources to close gaps in their young students’ literacy skills. Students’ performance on the state’s 3rd grade reading assessment confirmed these concerns. To address these concerns, PREP-KC launched research-based K-3 Literacy Benchmarking in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms.

Program Success Monitored By

PREP-KC will measure progress by tracking implementation milestones, short-term indicators, and long-term outcomes to ensure that many more children are proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.

Examples of Program Success
K-3 Classroom Libraries - As of August 1, 2017, PREP-KC has distributed 45,225 books to 225 teachers in 4 urban school districts.
 
As one teacher said, "Thanks for these beautiful and inspirational books that will help our students develop a love for reading and the literacy skills they will need to be successful in school and life!"
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms Susan Wally
Term Start Aug 2005
Experience Susan advises and advocates for educational improvement initiatives locally (Kansas City) and nationally. A former high school teacher, principal, and strategic advisor for school and district improvement, she served for more than 10 years as Vice President for Education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. At Kauffman she led a grant portfolio focused on the development and achievement of school-aged children. She joined the Foundation in 1990 as manager of Project Choice, an urban high school dropout prevention and scholarship program that was conceived by Ewing Kauffman and operated by the Foundation. While at the Kauffman Foundation she developed strategic partnerships with Kansas City’s urban school districts, including First Things First in the Kansas City, Kansas School District.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Vice President
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 836
Paid Contractors 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 Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
PREP-KC selected as Midwest Regional Convener for the 2006 conferenceBill & Melinda Gates Foundation2006
WIRED granteeUnited States Department of Labor2006
Mid-America Education Hall of FameKansas City Kansas Community College2012
Neighborhood BuildersBank of America2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chris Gentile
Company Affiliation Retired 2016: President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology
Term July 2012 to Dec 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Ray Daniels Retired superintendent, KCK School District
Mr. Thomas Forrester State Street
Mr. Chris Gentile Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology
Mr. Edward Honesty Best Harvest Bakeries
Mr. Leo Morton UMKC
Mr. Ramon Murguia Watson & Dameron Law Offices
Ms. Madeline Romious AT&T Missouri
Mr. David Warm Mid-American Regional Council (MARC)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Finance
Personnel
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $911,248
Projected Expenses $1,680,460
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2013: Financial data reported using audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,088,152$1,254,402$1,243,111
Administration Expense$177,189$102,995$108,971
Fundraising Expense$122,384$148,574$151,911
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.991.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%6%52%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$5,435,404$5,610,642$4,242,899
Current Assets$2,983,765$3,323,893$2,133,316
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$85,357$62,862$137,360
Total Net Assets$5,350,047$5,547,780$4,105,539
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities34.9652.8815.53
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $150,000Anonymous $900,000Francis Family Foundation $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $150,000Anonymous $523,671Civic Council of Greater Kansas City $125,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $90,000Anonymous $177,673Hall Family Foundation $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments We are currently under our annual audit for 2017 and will post PREP-KC's 990 and audit documents upon completion. Thank you. 
Organization Name Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation-Kansas City
Address 800 W. 47th Street, Suite 525
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 931-7737
Contact Email swally@prepkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms Susan Wally
Board Chair Mr. Chris Gentile
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired 2016: President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology
Year of Incorporation 2005