Young Women on the Move
3148 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City KS 66104
Mission Statement
Young Women on the Move was founded in 2005 to unleash the power of girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world. YWOM serves at-risk adolescent girls, ages 11-19, in Kansas City, KS (KCK).

Young Women on the Move helps under-served urban girls in Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) overcome extreme environmental stressors and low expectations for achieving their potential. Young Women on the Move connects social workers and volunteer mentors with low-income girls and young women, ages 11-25, living in Kansas City, Kansas (Wyandotte County), who might otherwise fall through the cracks – for a successful future. Our goal is to assure that each girl overcomes her life challenges to achieve physical, emotional and social wellbeing, self-sufficiency, and academic success.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Mary Beth Gentry
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation House, Park, Dobra and Wiebber, PC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Empower for Health Partners
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Young Women on the Move was founded in 2005 to unleash the power of girls to create a more vibrant, healthy and peaceful world. YWOM serves at-risk adolescent girls, ages 11-19, in Kansas City, KS (KCK).

Young Women on the Move helps under-served urban girls in Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) overcome extreme environmental stressors and low expectations for achieving their potential. Young Women on the Move connects social workers and volunteer mentors with low-income girls and young women, ages 11-25, living in Kansas City, Kansas (Wyandotte County), who might otherwise fall through the cracks – for a successful future. Our goal is to assure that each girl overcomes her life challenges to achieve physical, emotional and social wellbeing, self-sufficiency, and academic success.

Background Statement
Young Women on the Move was founded in 2005 to equip adolescent girls in Wyandotte County with the knowledge, skills and self-motivation to become healthy in mind, body and spirit. Today, the program serves a weekly average of 150 young women, ages 11-19, enrolled in Kansas City, KS schools and enjoys the school district’s full endorsement as its primary mentoring program for girls.
 
Young Women on the Move began as a weekly after-school program at two participating schools. Today, the program has expanded to offer after-school sessions for girls from all 8 middle schools, a high school leadership program for girls from all 5 high schools, and an annual International Day of the Girl Summit for 200 plus middle school and high school girls. Funding in 2007-2009 from the Health Care Foundation helped the organization implement a program framework for mental health that continues to focus on desired outcomes of resiliency and self-efficacy. Close collaborations with School District counselors, the Office of Family and Prevention Services, and KU School of Social Welfare help to assure a continuum of care for girls in need of additional services.
 
Our vision is that girls, when healthy in mind, body and spirit, will be strong leaders and advocates for thriving, healthy families and communities. As a result of the organization's intervention, hundreds of adolescent, at-risk girls in KCK’s urban core with little hope and few positive role models have learned to prepare for a better future, and develop character and life skills to succeed in an ever-increasing competitive world.
Impact Statement
Our top accomplishments from last year include: 
  1. Hosting 3rd International Day of the Girl on November 12, 2016, attended by 150 middle and high school-age girls enrolled in Kansas City, KS Public School.
  2. Serving an average of 100 girls every week in eight middle schools and five high schools in Kansas City, Kansas, with after-school programs.  All five of our high school seniors graduated from high school and four are attending college.  All are employed.
  3. Producing significant outcomes in resiliency and self-sufficiency for our participants.  Self-assessment among our middle school participants revealed the following results:
  • Less bullying
  • Better relationships with friends
  • Felt better about themselves
  • Were better at controlling anger
  • 66% felt they had better grades
  • 71% felt they had better relationships
  • 95% felt more confident
  • 93% felt they could communicate better

      4. In May 2017, Young Women on the Move achieved its goal to secure a permanent home when the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church donated the former University United Methodist Church to our organization. The 10,400 sq. ft. historical building is located at 3148 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104.

 
Our goals for the current year include:
  1. Launch a capital campaign to raise $500,000 over 5 years to fund renovations to the new building, sustain programs, and provide scholarships.
  2. Expand gender-specific, co-ed and family programs at our new Young Women on the Move Center.
  3. Build a team of skilled, trained staff and volunteers to provide comprehensive programming for youth and families.
  4. Expand services to meet a critical need for community-based services for adolescent youth, especially pregnant and parenting teens, and homeless teens.
  5. Build a strong collaboration with other youth-serving, social service agencies, and community faith-based organizations to assure each young person has a network of support.
Needs Statement Young Women on the Move's most pressing needs include the following:
  1. $300,000: Renovation costs to restore our new home, including new roof, heating/air conditioning, electrical upgrades, and renovation of space for STEM education.
  2. $50,000: Funding for core staff: Young Women’s Program Coordinator, Bi-lingual School and Family Outreach Coordinator, Fund Development and Marketing Director.
  3. $5,000: Transportation funding to cover bus/van costs to transport youth from schools to Youth Center and to their homes.
  4. $25,000: Funding to support leadership development curriculum and project-based learning activities.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Young Women on the Move serves adolescent girls and their families in Kansas City, Kansas, Wyandotte County. Our new home is located at 3148 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66104. This zip code is one of four Wyandotte County zip codes considered most at-risk.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Since our founding in 2005, Young Women on the Move has faced many challenges, some of which seemed practically insurmountable at the time. And now, looking back, I can say with confidence that our successes are due, in part, to facing those challenges with fierce determination and a “never give up” attitude.
 
Our challenges often involve the need for more resources – people, supplies, and funds - and our ability to adapt to the constantly changing environment in which we work. Our challenge as non-profit leaders is that we must constantly challenge and educate ourselves so we can meet rising expectations for excellence and program outcomes. No longer can a non-profit exist by itself. We must build collaborative networks to fill the gaps and advocate together for community-wide impact.
 
Our successes can be seen in outcome results.  Members are showing significant improvement in grades and significant increases in resiliency and self-efficacy.  They are on track to achieve academic milestones.  We are seeing reduced instances of  pregnant and parenting teens among our participants.  Finally, members are on track to complete college and meet career goals.
Programs
Description

YWOM’s After School Mentoring program connects middle school girls to social workers and volunteer mentors every week at their schools. The program also connects high school girls to mentors weekly at their schools and our new location at 1017 North 9th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. Wednesday sessions, an early-release day for the KCK School District, are held from 1:00-4:30 pm. Volunteer mentors engage the girls in active learning projects centered on eight areas of  wellness: Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Social, Academic, Career, and Money management.

All activities are designed to help girls develop the habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations to develop self-efficacy and resiliency to life’s challenges. In addition to weekly group sessions, the YWOM social worker and social work practicum students hold weekly, small group coaching sessions with members at their schools, focused on goal setting, life skills training, and service projects.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Females, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
At the end of one year, young women will demonstrate improvements including:
  1. 50% who participate in the program will improve their self concept as a capable female.
  2. 50% will improve their attitudes and self-efficacy to deal with stressors in a nonviolent way, pursue a positive life plan, improve academic self worth, prevent and/or address issues of depression and/or suicidal thoughts.
Long-Term Success
The agency's vision is that the 75% of girls completing a multi-year program will achieve physical, social and emotional well-being resulting in ability to maintain healthy lifestyles and healthy social relationships. These graduates will demonstrate self-determination and ample human capital to achieve self-sufficiency through academics and employment. 
Program Success Monitored By We conduct baseline surveys at the beginning of the program, mid-term and at the end of each year. In addition, we analyze basic school data such as attendance, suspensions. We encourage each girl to keep a journal and to write essays which are used as qualitative measures. We also encourage girls to evaluate the program and to offer feedback on satisfaction or lack of satisfaction with programming.
Examples of Program Success

  • To date, 95% of YWOM members have completed high school as compared to less than 65% for the Kansas City, KS School District. 
  • To date, 75% of YWOM members graduating high school matriculate to college or trade school. 100% of YWOM graduates have entered the workforce.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs Mary Beth Gentry
Term Start Sept 2005
Experience

B.S. in Home Economics, University of Tennessee; American Dietetic Association Internship, University of Minnesota; Youth Director, Telegraph Avenue Mission, Oakland, California; Chief Nutritionist,  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Memphis, Tennessee; Nutrition Program Director, Mid-Missouri Area Agency on Aging; Hospital Administrative Dietitian, University of Missouri Health Sciences Center, Columbia, MO and St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado, Director of Development, University of Nevada, Reno; Master's Certificate in Community Health and Development, University of Kansas Assistant Dean, External Affairs, KU School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the Kansas Leadership Center's civic engagement program.Ms. Gentry serves on the board of the KCK Community College Culinary Arts Program. She is a co-founder of A Better KCK community coalition to prevent youth violence. She is a founding member of Sisters to Sistahs, a mentoring service at F. L. Schlagle High School. She is a member of the Women's Executive Network, the KCK Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Exchange. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 9
Male 0
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 Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

YWOM builds capacity for program delivery by creating a volunteer network of individuals and organizations from multiple sectors whose passion and mission align with YWOM. These partnerships create synergy as we work together to improve lives for young girls. Partners include Wyandotte Mental Health Center, PACES Youth Services; Connect the Dottes for a Better KCK; El Centro, Inc.; Kansas City, KS School District; KidZone; KC United; Kansas City Counseling; National Storytellers Network; Boys Choir and Girls Choir of Kansas City; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City; Wyandotte County Sherriff’s Department; Soul Hole Productions; Kansas City, Kansas Community College; University of Kansas.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Chamber of Commerce2017
National Storytelling Network2017
TechSoup2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Endorsed as one of the key mentoring programs for adolescent girls in the districtUSD 500 School District, Kansas City, KS2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Company Affiliation House, Park, Dobra and Wiebber, PC
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Email jenjohnson@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Barbara Clark-Evans PhD
Company Affiliation Kansas City, Kansas Community College
Term June 2017 to June 2020
Email bclark@kckcc.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jason Bohn Cornerstones of Care
Ms. Barbara Clark-Evans PhDMulticultural Center, KCKCC
Mrs. MaryBeth Gentry Young Women on the Move
Ms. Jennifer Johnson CPAHouse, Park, Dobra & Wiebber, PC
Ms. Suzzanne Lanaman H&R Block
Mr. Scott Mason Rose Brooks Center
Ms. Serene U. Thomas Pipefitter Local #533
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Marketing
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
I can say with confidence that Young Women on the Move demonstrates great resiliency and self-efficacy as we continue to grow more fully into our mission and vision. We are deeply motivated to impact the lives of young women in our city, knowing that they hold the key to healthier families and thriving communities. We know they are integral to breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. We continue to direct our efforts to being a best-practice, exemplary organization which means we are constantly learning and adapting - but never giving in - to the many challenges we face. This is a very exciting and challenging time in the life of Young Women on the Move. After the church that served as our home for several years was sold in December 2015, we went through a period of uncertainty. This year we received a most gracious and generous gift of a former church from the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. The space offers tremendous opportunities for expanding our impact to the community. We know our impact will not be realized by our singular efforts. Therefore, we are building strong collaborations with other community organizations so that together we can create sustainable, long-term change. We are grateful to the donors and friends who continue to support this vision through grants, gifts, in-kind contributions and many areas of service. We welcome opportunities to visit with potential and current donors to share more insight about our programs and services.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $300,000
Projected Expenses $200,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$119,369$138,410$72,591
Administration Expense$0$0$2,998
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.031.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$27,059$39,715$37,565
Current Assets$6,627$29,695$24,547
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$30,441$17,461$19,226
Total Net Assets($3,382)$22,254$18,339
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.221.701.28
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Young Women on the Move
Address 3148 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104
Primary Phone (913) 7449139
Contact Email mbgentry@13gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Mary Beth Gentry
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation House, Park, Dobra and Wiebber, PC
Year of Incorporation 2007
Former Names
Empower for Health Partners