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FLY 2008 Annual Report


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  • 1. 2008 ANNUAL REPORT Facilitating Leadership in Youth Supporting youth East of the Anacostia River in Washington DC
  • 2. Lead. Learn. Inspire. FLY‟s first graduating high school senior (pictured here) successfully completed her freshman year of college at Virginia Stage University. She returned to FLY over summer break as a camp counselor to teach a dance class to the younger youth.
  • 3. FLY prepares youth for college Off to College!  FLY‟s six seniors graduated in June 2008!  In fall 2008, they left home to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Allegany College, and Virginia State University  FLY brought youth to visit local colleges as well as out-of-town institutions including Harvard, MIT and George Mason University
  • 4. FLY prepares youth for college Supporting successful transitions to higher education  FLY‟s Educational Advocacy Program was expanded to serve FLY youth that have graduated from high school and had applied to and been accepted for admission to 2 or 4 year colleges and universities  This was an unplanned development for this program, but it quickly became apparent that FLY youth would continue to need educational advocacy to succeed in college  FLY provided a wide range of advocacy services from assisting students in managing their financial aid awards and student loans, housing assignments, communicating with college administration and professors, to identifying and accessing services at their schools  FLY college youth received many hours of coaching about administrative requirements and higher education protocol to help them succeed in their new endeavors!
  • 5. FLY youth find funds for college  With the help of FLY‟sDollars for Scholars program,  Two FLY youth were awarded the 2007 Gates Foundation DC Achiever‟s Award and each received a $50,000 college scholarship  Three more FLY youth were awarded the 2008 Gates Foundation DC Achiever‟s Award for the 2008-2009 academic year  Two FLY youth won the “Beat the Odds” scholarship ($20,000) Young Men in FLY meet with David  One FLY youth won the Williams and Polemarch of the Mu Horatio Alger scholarship Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi ($20,000) Fraternity after an info session at  Three FLY youth won the George Mason University “Hoop Dreams” scholarship ($10,000)
  • 6. Learning outside the classroom for success inside the classroom Grade Advancements for the 2007-2008 School Year  Grades 3-6: 100%  Grades 7-8: 100%  Grades 9-12: 90% (18 of 20) Several youth struggled academically the previous year, but progressed to receive greatly improved first semester Fall „08 report cards, including ten youth who made honor roll
  • 7. FLY summer camp Located at American University, 2008 Classes (ages 8-12) Art Culture five days a week for seven Swimming Shock weeks Fashion Design Spoken Word Dance
  • 8. Young leaders emerge FLY teens receive leadership development & training  Youth members of FLY attended the weeklong National Youth Organizing Training Institute in Detroit in March 2008  Three FLY teens, chaperoned by a FLY AU student leader, attended the weeklong FBR (Friedman, Billings, Ramsey) leadership development program held at GWU  Other training topics ranged from public speaking, to conducting effective door-to-door outreach, to how to draft an action plan  All 30 teens were placed at successful eight week paid summer internships. Teens also worked on college prep work in small groups with their mentors
  • 9. Young leaders emerge FLY teens then reach out to their peers & their community  Spent over 40 hours participating in District-led community meetings about the impending redevelopment of Barry Farm and spent an additional 20 hours participating in resident coalition-led meetings  Conducted 3 youth-led Know-Your- Rights workshops for over 65 DC teens  Interviewed and evaluated prospective summer camp staff  Led youth development and communications trainings for our summer staff and volunteers
  • 10. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support for my grandchildren, Keagoe and Kristopher Stith. They have been involved since elementary school and now they are [a few months] away from college. You have been instrumental in giving them a safe place to stay with your afterschool programs, and in your tutoring programs by having American University students take them under their wings. Thanks to this they have excelled in academics and are…receiving scholarships. You have kept them busy with positive involvements and have truly nurtured their minds. I am very impressed with your organization because everyone is so caring and dedicated. There are just no words to express just how grateful we are to you.” “Please accept our sincere gratitude, for you have played an important part in preparing my young men for their future.” -Christine Stith, Grandmother of Kris
  • 11. FLY‟s funds at work
  • 12. FLY Financials
  • 13. Organizational Accomplishments 2008: Diversification of Revenue & Decreased Reliance on Foundation Funding  242% increase in the number of individual donors from 2007 (77) to 2008 (186)  146% increase in the amount of individual and small business donations from 2007 ($52,143) to 2008 ($76,461) Thank you to each of our individual donors. Every gift of every size helps our youth succeed.
  • 14. Organizational Accomplishments So many compassionate people fundraising for FLY in 2008. Thank you!  FLY‟s board of directors and 12 committee members successfully executed a benefit at the Harman Center to celebrate our 5th anniversary in April.  The event netted over $60,000! A very special thanks from FLY to the Benefit Committee Members  FLY‟s Board of Directors instituted a “give or get” policy. All members contributed to fundraising and 80% of the board also personally donated.
  • 15. FLY‟s 5th Anniversary Benefit Five years of FLY: a successful anniversary celebration and fundraiser held at the Harman Center for the Arts in April 2009 raised over $60,000! Special guests included President Cornelius Kerwin, honored for continuing American University’s close partnership with FLY,
  • 16. 2007-2008 Institutional Support Foundation Support Other Support Morris & Gwendolyn CafritzFoundation Cleveland Park Congregational Church Columbus Foundation DC Commission on the Arts&Humanities Commonweal Foundation Metro TeenAids Community Foundation of the National Capitol Region Anacostia Smithsonian Museum Lois and Richard England Family Foundation Urban Institute, East of River Initiative Hazen Foundation Workers of St. Albans Herb Block Foundation Hill-SnowdonFoundation Kimsey Foundation, East of River Initiative Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation Levy Family Foundation Corporate Support Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation Anacostia Coordinating Council, Inc. Meyer Foundation Booz, Allen, Hamilton Inc. MoriahFoundation Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, East of River Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors King & Spaulding, LLP United Jewish Endowment Fund Linowes and Blocher, LLP Washington Area Women‟s Foundation Pepco Washington Nationals Dream Foundation PNC Bank
  • 17. 2007-2008 Institutional Support (Cont’d) In-kind Support April 2008 Benefit Committee American University Co-Chair: David Shiffrin Chadbourne& Parke, LLP Co-Chair: Susan Taylor DC Central Kitchen ONE DC Judy Bacon Derry Noyes Craig Additional thanks to our organizational Mindy Detzler collaborators. Mary Jane Glass Without you, FLY wouldn’t be as fly! Rhonda Henderson Barry Farm Community Coalition Heidi Maloni Barry Farm Recreation Center MilicaMitrovich Barry Farm Resident Council Jan Ross BLOC (Building Leaders, Organizing Communities) Peggy Shiffrin DCAYA (DC Alliance of Youth Advocates) Sue Spock YEA (Youth Education Alliance) Barry Spodak Washington College of Law Economic Development Barbara Tannenbaum Legal Clinic at American University (Susan Bennett) MannieTobie Karen Tompkins Sylvia Travaglione ChariseVan Liew
  • 18. Another special thank you to the 60 American University tutors and mentors who volunteered in 2008!
  • 19. Build community. Invest in youth FLY Board of Directors May-December 2008 Iman Tyson, President FLY Board of Directors Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton Jan-April 2008 David Shiffrin, Vice President Rhonda Henderson, President Board member at: WETA, Cultural Development Corporation, Arena Stage David Shiffrin, Vice President Karen Gerlach, PhD, Secretary Mindy Detzler, Secretary Director, Student Activities, American University Adam Weers, CPA, Treasurer Daphne Edwin, Treasurer Manager of Development, Trammell Crow Company Martin Jenkins Rhonda Henderson Center Director, Kaplan Inc Milica Mitrovich Martin Jenkins Michelle Tafel FLY Youth Council Representative, Freshman at Alleghany College Iman Tyson Amit Mehta Counsel, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Zack Schwartz MilicaMitrovich Keagoe Stith Zack Schwartz Anne Wiseman FLY Club President, Sophomore at American University KeagoeStith FLY Youth Council Representative, Senior at Duke Ellington High School