Pro Deo Annual Report 2022-2023

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2022-2023 Annual Report

Shining a Light on Positive Impact Dear friends, Pro Deo Youth Center has had my heart since day one back in 2018. I came on board at a pivotal moment for the teen center. The board of directors wanted to think differently about the future services Pro Deo could offer. Collectively, the board wanted to reinvent their role in providing free counseling and tutoring services in eastern Jackson County and at the same time increase activities to five days a week. Fast forward to today, and you will see the board of directors’ vision unfolding. Not only is Pro Deo seeing more teens cross through the doors, but the impact of the relationships and growth is awe inspiring. It is now up to our community to meet these demands for more services. As the story of 22-23 played out, Pro Deo received a major donation from Lee’s Summit residents Bob and Jane Rutherford. At the time, I was planning for Pro Deo to move into a space and merely be good tenants. As a woman of faith, God had a different plan for our future. You see, the City of Lee’s Summit had an American Rescue Plan Act grant for community revitalization pass across the mayor’s desk. When Mayor Bill Baird saw this grant opportunity, he arranged for his development staff to collaborate with Pro Deo. Lo and behold, our collective efforts paid off with a grant match of the Rutherford donation. These phase one gifts are part of a larger campaign to facilitate future growth in physical space and programming for teens of eastern Jackson County. Thank you for your support and love. We look forward to many more years of serving families in our community. Pro Deo loves our community!

Dr. Elaine Metcalf Executive Director

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Impact Through Data Every time a teen checks in at the center for an activity, we call this an “encounter”. Encounters, focus groups, tutoring, and counseling are considered direct client services. Take a look at this year’s numbers:


2022-2023 Accomplishments •

Launched a new fundraiser called Farm to Fable Gala, which set a record earning $36,000 in net proceeds

Implemented weekly recognitions called “Honorable Mentions”

New all-time high for Twisted Trivia fundraiser, raising $13,000

A 20% increase from FY22 to FY23 in donations from all sources

112 unique teens served


40% OF TEENS living at or below

Third Party Fundraisers Advanced Aesthetic Center PLMS Cross Country/Girls BB CBM, Inc. 291 Nutrition Sunrise/Sunset Rotary Club Facebook Fundraisers Slaughter Photography


KC Dumpster Lee’s Summit North Bronco Booster Club Post Coffee Carson Graff–Haunted House Wise Women LLC Sky Blooms Fireworks




Black/African American


Multi-Race Asian or Pacific Islander Hispanic or Latinx

Addressing Youth Mental Health At our core, Pro Deo is about prevention services to combat youth mental health issues, like depression, anxiety, self-harm, etc. We are a nation that must improve access to mental health care for children and youth. Suicide rates among children 10 and older have climbed significantly since 2007 (APA, 2022). Pro Deo is doing our part by offering all of our services from fun activities, to tutoring, to counseling. Pro Deo must first get the teens to come through our doors. To do so means planning activities that appeal to that age group. Once they engage with the adults, then we can develop that solid relationship of trust. Take a look at the data points on the following page showing where and how we document our impact: Current year aggregate data from self-reported client intake forms report the following at-risk behaviors (current or history): Anxiety




52% of Pro Deo teens have self-disclosed mental health concerns



188 hours of 1-on-1



Rides Given

Hours of Focus Groups with Timely Mental Health Topics

531 Other

Removing Access Barriers

Meals served to combat food insecurity


hours of Fun Friday & Summer Events

Feedback from Pro Deo Teen Survey

Helping with the youth mental health crisis Fast Facts About After School and Summer Programs for Older Youth:

2 in 5 high schoolers report feeling sad or hopeless

increase since collected in 2011

SOURCE: May 23, 2023

The settings young people are in and the relationships they form strongly influence how they learn and develop More than


of parents are worried about their child struggling with anxiety or depression


3 in 10

high schoolers say they’ve experienced poor mental health in the past 30 days

We are on a mission to change that. We believe our large suburban community wants to change the scenario of how we address the challenges of the youth mental health crisis. During the past year, Pro Deo conducted an internal assessment asking teens for feedback on their interactions with the parents/guardians in their households. Below are some highlights: How do you act around your peers compared to around your parents? •

“I need to act more like an adult and be more responsible.”

“I feel stressed around my parents because they sometimes yell at me.”

“I feel like I can be myself because I feel less judged by my friends.”

“I feel calmer around my friends because my friends don’t have any expectations of me.”

“I don’t act differently around my parents than I do with my friends.”

What is the one thing you wish you could say to your parents if they were sitting here in a neutral situation? •

“You are my Hero and my Villain”

“I know you are still learning too”

“I hate you and I love you”

“You don’t have to be my friend, but please be there for me”

“I’m sorry for being a brat”

“I’m sorry for being antisocial”

This is the kind of anecdotal data that can help households lead to change. It can help our staff and volunteers be compelling advocates for youth and the stress they face each day. Thank you for being part of our message to change the narrative around youth mental health issues in our community!

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Partnerships Make Us Stronger City of Lee’s Summit and Pro Deo Youth Center Announce $1.37 Million in Funding to Support Teen Programs The City of Lee’s Summit was recently awarded a $685,000 Community Revitalization grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to assist the nonprofit Pro Deo Youth Center in the development of a new teen center to expand behavioral health counseling services. Of the 203 applications submitted statewide to the Department of Economic Development, only 70 projects received awards. In addition to the Community Revitalization grant, Pro Deo received a matching donation of $685,000 from Lee’s Summit residents Bob and Jane Rutherford for a total of $1.37 million in funding for land acquisition and construction of an approximately 4,000-square-foot teen center located at 902 SE Douglas. These phase one gifts are part of a larger campaign that will facilitate future growth in physical space and programming for the nonprofit. Pro Deo Youth Center will be revealing plans for phase two of this endeavor in the coming months.

The Growth of Prevention Services Offered at Pro Deo Youth Center Pro Deo saw a 20% increase in families accessing our services during 2022-23. Number of teens and families served has continued to grow each year. Pro Deo is proud to report another strong year of generating support from the community. While revenue was up from previous years so were expenses for 2022-23. You helped us raise $216,832 which equaled 40 weeks of programming and resulted in more than 5,000 hours of direct services offered to families in eastern Jackson County.

“As a parent, raising a teen can feel overwhelming at times. I have made it my mission to not only walk along our teens at Pro Deo, but also to be an additional support to families. I want to be a part of our teens' stories when they are adults. I want them to be able to pass on their stories and make a difference in the lives of others.” Amy Wieboldt, 2023 Amanda Wells Service Award Winner

Thank You, Amy!

2022-2023 Annual Report • 5

Generosity Comes in Many Forms


– $ 2 1 6,8 32



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Take the people like you who buy from our Amazon Wishlist. Or groups like Advance Aesthetic Center, Beyond Wealth Advisers, PEO Chapter ET, Whataburger, CBM Inc, and NorthPoint Foundation who give gift cards or items that directly benefit the teens, families and our organization. During 2022-23, this movement of corporate caring fueled Pro Deo to serve more and more families living in marginalized conditions.


Monthly Contributions

Program Expenses

Business Contributions

Board Contributions

Supporting Services

Fundraising Events

Third Party Fundraisers


Church Contributions

Other Income

Individual Contributions

Pro Deo Youth Center could not operate without the generous contributions of individuals, families, businesses and volunteers in our community. We truly appreciate and thank you for supporting Pro Deo and the teens in Lee’s Summit.

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The People Who Make it Happen BOARD OF DIRECTORS Andy Campbell, President, Summit Ridge Academy John Beaudoin, President Elect, KC Communications & Media Matters Jan Nelson, Board Secretary, retired LSR7 counselor Mikel Isaacs, Board Treasurer, Tooth & Coin Fred Lane, City of Lee’s Summit Kent Ruehter, Tetra Tech Laurie Johnson, John Knox Village Andrea Shelby, KC Blues & Jazz Juke House Sara Taylor, KC Dumpster Christina Davis, New York Life Insurance

STAFF Elaine Metcalf, Executive Director Melissa Ward, Administrative Director Karla Williams, Community Relations Director Tashari Reed, Program Director Kaylee Henry, Program Assistant Monique Sheen, Program Assistant Bethany Kosovich, Site Coordinator Amy Wieboldt and Katlin Huskey, ReDiscover Youth Mental Health Specialists CONTRACT STAFF Josh Ward, Middle School Site Coordinator Janie Joling, Garden Specialist

DRIVERS Dymon and Susie Wood Cliff Horton Charlotte Yates David Fritz TUTORS Amy Charpie Dave Aubuchon Sashi Gannavaram Chris Hope Mark Suenram Rebecca Salley Carol Gardner

2022-2023 Partners



Bob & Jane Rutherford

Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit

Our Supporters Alicia & Joe Hyde Amy Middaugh Bob & Candace White Bob Glaser Bobby & Christine Bushyhead Brandon & Stephanie Coleman Carl & Elaine Froeschle Cathy & Craig Vollmer CCM Properties Chris Kavlick Clint Haynes Family Colleen & Jeff Fetz Dan & Shelly Harmon Dave & Anne Aubuchon Doug & Helen Hatridge First Federal Bank of Kansas City Gale Communities Hawthorn Bank

Hugh A Bowlin Jacob Haynes James and Mary Stilley Jamie Friedrich Jamie Killion Jan & Ron Carter Jan Nelson Jeremy & Jody Springer Jodie & Thom Sabina Joe Bradish John & Karen Schuler Joyce Martin Judy Schmoeger KC Communications & Media Matters Kelley Manning Kelli Votypka Kent Ruehter Laura & Kirk Doan

Lee’s Summit CARES Lee’s Summit Chamber Marilyn Macha Consulting Mark & Dolores Suenram Marla Sparks Marta Gillilan Michael & Cindy McMenus Mike & Ann Ditty Mike Arcuri Nathan Morris Orlando Gutierrez Paragon Star Patrisha Carlyle Rob Ellerman Real Estate Rob Ellerman Real Estate Robert & Rosalie Newkirk Robert & Tricia Hile Robert Phillips Family

Rodney Loesch Rody & Sara Taylor Safe In Harm’s Way Foundation Shane & Joell Brewer Sherri Mansfield Smile Doctors Southern Bank SS&C Technology Susan Kelley Susie Newsam Thomas Huffman Triumph Foods Twin Lakes Insurance Agency University of Central Missouri US Bank William & Tami Brown

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