Impact Report and
LE T TE R F RO M T H E EXECUT IVE D IRECTOR
1/3 OF A CENTURY. 3 DECADES. 30 YEARS. For more than 10,958 days, STREETS Ministries has engaged young people through supportive and developmental relationships, encouraging and equipping them to achieve their God-given potential. We’ve seen a lot of change in our neighborhoods, but our mission remains the same. Every day, we strive to offer premier programs led by caring, gospel-rooted staff that have a proven impact on our members. STREETS is committed to living out Micah 6:8 – acting justly, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. This is the Gospel. This is what STREETS has been about, and this is what STREETS will continue to be about. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” It is an injustice for a child in America to grow up illiterate. It is an injustice for a child to grow up without hope of a better life. It is an injustice for a child to not have the opportunity to hear and respond to the truth of God. As a supporter of STREETS, I sincerely ask you to commit to this work with me. Together, we can have a greater impact in the lives of our young people, in the communities of 38122 and 38126, and in the city of Memphis. To accomplish real change in the lives of our members, we realize we must be committed to continuous improvement. In the next few pages, we have outlined the progress we’ve made in the last year, and our strategic plan and goals for the next 3 years at STREETS. We are committed to training and developing staff and volunteers to offer our members the best services available. We are committed to growing our base of support to engage more Memphians with our mission. We are committed to nurturing deeper, more collaborative partnerships. Ultimately, STREETS is committed to being a relevant reflection of Jesus Christ in our city and an unbelievable Return On Investment for all of our stakeholders.
I am humbled to be leading STREETS Ministries, and excited to be doing this Kingdom work with you. Chris Tomlin writes in one of his songs, “Greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city.” I believe this with my whole heart, and that God is using STREETS to accomplish the greater things. In Him,
O UR I D E N TI TY
STREETS Ministries, through the love of Jesus Christ, engages, encourages and equips youth to achieve their potential by realizing their Godgiven purpose.
WHO WE ARE
For three decades, STREETS Ministries, a Christian youth ministry, has served at-risk children in Memphis. STREETS operates two 34,000-square foot facilities and our staff work to engage, encourage, and equip underserved youth through educational, athletic and mentor-based programming. While STREETS is a faith-based organization, all faith-centered activities are optional, and students of all faiths are welcome. Our facilities and staff make STREETS a safe-haven, a place to hang out, meet a friend, and be welcomed with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
WHERE WE ARE
In the city of Memphis, childhood poverty is the highest in the country. Memphis leads the nation in “disconnected youth.” According to a recent study, more than 21% of our 16-24 year-olds are neither working, nor in school.
76% of children are in poverty in the
Less than 64% of students read
neighborhoods we serve.
on grade level in third grade.
18,000 Only 7% of high schoolers are
jobs are unfulfilled due to lack
ready for college.
of a skilled workforce.
O U R NE I G H B O RS
O UR N E I GH BO R S
Graham Heights (38122)
Graham Heights is a diverse, post-WWII community made up of working poor and
STREETS operates two 34,000 square foot buildings in neighborhoods
lower middle class wage earners.
with high populations of at-risk youth. Both of our facilities are open to all middle and high school students regardless of race, religion or sexual
orientation. We strive to live out the gospel each day by helping each student who comes through our doors reach his or her God-given potential.
is the median household income.
of Kingsbury H.S. students are minorities.
of residents live in poverty.
of members are Latino.
• Kingsbury Elementary is a three-time Reward School for making top 5% for growth in the state of TN.
• Students speak 9 languages and 40 dialects.
Vance Avenue (38126)
• The local graduation rate is approximately 61%.
• In elementary, 40% of students test proficient, but by middle school that percentage drops to 26%. STREETS Smart and Ready Readers are critical support programs.
Our founding community remains one of the poorest in the nation, with a household income of less than $15,000. We remain committed to serving the families of 38126 in the midst of a decade of transition.
Cleaborn Homes demolished. Heritage Point at Claiborne Landing built.
BTW enrollment drops to 570. STREETS averages 90 kids a day.
Vance M.S. closes, STREETS expands outreach to the broader communities in South Memphis by partnering with Veritas Prep, Central H.S. and Bellevue M.S.
The new “South City” will have grown to include 600 mixed-income apartments.
385 families are relocated as Foote Homes is prepared for demolition. STREETS partners with Grizzlies Prep and Grad Academy; daily attendance increases to 120. More than 50% of members attending the Vance site are bused from three schools within two miles of the site.
O U R PA RT N E RS
COMMUNITY PARTNERS Our buildings serve as a safe hub allowing community partners the
O UR PA R TN E R S
“Education, and particularly literacy, in grades K-3, is a focus of our community engagement efforts, and the STREETS Smart program is a perfect example of how much can be accomplished to improve grade level reading proficiency in second graders through one program.”
opportunity to offer enriching programs to our members.
Amy Grow COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PAPER “STREETS shows a strong commitment to their students and provides high quality educational opportunities, especially around literacy. STREETS’ dedication to improving gradelevel reading scores for their students is one of many reasons that LMS values STREETS as a partner.”
Knox Shelton EXEC. DIR., LITERACY MID-SOUTH “New Ballet Ensemble & School’s mission is to provide dance classes for all who have a desire to dance, regardless of the ability to pay. “Because of this high quality after school program option, we are able to retain more students than ever
STREETS allows us to have access to a large number of students who we would not otherwise reach.” “AngelStreet is excited about expanding programming to bring our unique,
before. STREETS gives our students
female-focused, artistic outlet into the Graham Heights community with
a safe place to discover an extracurricular passion. ”
Mary Golden DIR. OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY INITIATIVES, NEW BALLET ENSEMBLE & SCHOOL
Parker Couch SCHOOL DIRECTOR, GRIZZLIES PREP
STREETS starting in January 2018. We look forward to a dynamic and impacting relationship!”
Jill Dyson FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ANGELSTREET
O U R I M PACT
O UR I MPACT
HOW WE CHANGE LIVES SAFE & ENRICHING ENVIRONMENT
AUTHENTIC DEVELOPMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS
members a safe environment and exposure to
vide relational support to promote excellent aca-
We serve as an after school hub, offering diverse academic, athletic, artistic, and spiri-
We offer a community of engaged adults to prodemic progress. We foster collaborative commu-
nity partnerships to increase member exposure
EXPERTLY TRAINED STAFF
DATA-INFORMED PROGRAM EVALUATION
Hire and develop staff who are passionate about youth development, with the desire and ability to execute effective programs with proven outcomes.
to experts in a variety of skills and pursuits.
Combine excellent data collection and management with internal review processes that result in finely honed, effective programs.
Authentic, developmental relationships are at the core of our work. Dedicated volunteers invest over 6,000 hours each year. These relationships are the key to the community of support we create for our members. Pathways Mentoring • 70 Enrolled
• 89% of our students believe STREETS has helped them “have more self-
confidence and hope for the future.”
• 6,000 hours invested by volunteers in the lives of our students
• 95% of volunteers believe volunteering at STREETS has positively affected their lives.
• Youth with mentors are 78% more likely to volunteer as adults and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.
“I finally feel like I belong somewhere.” ANTONIO MCPHEARSON, 6TH GRADE, KINGSBURY M.S.
O U R I M PACT
O UR I MPACT
We Equip What could you accomplish if you had access to the right resources and opportunities? Memphis ranks #1 in the country in youth poverty. We believe that a firm spiritual foundation, a safe, positive environment, and caring adults empower students to to achieve their God-given potential. STREETS Smart 2nd Grade Reading Program
• 13% began the year on a 2nd grade
reading level vs 72% ended the year on a 2nd grade reading level.
• Our STREETS Smart students spent an average of 98 hours during the
school year, reading with volunteers
Our proven programs help students achieve their full mental, physical and spiritual potential. We track students’ participation and results to evaluate our programs and ensure program excellence and careful stewardship. Bible Studies • 129 Enrolled
• 97% “Strongly Agree” or “Agree” with the statement “God loves me.” • 95% believe that the “The Bible is important.”
• >50% of our members come to STREETS 3x/week or more.
“I get help with my homework, play games with my friends, & people teach me more about God.” CHRISTIAN AYALA, 6TH GRADE, KINGSBURY M.S.
ACT Prep Program
• Pre-Test Average = 19.33; Post-Test Average = 20.16
• 79% of STREETS high-dosage members are enrolled in post-
secondary education, compared to 54% nation-wide.
“I was able to mature in my faith &
find my passion for helping people.” JOSE AYALA, SENIOR, KINGSBURY H.S.
O U R I N V E STO RS
STREETS’ SUPPORT Transitioning from a founding Executive Director to new leadership is known to negatively impact fundraising efforts in non-profits. STREETS was not immune to this phenomenon and has weathered changes since 2013. In the last 24 months, the STREETS Board took steps to restore the organization’s financial stability: hiring a full-time development director, renewing the focus on grant writing, implementing new cost saving measures, such as organization restructuring and establishing two new fundraising events in 2017. These efforts have been successful, and STREETS is on track to end the 2017-2018 year with a surplus.
Please consider making us part of your monthly budget. We’re able to impact the lives of the young men and
women we’re called to serve because of your support. BREAKDOWN OF FY2017 REVENUE
Currently, more than 100 students are bused
This summer, 19 middle school students
this, they simply wouldn’t be able to come.
studies. Our goal is to offer gender specific
transports a child to STREETS. Foundations 50%
to STREETS every day after school. Without
• Grew our “Pave the Way” Monthly giving program by 420% • Raised more than $140,000 with our Swinging
International Paper, FedEx, ServiceMaster, Boyle
for STREETS Golf Tournament and 30th
Insurance, Pinnacle Bank, Mueller Industries &
bible studies for each grade level at both sites.
67% of students living in poverty and reading
Last year, 90% of STREETS Seniors graduated
below grade level in 3rd grade will end up in jail.
• Increased our donor base by 244 new donors • Secured new corporate support from:
accepted Christ and are now growing in Bible
helps a Ready Reader reach new literacy levels. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
supports a Bible study for a year.
supports academic achievement for our members. from High School, outpacing their peers at similar urban schools.
scholarships a member to STREETS Each member pays just $10 a year to attend STREETS. Your gift will close the gap, providing all the resources to make their time at STREETS possible.
O U R ROA D M A P
O U R ROA D M A P
Over the next three years, STREETS will invest in becoming a leader in youth
1. Research, implement, and test new ways to accomplish goals and roll out
development, utilizing training, high performance programs, and our developmental relationships model to deliver high-quality, high-impact services to the young people
Innovate, improve, and find efficiencies to better serve youth, communities, and the Kingdom.
innovations in program design. 2. Use dosage metrics to track depth of member involvement at STREETS and better establish the levels required for impact.
3. Prioritize school attendance, a primary indicator of academic success, among high
Our strategic planning process began with our students, the heart of STREETS.
4. Serve as a “hub” for other external organizations to serve STREETS students.
dosage members with the goal of reducing chronic absenteeism.
In member focus groups, students described STREETS as a place to: • have fun and make friends • study and get help with school work • pray and learn about Jesus
• get help with personal problems and
5. Define the core characteristics of the most effective mentors and establish a system to facilitate increased recruitment.
life challenges • prepare for college or getting a job
• learn how to get along with others
Increase and improve core programming while maintaining an open-door policy to serve many youth.
1. Create playbooks for each department of STREETS: Development, Spiritual Formation, Education, and Recreation. 2. Increase the average hours of dosage for youth engaged in structured, developmental programming. 3. Recruit individuals or organizations that can provide a service or activity that will
provide an opportunity for learning and development. 4. Expand summer programming for middle school camp participants and high school camp interns.
Strengthen internal culture to develop and retain staff while ensuring long-term
sustainability and establish an accountability rhythm with Board and funders.
OB JECT IV E
Programming Hour Goals for High Dosage Members
% of High Dosage Members Missing <15 Days of School
1. Advance organizational culture and professional development for staff, board members, and volunteers.
2. Increase financial sustainability through improved finance processes, multi-year funding, planned giving, and cost-effective practices. 3. Enhance and advance our data management processes in order to better evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our programs.
*Commitment levels were tracked by attendance to core programs, rather than hours spent engaged in STREETS holistic programming.
OUR ROAD MAP
INITIATIVES & IMPLEMENTATION O BJ E CT I VE
S U S T A I N
Advance organizational culture and professional development for staff, board members, and volunteers. Increase financial sustainability through improved finance processes, multi-year funding, planned giving, and cost-effective practices. Organize logic models, enhance and advance our data management processes, and evaluate short- and long-term outcomes. Research, implement, and test new ways to accomplish goals (test and roll out innovations in program design including: improved staffing models and cross-sector partnerships with external organizations).
E V O L V E
Use dosage metrics to track depth of member involvement at STREETS and better establish the levels required for impact. Prioritize school attendance, a primary indicator of academic success, among high dosage members with the goal of reducing chronic absenteeism. Serve as a “hub” for other external organizations to serve students involved at STREETS. Define the core characteristics of the most effective mentors, and establish a system to facilitate increased recruitment.
O U R LE A D ER S H I P
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Board of Directors Damon Conley Harvest Church
FY 2 019
Elliot Cunningham SouthernSun Asset Management Leslie Daniel Community Volunteer Tina Edge Community Volunteer Drew Gibson Attorney - Self Employed Amy Grow International Paper Lionel Hollins Community Volunteer Eli Morris Hope Presbyterian Church Jessica Morris Hope Presbyterian Church Rafael Rangle Power & Telephone Supply Co. Jeff Rosenblum Rosenblum & Reisman Law Firm Jason Smith 92.9 ESPN Susan Springfield First Tennessee Bank
Amy Stack St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Mitch Stem Green Screen LLC/Delta Packaging Paul Stephens McVean Trading & Investments. Rick Webb Brundige Payne & Co., PC Dan Weddle ProTech Systems Group, Inc.
Advisory Board John Bobango Farris, Mathews, Branan, Bobango & Helen George Leavell Wepfer Marine Richard Meena Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC Scott Rosenberger Deloitte Consulting Alexandria Smith Memphis City Government John Wilfong UBS
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers & sisters of mine, you did for me” MATTHEW 25:40
THANK YO U On behalf of STREETS’ Staff and Board we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our supporters and volunteers. Your time and treasure make our work possible and every gift, every hour spent with a child, is an investment in our members, our community and ultimately, The Kingdom. Thank you for blessing Memphis through STREETS.
Because of you, hundreds of students find grace, acceptance, and support inside our walls everyday. Thank You.
Take a look at the impact we had on the lives of hundreds of members in 2017 and our plan for the future of STREETS.
Published on Dec 19, 2017
Take a look at the impact we had on the lives of hundreds of members in 2017 and our plan for the future of STREETS.