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TomTod Ideas

Annual Report 2013 @ tomtodideas

Table of Contents 4 Mission & Vision 5 Dreamoratory 7 Idea:X 9 Community Collaborations 11 Other News to Shout About 12 A Year of Firsts 13 Our Team 14 Funding

A Word from the Executive Dreamer It’s hard to believe that a year and a half ago this was all just a dream! Thanks to the generosity, encouragement, sweat, support, and energy of people like you, the time has flown by. In the process we have seen students inspired because adults believed in them, mindsets changed about the potential of young people, and communities mobilized for the common good. The good news is, we’re not done yet we’re just getting started! With new community collaboratives, new staff, a new in-school program, a new Dreamoratory location, and a new Idea:X launch on the horizon, we’re primed to see 2014 be a year of explosion. Through our programs we’re watching students grasp the importance of innovation, gain confidence in communication skills, understand how to research and explore new ideas, and think deeply about how our actions influence each other and how we can all work together toward a more just and compassionate society. Thanks for joining us on this journey!

MISSION We empower middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good. TomTod Ideas is a dream incubator for middle school students that helps their imaginations hatch into realities that impact the world for good. Through a variety of immersive mentoring experiences, ranging from 1 week to 18 months, TomTod empowers middle school students to put their imaginations to work, explore innovation, and take action centered on the common good.

CORE VALUES Imagination

We desire to harness the power of a dream, to fan the flame of possibility, and to shape hope into reality.


We value the planting, the growing, & the end product, encouraging gutsy stick-to-itiveness through holistic experiential opportunities.


We foster fun & play, honoring the electric spark of epiphany and sharing the stories of our students.



We believe in middle school students. We believe in their ideas. We believe in their ability to be passionately others-centered, noble, and giving.


We create space for a series of expanding impacts, catalyzing ideas into personal change, community-wide engagement, and societal movements.

Compassion & Justice

We seek to enter into a broken world, equipped with Love and selflessness, to create hope and repair.


Dreamoratory The inaugural Dreamoratory was held in Canton July 14 to July 20, 2013. Our Dreamoratories are innovation laboratories for middle schoolers, centered on the assets & challenges of specific communities, while training students in critical thinking skills, creative problem solving & idea development. These weeklong summer camps involve a variety of immersive field trips, participatory learning sessions (visual arts, improvisation, design thinking, movement, storytelling, etc.), & integrated responsive brainstorming where participants design & pitch collaborative solutions to community leaders.





Direct program impact




school districts represented


educator facilitators


volunteers involved

Community Ripple/ Collaborations



community leaders and family members present for the end of the week Community Ideation Panel

community educational partnerships


week long exploring creativity through the arts workshops


ideas pitched to move Canton forward

“The Dreamo ratory is awe some because you get to learn m ore about Canto n. I learned th ere are ways to help Canton as a kid.�

-2013 Canton


Ideation Panel


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A 6-18 month long experiential mentorship adventure. We walk with middle school students through an ideation process, starting with an application & interview experience, then continuing to team building, idea development & launch. Along the way, students earn scholarships toward continuing education while learning the core competencies of innovation & implementation for the common good.

Water Walk


Duct 4 Downs

Students from Oakwood Middle School carried water buckets to raise awareness & funds for water issues in Sub Saharan Africa.

Morgan & her team created a peer-to-peer anti-bullying curriculum that is being implemented at Lehman Middle School.

Derek used his love for duct tape to make bracelets that raised awareness and funds for the Upside of Downs, a Down Syndrome support organization.


Direct program impact

-3 projects involving 18 students in leadership roles -10 adults in mentoring roles Community ripple/collaboration

-Speaking opportunities for lead students that reached 3,000+ -Events engaging students’ initiatives that reached 300+ -4 partnerships (Upside of Downs, Oakwood Middle School, Nuru International, Lehman Middle School) -Media coverage including a front page story in The Repository & the North Neighbor News, and other stories in the North Neighbor News & The Repository


Community Collaborations We are rooted in local communities. Embracing our space means investing in schools, partnering with local businesses & non-profits, & engaging community members in dialogue. By opening up conversations about the common good, education, innovation, & the incredible vibrancy of middle school students, we advocate for the goodness of youth & the beauty of possibility.


Direct student impact 45 students through ECA/ T ED-Ed partnership

TomTod piloted 2 of 100 world wide T ED-Ed clubs at the Early College Academy (ECA) in Canton City Schools. 7th graders developed “ideas worth spreading” and their ideas were filmed and submitted to T ED-Ed. TomTod built a strong relationship with teachers and administrators at ECA. In February 2014, TomTod will launch a new program, “Grasp. Go. Grow.” which walks students through the ideation process.

Event based impact 75 community leaders gathered for a preview of Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an award winning feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. TomTod will partner with Partners Against Trafficking of Humans-Stark and Soroptimist International to bring the film to Canton. Corporate sponsors are DeHOF F Realtors and The Repository. The screening is projected for April 2014.


“You showed us that altho ugh we are just teen agers we ca n make a difference in the world an d what we say does matter.”

-Early Colleg

e Academy

7th grader

Other news to shout about!

501c3 approved On Valentine’s Day 2013, the IRS fell in love with TomTod Ideas and issued us our official 501c3 confirmation! We had worked extensively on our application in the fall of 2012 and eagerly waiting for the confirmation day. This allowed us to move forward on a whole variety of fronts. 501c3 certification means that, among other things, all gifts we receive are officially tax deductible. We are extremely grateful to Tim Moore, of Bixler & Moore, for his keen legal eye that enabled our application to be successful.

New office In October 2013 TomTod moved into a new office space at the Community Campus at Goodwill . The Campus is located at their coroporate facility (408 Ninth St. SW, Canton) and houses more than 17 non-profits that work together to serve our community. We are thrilled to be neighbors and to collaborate with other non-profits who are making an impact in Stark County.

New Board Members Our Board brings vast knowledge & support to the TomTod team! In 2013 we welcomed 4 new Board Members: •

ML Schultze, 89.7 W KSU

Scott Meier, New Innovations, Inc. and Start-Up Specialist

Aaron Brown, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Caroll Counties

Hillary Gerig, Diebold

Our email Storyboard newsletter list jumped from 134 to 214 subscribers in 2013!


A year of firsts!

1st hire In November, Abby Segers joined TomTod as the Chief Ideation Officer. A recent Malone University grad, Abby has experience in communication, the non-profit world, and working with students, including time with United Way, and Junior Achievement. At TomTod, she leads communication, plans the Dreamoratories, writes grants and works with students. Welcome to the team, Abby!

1st contest TomTod Ideas won a $5,000 grant from the Y MCA after getting the most votes for their Fresh Page Project on Facebook. The national office of the Y was looking for innovative community improvement ideas from around the country. Voting on Facebook took place March 27-April 21 and thanks to our energetic fans, TomTod Ideas received 1791 votes putting us in first place. TomTod received the check in a special meeting with representatives from the Y MCA of Central Stark County.

1st grant The spring of 2013 marked TomTod’s first successful grant application, thanks to the Stark Community Foundation’s SummerTime Kids Grant program. Every spring, the Stark Community Foundation awards grants “to imaginative and unique summer programs with an emphasis on character and community service.” Our first grant was used to launch our first Dreamoratory, focused on the assets and challenges of the city of Canton, Ohio.

We increased our Facebook page from 450 likes in January ‘13 to 693 likes in December ‘13


Our Team Board of Directors: • • • • • • • •

Kellie Johnson, Board President, Access Health Stark County Ryan Hollingsworth, Board Vice President, Grabowski & Co. ML Schultze, Board Recorder, 89.7 W KSU Dave Smith, Board Member, Willow Creek Community Church (Crystal Lake Campus) Scott Meier, Board Member, New Innovations, Inc. & Start Up Specialist Aaron Brown, Board Member, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties Hillary Gerig, Board Treasurer, Diebold Joel Daniel Harris, Board Member, TomTod Ideas Core 2013 Volunteers: • • • • • •

Paula Guiler Joy Harris Ali Naumoff Ryan & Liga Mullins Abby Netti Ruda Baab

Mentors • • • • • • • • • •

Paula Guiler Kate Harris Joy Harris Kellie Johnson Dan LaHaie Kory Smith Mackenzie Smith Christine Spreainde Amanda Haga Vanessa Board

TomTod Staff Joel Daniel Harris Executive Dreamer Joel Daniel is well into his second decade of hanging out with middle school students for a living and loving (almost) every second of it. A graduate of Malone University (BA) and George Fox University (MA), JDH started TomTod in the fall of 2012 after previously serving as the Middle School Youth Pastor at two large churches. A life-long resident of the great city of Canton, JDH is a dreamer and a doer who loves to tell quirky jokes and wear hats. JDH also is a graduate of Leadership Stark County, serves on the Executive Committee of yStark! and, most importantly, is married to the lovely Joy.

Abby Segers Chief Ideation Officer Abby received her BA in Communication Arts, Public Relations from Malone University. She spent her college and internship years empowering local non-profits to clearly communicate their mission through engaging print and online mediums. At TomTod, Abby leads communication strategies, organizes the Dreamoratories and teaches in school programs. Outside of the office, Abby enjoys pilates, baking and taking hikes with her fiancé Thomas.


Funding 2013 INCOME Grants $7,000 Fundraisers $1,571 Public Contributions $52,060*

Programmatic Income


Other $50 (interest) Total $62,931 *Includes $15,000 estate gift


Fundraising $94



Programming $4,153 Overhead $6,112 Future scholarships $13,200 Carry over $6,986 Seed endowment $15,000 Total $62,931



To fund:

• New Dreamoratory • Expanded Idea:X offering • New in-school programming • Expanded community collaborations • New staff member • New office space


“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.� -Albert Einstein 15

TomTod Ideas 2013 Annual Report  

TomTod Ideas empowers middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good. This is how we dreamed that into existence...

TomTod Ideas 2013 Annual Report  

TomTod Ideas empowers middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good. This is how we dreamed that into existence...