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Community Initiatives — South End Teen Center

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

Application Summary:

Synopsis: The United Way of Mid Maine has been funding the South End Teen Center for 12 years. During that time programming has undergone several changes and funding sources. This reviewer is aware of funding and programming challenges that the center has gone through in the past, including lower than expected overall numbers and attendance. From the review of the documents (note: no phone call or site visit was made) it is clear that these issues have been addressed and programming is going strong.

Key highlights:
– With 60 students served, 73 registered after 18 months (both larger numbers than in the past) and a regular attendance rate of 61% (% students who attended 40 days or more during the year), the program is going very well for the target group.
– The program had 95% of attendees on track to graduate after 4 years, an increase of 4% from the previous report (91%).
– Overall attendance increased by 43.7% from 2,115 to 3,297 visits compared to the previous year. A new position was actually developed in order to support programming for the increased attendance.
– Additionally, the program surpassed expectations beyond attendance by meeting or exceeding impact goal areas for all goals but one.

The program exceeded goal expectations significantly in all areas but one including a few mentioned below:
* Percentage of members that attended at least once per week for a quarter: Goal: 44%, Actual: 44/73 members at 18 months (60%)
* Percentage of members who enrolled in the Teen Stars program and earned points (program designed to teach/reward personal and collective pro-social behaviors). Goal 44%, Actual 88.7%
* Percentage of youth who participated in community service. Goal: 37%, Actual 40/62 members at 18 months (64.5%)

Only one program goal was reported to have not been met:
* Percentage of youth who stayed in school: Goal: 98%, Actual: at 18 months 59/62 (95%), 3 students who attended a total of 9 times. Considering that Waterville High School’s Graduation/matriculation rate (grade to grade) of 82%, the results the Teen Center achieved remains impressive.

From my knowledge of the program over the past decade, as well as the documented positive results/growth of the current grant cycle, I strongly support funding the teen center moving forward.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

I did not follow-through on this and have nothing to include here.

Program Strengths:

Program has run for 12 years with success, Program has increased participation for most of the 12 years, including the last two years., Program had record attendance and exceeded nearly all goals this past year., Program has secured additional funding in consecutive years, without asking the United Way of Mid Maine for more money: Last year’s budget was $98,417, with increases this coming year is $131,655. Strong sustainability/expansion., This program aligns perfectly, meeting each of the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

Program Weaknesses:

None significant from the write-up. Again, I did not call as I was tardy in my review of the program. I am aware, from having reviewed the program in the past and having visited/talked to kids who have taken part that the program has used student feedback and supervisor feedback to make changes in years past.

Focus Area:

Jonathan Moody agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $22000.

Jonathan Moody’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $22000

Recommendations and Comments

Scoring:


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Rachel Grant

Maybe Fund

Leon Duff/Ann Lindeman

Definitely Fund

Jackie Dalton

Definitely Fund

Rick Dorian

Maybe Fund

Although the support and helpfulness of this program is clear, it would be useful to know what other sources of funding that this program has. What will make up the increased funding for the expanded budget? Is this an increased request from last year? Are there other ways this program could find grants or other funding?

Cheryl Flewelling

Maybe Fund

Partial fund at $15k.
Hey have a successful program by have other funders now too.

James Wood

Maybe Fund

Where did they come up with $22,000? Could they make up funding elsewhere? KVCAP has 5 other programs that they applied for funding with a total request of over $55,000. I would support partial funding of this program

George Coleman

Definitely Fund

Definitely fund, but at reduced level given our $$ limitation.

Susan Roy

Definitely Fund

Maybe fund at a lower level because there is less money to go around.

Robert Dahlgren

Definitely Fund

Definitely fund, but perhaps at a partial rate? Love to see a program that has goals and objectives, and executes well in achieving them. This program is requesting the largest sum from UWMM.

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