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College Application Education Project Inc

 4 Adams Street, c/o Arthur Akers
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (781) 595-1022
[F] --
www.caeproject.org
[email protected]
Arthur Akers
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INCORPORATED: 2005
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EIN 30-0262455

LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the College Application Education Project, Inc.(C.A.E.P.), is to build and maintain an institutional and community structure whereby middle, high school, and GED students of all cultures can receive direct college and/or vocational preparation. C.A.E.P. assists them with continuing education, college preparation, admission, and financial application, and career development.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College Application Education Project, Inc.(C.A.E.P.), is to build and maintain an institutional and community structure whereby middle, high school, and GED students of all cultures can receive direct college and/or vocational preparation. C.A.E.P. assists them with continuing education, college preparation, admission, and financial application, and career development.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $150,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • College Toolkit
  • Imprint: Cultural and Civic Engagement Series
  • Project Summer
  • Scholarships, Internships, Programs, and Seminars (SIPS)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the College Application Education Project, Inc.(C.A.E.P.), is to build and maintain an institutional and community structure whereby middle, high school, and GED students of all cultures can receive direct college and/or vocational preparation. C.A.E.P. assists them with continuing education, college preparation, admission, and financial application, and career development.

Background Statement

The College Application Education Project, Inc. (C.A.E.P.), was established by Arthur Akers at the urging of his daughters who asked him to do something for young people.  C.A.E.P. has worked with young people, adults, and their families to ensure access to an education which might otherwise be denied them, given the nature of the diverse Lynn population C.A.E.P. serves.  C.A.E.P. supports students in completing summer reading and/or reaching the objectives set forth by the Lynn Public District. Specific program hours are dedicated to study and instruction as related to these goals. Individual progress is recorded and delivered to parents and teachers at the end of the summer.

We also develop a specific college application plan for each of our junior and senior year students in addition to our college apps 101 mini-course. Individual assistance is offered to help students meet college deadlines and to enhance their college application.  We help them with requesting letters of recommendation from teachers/mentors and connect them with the extracurricular opportunities and community service appropriate to their career goals and gifts.  We help students find job opportunities to further develop and support their career paths and goals.  We send a copy of each student’s road map to district guidance counselors and parents at the end of June and progress metrics by late August. 

We work to ensure students' optimal development and we provide an environment in which they find safety and success.
 


C.A.E.P. provides otherwise unattainable access to guided/individualized development and contribute to a more comprehensive education, including: academic tutoring, General Education Development GED, work experience, creative and community service opportunities.  The youth served by C.A.E.P. are overwhelmingly at socio-economic disadvantage and are limited to these necessary steps in an upwardly mobile high school career. The participation and achievement of specific goals for each student-number of job application sent, GPA, admissions test scoring, community service hours are tracked year round and serve as the program’s main metric success. This is also true to a Project Summer.

Impact Statement

2011-2012 C.A.E.P. Accomplishments:
--hired over sixty Federal work study students and ten college interns.
--assisted 250 students with college preparation
--provided GED training
--provided help to parents in securing daycare and the necessary funding to care for their families
--maintained a mentoring program designed to help students build confidence, demonstrate positive behavior, and establish healthy relationships
--provided training in the college application process
--connected participants to career counseling opportunities in conjunction with the Massachusetts Employment Commission
--offered students opportunities to plan activities for peers and participate in service projects.
2012-2013 Goals: 
--to support students’ achievements in academics, career development, and extracurricular activities

--to continue the students Scholarship, Internship, Program and Seminars Initiative (SIPS) 

--continue to furnish career and job opportunities

--engage in long range planning which is responsive to community needs and trends; align and collaborate with community organizations to realize shared community goals

--to maintain a cost effective, efficient business operation which demonstrates accountability and high integrity


 
 

Needs Statement

Bilingual staff
Board, staff and student continuing education
Facilities upgrade
Increase operating income budget to sustain operating expenses
SIPS (Scholarship, Internship, Program, and Seminars) 

CEO Statement

 

 

 

I believe in CAEP and our work here because I see young people go through our program, return to volunteer, and become productive citizens.   The more productive citizens we have, the better our society will be.   A good example is our of our former directors who started here as a volunteer in high school, continued her undergraduate education at North Shore Community College and Georgia State, and followed up with graduate work at Lesley University.  Many of our students go to North Shore Community College and continue at other colleges or go directly to such colleges as Harvard and Dartmouth.

 

An important part of our program is the opportunity for students to participate in work-study; they gain practical experience while they becoming more aware of their gifts and goals. 

 

The students assess what they need to do with their lives when we take them visit colleges.  They see for themselves what kind of effort they will need to achieve a college education.  Admissions officers are helpful to our students; they let them know exactly what they need for admission and follow up after our visits.  Without our program, these students would never even have a chance to set foot on a college campus.

 

We reach out to our community.  Clients of the Department of Transitional Assistance do community service here, achieve their GED, and in turn get financial assistance for themselves and for their families.  It’s a win/win: our clients become productively employed and, in turn, each out and assist others.

 

We started with 50 and 60 students a day because we offered activities which schools didn’t offer, such as basketball and college visits; students loved the program and became loyal advocates of CAEP.  We find ways to ensure that our students become involved and advance in their studies; we periodically evaluate students in order to see in what areas they need help them with specific needs. 

 

Students know that we’re here for them; we have set hours, but allow students the time they need.  Students work on their interviews, resumes; we want to be sure they succeed.

 

We’re about doing - we’ve been here for eight years providing programs for middle and high school students.  No other program was doing that when we started and the growth of programs for middle and high school students wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t been here leading the way.   We need financial assistance but will go on without it.  Too many students get left behind; we will stay with them and not give up.

 


 


Board Chair Statement

I serve on the Board of the College Application Education Program because I see the great benefit they offer young people in our community.   CAEP reaches out to youth in Lynn who might not otherwise be given opportunities to advance academically and socially; it stands out in its mission to give young people direction.  CAEP tutors students, offers them workshops in resume writing and interviewing skills, takes them on visits to college campuses.  Beneficial peer pressure works here: new students can see their peers at work, see evidence of work done, and begin to understand that they themselves wish to go in a certain direction, they have to do A,B,C, and then D.  CAEP students encourage and support one another, and, as they advance in their work are given opportunities to mentor younger students.   CAEP’s work is beneficial without question.

 

The major challenge CAEP faces is financial; the organization needs more funding to keep their programs going and to secure a permanent and inviting location.

 

CAEP holds fundraisers, is active in applying for foundation grants, and requesting support from the community.   CAEP keeps an active volunteer staff and draws upon its students to provide help to their peers.

 

Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

primarily Lynn, MA: 01901-01905
other cities in the Northeast Region upon request 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Employment - Job Training

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

College Toolkit

SAT/ACT Preparation, Academic Tutoring (which includes individual goal assessment and a parent-teacher-student ‘contract’ for the school year), college research & visits (Harvard University, Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst among others) and support/feedback on college application and financial aid paperwork.

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  High school students achieve higher grades in academic subjects.
Program Long-Term Success  Young, economically disadvantaged young people will be given specific and individual help in preparing for a college education.  90% of those counseled will receive a college diploma.
Program Success Monitored By  Students and families report back to CAEP; many students will return to CAEP to volunteer or to serve on staff.   
Examples of Program Success  I'm student at Lynn Classical High School. This is my second time attending CAEP and I came back because I love it here. The people here and the environment are so beneficial to maintaining my knowledge of the last school year and preparing me for the next year. During a regular day at CAEP we do summer reading and math. My favorite part of CAEP honestly would be knowing that I'm being prepared for the next year of school. We also go on field trips, my favorite was going to Brown University. CAEP benefits the community by having its students do community service. I did a food pantry most Saturdays. My most challenging subject is math and I feel that I've improved a lot by being here. Mr. Arthur Akers played football at Classical and he was able to give me tips on how to play and allotted me time enough to leave for practice. Mr. Jones, the math tutor, also taught me html. None of this would be possible without CAEP.
John Mckinnon

Imprint: Cultural and Civic Engagement Series

A combination of field trips (Museum of Science, Boston University's Huntington Theatre, for example); on site guest presentations and workshops; and community service (trips have included the Greater Lynn Senior Center, the Lynn City Mission Food Pantry.  Students have also worked in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America). Students attend public events in order to develop networking/public speaking skills and self-confidence (CAEP students have asked questions of the Lieutenant Governor and received citations of excellence from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  CAEP students' volunteer work contributes to Lynn community organizations who are in need of, and benefit from extra help.
Program Long-Term Success  CAEP students will gain the kinds of social skills that will enable them to comfortably engage with, and contribute to, the communities in which they live and work.
Program Success Monitored By  CAEP students are evaluated annually.  Students receive feedback from CAEP staff; their parents and schools receive copies of the evaluations.
Examples of Program Success 

CAEP provides a safe place for my child. They help to keep him respectable. Please keep doing what you are doing because it is working.
Virginia Harrell, parent

“CAEP’s approach offers students many resources to succeed. It provides one-on-one tutoring, particularly in math that is so needed by our students. It does an excellent job of communicating and involving parents/guardians and teachers through the contacts made by President Arthur Akers, monthly written communication, and quarterly meetings for parents/guardians and teachers to meet with students.”
Ms. Patricia M. Barton, Principal, Pickering Middle School
 

Project Summer

A 10-week 'day camp' style program to foster connections with new students, provide support for Lynn Public School District Summer Reading assignments, and provide access to extracurricular development.  In previous years students have completed a Hip-Hop inspired Macbeth performance project, participated in SAT intensive mini-courses, visited colleges, and done community volunteer work.

Budget  $8,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  CAEP students are able to progress to the next level in their schooling.
Program Long-Term Success  Research shows that investment in young peoples' education is the best investment a community (and nation) can make.  Communities thrive with the expression of their members' creativity and skills; fewer people are involved in crime; fewer prisons need to be built and maintained.
Program Success Monitored By  CAEP students are evaluated by staff.
Examples of Program Success 

I go to Lynn English High School. I attended CAEP to not be bored during the summer and to start preparing for college. During the day at CAEP we learned a new word every dat, did summer reading, math, and did research. At the program I liked free time and the field trips the most. For field trips we attended Brown University, Six Flags, and a college convention. I also participated in community service like the food pantry and a car wash. I benefited from this program by having a lot of fun and learning new things for school. I improved in math a little bit. I completed my summer reading.

Ariee Nash


Scholarships, Internships, Programs, and Seminars (SIPS)

The Scholarship, Internship, Programs, and Seminars (SIPS) Program focuses on providing students with the training they need to successfully find and retain a job.  Seminars include business etiquette, skills training, and job search fundamentals.  For reference, students are given a handbook that summarizes what they are taught.   
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Students will be connected with employment or internships in the Lynn community and success in meeting their work objectives.
Program Long-Term Success  SIPS Program's skill development and authentic work experience builds students' self-esteem, fosters their creativity, and provides them with the confidence that they can provide for themselves and for their families. They are inspired to continue to develop their expertise with further educational opportunities and hone their gifts to further contribute to themselves, their families and communities.
Program Success Monitored By  The SIPS Program assessment includes: how many SIPS students find employment or internship; an assessment including attendance, job performance, and social skills which is completed by employers or internship directors; and the students' GPA.
Examples of Program Success  All of the students who participated in the 2011 program received summer jobs.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

I started working with the College Application Education Project Inc., when I finished high school in 2003 as a mentor to young teens with other Zion Baptist Church members. I enjoyed the experience being able to be a mentor as well as a big sister to my mentee. My mentee and I not only discussed about academic work, but we got to know each other on a personal level and spend time going out for pizza or I would go to my mentees house to spend time with her. As I got older CAEP has supported me when I needed to work as well as help me when I needed financial assistance and tutoring for school. I appreciate Arthur Akers support throughout the years and he has been there for me when I needed a job. There were times I would volunteer my time at CAEP and attend college field trips, participate in fundraisers and attend events. CAEP supports the community and opens their doors to At risk youth so that they have a safe place to be instead of being in the streets or contributing to negative activities because they do not receive the support they need. CAEP also supports adults by giving them a GED preparation program. The most wonderful experience I have had at CAEP is learning how to become a better leader, which has motivated me to become a better person, seek more opportunities and help others achieve success.
 
- Vanessa Charles, Director, CAEP
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Arthur Akers
CEO Term Start Jan 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Mr. Akers worked for the Lynn Public School District before volunteering his time as the program's chief executive officer. A former Lynn Housing Authority Resident, he graduated from Lynn Public Schools to a football athletics scholarship at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After completing a double-major, Mr. Akers served as an educator in Lynn Public Schools in addition to working as a business owner and community leader.
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Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

Zion Baptist Church of Lynn, MA

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Akers, President, College Application Education Project 

I founded CAEP because I saw that a lot of students were being left behind. CAEP helps young people become productive citizens.   We all benefit as more of us are educated, develop, and contribute our particular abilities toward the betterment of our society.  We need more financial support to do the best job we can for these students. Investment in young people's education is the best investment for our future. 

 
Our former director, whose comments are below, started here as a volunteer in high school and then continued both undergraduate and graduate studies.  Most of our students continue their education beyond high school.

 

Vanessa Charles, former Director of Programs, College Application Education Project
I started working with the College Application Education Project Inc., when I finished high school in 2003 as a mentor to young teens with other Zion Baptist Church members. I enjoyed the experience being able to be a mentor as well as a big sister to my mentee. My mentee and I not only discussed about academic work, but we got to know each other on a personal level and spend time going out for pizza or I would go to my mentee's house to spend time with her. As I got older CAEP has supported me when I needed to work as well as help me when I needed financial assistance and tutoring for school. I appreciate Arthur Akers support throughout the years and he has been there for me when I needed a job. There were times I would volunteer my time at CAEP and attend college field trips, participate in fundraisers and attend events. CAEP supports the community and opens their doors to At risk youth so that they have a safe place to be instead of being in the streets or contributing to negative activities because they do not receive the support they need. CAEP also supports adults by giving them a GED preparation program. The most wonderful experience I have had at CAEP is learning how to become a better leader, which has motivated me to become a better person, seek more opportunities and help others achieve success.


Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 85%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 40
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 40
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 70
Male: 30
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Darrell Murkison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Greater Lynn Fire Department
Board Chair Term Sept 2004 - Aug 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Arthur V. Akers College Application Education Project Voting
Menervia M. Akers Community Volunteer Voting
Monica Andrews Ed.D. Cambridge College Voting
Patrick R. Gecoya Retired --
Sylvia Stokes Community Volunteer Voting

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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $150,000.00
Projected Expense $125,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $38,292 $53,317 $39,698
Total Expenses $31,344 $50,205 $72,011

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $38,292 $53,317 $39,696
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $2
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $31,344 $50,205 $72,011
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Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 1.06 0.55
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $11,181 $5,890 $4,434
Current Assets $11,181 $5,890 $4,434
Long-Term Liabilities $29,688 $31,344 $33,000
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $-18,507 $-25,454 $-28,566

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Financial Planning

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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 266% 532% 744%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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