Literacy Alliance Corporation
PO BOX 622362
OVIEDO FL 32762-2362
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 622362
OVIEDO , FL 32762 2362
Phone (407) 366-7799
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Donate with a credit card http://www.thelitalliance.org
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All dressed up to present delightful fairy tales at Give Kids the World, 2013.
Mission
Mission

The mission of The Literacy Alliance is to encourage Central Florida residents to reach their highest potential by increasing literacy through diverse educational resources, programs, and training opportunities.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer Led
Board Chair Diane Keyes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Seminole County Public Library
History
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $2,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of The Literacy Alliance is to encourage Central Florida residents to reach their highest potential by increasing literacy through diverse educational resources, programs, and training opportunities.

Impact

1. Increase program delivery frequency by 10% every year to reach 325 programs delivered per year by end of year 2016

2. Increase the outreach of programs by 10% every year to reach 7,800 children by end of year 2016

3. Create online marketing information to bring awareness to Parent Teacher Associations (PTA’s) and other interested organizations about outreach programs

4. Enhance program appeal by connecting content with school’s core curriculum

5. Create long term partnerships with local Universities, state schools or vocational training centres to recruit interns and volunteers for program development and execution

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs
1 - Funds for two paid Literacy Advocates and expenses for preschool literacy programs - $100,000.
2 - Funds for 3 iMac computers with film editing software for the Books to Film program - $4,000  
3 - Funds for 1 paid Literacy Advocate and expenses for the Pageturners, Poetry Rocks and Book talks programs - $50,000
Background

The Literacy Alliance officially became a 501(c)3 organization in 2009. However, we began providing programs in 2003. Inspired by Diane and Wayne Keyes’ desire to involve their children in volunteer activities, Diane and her daughter, Amanda met with the volunteer coordinator for the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando. It was decided that Diane would use her skills as a librarian & storyteller, with the assistance of her daughter, to provide monthly puppet shows for the homeless children in the facility. For the past 10 years, Diane and her family, friends and Literacy Alliance volunteers have provided monthly programs and donated books to the shelter.

After the success of the Homeless Shelter, Diane, her family and friends began providing other programs. These programs were added for various reasons. Some programs, such as the Book Busters (2005), middle school booktalks (2007) third grade booktalks (2010) and pre-k storytimes (2012) were added because local libraries cut the funding for these outreach programs. Other programs were added, such as the Juvenile Detention Center booktalks (2005), Eugene Production Crew (2011), and Puppet Stars at Midway (2012) because of community needs.

In 2009, after six years of consistently providing quality programs, it was decided that a nonprofit should be created. Diane, supported by her mother, Margie Johnson (Library Youth Services Director), her sister, Kathleen Katz and husband, Wayne Keyes, formed the Literacy Alliance. A board was put together, meetings held, funding requested, tax exempt status secured, business cards made and a website created.

In 2011, Margie Johnson passed away and through donations from friends and family on her behalf, the Literacy Alliance received a financial boost and a renewed focus to continue Margie’s legacy of quality children’s literature programs. This renewed funding and heightened focus caused the Literacy Alliance to expand. In the last two years, new programs and many volunteers have been added, the website expanded, and social media increased.

Board Chair Statement I am the president of The Literacy Alliance but I was also its first volunteer.   As a librarian I saw needs in the community that were not being addressed.  The Literacy Alliance was born from a love of literature and a great desire to share that love and fill those needs.   As the first volunteer, I was soon providing programs for juvenile detention center students, homeless children, Boys Town students and preschoolers throughout Central Florida.   It was a joy to inspire the children of Central Florida to love reading by using puppets, books, music, science and magic.  This love was contagious and soon others wanted to help.  A strong group of volunteers was built.  Together we worked to continue The Literacy Alliance's mission.  The letters of gratitude, positive comments and requests for additional programs prove the value of our programs.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Education
Primary Organization SubType Primary & Elementary Schools
Secondary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Organiztion SubType Performing Arts
Tertiary Organization Type Youth Development
Tertiary Organization SubType Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
FL - Seminole

Our organization primarily serves children under the age of 18 within Seminole and Orange County regions in Central Florida, Based on the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data, our community has 350,000 children. Our community faces a multitude of issues including homelessness, high school dropouts, and lower literacy rates.

Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

We continually strive to improve our programs and the organization by focusing on program development, marketing, fundraising and partnership. The following sections outline our goals and objectives for the next three years.

· Program development

o Consult with local Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) for program requirements and customize existing program or create new programs to generate revenue for the organization

o Increase program delivery frequency by 10% every year to reach 325 programs delivered per year by end of year 2016

o Increase the outreach of programs by 10% every year to reach 7,800 children by end of year 2016

· Marketing

o Create online marketing information to bring awareness to Parent Teacher Associations (PTA’s) and other interested organizations about outreach programs

o Enhance program appeal by connecting content with school’s core curriculum

o Establish alliances with other organizations to bring awareness of The Literacy Alliance to the community and increase fundraising and donation opportunities

o Continue to enhance the current social media based marketing by increasing followers

o Publish about the organization programs and activities in a local newspaper

o Enhance the existing advertisement materials to include additional content

· Fundraising

o Establish relationships with donors to increase personal and corporate matching/volunteer donations

o Apply for a private or public grant to fund a program at the organization for three years

o Continue to apply for additional mini corporate grants to fund the continuation of existing programs

o Conduct an annual fundraising event by reaching out to the existing and prospective donors

· Resources

o Create long term partnerships with local Universities, state schools or vocational training centres to recruit interns and volunteers for program development and execution

o Create ability to recruit Bright Future scholarship recipients to volunteer and accumulate hours for program participation

o Create the ability to sign-up for volunteer activities for programs using the Literacy Alliance website and social media sites

· Organization management

o Determine the feasibility and pricing structure for programs offered by the organization

o Develop a methodology for program impact assessment to share results with grantors and other interested organizations

Programs
Description

 This program strives to develop leadership and presentation skills as well as educational responsibility in the teenagers who participate in the program. The teenagers are given opportunities to improve their ability to work in a group-setting while problem solving during practices and performances. Teenagers deal with the pressure of live performances to an active and demanding audience. The teenagers work with children, providing a positive interaction with books while guiding the children through a live performance. They learn to problem solve as problems arise with an open mind and a willingness to see new opportunities. The teenagers learn to think collectively and set aside their individual needs during the program. The skills they learn in this group will stay with them as they grow into successful, happy adults. We are thrilled that 100% of the students in his program have graduated high school and 95% have completed or are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

 

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Other Economic Level
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Short-term successes include unique and lasting friendships plus early literacy advocacy. The Book Busters program brings together teenagers from different schools, grades, genders, disabilities, and ethnicity. These students start out strangers but within a few weeks, they are exchanging phone numbers and becoming friends. The Literacy Alliance has worked with 22 groups of teens. With each group, permanent friendships are formed.

The Book Busters are also literacy advocates. Their program benefits the students who participate in their program. But through this program the young students see teenagers excited about reading, singing and dancing. They watch as teenagers read new books to them, observe science experiments and marvel at magic. The teachers also benefit by being exposed to new books, songs, rhymes and science. This is evidenced by the survey where 100% of the teachers said they were exposed to new ideas and literature during the Book buster program.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

This program strives to develop leadership and presentation skills as well as educational responsibility in the teenagers who participate in the program.  The teenagers are given opportunities to improve their ability to work in a group-setting while problem solving during practices and performances. Teenagers deal with the pressure of live performances to an active and demanding audience. The teenagers work with children, providing a positive interaction with books while guiding the children through a live performance. They learn to problem solve as problems arise with an open mind and a willingness to see new opportunities. The teenagers learn to think collectively and set aside their individual needs during the program. The skills they learn in this group will stay with them as they grow into successful, happy adults. We are thrilled that 100% of the students in his program have graduated high school and 95% have completed or are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.    

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

The Book Buster's success is monitored by the observations of the program coordinator and the site supervisor, surveys, testimonials from Book Buster teenagers and teachers. The surveys are completed in Survey Monkey. The surveys consist of 10 questions; 8 multiple choice, 2 open comment. Of those completing the survey, 100% rated our program as excellent, 100% said they would recommend our program, and 100% said the program excited their students to read. Here are comments collected by the surveys: (teacher) I love that music was incorporated into many of the stories because it engaged kids and appealed to kinesthetic learners through dance. Honestly, every performance by this group is professional and entertaining! Thank you!; (teacher) The Book Busters were here today and they are better than ever. It was amazing. My group enjoys them so much. Kelly Carpenter, a previous Book Buster commented, “I’ve really come out of my shell. I used to be shy. But now I have more confidence.”

Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Camilla Omar is a 17 year old volunteer currently volunteering for The Literacy Alliance. She began volunteering in spring of 2013 and has been a Book Buster for two semesters.

Being involved with my community has deepened my interest in spreading a love of literature and assisted in the development of personal attributes that will benefit me in life. The consistent encouragement we’re given in our performances and the positive input we get from both our audiences and our instructors has given me a new confidence. Also, I’ve learned that things aren’t always perfect but there is always a way to fix things when a situation goes wrong. I’ve learned that patience is a big entity when working with children. I’ve gained more patience than ever and at every performance I always gain more.

The time we put into making sure the kids enjoy our performances makes their reactions worthwhile. I am so glad I found The Literacy Alliance. In every event I’m involved in with I learn something new.

Description

This 30 to 60 minute program turns traditional fairy tales upside down with hilarious results. Utilizing short skits, puppets, rhymes, and audience participation, the stories of Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and the Princess and the Pea are presented with new twists and turns that will have your students laughing and asking for more.

Population Served
Description

This 30 minute program, for early elementary school students, is a wonderful introduction to the exciting world of Science. Curiosity is discussed as an essential element in science exploration. Using fiction and nonfiction literature, puppets, and experiments, the students are invited to be curious about their world. Students will learn new vocabulary and new concepts. Through laughter and puppets, subjects such as water conservation, the human body, animal habitats, and the solar system are presented, discussed, and enjoyed by the students.

Population Served
Description

The purpose of this 30 minute program is to encourage young children to connect with books, to be curious about their world and to embrace their desire to learn. Children will laugh and learn in this program which includes a selection of the following: age appropriate fiction and nonfiction books, puppets, audience participation, a science experiment, music, poetry and even a little magic! Themed programs can be designed for any occasion.

An additional purpose is to model best practices for reading aloud and interactive literacy techniques. Research shows that an early association with books stimulates children's interests, their emotional development, language development and imagination. The benefits of listening to stories and sharing books for children include learning sounds for letters, developing thinking abilities, comprehending stories, understanding complex sentences, and learning new words and meanings.

Population Served
Description

This 30 to 60 minute program focuses on the basic elements of flight and air pressure. Using audience participation and many visual demonstrations, students will discuss and learn about air pressure, wing shapes, and the Bernoulli principle. The material discussed and experiments demonstrated can be modified to fit a range of students from preschool through grade 6.

Population Served
Description

This program, which began in 2009, provides an avenue for students who are struggling with social and educational systems to meaningfully interact with children, literature, and their community. These students, who have been admitted into the local Boys Town program, are given the opportunity to develop and/or enhance their love of reading and convey this to preschool and elementary school students while learning teamwork, leadership, and presentation skills. The program is a cooperative effort between the Boys Town classroom instructor and The Literacy Alliance qualified personnel and is completed in three stages. Stage one—the students are instructed in the importance of children’s literature and reading aloud to children. A visit to the local library, where students read and evaluate 30 children’s picture books is included in the lesson. Stage two—the students are given the skills to present a 30 minute puppet show which includes scripted puppet shows, skits, magic and science tricks, and songs. This puppet show is presented to a daycare center. (Daycare centers with predominately economically disadvantaged cliental are targeted.) Stage three—following the puppet show, the students are partnered with younger students and they read together.

Sharing the fun and energy of the puppet show followed by one-on-one or small group readings transforms the struggling Boys Town students into reading mentors. They are looked up to by the younger students because of their enthusiasm and skill in the puppet show and because they have taken the time to sit quietly and share a book. This successful interaction with reading and children and the community is seen on the faces of the Boys Town students through their smiles and positive attitudes.

Population Served
Description

This program is designed to encourage families to enjoy literature, to be curious learners, to take a break from their difficulties and to smile. Performed monthly in locations such as the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (since 2003) and the Florida Hospital for Children (since 2012), this positive 30-40 minute reading experience includes a selection of the following: puppet shows, picture books (often accompanied by music), magic, science experiments, creative stretches, poetry, fingerplays, and rhymes.

Gifts and activities, such as bookmarks, crafts, finger puppets, hands on science experiments, and books are often shared with the families at the end of the program.

These programs are lead by qualified Literacy Alliance volunteers and a select group of student volunteers ranging in age from middle school to college. The student volunteers genuinely enjoy this opportunity to participate in their community in a meaningful way while gaining a better understanding of the issues of their community.

Population Served
Description

This program encourages students to read, explore new ideas through books, learn the importance of children’s literature and poetry, and allows them a few minutes to be silly. This 2 hour monthly program began in June of 2005 and includes a selection of the following: age appropriate fiction and nonfiction booktalks, and poetry exploration. It is given to male and female groups separately ranging in size from 2 to 20 middle and high school students. Currently, this program is being presented at the Seminole County Juvenile Detention Center. All books presented are donated to the facility. Having access to the books immediately after the program has been highly successful. The books remain at the facility and continue to circulate among the students through book carts provided by the teachers and the guards during and after school hours.

Props, costumes, music, and accents are used to enhance the booktalk experience. The benefits of reading aloud to children and children’s poetry are presented and discussed. Students are encouraged to read poetry aloud individually and in groups of two. Poems are sung and recited to music. Poetry is created as a group.

Population Served
Description

This is a weekly program for the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy; a school for students who have been either suspended or expelled from a Seminole County school for an off-campus felony or have completed a Level Program of Juvenile Incarceration. The Seminole Public School, the Sheriffs Department, and the Board of County Commissioners jointly support this school.

The students, who are struggling with social and educational systems, are given the opportunity to provide an entertaining and educational program for elementary school students in their community. They learn teamwork, leadership and presentation skills while enhancing their appreciation and understanding of children’s literature and other educational literacy elements. Through this program the teens find a connection between reading and educational success. They are given guidance and the use of materials to write, act, film, edit, and produce a book-based puppet short.

From it’s beginning in spring of 2011 to date, these students have completed 17 short films based on books covering a variety of subjects. In 2012 they received a countywide award for their film on bulling called, Say No To Bullies. In 2013 they produced their first original film called Halloween Night at the Library. They wrote the script, created the backdrop and performed. We are excited to offer this program to these energetic teens that are improving their own lives by making a difference in the community.

Population Served
Description

Since 2009, this program has encouraged students to read and engendered their interest in learning and curiosity about the world. This 30 to 50 minute program includes age appropriate fiction and nonfiction booktalks, poetry, science, and a short discussion on children’s literature. The books presented are from a wide range of genres that have both male and female protagonists, thus appealing to as many students as possible. Props, costumes, music, and accents are often used to enhance the booktalking experience. Each student receives a handout with information about the books presented as well as other age appropriate titles. The number of students reached during one visit ranges from 25 to more than 300.

Population Served
Description

This is an hour-long weekly program offered to students in the Seminole County Juvenile Detention Center. The program began in January 2016 and the goal is to involve the students in a moment of peace. The yoga practice includes breath control, simple meditation, and specific bodily postures. An inspirational reading concludes each practice.

The students in this facility are being held for judgment by the juvenile court system or they are awaiting placement in a foster home or other facility. The need for activities that help these students remain calm and centered is extremely important. We are happy to spend two hours at the facility—one hour for the girls and one hour for the boys. This practice is provided free of charge by a qualified yoga instructor.

Population Served
Description The Literacy Alliance has partnered with Sebco Books to promote reading in our community! The program is available for all reading levels and offers advanced copies of the latest titles from best-selling authors and popular fiction publishers. This is how it works: Students receive a complimentary book. They read the book and write a review. The review is sent to Sebco Books and posted on their student review web page. The students keep the book! This kid-friendly program is a wonderful opportunity to get students excited about reading while encouraging them to explore different genres. It also reinforces writing skills and boosts literary confidence. We are proud to provide this free service to our community. Look for our Literacy Alliance reviewers here: http://www.esebco.com/studentreviews_view
Population Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Diane Keyes
Company Affiliation Seminole County Public Library
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Emily Bellairs-Romero Community VolunteerVoting
Mario Gunawardena CIO Advisory GroupVoting
Diane Keyes Seminole County Public Library SystemVoting
Kathleen Poole Camber CorporationVoting
Emily Williams Board member, volunteerVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer Led
Email
CEO Salary Range N/A
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Plans
Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Other
Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Community Recognition AwardBoys Town of Central Florida2014
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Oct
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2017
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2015990
2014990
2013990
2011990
2009990
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of Determination
Other Financial Documents
YearDocument
2013Financial Information
2015Financial Summary
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,803--$4,706
Administration Expense$406--$603
Fundraising Expense$0--$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.98--1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%--89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0--$0
Current Assets$0--$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$0--$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $2,600--Foundations and Corporations $2,900
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind $2,559--Special Events $1,212
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $650--Individuals $823
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Foundation Comments
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
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Nonprofit Literacy Alliance Corporation
Address PO BOX 622362
OVIEDO , FL 327622362
Primary Phone (407) 366-7799
Contact Email diane@thelitalliance.org
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer Led
Board Chair Diane Keyes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Seminole County Public Library
Year of Incorporation 2010