Annual Report 2019 Final

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FY2019 Annual Report


Loving kids for change


THE NEED

POVERTY IS THE SINGLE GREATEST THREAT TO

CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING

41%

of children in the US live in lowincome

families

3%

of children from consistently poor

backgrounds were able to complete a

college degree by the age of 25.

1.8X

higher high school dropout rate for

children in bottom family income

quartile vs. the top

62%

of children who spent at least half

their childhood in poverty went on to

attain a high school diploma by age

20 compared to 90 percent for those

who never experienced poverty.


OUR MODEL

EMPOWERING URBAN YOUTH TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY.

*New City Kids offers after school programming for low-income youth.

Children and teens get a chance to explore music and academics in a

creative and fun environment. Though there are many challenges of urban

life, especially for youth, these programs give children a safe place to feel

and hear that they are valued and loved.

ADULT STAFF

Adult staff coach and mentor the high school students.

Adults are highly trained as either teen coaches or

leaders in the After School Center.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Teens are hired to teach music and tutor, called the Teen

Life Internship. Teens spend 500 hours per year learning,

teaching children, and growing as leaders.

1ST-8TH GRADE STUDENTS

Children attend after-school programs to study, do

homework, and take classes in keyboard, drums, bass

guitar, and more.


THE RESULTS

99% College

Matriculation Rate

1,287

donors from

33 different

states

193

life-changing

Teen Life

Internships

1,055

alumni to date

90%

of alumni

are in or

have graduated

college


92% of Teens

feel cared for

personally

321 youth served in

After-school Center daily

900

youth served

1,838

one-on-one meetings

were reported between

Teens and adult staff

87%

of Teens recognize a

positive impact in their

home lives

$2.7M

donated to

empower the

lives of youth


TEEN LIFE INTERNSHIP

42% 90%

86%

of Teens spent at least 1

year in the After-school

Center as a child

of Teens consider New

City Kids a refuge or

second home

of Teens have grown

in their relationship

with Christ

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS TRAINING

Talented, professional musicians, train teens in piano, percussion, bass guitar,

and singing. Teens are able to instruct other students and lead classes within the

After School Center. Not only do teens develop their skills as musicians, they also

excel as teachers.

ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

Students participate in yearlong math, grammar, and geography curricula

designed to complement and strengthen learning that is taking place at school.

Learning goals are incentivized and every child earns prizes as they ascend

through a series of achievement steps. Learning is made easy and relevant by

turning detailed information into fun, memorable raps.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Teens are invited to be part of small group Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and

fellowship where they are presented with the gospel of Christ. Additionally, each

teen is assigned a one-on-one mentor with whom they can share thoughts and

ask questions on their spiritual journey.


Tykia Williams

and Greg Nelson


More than anything else, I want to be a good role model for my students.

I feel the weight of young kids looking up to me—and that’s what it’s all

about. At the end of the day, I want to show others that they have a purpose

in being on this earth, whether they believe it or not. I truly want to

make an impact on other people’s lives, just like Greg, [my cousin and

adult staff] made on me.

- Tykia Williams, Class of 2020

Take a photo to watch

Tykia & Greg’s story

newcitykids.org/greg


New City Kids Training in Honduras

New City Kids goes international! New City Kids partnered with Liberty Corner Church to bring

the Teen Life Internship program model to Hearts for Honduras, an elementary school in the rural

village of La Entrada, Honduras. La Entrada is one of the most impoverished and dangerous cities

in the country, where youth face danger with little hope for a better future.

New City Kids staff and alumni led a weeklong youth leadership training for the school’s teen

alumni and administration. The school’s launch of this program allows teens to not only receive

leadership development but also a safe haven, a viable source of income, and a loving community.

8

Honduran teen

interns in the

first year

3

New City Kids

alumni went on their

first international

missions trip

38%

growth in the

second year


College Tour

High school sophomores and juniors spend their spring break visiting up to fifteen colleges: touring

campuses, hearing alumni stories, and attending info sessions. In just five days, teens pull back

the curtain on college life and see their futures. Incredibly, most teens at New City Kids are rising

first-generation college students. For many, college seems to be only a dream. College tour brings

those dreams to life.

82%

of Teen Life Interns

are projected to

be first-generation

college students

46

participants

attended the

2019 college

tour


AFTER-SCHOOL CENTER

298 82% 60%

youth served daily in the

After-school Centers

retention rate from the

previous year

of students have improved

academics since enrollment

MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS

New City Kids offers rigorous classes in drums, bass guitar, voice, and piano, as

well as electives in sports, visual arts, drama, and dance. Children choose their

class and participate in it for the entire school year. Students who complete their

class win prizes including musical instruments, so they can continue their craft.

ACADEMIC TUTORING

Students participate in yearlong math, grammar, and geography curricula designed

to augment school-based learning. Academics are incentivized—children

earn prizes as they achieve learning goals. Understanding is boosted by memorable

raps packed with important content. Youth are grouped into teams named after

colleges and can earn recognition solo or in groups by achieving various levels.

Competition for the highest ranking is fierce.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Youth are invited into a relationship with God through weekly Bible lessons, skits,

and worship time. While this is optional for youth, and some parents choose to

opt out, others have powerful encounters with a God who loves them during their

time in the After-school Center.


Mina

Zakher


I used to get into a lot of fights because of my anger problems,

especially with people I didn’t know. When I first came to New

City Kids I started going to fun classes and seeing fun teens

and adult staff. They made me feel special to them. They are

the people that I believe God sent to me to tell me that I’m a

good person and that I can do better.

- Mina Zakher, 6th Grade

Take a photo to

watch Mina’s story

newcitykids.org/mina


City Sail

City Sail introduces youth to sailing and swimming through a free five-week summer program.

Youth learn the basics of sailing and take an introductory swimming course at a local university.

Youth compete to earn prizes along the way by learning to tie knots, passing tests on sailing

terminology, and using real-life sailing skills on the water. The program culminates in a three-day

sailing trip at the end of the summer for top performers.

75%

of participants

had never been

on a boat

83%

of participants

achieved basic

swimming ability

10 36

volunteers

with boats

took youth

sailing

youth

participants


Summer Camp

Summer and adventure camps continue the New City Kids experience past the school year.

Traditional day camp experiences, music training, outdoors activities, and spiritual development

are offered in different configurations across all sites. Youth participate in a variety of activities run

on the teen leadership model. Summer is a special time for youth as they are exposed to the world

beyond their neighborhood through special activities and deepen their relationships with loving

staff at New City Kids.

130

of youth

served

THIS YEAR

our theme was “Power Up”,

based on Isaiah 40:21-31.

Through, song, dance, art

projects, sports competition

and small group discussions,

youth discovered how God’s

power shows up in our lives,

even when we feel weak.


Brighter Day

*Brighter Day promotes child abuse prevention as well as creates a nurturing, safe environment

for children and teens to process traumatic childhood experiences. Our platform consists of body

safety classes for students, and a therapeutic support group for teen life interns. Abuse prevention

training and crisis intervention for all staff are also provided.


Families for Literacy

Families for Literacy is a collaborative program led by New City Kids that serves low-income

immigrant families for whom English is a second language. New City Kids leads the four-way

partnership between Saint Peter’s University, Rising Tide Capital, and Women Rising. Families for

Literacy holistically supports adult and child well-being through programs that promote English

language proficiency, sustainable employment, and children’s academic achievement. Additionally,

there is a focus on building a culture of reading at home to help immigrant families flourish.

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families

served

10X

more hours

spent reading

between parent

and child after

enrollment


JERSEY CITY, NJ

111 180 106

Teen Life Interns

employed

children attending

After-school Center daily

children in

summer camp

FAIRMOUNT AVENUE

The flagship location and the birthplace of Teen Life Internship and Afterschool

Center, it is the longest-running site. Once a warehouse, it is now

a refuge for hundreds of kids and teens every day. In the evenings, the

Fairmount Avenue site becomes a hub for teenagers learning music, preparing

for college, gaining career exposure, and more.

VROOM STREET

The Vroom Street site is operated in the building of Vroom St. Evangelical

Church, a long-time partner and community builder in Jersey City. Many of

the youth served by the Vroom St. site are from Egyptian immigrant families.

The program at this site has been adapted for focus on English as a second

language to meet the needs of residents of this neighborhood.

LAFAYETTE

New City Kids serves youth at Jersey City Public School #22 in partnership

with Fountain of Salvation Church. Over 750 pre-K to 5th-grade students

attend the school. New City Kids serves alongside two other after-school

programs and in 2019 led a 150-student joint performance (a program

record). Because the site operates in a school New City Kids is able to work

closely with teachers and the administration to better support children.


PATERSON, NJ

MADISON AVENUE

Only 10% of adults in Paterson have a bachelor’s degree.

Now in its fifth year, New City Kids serves the Madison Avenue

neighborhood of Paterson, which includes public schools #21

and #13. The sound of children laughing and making music

reaches the entire block, emanating from the refurbished

ribbon factory that houses New City Kids’ loving community.

38

Teen Life Interns

employed

32

children in

summer camp

67

children attending

After School Center

daily


GRAND RAPIDS, MI

ALPINE AVENUE

The Alpine Avenue site in Grand Rapids site is a powerhouse

of youth leadership development and excellent music

programs. New City Kids music students perform for

audiences across the city each year. Thousands of people see

the power of giving at-risk youth real responsibility and

creative freedom. The joy of these empowered young people

is a driving force for change.

44

Teen Life Interns

employed

41

children in

summer camp

74

children attending

After School Center

daily


DETROIT, MI LAUNCH

On July 18th, 2013, the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy. Six years later, despite a stunning

downtown renaissance, much of the city lies in ruins. In the fall of 2020, New City Kids will be

joining the community to serve the youth who live there. For the 2019-20 school year, New City

Kids is learning from community leaders and those on the ground in the city about how best to

come alongside and support existing efforts.

13% 57% 134,253

of adults with a

college degree

of children live below

the poverty line

youth ages five

to nineteen

THE GOLDSMITHS

Alex and Heidi Goldsmith have

been serving on staff in Jersey

City since 2014. Originally from

Michigan, they are directing the

Detroit site launch using what

they’ve learned during their time

in New Jersey.


Volunteers

Volunteers are a critical part of

the New City Kids community.

Whether its a Saturday spent

reorganizing books and painting

murals or a board meeting

where policy is being set,

generous people are pushing

the mission forward through

their time and talents. Regular

volunteers also work alongside

Teen Life Interns to tutor, teach

music, and lead programs.

Church Visits

Church partners are able to

connect in a unique and intimate

way through teen-led church

visits. High school students lead

the congregation in interactive

praise and worship, read

scripture, and share testimonies

of God’s faithfulness. New City

Kids brings the joy that fills the

After-school Center to renewing

experiences at churches.


Professional Engagements

TALKS AND SHOWCASES

Political, athletic, and musical leaders are invited to

engage our teens and kids. They provide words of

encouragement and often showcase talents or share

experiences. Youth are left inspired, hopeful, and

supported in chasing their dreams. Among those

who have visited are Divinity Roxx, Devon Kennard,

Mayor Steve Fulop of Jersey City.

WORKPLACE TOURS

New City Kids partners with businesses to provide

horizon-broadening experiences for Teen Life Interns

through workplace tours. These tours are led by

industry experts and provide insight into different

career paths through their stories. Teens leave these

tours with a vision for their future and connected to

a diverse set of professionals.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

In addition to workplace tours, New City Kids

assembles professionals from specific industries for

panel discussions on-site. These discussions provide

a different look into various fields. These three types

of experiences all help high school students to think

beyond the limits of they already know.


Bike Tour

New City Kids’ second annual Bike Tour covered over 850 miles from Jersey City, NJ, to Grand

Rapids, MI with a half-way point Niagara Falls . Bikers rode through heat, rain, wind, brutal climbs,

open roads, and across multiple states. The event raised over $120,000 to support Teen Life

Internships.

37

riders

850+

miles

$120,000

raised in total to support

the Teen Life Internship

program


Productions

Youth from 1st-12th grade perform music and creative works on the big stage, artistically

displaying their own transformation into leaders agents of change. Young people share stories

of hardship and triumph through song, spoken word, dance, and drama. Children and teens

develop self-awareness and self-confidence through these performances.

FALL EVENTS

New City Kids explored the

“spotlight,” the transformative

power of entrusting with youth a

platform and shining a light on their

ability to become leaders and role

models to those around them. The

events ranged from a tabled gala to

a 2,600-person theater performance

and raised funds for the Teen Life

Internship.

SPRING PRODUCTION

The spring production is a series

of fundraising performances

reaching thousands. The Upsidedown

Kingdom presented the

counter-cultural truth of how God

chooses what the world deems as

worthless and insignificant to make

an impact for Him.


PARTNERS

New City Kids is grateful for the support of its institutional partners. Listed below are all

organizations that gave $5,000 and above in 2017-18.

AD Philanthropic Fund, Anaheim Christian Reformed Church, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Marjorie

Bunnell Charitable Fund, NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Paterson Department of Health and

Human Services, The Edward W. & Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Fund University, Reformed

Church, Verisk Analytic


LEADERSHIP

NATIONAL PATERSON GRAND RAPIDS

TREVOR RUBINGH

President and

Co-Founder

JEREMY JERSCHINA

Executive Director

CHRISTY KARLIN

KNETSCH

Site Director

ELLIE ARREGUIN

After School Center

Director

GABRIEL STIRITZ

Chief Advancement

Officer

DANIEL CODY

Music Director

LINDA RUBINGH

Director of Abuse

Prevention and

Co-founder

RACHEL TELLJOHANN

Operations Director

JESSIE DAVIS

Teen Life Internship

Director

MAURICE TOWNSEND

Music Director


JERSEY CITY

SARAH CARTER

Executive Director

SHAUN HOPKINS

Associate Director

SOO KIM

Site Director

DAYMIRIS ECHEVERRIA

Site Director

ALEX GOLDSMITH

Site Director

SARAH RICHMAN

Teen Life Internship

Director

ANNE JOSEPH

Music Director

LAURA GOSA

Major Giving Director

NIKSHA DAVIS

After-school

Center Director

JANAE GAYLE

After-school

Center Director

JOSEPH BAE

After-school

Center Director


BOARD OF

DIRECTORS

New City Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization comprised of

wholly-owned subsidiaries: New City Kids: Jersey City,

New City Kids: Grand Rapids, New City Kids: Paterson.

Each subsidiary has an independent board of directors

and operates with fiscal independence. Every site

operates with the same vision and programs for breaking

the cycle of generational poverty in cities across America.

NATIONAL

RICHARD NARRAMORE

President

Senior Editor, John Wiley

& Sons

TOM PENNINGA

Vice President

Senior Developer, Universal

Traffic Service

MICHAEL WESTRA

Treasurer

President, Wayne Tile

Company

DR. SHEILA R. COLE

Secretary

Principle, Franklin School

(Summit, NJ) (Retired)

GEORGE BLACK

Liason

Partner, Capco

JACKIE THOMPSON

English Teacher, University

Academy Charter High

School

LAWRENCE ADJAH

Founder & Chairman, Family

Dinner

JOHN SCOCCOLA

Verizon Enterprise

DAVID EDWARDS

SVP Corporate Banker

(Retired)


JERSEY CITY

GRAND RAPIDS

PATERSON

GEORGE BLACK

President

Partner, Capco

STEVEN LEE

Secretary

Managing

Director,

Relationship

Management, State

Street Corporation

KATHRYN YEATON

Treasurer

Associate Professor of

Accounting, Ramapo

College

REV. VICKI WEBB

Senior Pastor,

Jersey City Church of the

Nazarene

JUDY WAHRENBERGER

Partner, Ruprecht Hart

Week &

Ricciardulli

SALVATORE LALAMA

Director, Strategic Sourcing,

CommScope Inc.

(Retired)

JOHN WOLTERS

President

CFO, Christian Schools

International

MARG BLOUW

Vice Presient

Vice President of IT, Emeritus,

Farmer’s Insurance

CANDY VALENZUELA ISABEL

Southwest Community

Campus School Coordinator,

Kent School Service Network

TOM PENNINGA

Vice President

Senior Developer,

Universal Traffic Service

ABBY AFIENKO

MHPP

Caerdiovascular

JONATHAN BRADFORD

President CEO,

Emeritus, Inner City Christian

Federation

TERISA BENNETT

Accountant, L-3

Technologies

DENA WILLIS

Donor Relations, Grand Rapids

Christian Schools

GLENN W. RISDALE

President

Associate Vice

President, HNTB

Corporation

DON WESTRA

Vice President

Associate

Professor of

Accounting,

Ramapo College

EVAN GALLIPPOLI

Secretary

Vice President,

AYCO

DR. SHEILA R. COLE

Liason

Principle, Franklin School

(Summit, NJ) (Retired)

PAUL DANGELMAJER

Vice President of Sales, SPS

Commence (Retired)

BEN SPOLESTRA

Vice President,

Atlantic

Stewardship Bank

ZANE BROWN

Partner, Fixed Income

Strategsit, Lord Abbet

(Retired)


REVENUE

52%

18%

12%

6%

6%

4%

2%

$1,412,159

$483,823

$325, 948

$155,065

$156,963

$106,029

$64,584

$2,704,571

INDIVIDUALS

FOUNDATIONS

OTHER PEIPLE

CHURCHES

CORPORATIONS

PROGRAM SERVICES

GOVERNMENT

TOTAL REVENUE


EXPENSES

74%

17%

9%

$1,771,746

$398,365

$2,387,109

PROGRAM SERVICES

FUNDRAISING

TOTAL EXPENSES

Data from independently

audited financial statements

prepared by Fylstra &

Associates, LLC for fiscal year

ending June 30, 2017.


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friend,

I hope you have found this report not only informative but inspirational! New

City Kids loves to tell stories; often about teens discovering their own agency and

replacing the cycle of poverty with a self-reinforcing cycle of achievement. However,

there are many stories we can’t tell. In fact, the very best ones we don’t share in

public because of how protective we feel about our kids. The best stories contain

incredibly personal, gritty, awkward, real life moments of shame and growth. Some

of these stories are carefully told in our videos, but the deepest parts, the most

revealing parts and the most heroic moments of resilience, are hidden.

I can tell you however that almost every one of the Teens we employ have a dramatic

story of whole-life transformation. Something about being asked to do a hard job,

and then being supported in that job, engenders hope in a way nothing else can.

Something about being responsible for leading a class of children releases a surge of

confidence that propels our teens into an alternate trajectory that includes college,

openness to God’s love, and a discovery of hidden talents that will last a lifetime.

Sincerely,

Trevor Rubingh

President & Co-founder


make a difference.

VOLUNTEER

to volunteer at one of our sites visit

newcitykids.org/volunteer

DONATE

newcitykids.org/donate

THE GIVING CIRCLE

Join a dedicated community of donors with a monthly gift at

newcitykids.org/volunteer

CONTACT US

New City Kids

240 Fairmount Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306

info@newcitykids.org

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