AMP Metro Richmond
7330 Staples Mill Road, #159
Richmond VA 23228
Mission Statement AMP! Metro Richmond's mission is to connect students and mentors through school-based mentoring to amplify perspectives on what can be. Our goal is to create self-confidence, stimulate learning and encourage career discovery for middle-school youth in at-risk neighborhoods in the Richmond Region. AMP!'s vision is a Richmond Region where all youth believe they can achieve.
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director NO CEO
Board Chair Ms. Christine Jewell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Genworth Financial
Contact Information
Address 7330 Staples Mill Road, #159
Richmond, VA 23228
Telephone 804 601-0639
Fax 804 662-2611
E-mail info@ampmetrorichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
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Projected Revenue $8,067.00
Projected Expenses $11,940.00
Statements
Mission AMP! Metro Richmond's mission is to connect students and mentors through school-based mentoring to amplify perspectives on what can be. Our goal is to create self-confidence, stimulate learning and encourage career discovery for middle-school youth in at-risk neighborhoods in the Richmond Region. AMP!'s vision is a Richmond Region where all youth believe they can achieve.
Impact
Indicators of recent success include some noteworthy accomplishments: 

  1. AMP! just finished its 22nd continuous semester of mentoring in Richmond Public Middle Schools, with success in recruiting volunteers from Genworth Financial, the Greater Richmond Chamber, Health Diagnostics Laboratories, C&F Bank, University of Richmond, General Electric, small businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. Both our mentors and mentees often say that "Mentoring Days" are the best part of their week.
  2. Virginia Mentoring Partnership recognized AMP! as Richmond's Outstanding Mentoring Program on March 2, 2012. 
  3. In the Fall of 2015, AMP! completed the Quality Based Membership process through Virginia Mentoring Partnership. Because of this, AMP!’s program policies and procedures now align with mentoring best practices.
 
Several Key upcoming goals for 2017/2018 are:
  1. Receive funding to continue supporting a part-time program coordinator to help expand the program and reach more people.  
  2. Add career awareness programming (through career fairs, class speakers, etc.) to the current one-to-one mentoring which will allow the program to touch ~475 students at Henderson Middle School. 
  3. Grow the program of one-to-one mentoring back to 35-50 mentoring pairs, including 6th graders with the expectation for them to be in the program for 3 years.
  4. Add a second mentoring day into the week to allow flexibility for mentors to choose the day that best suits their schedule and to allow makeup days if mentoring is missed on their regular mentoring day.
  5. Hold our second annual #LoveforAMP campaign in February 2018 and raise at least as much as the previous year ($5,275).
  6. Increase number of board members. 
Needs
The organization's most pressing needs are: 
 
1) Continued pool of passionate, committed volunteers that can commit one hour on Tuesdays or Thursday for 10-14 sessions each semester. 
 
2) Continued funding for a part-time program coordinator that can help AMP! sustain it's excellent program, beyond what a passionate and commited volunteer board can accomplish while all having separate full-time careers.  The funding for this position is estimated at $19,800 (20 hours/week x $22.50/hour x 44 weeks), and the organization is working with several organizations to seek funding for the contractor position that would act as program coordinator.    
 
3) AMP! would also greatly benefit from an individual or group that was willing to implement a standard mentor, faculty and student survey process and outcomes assessment for AMP! ensuring our programs continue to make a positive impact on both Henderson Middle School as well as the rest of the Richmond community. 
Background
AMP! opened in 2006 in Highland Park’s Chandler Middle School. We moved to Henderson Middle School in 2009 continuing our tradition of providing one-to-one mentoring. AMP! incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in 2007 and is operated by both a part time mentor coordinator and an all volunteer board. We have maintained a level of 25-50 mentoring relationships per semester and have continuously operated in Richmond city middle schools every semester since the fall of 2006.  
  
AMP! recruits and trains volunteers from Richmond corporations, government, small businesses, and universities to provide support, friendship, reinforcement, and a constructive example to middle school students. AMP! mentors listen, care, and help students bring out their strengths during approximately one hour on the designated mentoring days in a semester -- Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2:30-3:15pm, for the 2017/2018 school year.  The designated mentoring days vary each year depending on the students'  school schedule.
 
Currently, AMP! collaborates with the administration of Henderson Middle School in Richmond’s Northside, Communities in Schools of Richmond and Virginia Mentoring Partnership to fulfill AMP!’s mission. AMP! mentoring is a one-to-one relationship between an adult volunteer and a middle-school student. Our organization focuses on a typically under-served middle-school age group at a time-period when students are making life choices that determine whether they live a productive and satisfying life or life marked more by limitations and closed doors.  All AMP! mentors complete an application, undergo a background check, receive mentor training provided by Virginia Mentoring Partnership, and attend an AMP! program orientation before being matched. Students apply to AMP! and are chosen by Henderson’s Community in Schools site coordinator.
CEO Statement
I took over as Board Chair in May of 2012, after being one of the original founders of the organization in 2006.  I was able to do this through the tremendous foundation that AMP!s co-founder and the support and guidance of three board members who have worked as a "working board" in the truest sense of the word. What makes AMP! important or distinctive is the spirit among those who lead it to give, discern, create, and shape a best practices program as an “aside” to their already busy professions, community service, and families. AMP! has been and continues to be a “labor of love.” The result is changed lives, amplified perspectives, relationships that never would have happened, and a possible future dent in Richmond’s sad distinction of having the fourth lowest on-time graduation rate in the state (VA Dept. of Education, 2011).
 
Our population is middle school students in underserved neighborhoods.  If we can open possibilities for 6th, 7th, and 8thgrade students in terms of career opportunities, belief in self, or spark an interest in learning, we are here to try. If all of us don’t consider this our responsibility, our community’s future is decided. AMP! has provided an organization and a framework for people who have never mentored before, to step into the role and fill it magnificently. We are so proud of our mentors and supporters. They, too, don’t have an extra second in their lives to spare. Yet, they give of themselves and build the future for those they touch.  Fortunately, the passion of AMP!’s leaders has spread to friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.  Upon hearing the mission, they welcome the chance to give back to their community in a way that builds their spirit as well.  They are generous, civic-minded people who share the passion for helping others achieve through simple sharing of interests, experiences, and imagination. 
 
The beauty of AMP! is not only that they accomplish their goal of amplifying the perspectives of the mentees, but AMP! “amplifies” the perspective of the mentors. Many AMP! mentors have never been in the neighborhoods where Henderson students live and many have little or no experience with middle school aged students or Richmond Public Schools.  Most gratifying are comments such as “Mentoring Day is the best part of my week!” and “I thought I’d be the one giving and what I learned was how much I received.”
Board Chair Statement
To date, AMP!’s successes and challenges have been much like those of other small nonprofits growing out of a passion on the part of a few – how to continue semester to semester with volunteers, how to stay funded as a young program making its mark, and how to sustain when it is time for its original leaders to step aside.  AMP! has gone through tremendous change over the last couple of years, with the prior Board Chair stepping down, the guidance counselor that was the heart and soul of the school being transferred, and turnover in the CIS rep that was the AMP!s backup, as well as turnover within our part-time program coordinator role.  The way the program made it through the tremendous change was through the dedication of the Board as well as a new program coordinator that was willing to try anything new to make the program a success. AMP! has achieved its success so far on very little funding, and moving forward part-time paid staff is imperative. This is an obvious, albeit unoriginal challenge. 
 
AMP! has been creative in its approach to recruiting volunteers, not going to traditional outlets for mentors, but to the busiest professionals we know – those who are leaders in their organizations, have full personal lives often with children of their own, and volunteer regularly in the community. Why not seek mentors with more available time? 
 
In 2006 Chandler Middle School’s Principal Mel Rose asked a team of three people anticipating a short-term project to use their contacts to expand the world of Chandler’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and bring the world beyond the Northside Richmond neighborhood into the school.  Ironically, these three people had no idea whatsoever what a school mentoring program looked like.  They did know how to work hard and achieve. Hearing obstacles to these students achieving was the inspiration they needed to create an innovative mentoring program of consistent high quality that continues today.  Mr. Rose said it simply: “Our students didn’t know there is a world outside of Northside.”  He realized so many lack a broader perspective their parents would like them to see, except they were working two or three jobs to support the family. In some instances, students didn’t have a stable home or positive role models in their lives. That message became the inspiration to AMP!’s founders to use their personal networks to “amplify” students perspectives of what can be and what they can achieve. At the time, they committed to a short-term project to get a program “up and running” for the school. When the short-term project came to its natural end, two of the original team kept the original vision alive and it continues today. 
 
AMP! began in 2006 with sustainability in mind. The program’s first semester was actually a Leadership Metro Richmond team project that set out to design a pilot program incorporating best practices in order for the school to continue the program after the LMR team disbanded (LMR teams are only 9 months by design). However, the team saw the school was not in a place to sustain the program at that time and two of the original team members (still leading the organization today) decided to continue the program.
 
A nagging question as we formed was “How would this project be sustainable when we as the creators stepped aside?” We didn’t answer that and we didn’t step aside. We’ve pushed this question in the background more times than we’d like to admit. After six years of success, getting stronger every semester, and reaching the proud distinction of being awarded Richmond’s Outstanding Mentoring Program of 2012, we ask ourselves the same question about sustainability. This is the challenge moving forward. To evolve, grow, and sustain, what structure, vision, resources, and leadership are needed?
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
We operate at Henderson Middle School on Richmond's Northside, near Old Brook Road and Chamberlayne Avenue
 
Address: 
4319 Old Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23227
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Christine Jewell
Company Affiliation Genworth Financial
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Email christine.thrash@genworth.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Miriam Davidow Retired
Mr. Timothy E. Grimes Liaison for City Councilwoman Kathy Graziano
Ms. Kelly Lee Groh Genworth Financial
Ms. Christine Jewell Genworth Financial
Ms. Alease R. Johnson Richmond Public Schools
Mr. Justin Laughter Esq.Threshold Counsel, PC
Ms. Angela Lightfoot Virginia Community College System
Ms. Courtney Owens Genworth Financial
Ms. Allyson Roberts Virginia Community College System
Ms. Tonia Sharpe Partnership for the Future
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
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Comments
We currently operate with a ten-member Board of directors, each with special talents (financial; legal; mentor development; and volunteer coordination/former mentor in the program).
 
We're targeting 100% of the Board contributing financially to the program during 2017 and attendance was very strong at all meetings. 
 
Overall we're pleased with our governance procedures, and had an external legal review of governance procedures in 2011 to evaluate any gaps or recommended ideas for strengthening governance procedures.  This review confirmed the organization is operating with strong governance and oversight, given an organization of our size. 
Executive Director
Executive Director NO CEO
Experience
We currently do not have a CEO or Executive Director, but Christine Jewell and Tim Grimes serve as the Board Co-Chairs of AMP! and participate on a volunteer/non-compensated basis.  Ms Jewell is also the ____ of Genworth Financial, a global insurance company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  Her prior business experience includes leadership roles in all aspects of financial management as well as investment portfolio management at Genworth, as well as previous experience as a CPA with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  She also has previous non-profit board experience since 1995.
Tim Grimes is the Business Deposits Manager for Virginia Community Capital.  He has served as a mentor for AMP! for 7 years and brings experience in that area along with business experience into our program.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Kelly Groh -
Ms. Susan Gunn Mar 2006 - May 2012
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 31
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2017
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Our key community partners are Communities in Schools, Virginia Mentoring Partnership, University of Richmond Bonner Center, and Henderson Middle School, all of which are necessary to make our mentoring program successful.  Our key corporate partners include: Genworth Financial and C&F Bank. We were pleased to be able to say Altria employees were our valued partners in 2011 and 2012 as they helped fund our activities and help pay for program coordination. Our mentors are partners too -- they come from Genworth, Virginia Community College System, C&F, UR, Bon Secours, small business, nonprofits, government, and universities.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Virginia Mentoring Partnership2015
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Mentor Program of the Year: RichmondVirginia Mentoring Partnership2012
Quality-Based MembershipVirginia Mentoring Partnership2015
Programs
Description AMP! Metro Richmond (AMP!) is a successful one-to-one school-based mentoring program bringing 25-50 committed professionals into a RPS middle school every week on designated Tuesdays or Thursdays (~10 in Fall semester, ~14 in Spring semester).   Each mentor submits an application and is screened by a board member, undergoes a background check, training provided by Virginia Mentoring partnership and an orientation given by AMP! and Henderson Middle School administration. 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success Intended outcomes for mentoring: AMP!'s goals are to promote and develop the mentee's self-confidence, stimulate learning, and encourage career discovery. AMP! looks for positive changes in the student, greater engagement in school, and greater future focus on career and life sucess as a result of the AMP! mentoring relationship. Our aim is to have evidence of improved self-confidence, greater interest in school, and/or career exploration/discovery from 95% of the students we serve.
 
Long Term Success
Longer term, we'd like to see a higher percentage of middle schoolers that have participated in the AMP! program graduate from high school, and ultimately either pursue higher education or career training. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments
One of the largest challenges for our organization has been running a successful mentoring program with mainly just the passion and drive of an all volunteer board.  While board members are dedicated and passionate about the organization's mission and purpose, given full time careers, the time commitment requires consistent paid resources to support and drive the program forward, and expand to influence and help more students through career awareness programs.  In addition to funding, given the economic environment and unemployment, volunteers are finding it more difficult to get away from the jobs they have to volunteer once per week.  Our challenge and goal is to get a larger pool of volunteers who want to help students succeed in school and life, in order to make a bigger impact on students, Henderson Middle School, and the Richmond Region. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $8,067.00
Projected Expenses $11,940.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$11,651$9,680$7,819
Administration Expense$177$176$1,789
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.851.011.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%98%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$40,441$42,230$42,139
Current Assets$40,441$42,230$42,139
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$40,441$42,230$42,139
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments
Financial Management of AMP! Metro Richmond is approached in a very conservative and prudent manner.  The focus has been on funding those activities directly benefiting the population served, and ensure that any activities we commit to are prefunded.  To monitor expenditures and progress against budgets and fundraising goals, a monthly treasurer's report is presented to the Board of Directors along with copies of the bank statements.  The board votes annually on the operating budget for the year, either at its annual retreat or at the last board meeting of the fiscal year.  The board has the authority to amend the budget if changes are required due to program changes or funding source differences from the original plan.
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.
  • Financial information provided from year-end treasurer's reports, prepared by the organization.