Culture4MyKids
P.O. Box 4223
Richmond VA 23220-8223
Mission Statement

At Culture4MyKids, Inc. our mission is to empower young people with the ability to take control of their education and their future. Our organization works with families, schools and community centers all over the city of Richmond. We implement programs that use cultural arts to connect with and make a significant impact on the youth. Servicing approximately 500-1,000 youth each year, C4MK is able to give an empowering voice to urban youth. By understanding the past, our students are able to gain appreciation of their diverse origins which allows them to build/re-build a positive self-image and create a more solid future. We pride ourselves in building life long relationships with the families that we serve.

 
 
Web and Social Media
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director LaShaunda Denise Craddock
Board Chair LaShaunda Denise Craddock
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 4223
Richmond, VA 232208223
Telephone 804 410-1075
Fax 888 888-8888
E-mail info@culture4mykids.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,400.00
Projected Expenses $19,500.00
Additional Documents
Recommendation letter2014View
Statements
Mission

At Culture4MyKids, Inc. our mission is to empower young people with the ability to take control of their education and their future. Our organization works with families, schools and community centers all over the city of Richmond. We implement programs that use cultural arts to connect with and make a significant impact on the youth. Servicing approximately 500-1,000 youth each year, C4MK is able to give an empowering voice to urban youth. By understanding the past, our students are able to gain appreciation of their diverse origins which allows them to build/re-build a positive self-image and create a more solid future. We pride ourselves in building life long relationships with the families that we serve.

 
 
Impact
 Accomplishments:
  • We have serviced 700 to 1,000 young people within the last year.
  • We have worked with approximately 15-20 other organizations to serve youth to our fullest ability.
  • Our Youth Performance Company has grown from six to over thirty members and branched out into many different cultural arts fields.
  • We have strengthened our internal structure to incorporate proper documentation for finances, events, volunteers and membership.
  • We have begin employing college students and youth interns that have been involved with our organization over the last few years. 
  • We have started a study abroad/cultural exchange program.
 
Goals:
  • To increase revenue so that we may increase and expand the impact of our programming.
  • To continue to strengthen our internal structure so that we may successfully pass our first audit. 
  • To increase our networking circle.
  • To service more young people  and improve all programs.
  • To have a minimum of ten of our youth members participate in a cultural exchange progam this year, which will allow them to travel to Senegal next summer.
Needs
C4MK programs invest in the child, the community and the future. C4MK builds long lasting relationships with the young people that are served. It takes a village to raise a child and Culture4MyKids, Inc. works hard to provide that village setting in which families can connect and support each other. The organization’s programs are funded by volunteer time and money that is paid through community memberships, participant dues or personal donations. Any member in the community can assist Culture4MyKids, Inc.on a regular basis by making donations, becoming an official member and supporter of Culture4myKids, Inc.and by supporting the events.  Time and talent would also be appreciated via board service, grant writing and event planning.
 
Specific needs include:
 
-Regular facility space for training, rehearsal and mentoring programs
-Sponsors to help us reach our 15,000 goal for our cultural immersion program  
-Increase of organizational alliances that are willing to lend us volunteers
- Organizations that will match funds for our annual 20,000 budget campaign
 
 
 
 
 
 
Background Culture4MyKids (C4MK) was created because of the love and positive reactions received from the community during several of our youth dance and cultural workshops. The organization was created in order to provide a space and a place for all of the children in the community to gain self knowledge, have a positive voice in the community and eventually serve as leaders within the organization that has been training them since their very first day. C4MK is the gift of tradition, family, cultural arts, education, mentoring, self-awareness and community connections wrapped up into approximately fifteen diverse programs for children and families. 
 
 
CEO Statement
There are several issues impeding the success of young people today. Some of those issues include the experiences of family breakdown, deterioration of physical health, engaging in risky behavior, dealing with mental health issues, low academic achievement and having poor self image. Culture4MyKids addresses these issues from an African-centered perspective, using age old traditions that have kept communities together for centuries. We design programs that deal with self image, increasing communication skills, discipline, higher level thinking and cooperative learning.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
National
International

C4MK works with community centers, schools, churches and governmental agencies. Most of the programs are designed for and enjoyed by all ages and populations. Over the past few years, Culture4MyKids, Inc. has networked with: Trinity Family Life Center, Camp Diva, Girls Can, North Side YMCA, First Baptist of Centralia, C.I.S. Thompson, Robinson Theater, Red Cross, Powhatan Community Center, Henderson Middle School, MLK Boys and Girls Club, Higher Achievement, Richmond Youth Peace Project and several others. We will continue to work with any organization in any location that is looking to make a difference in a child's life.

Board Chair
Board Chair LaShaunda Denise Craddock
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Term Sept 2011 to Aug 2016
Email info@culture4mykids.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
LaShaunda Craddock Executive Director
Anthony Harris Volunteer
Andrea Leslie Volunteer
Lisa Shabazz Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Parents
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Youth Board Members
NameAffiliation
Zakeeya Birchett
Kandia Shabazz Volunteer
Comments
The greatest challenge is  having the manpower and resources to fully staff programs and events. We are always working to develop our board and increase our volunteers so that we are making more of an impact with our programming.
Executive Director
Executive Director LaShaunda Denise Craddock
Experience

LaShaunda D. Craddock, M.I.S.
6012 Meadwood Circle Telephone: 804-431-6177
Richmond, VA 23234 Email: lashaundacraddock@gmail.com
 
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
  • Dance and choreography
  • Playwriting
  • Historical research
  • Curriculum Development
  • Developing community events
  • Developing youth outreach programming
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Conflict resolution
 
ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 2014 RVA Has Talent Competition 3rd place (60 artists)
  • 2014 Choreography Feature in Jarrard Anthony Lucky Day Video
  • 2013 and 2014 Virginia This Morning Feature
  • 2012 VMFA Teen Talent Competition 1st place
  • 2011 Ladies of Faith Featured Interview
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Movement Choreographer for University of Richmond-- Threshold April 2013
  • Creating choreography for recorded and live music
  • Developing stage movement patterns according to the props and stage configurations
  • Instructing cast members on the technique of African dance movements
 
Healthy Body Healthy Minds Coordinator/ Instructor 2011 – Current
  • Teaching Timbuk Fitness
  • Cultural Line Dance
  • African Hip Hop
  • Hip hop
  • Teaching health and wellness courses
 
Taaluma Youth Performance Company Artistic Director 2002– Current
  • Producing mini and full length cultural ballets
  • Teaching African dance technique, choreography and culture
  • Recruiting new members
  • Preparing current members to transition through the various levels of the company
  • Developing the touring company
 
Public and Private Schools and Community Centers September 2010 – Current
  • Developing summer and after school dance curriculums, programs and events
  • Training students in the genre of African and Hip hop dance
  • Educating students about the culture and history of various ethnic groups
  • Coaching students on how to make connections between current modern traditions and traditional African practices
  • Assisting in coordinating annual end of the year and summer dance concerts showcasing student work
 
Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation 1997– 2011
  • Performed as a principal dancer for the local and touring company
  • Instructed community class
  • Assisted the artistic director with booking shows and implementing programs
 
SOCIETIES/MEMBERSHIPS
  • Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective September 2011- current
COMMITTEES
Essence of a Goddess Study Abroad Committee October 2014 --current
Committee Member/ Fundraising
  • Creating Dance Fundraisers
Richmond Kwanzaa Kollective. Richmond, VA September 2011 – current
Committee Member/Children’s Area
  • Creating activities for children’s area
  • Creating 35 to 40 minutes performances for theme of event
Maafa Kebuka, Richmond, VA January 2014 --current
Committee Member
  • Creating activities for children’s area
  • Creating performances for theme of event
Richmond Block Party, Richmond, VA August 2006 --current
Co -founder
  • Creating activities for children’s area
  • Creating performances for theme of event
  • Handling setup logistics
Culture4MyKids, Inc. Richmond, VA June 2010 to current
Production Team Lead--Taaluma Youth Performance Company Creative Director
  • Writing productions
  • Creating audio visual presentations
  • Developing choreography
  • Hiring production team
PUBLICATIONS
Jorell Watkins, Community Spotlight
Richmond Youth Peace Project September 2012
Non --Profit of the Month Spotlight
Urban Views Weekly August 2013
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Warriors, Healers and Builders Retreat October 2014
  • Timbuk Fitness Certification March 2014
  • Kankouran Conference August 2014
  • Suah African Dance Workshop July 2014
  • Coyoba Master Dance Class March 2014
  • Manga African Dance Workshop July 2013
  • Afriky Lolo Dance Workshops August 2011 to August 2013
  • Dance Africa, D.C. conference August 2002 to August 2011
  • Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company training January 1998 to December 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Dance Department September 1996 to May 2000
  • Numerous other workshops across the U.S. 1982 to current
POST GRADUATE RESEARCH WORK
Voices FromThe River Spoken Word, Dance and Drum Production March to May 2015
LaShaunda Craddock
 
EDUCATION
Virginia Commonwealth University May 2000
  • B.A. English, 3.3 GPA
  • Minor, African-American Studies
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
Virginia Commonwealth University December 2009
Graduate Degree for Teaching Certification, 4.0 G.P.A
Virginia Commonwealth University December 2014
Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • History
Virginia Commonwealth University December 2019
Ph.D.
Curriculum, Culture, Change
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 21
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 12
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Culture4MyKids has collaborated with several organizations with the Richmond area. We realize that our impact will be greater when we work with others. Our current collaborations include the Powhatan Hill Community Center, Fahodi Shule Home School, Camp Diva, Elegba Folklore Society, and Umoja Temple. We look forward to working with other organizations within the Richmond area.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Nonprofit of the MonthUrban Views Weekly2013
Taaluma Youth Performance Company Finalists #3 out of 60 performing artistsRVA Has Got Talent2014
Taaluma Youth Performance Company Voted Best in Teen Talent ShowVirginia Museum of Fine Arts2012
Cultural Leadership AwardRichmond Kwanzaa Kollective2015
March Community SpotlightRise Up2016
Programs
Description
C4MK’s internship program allows young people to professionally engage in the art of learning, the craft of teaching a dance or drum class, planning events, running a business, sitting on a board, etc. The students involved complete one hundred hours of training in order to be eligible for part- or full-time work and/or obtain references for placement elsewhere. Students learn skills that can be applied to a professional setting.
 
The entrepreneurship program involves the promotion and initialization of businesses that young people would like to start. In some cases, assistance with securing materials or resources to start the business will be provided.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $1,200.00
Short Term Success After 100 hours of  job shadowing and intense training, 90% of the young people trained will be able to perform the leadership role with minimal assistance.  
Long Term Success We hope to train, at least, 50% of the children we serve in all aspects of running a performance arts business. Within the next few years, we hope to employ these young people or have trained them sufficiently enough to seek employment elsewhere. Our main goal is to have young people take over the leadership roles that adults currently hold. We would like Culture4MyKids to be operated and sustained by the youth.
Description

Beneficial workshops to Relieve and Educate All Through Healing and Enlightenment Motivational Workshops.

These motivational workshops are for youth and families. Each workshop is aimed to unify and help people cope with everyday challenges of life. Workshops include: Sister/Warrior Circles and five-part series workshops on various topics such as Bringing Balance to your open areas of energies. There are also special individual sessions on Protecting your Sacred SpaceConflict Resolution and Ten Steps to Ase (full potential power and energy).
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $1,200.00
Short Term Success From these workshops, we hope at least 30% of participants will understand and accept that it is alright to live outside of the box of societal stereotypes and create new, positive and uplifting stereotypes for their peers to follow.
Long Term Success The ultimate goal is to have the young people involved in Culture4MyKids facilitate these workshops and serve as mentors to other young people. We would like to conduct these motivational workshops on a monthly basis in various community centers/schools all around the city of Richmond.
Description

Taaluma Youth Performance curriculum encompasses all of the Culture4MyKids programming into one year-long, intensive and loving series of experiences. The central mission for this program is to expose youth to their natural talents and abilities by offering developmental instruction in areas of dance, instrumentation and responsibility development. The main goals are: to allow the students to develop an appreciation for culture by exposing them to travel, to help them gain an understanding about their connection to African heritage by increasing their knowledge of African history and to use community partnerships to expose the students to their natural skill sets.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $3,500.00
Short Term Success

We would like to have regular scheduled annual activities and programs for our children. We would like to have our first group of children move into their leadership roles and we would like to have the children well versed in various cultural celebrations.

Long Term Success

Long term, we would like to double our participation numbers. We would like to have our students traveling to at least five different cities each year sharing their knowledge and eventually take their first trip out of the country. We would also like to have trained and employed at least 20 interns and see all of our current teens graduate.

Description
C.A.R.E is a program for our middle school to high school students.
 
C. - Cultural awareness: Every other year, a new country will be chosen. Over a ten month period, the children will be introduced to the language, dress, food and customs of the country. They will also engage in video chats with families from the country who share similar interests.
 
A.- Artistic Expression: The children will engage in dance and music classes relevant to the country, here in the states as well as with prominent musicians in that country.
 
R. - Reciprocity: Upon arriving to the country, the children involved in the program will share their talents by teaching the children in the chosen country what they know ( language, business, any skill that may be beneficial to that child)
 
E. Edutainment: Upon arriving to the new country, the children involved will also get to visit historic sites, museums and other tours set up in conjunction with the chosen country's embassy.
 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $15,000.00
Short Term Success
We will have raised 100% of the funds needed to travel abroad within ten months. 
 
We will have secured at least one additional sponsor, each year that we run the program
 
 We will have a minimum of ten children who will participate in the program each year. 
Long Term Success
70% of the children who participate in the ten month program will have the opportunity to travel to the actual country
 
50% of the children who participate in the program will have a chance take part in at least two C.A.R.E. program sessions.  
 
There will be 100% growth in the tracking areas of pre and post test assessments
 
 
 
CEO/ED/Board Comments Right now our major challenge is recruiting volunteers and increasing funding. We have successfully developed an internship program and have begun to train young VCU students to help with several areas of the organization. We also hope to increase our funding though grants, membership dues, and program marketing. Culture4MyKids has entered into a few new markets this year and we look forward to seeing our growth within the Richmond community.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $20,400.00
Projected Expenses $19,500.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$8,660$3,569$8,629
Administration Expense$4,975$4,047$1,706
Fundraising Expense$529$205$112
Payments to Affiliates--$1,120--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.241.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%40%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%14%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,123$0$59
Current Assets$4,123$0$59
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities--$0--
Total Net Assets$4,123$0$59
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 11/2014View
Comments
Organization Comments

One of our greatest financial challenges has been the establishing of  strong financial record keeping and policies. Our finance manager is a professional who has worked in accounting and the financial industry for the last 20 years. We are reviewing and detailing our financial policies and record keeping standards. We have accomplished so much this year. We look forward to having everything finalized by the end of the next fiscal closing.

Foundation Comments
  • Form 990-N and financial statements prepared internally by the organization.
  • Financial analysis performed with financial statements.