Year In Review – 2016

  • Students gained an average of 4 months in reading growth during our Summer Academic Program 2016
  • 45 students enrolled in our Adult Education Program last year; 10 students graduated
  • In the last year 1,467 individuals signed up for membership at the Mary Kelly Center
  • 3,550 books were sent home in 2016 with children in our various education programs
  • Volunteers gave over 14,000 hours towards literacy efforts with kids in our education programs
  • 238,500 healthy meals were served to students in the KC area through our catering kitchen

“One hundred percent of youth respondents said “YES!” when asked if they learned to read better in the summer, and if they had fun and learned new things.”

Johns Hopkins EvaluationExecutive Summary

“Through the Upper Room Program, I’ve had an opportunity to learn more about the thing that I love most in the world.”

JaylonEddie Baker School of Music Program Participant

“I am a teacher and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your program. So simple, yet so perfect.”

BrookeLocal Teacher

“Learning to read better has been my favorite part of the summer because it makes me feel like an smarter, older kid.”

CherishSummer Program Participant

“One student’s grandma told me we have a bigger impact than we realize – that our volunteering means a lot to the families.”

AndiSummer Program Volunteer
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