Every year, when we consider what EAST has accomplished, the lists and stories are too many to tell properly. EAST grew in ways that we have long hoped for but had not yet achieved. Everyone involved lived our goal of education aAccelerated by service and technology. Thousands of the people involved with EAST did find relevant individualized life-changing educational experiences. Communities were strengthened and will see benefits for years to come. From the wonder of small successes in getting technology to work or teaching someone how to use a tool that they were unfamiliar with to the celebration of being named a winner, or best example of what is possible in education. From neuroscience to veterinary prosthetics; from growing programs to being named the Nonprofit of the Year (by Arkansas Business), EAST has made the most of the last twelve months. EAST isn’t limited to a space or a group of people in schools. EAST is a network of students, facilitators, administrators, trainers, partners, and supporters committed to making sure that everyone that becomes involved with it has the chance to learn and serve; a chance to build the world we all want to live in. As you work your way through this year’s report, I encourage you to find your place in EAST. If you’re not already a part of the experience, join us.
CEO, EAST Initiative
In efforts to tell our story differently, we collaborated with Mangan Holcomb Partners, a top-ranked public relations agency in the state of Arkansas, to share EAST in a more effective and creative way. Even with our new look, we have not lost sight of the vision:
EAST envisions a world where communities are strengthened through service and technology.
“My participation in EAST has defined my future by giving me the tools to succeed: curiosity, an ability to connect seemingly polar subjects into one cohesive thought, the ability to teach, the aggressiveness to find answers, the confidence to lead, and the opportunity to be exposed to the world, and people I would have never met.”
Junior, Maumelle High School
EAST provides all learners with the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences.
EAST has 26 employees committed to transforming the lives of students in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
EAST is represented in
DISTRICTS IN ARKANSAS
Of these districts we have multiple schools with EAST
“EAST opens doors for students beyond technology. It builds confidence and allows students to explore things that help them find themselves. It introduces them to a world beyond their hometown and gives them the skills to connect with people differently.”
Facilitator, McCrory High School
The value of education is found in its sustainability. We believe that transformative educational experiences start with professional development and training. We take pride in providing the best professional development possible that transforms teachers into strong facilitators who lead their students to succeed.
THAT ATTENDED EDUCATION UNLEASHED TRAINING
NEW AND PREVIOUS ADMINSTRATORS
THAT ATTENDED EAST STAKEHOLDER TRAINING
Advancement in EAST is celebrated each year when we reflect on the impact of the EAST Conference, the number of newly established programs, and how the contributions of our sponsors and donors propel us forward.
Each March thousands of EAST students and facilitators come together for a three-day conference filled with competitions, student led exhibits and hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorships and awards. Without our sponsors and the numerous hours of service that are given by our volunteers, none of this would be possible. At Conference, students not only get to celebrate the successes of the school year, but they learn to network and sharpen their leadership skills.
The Timothy R. Stephenson Founder’s Award is given to the EAST program that best exemplifies the EAST values of Project Sophistication and Innovation, Student Growth and Engagement and Community and Collaboration. This honor and recognition is a culmination of a year of positive impact on all lives touched.
2018 overall founder's award winner
Armorel High School
east conference was made possible through
in conference sponsorships
Increasing the opportunities for students to have a positive impact on their education and communities is what guides growth at EAST.
PROGRAMS BY SCHOOL CLASSIFICATION
Serving the community is the heartbeat that drives the EAST experience and allows students to hone their skills in problem-solving and civic engagement. Whether working to provide quality family photos to those who may not be able to afford them or creating experiences in virtual reality to help students overcome social anxiety, EAST students and volunteers actively worked to change their lives and the lives of others.
Over the last year, EAST Students completed
Hours of service
in their local communities
completed an additional
of service to the schools
& east projects the students
were working on
partners and volunteers
3,689 hours of service
working with the east staff
and on behalf of the nonprofit.
“These kids are brilliant and they’re getting real-life experience [using virtual reality tools]. I continuously tell friends and colleagues about the magic that is EAST and how this partnership changed my professional life and allowed me to go back to high school again.”
Village House Adult Day Program
Bella Vista, Arkansas
At EAST we love technology! From podcasts to student training, we use technology to enhance everything we do. Partnerships with organizations such as Facebook help EAST students around the region learn and grow in their communities.
Technology is helping us tell our story to a broader audience thanks to our partnership with EduTech Guys. Our podcast segment, EAST Update, has become a staple in their weekly show. Tune in weekly or visit our website to learn, laugh, and grow with EAST.
Student training sessions demonstrated our commitment to technical training and the edge it gives EAST students as they serve their communities and prepare for their futures.
STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THESE SPECIALIZED TRAININGS.
In 2017, Facebook’s TechStart program continued to support computer science education throughout Arkansas. EAST was proud to help lead in this effort and partner with the Arkansas Governor’s Office, the State Department of Education and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Together, we are committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to experience computer science and coding at the leading edge of this technology.
"Make an investment in something that matters. I support EAST because it supported me."
Class of 2006
Every student, project, and accomplishment profiled in this report was made possible by supporters of EAST. If you are a volunteer, donor, or partner, we want to thank you and ask for your continued support. If you are just learning about EAST for the first time or would like to become more involved, contact us today.
EAST WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR NEW SPONSORS WHO SUPPORTED THE ORGANIZATION IN 2017-2018:
areas of potential support include:
event sponsorships + student training
professional development for teachers
support of after school and summer projects
adding east programs in schools that don't have them
planned giving + much more!
AT&T Arkansas provided $20,000 to support cybersecurity training and programming for EAST students.
EAST received $12,000 from the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street Program to help fund 5 local history projects, and develop local history online training for students.
“On behalf of the more than 20,000 students enrolled in EAST this year and the nearly quarter million who have had an opportunity to be in EAST since its beginning, thank you for recognizing this organization, which has provided so many opportunities to make a difference our communities and our lives.”
Malvern High School 9th year EAST student
A proud and humbling moment in EAST history happened this year. EAST was named Nonprofit of the Year at the Arkansas Business of the Year 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.
“Every day we work to make sure that our students have a transformational educational experience, and it’s thrilling to see others take note of the hard work we do for our students, work that’s made possible thanks to our numerous supporters and sponsors in both the public and private sectors.” - Matt Dozier, President and CEO of EAST.
EAST Quarterly, or EQ, is the magazine of EAST. Produced four times a year, the publication highlights: student achievements in projects and community impact, educators, alumni, technical tips and much more. The magazine is available in printed form at the EAST office and online at http://issuu.com/eastquarterly.
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Statement of financial position
|Assets||June 30, 2018||June 30, 2017|
|CASH - CAPITAL RESERVE||200,000||150,000|
|FIXED ASSETS, NET||2,315,340||2,331,655|
|LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS||June 30, 2018||June 30, 2017|
|ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED EXPENSES||$1,525,880||$1,376,064|
|UNRESTRICTED NET ASSETS||$3,116,683||$2,935,824|
|TOTAL NET ASSETS||3,116,683||2,935,824|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS||$6,155,835||$5,991,554|
|REVENUES & OTHER SUPPORT||June 30, 2018||June 30, 2017|
|STATE OF ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:|
|TOTAL REVENUE AND OTHER SUPPORT||$3,070,602||$2,858,736|
|EXPENSES||June 30, 2018||June 30, 2017|
|MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION||457,490||462,855|
|DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING||105,193||116,736|
|CHANGE IN NET ASSETS||$180,859||$97,444|
|NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR||2,935,824||2,838,380|
|NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR||$3,116,683||$2,935,824|
EAST Board of directors
Mr. David Moody
Jacksson David, LLC
Mr. Dale Johnson
Senior Vice President
Advanced Commercial Banking Division FIS
Mr. John A. Riggs, IV
CHAIR, FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Mr. Brent Staley
CHAIR, DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Ms. Mildred Franco
An Initiative of Go Forward Pine Bluﬀ
CHAIR, RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE
Dr. Jim Rollins
Springdale Public Schools
Mr. Jim Boardman
Retired, Assistant Commissioner
Arkansas Department of Education
Ms. Karen Eoﬀ
Southeast Arkansas Education
Mr. Jason Everett
Everett Agencies of Liberty National
Dr. Michael Gealt
Executive Vice President/Provost
Central Michigan University
Dr. Dean Kahler
Vice Provost for Strategic
University of Idaho
Dr. David Rainey
Dr. Andrew Rogerson
UA Little Rock
Ms. Victoria Washington
Vision IT LLC
Dr. Charlotte Lewellen Williams
Associate Professor and Director
Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy
"The discipline students learn in EAST helps with the mental discipline to get through challenges. It helps them realize, ‘I can do hard things,’ so when it comes time to do stuff that seems difficult, the students already know, I can do hard things and that is what has helped improve my child’s academic performance the most.
Dr. Susan Bryant, Child Psychologist
North Little Rock Middle School EAST Parent