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Mentoring Plus, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 6
County (ARC Region): No
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Mentoring Plus, Inc.
Newport, Other County, Kentucky 41071

County (ARC Region) Other
State (ARC Region) Kentucky


Q1. Mission:

The mission of Mentoring Plus is to empower disadvantaged youth and their families to fulfill their potential and to contribute to the well-being of the community by forming relationships based on mutual trust, compassion, and respect.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Build the capacity and skills of current and next-generation leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development.

Appalachian families have slowly and steadily migrated to the urban setting for a plethora of circumstances. It can be a difficult transition for adults but can significantly impact the second generation adversely. Youth may demonstrate this impact through low school performance, substance abuse, or overall unstable mental health. Mentoring Plus is a program that reaches out to youth that may be struggling in these areas.

The focus is to expand our program guidelines by establishing a willingness with our volunteers to create a mindset of sharing a sense of purpose, values, and engagement rules.

We create a place at the table for all parts of the community, especially those that may look different or have not always been included in the conversation. Inclusion cannot happen on its own. It must be an intentional part of any economic or community development strategy.

We welcome discussions incorporated in our program about ideas on how to produce better community and economic development, merging different cultures and viewpoints, strengthening our youth’s ability to contribute to the community through teaching job skills, a responsibility to ourselves and our community.

The mentors or Life Coach is supportive of guiding the lessons taught into real-life situations by building a trusting relationship. It is an ongoing process to provide youth with guidance in work, school and, interpersonal relations for a productive, self-sufficient young adult.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 4/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/2 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $180,000/$235,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $237,601 / $247,208

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $180,000 / $235,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($34,555)
Received From: BB&T- PPP Loan   Date Received: 5/11/2020
For What Purpose(s): Salaries and rent

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

The pandemic has adversely impacted our interactions in the following way: initially unable to meet one on one with youth. Program night ceased from March until mid-July with limited attendance due to CDC guidelines. Due to no program, case managers increased food, clothes, and basic needs supplies to our youth and families. We had several of our youth needing food as well as utility assistance. It wasn’t easy to assess needs on a limited-access basis. Some of the challenges were: Increased youth requiring court appearances with case managers due to higher levels of anxiety and frustration—loss of much government funding due to limited in-person services. Also, reduced private donations.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our major fundraiser this year, scheduled for March 13th, but we are looking for other funding sources to replace them. Our core demographic for our major fundraising event is donors aged 60 or older, which impacted potential attendance. The loss greatly affected our programming and required us to be creative in maintaining our youth’s services level. Initially, the fear of layoffs and severe reduction in programming lead to creative problem solving to see us beyond the end of the crisis. Our small staff (typically three full-time, two part-time) is under enormous strain; we are rapidly adapting to the situation while facing job losses and health risks in their own families. We continue to assist our youth and families despite the obstacles. We anticipated losing at least 50% of staff through layoffs or illness/exposure/isolation. We are clinging to the hope of continuing to serve the approximately 50 youth and their households (approximately 200 people).

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Major Donors willing to contribute

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

We hope to address the need to have an actional development plan that we can use and follow.  Plus, helping us create a strategy for execution.  Plus, looking at the financial goals for the long term and not just surviving each year.  This epidemic impacted our survival, and we hope this training can provide long-term goals for sustainability.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)


Name: Chris Saunders, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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