Wyman Center

At a Glance

National Office: 
600 Kiwanis Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63025
Phone: 636-938-5245

Claire Wyneken
People Served: 
35,000
Year Founded: 
1898
Tax ID: 
43-0653263

Focus area(s):

After-School & Out-of-School
Personal & Leadership Development
Asset Development

Description

Wyman is a St. Louis-based youth development organization that empowers teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities.

Impact and Outcomes

53% lower risk of teen pregnancy
69% less likely to get suspended
83% less likely to report failing grades
72% less likely to skip class without permisson

Mission & Goals

Wyman envisions a day when all young people in America will thrive in learning, work and life. Our mission is to empower teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. We value relationships, results, learning and inclusion in all that we do.

Wyman was founded in 1898 by a group of prominent St. Louis citizens dedicated to the well-being of the city’s youth. Today, Wyman and our partners continue to carry forward the same vision set forth by our founders. Our programs have been recognized for their impact by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. Wyman is also recognized as one of the “100 Top Non-Profits in America Creating Social Impact” by the Social Impact Exchange.

As a “Learning Organization,” Wyman is dedicated to advancing solutions that are proven to impact the lives of teens and their communities. Wyman’s Research and Learning department increases the organization’s effectiveness and impact by determining the effective components and best practices of Wyman’s programs; assessing, prioritizing, and launching programmatic innovations; and driving a national knowledge exchange about positive youth development approaches and outcomes.

Our Approach

We believe that a multi-faceted approach is required to truly ignite change for our nation’s youth – especially those youth living in under-resourced environments. Working across three levels, with unique impact strategies for each level, Wyman works to create equitable opportunity for teens to succeed.

Empower Teens

Wyman’s engaging, empowering and experiential programs help teens build skills, develop a sense of self, and develop connections to their world. As a result, teens achieve educational success, develop healthy behaviors and relationships, and exhibit life and leadership skills.

Equip Adults

Our ability to meaningfully impact teens hinges on our belief that caring, professionally trained adults can work with young people to help them build their strengths – which in turn, empowers them to succeed. To that end, we equip adults through a series of professional practice development opportunities, which increases knowledge and improves their professional practices when serving youth in a variety of settings, including: formal and informal education, health, juvenile justice and child welfare. As a result, adults working with young people from disadvantaged circumstances are continuously improving the lives of the youth they serve.

Strengthen Systems

The systems serving youth in America are in need of solutions – solutions that will set the conditions for all youth to succeed, and for the adults that serve them to do so more effectively. These solutions can take many forms, but always require collaboration between adults serving youth, and the systems that employ them. Wyman works with school districts and other youth-serving systems to advocate for the right set of successful conditions for youth, and the adults that serve them.

Program

At Wyman, we put a premium on long term, results-driven programs, services and systems solutions that work.

Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)  empowers teens from sixth through twelfth grade with the tools and opportunities needed to build a foundation of healthy behaviors, life skills and a sense of purpose, and avoid risky behaviors that derail success. Caring and highly trained adult facilitators guide students through a unique combination of engaging curriculum and experiential community service learning opportunities that help teens build strengths and hone social emotional skills proven to bolster success later in life. Skills include emotion management, empathy, teamwork, responsibility, initiative and problem solving. TOP is offered in-school, afterschool, and within community-based organizations. TOP has helped teens lower their risk of academic failure, dropout, teen pregnancy and school suspension by more than 50 percent.

Wyman Teen Leadership Program (TLP) boosts teens’ college tenacity through a six-year course of leadership experiences, and college access and persistence programming that begins the summer after eighth grade. Wyman coaches help teens identify their values, talents and interests, and explore aligned career paths. Teens participate in college tours, more than 40 hours of community service annually, and work with coaches to apply for college and secure financial aid that reduces the financial burden after graduation. TLP coaches also provide on-campus college mentoring. Annually, 100 percent of TLP teens graduate from high school and more than 90 percent persist in a post-secondary environment.

inspireSTL provides high-potential scholars from the City of St. Louis with rigorous academic preparation to help them emerge as next-generation leaders. Scholars are placed into top high schools across the region. The program begins the summer after seventh grade, lasts through college, and includes securing financial aid, tutoring, coaching, ACT prep, and providing financial resources to fill gaps. In 2015, the first cohort of inspireSTL scholars graduated from the region’s top college prep schools and successfully entered high-caliber, four-year universities across the country. At least 90 percent of these teens are first-generation college students.

 

Impact

Wyman programs have collectively reached 125,000 teens in the past five years.  Annually Wyman serves 35,000 teens through direct service programs and in partnership with our national network of partners operating in 25 states.  Wyman’s evidence based programs consistently deliver results for our teens.

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) :

·         53% lower risk of teen pregnancy.

·         69% less likely to get suspended.

·         83% less likely to report failing grades.

·         72% less likely to skip class without permission.

 

Wyman Teen Leadership Program (TLP):

·         100% participate in more than 240 hours of community service

·         100% graduate from high school

·         100% graduate  on time

·         100% pursue career paths after high school

 

inspireSTL

·         85% first-generation college students

·         100% placement rate for scholars entering college-prep high schools

·         100% placement rate into scholars’ college of choice 

Growth Plan

Wyman has recently announced the appointment of a new CEO to take the helm of the organization, as Dave Hilliard, Wyman’s current President and CEO, transitions into retirement after 41 years in this role. Claire Wyneken, Wyman’s current Chief of Staff, has been appointed to the role of President-Designate, and will serve in this position until Hilliard’s retirement on Dec. 31, 2016. Her role as CEO will commence on Jan. 1, 2017.

During this time of transition Claire will be partnering with the board of trustees to establish the organizations next strategic plan, which will begin on January 1, 2017.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
600 Kiwanis Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63025
Phone: 636-938-5245
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

Alabama

Arizona

Colorado

Connecticut

District Of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Kentucky

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

North Carolina

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

Ohio

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Vermont

Washington

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$493,317
Foundation Grants: 
$383,691
Government Funding: 
$10,201
Contributions from Individuals: 
$950,092
Special Events: 
$204,646
Program Services Fees: 
$1,692,903
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$609,295
Other Revenue: 
$12,813
Total Revenue: 
$4,356,958

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$3,228,441
Occupancy: 
$111,901
Travel & Entertainment: 
$144,839
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$80,576
Telephone & Communications: 
$60,952
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$730,248
Other Expenses (Description): 

Food & Equipment

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$4,356,957

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$1

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2011

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$572,486
Foundation Grants: 
$445,267
Government Funding: 
$11,838
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,102,566
Program Services Fees: 
$1,964,586
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$707,077
Other Revenue: 
$14,869
Special Events: 
$237,488
Total Revenue: 
$5,056,177

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$3,282,282
Occupancy: 
$212,018
Travel & Entertainment: 
$172,826
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$81,091
Telephone & Communication: 
$91,363
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$777,582
Other Expenses (Description): 

Food and Equipment

Total Expenses: 
$4,617,162

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$439,015

Major Funders

American Direct Marketing Resources, Inc

American Family Insurance

Bellwether Foundation

City of St. Louis Department of Public Safety

Deaconess Foundation

Emerson

Express Scripts, Inc.

Florence Heiman Charitable Foundation

Home State Health Plan

Incarnate Word Foundation

Kirberg Company, Inc.

One At A Time Foundation

Pettus Foundation

Sense Corp

South Side Lions

St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund

Susan Crown Exchange

TG Public Benefit Grant Program

The Boeing Company

The Kling Family

Tromblee Family Foundation

United Way of Greater St. Louis