Education and Employment Ministry, Inc.
1501 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement

The Education and Employment Ministry, also known as TEEM, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.

Contact Information
Contact Name Kris Steele
Contact email
Address 1501 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 235-5671
Fax 405-235-5686
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
TEEM invites you to participate in our mission to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training. 
Financial Support:
  • Donate online
  • Mail a check
  • Donate by phone

Other Donations:

  • Donate casual and professional men's and women's clothing
  • Donate hygiene items 
 Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Mentor
  • High School Equivalency Tutor
  • Mock Interviewer
  • Job Coach
  • Clothing Closet Assistant
  • Barber/Hairstylist
  • Guest Speaker
  • Community Outreach
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,623,077.73
Projected Expenses $1,660,322.73
History and Background
Former Names
Not applicable
Year Founded 1987
IRS Ruling Year 1987
State Registration Expiration Feb 2018

The Education and Employment Ministry, also known as TEEM, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.



TEEM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in its 30th year of service. Since its inception, TEEM has served over 14,000 Oklahomans, most in the Oklahoma City area. When founded, TEEM primarily served men striving to overcome substance abuse and addiction issues. As community needs changed, TEEM sought to serve a wider range of individuals, opening its doors to sober adults desiring to improve their lives. Throughout its history, TEEM’s primary client population has been individuals seeking to rebuild their lives after a period of incarceration.

In 2013, TEEM identified a target population based on community need and TEEM’s ability to effectively address that need.  Since then, TEEM has tailored its services to better equip and empower the majority of its clients – individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.

When TEEM’s target population changed, its mission became focused on breaking the cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development, and work readiness training.  At that time, TEEM began serving incarcerated individuals pre- and post-release in Oklahoma County through its Reentry Services program. This program serves incarcerated individuals through the delivery of a holistic self-sufficiency model aimed at providing participants the tools and skills needed to have a smooth transition into society while also preparing to secure and maintain meaningful employment. TEEM added a new program and new target population in 2015 when it became the managing partner of the Oklahoma County Community Sentencing Program, which serves individuals who are being diverted from incarceration through the judicial system.

In 2017 TEEM responded to the overcrowded prison system by launching the Oklahoma County Pretrial Jail Release Initiative. TEEM Pretrial seeks to advocate for the release of individuals in the Oklahoma County Jail who are unable to bond out on their own because of financial insufficiency.

TEEM takes a three-pronged approach to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma by providing individuals impacted by incarceration with education; social service supports; and job training, job search, and job placement.

TEEM’s program objectives for participants are self-sufficiency, economic stability, long-term employment, family reunification, and recidivism reduction. Outcomes include increased community stability, decreased costs to the state and taxpayer, and reduced generational cycles of incarceration and poverty as the quality of life increases for program participants and their families. Long-term impact for the self-sufficiency service model is a better economy, stronger families, and increased public safety.


2016 was a year of dynamic growth for TEEM, serving more individuals impacted by the criminal justice system than ever before with 725 individuals being served in TEEM's Reentry Services program and 970 individuals being served in the Oklahoma County Community Sentencing program (1,695 total).

TEEM has expanded the traditional Reentry Services self-sufficiency model and job training to Community Sentencing participants, thus working in a 360-degree way to break cycles of incarceration and poverty. TEEM's Reentry Services program saw 75% of enrolled participants obtaining employment, while the Oklahoma County Community Sentencing program rose from 52% compliance with court-ordered probation plans to 82% compliance; 77% of the employable Community Sentencing population was employed at the end of 2016.
The objective for TEEM's programs is to eliminate factors associated with criminogenic risk to prevent participant incarceration or re-incarceration. The outcomes for both programs are 1) reducing incarceration costs through diversion or lower recidivism, and 2) strengthening families by breaking the cycles of poverty and incarceration. Long-term impact for both programs is a better economy, increased public safety, and stronger families.

TEEM's most pressing need is financial support for general operating and program expenses for Reentry Services and Community Sentencing participants to have access to TEEM's self-sufficiency service model. This includes direct supportive social services provided by TEEM, such as case management, mentoring, legal assistance, housing and transportation assistance, job placement, and job training. Additionally, TEEM provides remedies to common barriers to securing employment, such as employment documentation and high school equivalency.

TEEM is conducting a Capital Campaign in 2017 to facilitate building renovations and construction needed in order to realize the full potential of its new location. These capital improvements include installation of expanded decorative metal panels over the building's honeycomb façade, construction of a commercial training kitchen for TEEM's Basic Culinary Techniques/ServSafe job training program, classroom construction, addition of a vehicle storage facility, and exterior signage.

TEEM also needs volunteers, particularly male mentors. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring program participants, tutoring high school equivalency subjects, and sharing employment and business subject matter expertise in classes. 

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma County
TEEM's Reentry Services program serves individuals housed in corrections facilities in Oklahoma City who are returning to Oklahoma City upon release. The Community Sentencing program serves individuals impacted by the criminal justice system in Oklahoma County who live within a 50-mile radius of TEEM's office. Community Sentencing participants enter the program through a court order from an Oklahoma County district judge.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Personal Social Services
Tertiary Organizational Category Crime & Legal - Related/Prison Alternatives

Individuals reentering society face a number of barriers to securing employment and achieving self-sufficiency. To empower our participants to overcome these barriers, TEEM’s case management staff create a uniquely tailored plan for each individual to enable personal success. This service plan addresses various needs such as transportation and housing assistance, appropriate work attire and hygiene products, assistance in obtaining ID’s and birth certificates, and legal assistance when necessary. Our Case Managers, certified with the state of Oklahoma, are also well-connected with a network of partner service providers to assist with medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and more. For participants who want to further their education, Case Managers assist with grant and scholarship applications to community colleges, technical schools, etc. 

Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Since 2000 we have lowered our operating expenses from $720,000 to less than $500,000.

Our education program employs evidence-based curriculum including HiSET preparation and testing, Ready for Work, computer navigation, keyboarding, Financial Literacy, Winning the Workplace Challenge, and SAMSHA Anger Management. In addition, TEEM offers program participants tangible certification opportunities such as OSHA-10, Forklift Operation, and ServSafe to bolster hiring opportunities for participants. By incorporating both soft skills and life skills training into our program, we holistically prepare participants to successfully secure and maintain long-term employment. TEEM’s curriculum is backed by thorough research and is approved by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders Adults At-Risk Populations

Job Placement has long been a hallmark of TEEM’s program. Our Job Placement department serves two functions: first, to assist participants in the job search and preparation process, and second, to cultivate and maintain beneficial relationships with businesses in the community who will employ our participants. Often, an individual impacted by incarceration lacks access to and familiarity with the technology necessary to conduct a successful job search. TEEM’s work readiness courses prepare participants to utilize technology to create a resume and cover letter, to search and apply for open positions, to interview effectively and to secure employment. TEEM's Job Placement Coordinators interview and assess each participant to determine their career goals, skills, education level and employment needs. Using this information, an Individual Career Plan (ICP) is created to give the individual a path to achieve their goals.

To increase the number of employment options available, TEEM’s Job Placement Coordinators work in the community to communicate the value of hiring TEEM graduates. Once a participant secures employment, TEEM follows up with both the employee and the employer for a twenty four-month period to ensure a healthy working relationship is maintained.  
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Each TEEM participant is paired with a one-on-one mentor in
the community, who serves as a role model, advocate and friend. Volunteer mentors are a vital part of TEEM's mission, working to break incarceration cycles in the participants we serve by building incredibly rich and beneficial relationships with these individuals. Mentors model healthy relationships and decision-making, provide encouragement and advice in the search for employment, and help participants re-establish trust and friendship with others. TEEM's mentors complete a two-hour training course, and then commit one hour per week to meet with their mentee for at least a six-month period. 
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Disaster Programs
TEEM is proud to be a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency. Through United Way of Central Oklahoma, we offer assistance to disaster victims who need clothing and social services support. We also help victims find employment and housing if needed.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kris Steele
Start Date Dec 2012
Kris Steele is the former Speaker of the House of Representatives for the State of Oklahoma. During his tenure, he co-authored legislation regarding Oklahoma's corrections system, helping create programs such as ReMerge as an alternative solution for pregnant women and mothers facing prison time and addiction issues. Prior to his public service, Steele served as a minister and public school teacher. He earned his B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master's degree in Education from East Central State University.
Senior Staff
Dominique BaradaranSite Supervisor
Francie EkwerekwuAttorney
Hayden HarrisSite Supervisor
Jill vanEgmondDirector of Development
Liz YoungDirector of Finance
Number of Full-time Staff 27
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 175
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 20
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

TEEM has worked collaboratively through its public-private partnerships to develop an evidence-based, outcomes-driven Reentry Services program. TEEM collaborates with Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, It's My Community Initiative, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Justice, and a multitude of community service partners. Volunteer and mentor partners are numerous as well and include individuals from Tapstone Energy and Life.Church. TEEM's employer partners include WW Steel, Buy For Less, Alliance Steel, Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Good Egg Group, and OK Roofing.

For the Community Sentencing program, TEEM collaborates with Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Office of the Oklahoma County District Attorney, the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office, Oklahoma County judges, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, 18 mental health and substance abuse treatment service providers, various community service partners, and TEEM's Reentry Services program.

These collaborations allow TEEM and its partners to leverage resources to most efficiently serve mutual participants. 
ONE Award for Self SufficiencyOklahoma Center for Non Profits2009
Diversity AwardAssociation of Fund Raising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2009
Pacesetter AwardUnited Way of Central Oklahoma2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. James P. Robertson
Company Affiliation Western Industries Corporation
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 05, 2018
Board of Directors List
Marty Anderson Anderson Accounting ServicesVoting
Bert Belanger Urban WorksVoting
Tiece Dempsey U.S. District CourtVoting
Brenda Jones-Barwick Jones Public Relations, Inc.Voting
Jennifer Kraszewski Chesapeake Enerby Corp.Voting
Richard Magann Jr.Love's Country Stores & Travel StopsVoting
Mark McCubbin McCubbin HosieryVoting
James Robertson Western Industries
Patrick Rooney First National Bank of OklahomaVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 89 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,623,078
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,660,323
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,585,694$1,756,727$1,206,264
Total Expenses$1,661,822$1,293,681$952,821
Revenue Less Expenses($76,128)$463,046$253,443
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$206,160$146,496
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,419$861$149
Unrealized Gain/Loss$2,388$448,198$7,786
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,198,498$816,472$565,690
Administration Expense$246,148$300,390$237,511
Fundraising Expense$217,176$176,819$150,242
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.361.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%63%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--86%103%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,506,318$1,152,512$886,834
Current Assets$545,021$913,385$388,433
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$440,090$10,156$207,524
Total Net Assets$1,066,228$1,142,356$679,310
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.2489.941.87
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $888,956Contributions $543,710Contributions $997,651
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $728,345Earned Revenue $536,126Govt - Unspecified $146,496
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $3,469Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $448,198Earned Revenue $54,182
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

In 2016, TEEM purchased a larger building to accommodate program growth. Capital improvements are needed, including addition of a commercial training kitchen for the culinary arts job training program, classroom construction, and exterior signage.

Campaign Goal $1,000,000
Campaign Dates Oct 2016 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 250000 as of Feb 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note:  FY2016 Per Form 990, Part XI, Line 9 - Other Changes in Net Assets Explanation Prior Year Tax Return included ($38,883).  Refer to the explanation on Schedule O page 1 & 2.  This amount is included in the "Other" revenue with $3,469 or net ($35,414.)
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Address 1501 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 235-5671
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Kris Steele
Board Chair Mr. James P. Robertson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Western Industries Corporation


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