Little Light Ministries
PO Box 720323
Oklahoma City OK 73172
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Little Light Ministries
Little Light Christian School, LLC
Mission Statement Little Light Ministries exists to empower, educate and encourage Oklahoma children with incarcerated parents and their families. We are achieving these goals by providing Little Light Christian School for students who have a parent who has been or is now in jail or prison. Our Mission is to break the cycle of generational incarceration by intervening at an early age with academic and social help.
Contact Information
Contact Name Robin Khoury
Contact email msrobin@littlelightschool.org
Address PO Box 720323
Oklahoma City, OK 73172
Phone (405) 475-0585
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address 3301 N. Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73111
Alternate Phone 405 760-1118
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.littlelightschool.org
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
People wishing to give a gift to Little Light may give online at littlelightschool.org,  mail a check, give in kind donations,  or buy creative play toys and games for the children to use at school.
 
Volunteers serve as Reading Buddies, Play buddies, Lunch buddies or after School Buddies.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $765,000.00
Projected Expenses $750,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization 04/11/2014
Year Founded 2009
IRS Ruling Year 2011
State Registration Expiration Oct 2020
Statements
Mission Little Light Ministries exists to empower, educate and encourage Oklahoma children with incarcerated parents and their families. We are achieving these goals by providing Little Light Christian School for students who have a parent who has been or is now in jail or prison. Our Mission is to break the cycle of generational incarceration by intervening at an early age with academic and social help.
Background
Little Light Ministries was founded in 2009 as a not for profit corporation dedicated to helping incarcerated women and their families. We realized that in order to stop the generational cycle of incarceration, an early intervention is needed to  educate the children of incarcerated people.
 
One of the common factors among most people in jail or prison is a low educational level. Without a strong educational foundation, children of incarcerated parents have very little opportunity to rise above the challenges that they face. Some of their physical challenges are poverty and aging caregivers. Emotional challenges are depression, shame, loneliness, anger, anxiety, ADHD, and grief. At Little Light Christian School we attack the three arenas that pose the biggest problems for children of incarcerated parents: trauma, poverty, and behavior problems.
 
At Little Light we provide a safe environment with lots of structure. We also provide two good meals per day plus snacks, school uniforms, school supplies and curricula. We remove the shame factor and meet felt needs so that the students have everything they need to succeed.
Impact The top three accomplishments from the past year for Little Light Ministries are: 1. Helping our students make great academic gains.  One of our Middle School Students reached a college level in reading! 2. Helping one new fifth grade student with an ACE score of 7 heal from her trauma and make social and academic gains. 3. We received the Hobby Lobby Passion Award. 4.  All of our students get private music lessons. They are learning ukelele, piano, guitar, and drums. Students are now starting to play together in little combos. Our goal for next year is to have ukeleles in every classroom so that every student will have access to their instrument each day. This will help them heal from traumatic experiences, but will also help them with math skills. 5. We started an After School Program last year which keeps the kids safe during the hours of 3:00-5:00, but also provides  classes like cooking, sewing, life skills and service projects.  
Needs
Our most pressing need is for operating expenses. 
  
We need sponsors for our students. Our school is tuition free, so each student needs sponsors for their meals, uniforms, and curriculum and transportation. 
 
We need a Family Life Center and gym so that our kids can get exercise when the weather is bad, and we can have a place for programs.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Children of incarcerated parents are up to seven times as likely to be incarcerated themselves. They are among the most at-risk kids in Oklahoma. Kids affected by incarceration struggle in school for many reasons. Many of them become depressed. They have problems with caregivers. There is very little tracking of these children, so some of them get lost in the shuffle. Most of them never get to visit their parent during their stay in prison, and most of the parents never return to their lives in the capacity of their primary caregiver.
 
Children of incarcerated parents have physical, educational, and emotional issues. They need help in school because these issues affect their educational life. Without proper understanding of a child's emotional state, teachers can not help. Even if an educator understands, he or she needs the flexibility and resources to meet the student's emotional needs to open the door to learning.
 
At Little Light Christian School we base all of our programming on our belief in God and his love. We combine love with helping the child feel safe and a strong academic structure. We address the child's physical need for adequate food and help with uniforms. Poverty is taken out of the mix by feeding two nutritious meals per day plus a snack, providing scholarships and transportation for all of our students. Emotional needs are met by a highly trained staff, play therapy, and music and art instruction. There is no other full day school that serves this specific population of children.
 
Little Light School allows a child with an incarcerated parent to explore his or her relationship with God as well as learn the moral truths found in the Bible. Students learn right from wrong and strong character traits as well as good academics. We work with our students in very small classes in order to give them the attention that they need. We form deep relationships with the students and their families, and we have them for over 45 hours per week.
Board Chair Statement
Every generation desires to leave the next generation improved opportunities and prospects. This is an even more acute challenge for Little Light School as we are confronting the status quo of social illnesses that increase a child’s pathways to prison. Children that have had a parent in prison are 70 percent more likely to be in prison as an adult than their peers. Intergenerational incarceration is complex and includes an array of social illnesses that Little Light School strives to address. Therein lays the problem that translates into major challenges for our school, because services are more than providing an education. Engagement with the primary caregiver coupled with a multitude of a hierarchy of needs that each child has, creates challenges unique to the school’s mission and vision. Our successes are not only the children and their educational obtainment but also reducing the social illnesses that accompany their lives. Our holistic approach which will result in reducing future incarceration rates. We could help more children if we had more funds. Also, the children’s needs require low teacher to student ratio. This translates to another difficulty in needing additional space and corresponding assets.
 
I decided to be a volunteer for Little Light School for many reasons. As former Director of Corrections in Oklahoma, I saw firsthand the impact of incarceration on families and children. I saw the affects of substance abuse, child abuse, untreated mental illness, inter-generational incarceration and gang participation, and a host of other social illnesses on the children who came to visit their incarcerated parent. I witnessed the accelerated metamorphosis of children toward social disenfranchisement. The best practice approach to intervention is prevention. Prevention cannot start soon enough, and true prevention is not drug court or any program that is initiated upon a felony being committed. Working with the children is the best form of prevention and most of our children are growing up in high crime rate zip codes for which they have no control over. Another reason I am engaged with the Little Light School is that my childhood was in a dysfunctional environment that included alcoholism and a high degree of violence. Only by the grace of God did I survive and I have spent my life in public service attempting to assist those that found themselves as children in similar environments. My being on the board of directors with Little Light School allows me to continue to work toward reducing future incarceration through assisting our children. Education obtainment is the leading factor in prevention and Little Light School is on the front line of this most acute challenge.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - NE
We serve the Northeast area of Oklahoma City. Some of our students do come from Midwest City, and some from north side  OKC near 122nd and Pennsylvania.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Family Services
Tertiary Organizational Category Religion- Related/Christianity
Programs
Description
Music for Math Scores is Little Light's own hands on music program. Beginning in fall of 2019, each student will have access to his or her own ukelele in class. This will give the student time to practice each day, and help with mastery of the instrument. Students all receive a private music lesson each week on ukelele, piano, or drums. Children also have singing instruction, and record their own tracks for backup.  The correlation between music and raising math scores is well documented. Children in poverty do not typically have access to music lessons, so Little Light's Music for Math Scores is attacking the remediation of Math by giving access to musical training.
Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Blacks, African Heritage At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. 100% of children participating in Music for Math scores will begin to build brain pathways that facilitate mathematical reasoning. By the end of the school year they will show improvement in behavior and be able to perform with their instrument.
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. 100 % of children that participate in this program will raise their math scores. In addition, they will gain self confidence by learning to play their instruments and perform. Also, this will provide Mental Health support as music is therapeutic.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Math scores provided by our testing will show growth and development in math.  Interviews with students and caregivers also assess the success of the program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Our students that had access to music lessons showed a 75% growth in their math scores during the 2018-19 school year.
Description We offer Little Light students a weekly art experience through our program Self Expression Through Art. In this program children are exposed to a wide variety of art media and disciplines. The students learn about color, design, and form while expressing themselves. This outlet is important for children with incarcerated parents who may have problems expressing themselves. A few of the projects our students have made this year include: ceramic pinch pots and original pieces, bird houses and bird feeders, origami animals, hand built ceramic wind chimes, and egg shell mosaic art. Children also keep a drawing notebook and receive drawing instruction. Seasonal craft projects are always on hand to fill an extra minute or two to keep their minds active and hands busy.
Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Students learn to follow directions and discipline themselves to the process of creating an art project. Some of the projects take several weeks to complete, so students also learn about a process and patience.
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. Children will experience less depression and be more mentally healthy because of their exposure to the arts. Our students will develop higher self worth by participating in the arts and learning that they can produce something beautiful. Their confidence is increased as they learn to trust their own ideas and creativity.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. We consider art a success when the children remain engaged in the project throughout the hour and a half period.  Some projects take several weeks to finish. We like to see lots of different ideas expressed and we encourage them to be original. If a project is too easy, they finish too quickly. Conversely, if it is too difficult they become frustrated. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Our program success is evident in the fact that our students can't wait to get to art every week. The variety and quality of the pieces they have made are evidence that they are learning to trust their own ideas. They are learning to stay engaged with a project and enjoy it, rather than just rushing through. 
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The challenges of our organization are challenges of any young organization in that we need to build a broad donor base in order to be sustainable in the long term. We need more staff to run the backside of the organization so that I can get out of the building to do public speaking and raise awareness and funds for our students.
 
Our other challenges result from most of our students being at or below the poverty line. This produces challenges of parental involvement in education, transportation, and knowing how to help without creating unhealthy cycles of dependency.
 
Social concerns are that most of our students are living either with a single mother or grandmother. The ones that live with grandma deal with health and poverty issues. Single mothers face issues of loneliness and being overwhelmed. Some of these mothers are emotionally detached from the children, which makes it more important that we provide a stable, loving environment for them.
 
Our ministry includes help for our students' families. They need to be strengthened in many ways. Our goal is to help our students' families in this area as time goes by. We would like to provide a caring community for them.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Robin Khoury
Start Date June 2009
Email msrobin@littlelightschool.org
Experience Robin Khoury is the Founder and Executive Director of Little Light Ministries, and Principal of Little Light Christian School. Mrs. Khoury has a background in the business world and has a Master Instructor Cosmetology License and owned and operated The Mane Idea Hairstyling Salon, Finishing Touches Charm School, and Little Light Press Publishing Company. Mrs. Khoury has also helped her husband operate various other family businesses including restaurants, homebuilding, and roofing businesses. Robin Khoury is familiar with non-traditional education because she homeschooled her two sons from Kindergarten through grade twelve for a combined total of sixteen years. During these years Mrs. Khoury volunteered in various leadership positions in the children's ministry at Northwest Baptist Church.  Both of Ms. Khoury's sons received academic scholarships and are college graduates and successful businessmen. She wrote and published Answers For New Christians as well as three other children's books through her company Little Light Press.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Myrion DoakesReading Specialist
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 12
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 24
Staff Retention Rate 90
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 9
Other 1 Arab
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2014
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations
We collaborate with OKC First Serve Tennis Camp to provide opportunities for our students to learn to attend tennis camp in summer and participate in an after school program during the school year. We provide staff and transportation for our students to attend. We are Community partners with Life.Church. We have also partnered with Olivet Baptist Church and transport our students to their summer camp for two weeks during July.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Passion AwardHobby Lobby2018
Hope Awards Southwest Regional WinnerWorld Magazine2019
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments There are unique opportunities now for Little Light Ministries and Christian School.  We help children with incarcerated parents, and there are tens of thousands of children in Oklahoma that have been impacted by incarceration. Our challenge is raising enough operating funds to keep our school tuition free.  We offer the children of incarcerated parents individualized education, uniforms, nutrition, and school supplies free of charge. We also build therapy into our school days to help these children deal with the trauma they have experienced. This is the ultimate diversion program, because we are intervening before the children are in trouble or have been arrested. We get the children during the early and best hours of their day, as opposed to after school programs.  We also teach character and faith in God, which is necessary to give children hope for the future. As Aristotle said, Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. At Little Light Christian School we offer children that have been traumatized healing, education, and love.
Board Chair
Name Mr. Clark Curry
Company Affiliation Private Corrections Consultant
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Email clarkcurry@coxinet.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Cynthia Bower
Clark CurryVoting
John DavisVoting
Dr. Dennis DunhamVoting
Carol HefnerVoting
Danny Kennedy
Chad KhouryVoting
Dr. Ron McAfee
Charles MooneyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Other Arab/American 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 10 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Carolyn ChurchillCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Herman Reece
Dr. Susan SharpOklahoma University
Robert VickersVickers and Associates
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments One challenge that faces our board is finding people who grew up in poverty or have been incarcerated that are willing and able to serve on our board. We have been actively trying to strengthen our board during the last year.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2019-July 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $765,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $750,000
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$538,198$2,310,885$346,240
Total Expenses$691,261$591,118$307,976
Revenue Less Expenses($153,063)$1,719,767$38,264
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 Year201820172016
Contributions$538,198$2,280,288$346,240
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses--$3--
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$30,594--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$633,445$534,469$262,645
Administration Expense$36,772$37,530$38,117
Fundraising Expense$21,044$19,119$7,214
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.783.911.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%90%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,630,549$1,782,136$67,718
Current Assets$50,477$159,069$42,807
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$2,124$648$5,997
Total Net Assets$1,628,425$1,781,488$61,721
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.77245.487.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $538,198Contributions $2,280,288Contributions $346,240
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Special Events $30,594 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Investment Income $3 --
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments We have been doubling our enrollment every summer which puts a huge strain on our resources. Our major contributor, JASCO Products Company, has provided us with interim funding this year, but we need to develop a broad base of funding. We are involved in a new program to help us do this.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
 
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Address PO Box 720323
Oklahoma City, OK 73172
Primary Phone 405 475-0585
Give with Credit Card http://www.littlelightschool.org
CEO/Executive Director Robin Khoury
Board Chair Mr. Clark Curry
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private Corrections Consultant