NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  WWAA NONPROFIT CORPORATION

The recipient entity's physical address:
           1704 Hollywood Drive, Monroe, LA 71202

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           1704 Hollywood Drive, Monroe, LA 71202

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Calvin Williams
Roland Hamilton
Tomika Brown
Latonya Louis
Bernarshia Mosley

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1835

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $86,276

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Calvin Williams, President, 904 Binson Circle, Monroe, LA 71202
Roland Hamilton, Vice President, 201 Wood Street, Monroe, LA 71202
Tomika Brown, Treasurer, 1704 Hollywood Drive, Monroe, LA 71202
Latonya Louis, Secretary,604 Zoe Circle, Monroe, LA 71203

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The WWAA Nonprofit Corporation has been a valuable asset regarding educational enhancements for students of Monroe, La since March 2012. The mission of the WWAA is to further promote educational opportunities by providing mentoring and training as well as nurturing and improving the relationship of the WWAA Nonprofit Corporation within the community.

WWAA sponsors a yearly agenda which will consist of: professional workshops, panels, guest lecturers, community service, special emphasis projects, scholarship awards, fundraising events, and educational construction projects.

The WWAA Nonprofit Corporation is seeking to develop creative learning environment for students of Monroe, LA. The WWAA Nonprofit Corporation is seeking financial assistance to build an outdoor classroom on the campus of Wossman High School, in which it’s seven feeder schools can also use for educational purposes. An Outdoor Classroom is an outdoor educational facility that can be developed into a natural study grounds for educators, students and anyone interested in the natural environment. All subjects or curriculum can be presented in an outdoor classroom. Outdoor classrooms also provide alternatives for all to gain a better knowledge of what natural resources are and to understand the interconnectedness of these resources. Opportunities are available in an outdoor classroom to educate youth on the importance of taking care of the environment. An outdoor classroom provides an opportunity to experience natural and human-created characteristics of the environment in a natural setting. It is a tool that allows educators to take a hands-on approach and move their educational curriculum outdoors. Outside every school building exists a blossoming world of “natural studies” with all types of structures that can do a better job of teaching than video tapes and computers, as children often learn best by “doing.” An exciting way to teach youth how plants grow and animals survive is to let them mill in the soil and catch grasshoppers in the grass. All ages can take advantage of teaching opportunities provided in the great outdoors, and an outdoor classroom can facilitate the learning process.

A few feature of the outdoor Classroom will consist of the following: Amphitheater, outdoor seating area, trees, vineyards, geological site and or rock pile, native grasses and wildflower garden plots(s), orchard vineyards, storage buildings, trees and woodlands, berry producing shrubs, arboretum

The Amphitheater is the most essential element of this project as it be used as the gathering place or teaching area. An amphitheater is basically an outdoor theater, usually oval or circular, set aside in the outdoor classroom with seats facing an outdoor stage or raised area.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,800
          Professional Services. . . $7,301
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $9,600
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $20,700
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $44,075

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The WWAA Nonprofit Corporation, public purpose is to further educate the students on Monroe, LA through innovative teaching curriculum in which will be conducting through the Outdoor Classroom project. The WWAA overall hope is to provide accessibility to the Outdoor Classroom in which will provide opportunities for out-of-school time programming, local volunteerism, projects a positive messages about public education, reduce absenteeism and foster active and engaging learning experiences.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The cost/benefit ratio for installing and sustaining an Outdoor Classroom is attractive and the goal of an Outdoor Classroom in every schoolyard is achievable. Traditional classroom teaching uses textbooks, lectures, video and the internet as instructional tools. The Outdoor Classroom will expose students through direct experience to nature areas and demonstration models such as weather stations, water flow systems and renewable energy installations. The outdoor classroom will shift educational focus from secondary to primary sources.

The Outdoor Classroom will foster active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning in a real world setting. Through group problem-solving activities students will embrace the learning process as well as seeking final outcomes. Making learning a multi-sensory experience, the outdoor classroom will engage the senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and seeing, students retain an intimate physical memory of activities that are long lasting and synergistic. E. O. Wilson’s Biophilia Hypothesis reminds us that the human species, having evolved in the natural world, has a deeply-rooted need to associate and connect with nature.

In seeking a holistic understanding of the outdoor classroom it is often necessary, and desirable, to employ multiple academic disciplines. Laying out a planting bed requires math skills. Distinguishing native from non-native plants provides an opportunity for social studies. Creating a scarecrow is an art project. A garden journal will foster writing and drawing skills. Recognizes and celebrates differing learning styles. As popularized in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, people have a variety of aptitudes and ways of learning. Although some students thrive in a text-based environment, others will benefit from a more experiential approach. For example, ESL students, SPED students, and students where reading is not prioritized at home – those that comprise the so-called Achievement Gap – may contribute more in the Outdoor Classroom.
The outdoor classroom will connect the school to the neighborhood and the world-at-large. Through learning and stewardship activities students will come to understand that their schoolyard microcosm reflects global environmental issues. Proximity to the surrounding neighborhood will lead to service learning projects that emphasize social involvement and responsibility. Accessibility to the Outdoor Classroom will provide opportunities for out-of-school time programming. High visibility and interest encourages local volunteerism, projects a positive messages about public education. Schoolyards can be degraded and unsafe or vibrant, dynamic school/community open spaces. Either way, we want to send a message to students and neighborhood about how much we value the education of our children. The Outdoor Classroom will be a reminder that innovation is alive and well in public education and it blurs the boundaries between academic learning and creative learning. Our goal is to create a situation where absenteeism goes down on Outdoor Classroom days. By preserving a child’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder we will foster active and engaged lifelong learners.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Estimated completion of the outdoor classroom is approximately six months. However, theuse of the outdoor classroom is perpetual.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  NA

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Calvin Williams 
                                       address:  904 Binson Circle, Monroe, LA 71202
                                       phone:  318-538-1098
                                       relationship to entity:  President