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Solid Foundation Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit faith based youth serving organization formed in 1996.  We are dedicated to empowering at risk youth to become successful in life and in their educational pursuits. We focus on  academic achievement, educational remediation, character development, self sufficiency, cultural awareness, and job readiness.  These services are all conducted in a safe and positive environment by a team of caring leaders and volunteers.

Solid Foundation’s primary location is 2220 East Main Street, Nacogdoches, Texas. Office hours of operation are Monday and Thursday evenings from 3-7pm, and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-5:30pm.

Impact Statement

Low education attainment continues to be highly correlated to poverty:   the higher the level of education the lower the level of poverty.  Overall, in Nacogdoches County, 24.8% of the total population lives below the poverty level.  42.2 percent of all African American and 42.3% of Hispanic students live beneath the poverty level.  In Nacogdoches County, thirty-two percent of the people have less than a high school education which correlates to the high rate of poverty.  In our school district 65% of students enrolled at NISD are classified by The Texas Education Agency as “at-risk and economically disadvantaged” and are thus eligible for Free or reduced lunches.

In a recent Texas Academic Report on NISD district performance  on the STAAR Testing,  only 27% of African Americans children in 3rd grade met performance  requirements for Mathematics, 38% for Hispanic students as compared to 69% for White students.  By 6th grade only 46% of the African American students and only 55% of the Hispanic students passed Mathematics requirements as opposed to 74%  of white students.   For these reasons, Solid Foundation will focus its resources on educating at-risk school aged children through homework assistance and tutoring program conducted after school in an attempt to close the gap.  Keeping kids focused on their education and graduating high school to pursue college and technical school is our long term goal.  It seems obvious to us that if at-risk students only do half as well as their counterparts, that twice as much time and resources are needed to level the playing field to exit poverty.  In 2014-15, we will also set -aside resources for Parenting and Financial Education of our parents utilizing local consultants.

Solid Foundation serves approximately 200 students weekly in its Main location, Diversity Center, and four satellite community centers, experiencing about 65% success rate. Starting in the 2015-16 school year, Solid Foundation in collaboration with NISD and with SFASU Stems Program will target under-achieving students who demonstrate a high potential for competing in the science and math fields in grades 6-12 with  GPA’S of 2.5 or less. This will be accomplished through highly promoted parent/teacher/counselor collaboration agreements encouraging students that fall into this category to attend the Solid Foundation After school Program.

Solid Foundation Association Board of Directors

Board MemberQualificationsTerm Expires
Mr. G.W. Neal
365 CR 301
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
Nacogdoches ISD Retired Asst. Superintendent
Jan 2020
Kevin L. Davis
329 Katy
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
Asst. Dir. Admn., SFA,
Vice Chairman
Jan 2021
Francis Spruiell
4177 CR 1510
Nacogdoches, TX  75965
President, Austin Bank,
Jan 2021
Todd Petershagen
2181 North CR 811
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
B.S. Social Work, SFASU
Independent Living Specialist
Board Member
Jan 2021
Ms. Veronica Chimney
3205 Skyline Drive
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
M.S. Human Resource Training
Board Member
Personnel Director ETECH
Jan 2021
Mr. Jackie Badders
1974 CR 104
Nacogdoches, TX  75965
BS Sociology/ Psychology, SFASUJan 2021
Dr. Jennifer Newquist
Nacogdoches,TX  75962-3014
Jennifer Newquist, Ph.D.,
CFLE Asst. Professor,
Human Development and Family Studies, SFA
Jan 2021
Greg Williams
PO Box 680887
Nacogdoches, TX  75963
VP Bancorp SouthJan 2021
Rev. Mark Bridges
702 Mound St
Nacogdoches,  TX 75961
First Christian Church, NacogdochesJan 2021
Maria Lobato
6496 FM 2259
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
Loan Representative,
Bancorp South
Jan 2021
Christine Crain
1058 FM 226
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
BS, SFAJan 2021
John B. Cannings
4207 Forest Lane
Nacogdoches, TX  75961
B.S. Biology, SFASU
Medical Technologist, NMCH

* Mable Cannings serves as consultant to the Board of Directors

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