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ABOUT US

Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing academic assistance and character education since 2003 in the Big Bend area. 

Our organization serves over 500 students and families a year with a mission to help them become self-sufficient, contributing members of society by teaching, showing, and preparing them in the areas of:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Behavior Modification; and
  3. Character Education.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. is to promote individual and community empowerment leading to positive behavior change.  Services provided by the organization include positive out-of-school time activities including character education utilizing the Big-Headed Beaver© and Friends curriculum developed by Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc.  For young children, educational and motivational materials and activities are supplemented by the use of five mascots – The Big-Headed Beaver©, Rude Rabbit, Fearless Fox, Talkative Turtle, and Pew-Wee Pig. 

Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. currently operates two distinct programs.  The Character Center incorporates the utilization of The Big-Headed Beaver© & Friends mascots and curriculum as is primarily for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  The Character Kids program focuses on intensive academic assistance to help students graduate from high school, and is primarily for students in 9th through 12th grade.

THE CHARACTER CENTER

Positive out-of-school time activities are provided at The Character Center and include:

  • Homework assistance;
  • General subject area test preparation;
  • Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English and Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics test preparation required for 3rd grade promotion;
  • Civics End-of-Course (EOC) test preparation required for middle school promotion; and
  • Character education.

Services are provided on-site in select Leon County schools including Bond, Apalachee and Ruediger Elementary schools.  Classrooms are arranged for one-on-one and small group instruction to ensure adequate academic assistance. 

Over 75% of the students enrolled in program services require intensive academic assistance with homework and general subject area test preparation.  Intensive academic assistance (foundational learning) has been proven to help students achieve their grade-specific academic benchmarks and standardized testing requirements.

OUR SUCCESS

154 of the 165 students in Kindergarten through 11th grade, were promoted to the next grade, saving $1,097,096 in taxpayers’ dollars
93%
62 of the 65 students in 3rd through 5th grade, met the required achievement level on the FSA ELA required for promotion;
95%
(40 students in 11th through 12th grade) took the ACT for college entry. Our students had an average composite score of 24 which is higher than the national average of 21
100%
(35 students in 12th grade) graduated from high school, with 85% (30 of the 35 students) being accepted into a University and 15% (5 of the 35 students) accepted into a Junior College
100%
All 165 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, did not have, or had a reduction in, behavioral problems and disciplinary actions.
100%

CHARACTER KIDS

The Character Kids program is provided on-site in select Leon County schools and during non-traditional hours, i.e. evenings and weekends at the Capital Circle office location. Services include:

  • FSA ELA and Mathematics test preparation required for high school graduation; Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and History EOC test preparation also required for high school graduation;
  • American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) preparation for college entrance;
  • College application and essay-writing assistance; and
  • Behavior modification through character building and life skills activities including budgeting, balancing a checkbook, goal-setting, college and career planning, cooking, personal hygiene, and etiquette.

OUR HISTORY

2003-2004: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. began operating as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation and applied for all applicable licenses to operate a business and solicit grants.

2005-2006: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. began providing services at 447 FAMU Way to 20 students in K-5th grade. Students attended Bainbridge Road Head Start and FAMU DRS. After-school activities included homework assistance, FCAT preparation, The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends mascot appearances (Big-Headed Beaver, Rude Rabbit, Fearless Fox, Talkative Turtle, and the Pew-Wee Pig), distributing The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends coloring / activity books, and providing parent education workshops. Student outcomes included measuring an increase in the number of students demonstrating improved character, increasing their grade point average, and being promoted to the next grade. 

2006-2007: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. expanded services to 25 students in K-5th grade. Students attended FAMU DRS and Bond. Mascot shows were provided to Leon county school students to help them prepare for the FCAT. After-school activities were enhanced to include art instruction and violin. Volunteers were from Community in Schools, FAMU ROTC, The National Society of Black Engineers, FAMU & FSU School of Social Work, and FSU Art school. Services were also expanded to include student shadowing at schools as requested by parents. Outcomes were expanded to include tracking FCAT scores and homework completion rates. 

2007-2008: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. expanded services to 30 students, and increased the age of program participants to include those in 6th-8th grade. The organization purchased an additional van to pick up students from Bond, FAMU DRS, Pineview, and Griffin Middle School. After-school activities were enhanced to include piano and karate. New volunteers were from FAMU Department of Education and Department of Criminal Justice. A partnership with the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) was developed to serve low-performing students with reading and reading comprehension. 

2008-2009: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. expanded services to 40 students, and separated programs whereby The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends targeted students in K-5th grade, and The Character Kids program targeted students in 6th-12th grade. During its first year of implementation, 15 students attending Godby, Rickards, FAMU DRS and Griffin Middle School received FCAT and PSAT test preparation, character education, and life skills. New volunteers were from the Booker T. Washington Success Center and Volunteer Leon. A partnership was developed with Leon County Schools to allow The Character Kids program as part of the regular school day curriculum at Griffin Middle School. A school bus was purchased from Leon County Schools as the number of students increased. 

2009-2010: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. expanded services to 60 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program and maintained 15 students served by The Character Kids program. However, based upon the need to provide more intensive academic assistance to middle and high school students, the number of service hours students received as part of The Character Kids program increased from 2 hours per week to 3 hours per week. The Character Kids program increased its’ student participant sites to include Nims and Fairview. Students receiving services through The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program increased to include Hartsfield. Aligned with The No Child Left Behind initiative, a new partnership was developed with The City of Tallahassee, WFSU, and Mayor John Marks. Through the Raising Readers program, the mascots made appearances with the Mayor at Hartsfield and Riley elementary schools, and Mr. Richardson and the mascots appeared on a live taping of The Electric Company at WFSU. 

2010-2011: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. decreased services to 50 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program and increased services to 25 students served by The Character Kids program. The reduction in services for The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program was based upon the need to provide more intensive academic assistance; thereby increasing the need for certified teaching and after school staff which increased the price per student to ensure Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. adequately met the needs of its students, and their increased need for intensive academics in an after-school classroom setting, The Character Center relocated to 129 Century Park Drive (behind Tallahassee Community College). This move also allowed high school students to have exposure to various technical and vocational opportunities. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) changed their name to ComforTPets as they increased their exposure to more schools and the Leon County court system. The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program became more uniformly known as The Character Center, and increased its student participants to include Astoria Park, Riley, Sealey. And New Beginnings. An additional school bus was purchased from Leon County schools as the number of students and school sites increased. The Character Kids program increased its’ services to include a heavy focus on the ACT as students were failing the FCAT Reading required for graduation. 

2011-2012: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. increased services to 55 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program and increased services to 35 students served by The Character Kids program. The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) developed new volunteer partnerships with The FSU Black Student Union and AmeriCorps. After-school activities were enhanced to include gardening. Student participants increased to Pineview, Bond and Gretchen Everhart. The Character Kids program increased its’ services to include a heavy focus on the FCAT Reading, ACT, and EOC test preparation. 

2012-2013: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. increased services to 60 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) and increased services to 45 students served by The Character Kids program. Both programs increased the number of hours of intensive academic assistance provided to students. After-school students were completing homework at lower levels, while being taught fundamental skills required for homework completion at higher levels. Services for Character Kids participants focused on providing academic assistance and test preparation to ensure students passed the FCAT Reading and EOC required for graduation. 

2013-2014: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. maintained services to 60 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) and increased services to 50 students served by The Character Kids program. The Character Center’s focus was designed to ensure students met the increased standardized testing requirements for the SAT 9 or SAT 10, Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), and FCAT 2.0. Services for Character Kids participants increased in specificity to identify seniors at risk for not graduating due the not meeting the FCAT Reading achievement level. Outcome measures included the number of Seniors graduating from high school, and the number achieving the required level on the ACT in lieu of passing the FCAT Reading. 

2014-2015: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. maintained services to 60 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) and increased services to 55 students served by The Character Kids program. The Character Center’s focus was designed to ensure students met the required FCAT achievement levels for promotion particularly for 3rd graders, with a focus on student preparation for the upcoming Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English and Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics with would replace the FCAT 2.0. Middle school students were also required to pass the Civics End of Course (EOC) assessment in order to receive course credit and meet the promotion requirements for high school. Therefore, foundational learning became the backbone of services provided by The Character Center. Students participating in The Character Kids program were also faced with the challenges of passing the required EOC for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, and U.S. History. Thus, student contact hours increased from 5 hours to 20 hours to ensure mastery of the skills required to pass the EOC tests.

2015-2016: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. increased services to 65 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) and increased services to 90 students served by The Character Kids program. Services were provided to ensure students met the required achievement levels on the FSA ELA, Civics, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology and U.S. History EOCs. Foundational learning skills were increased to middle school students, as data indicated that 100% of students taking the Algebra I and Biology EOCs in the 8th grade met the required achievement level. The number of service hours for high school students participating in The Character Kids program increased from 20 to 30 contact hours to ensure they met the required achievement levels on the FSA ELA and EOC tests. 

2016-2017: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. increased services to 80 students served by The Big-Headed Beaver & Friends program (The Character Center) and increased services to 105 students served by The Character Kids program. A partnership with Leon County schools was developed to offer The Character Center at Bond, Apalachee and Ruediger. Services were provided to ensure additional Leon County students met the required achievement levels on the FSA ELA, Civics, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology and U.S. History EOCs. The number of service hours for high school students participating in The Character Kids program was maintained at 30 hours to ensure they met the required achievement levels on the FSA ELA and EOC tests. 

2017-2018: Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. was faced with a decline in revenue. To help offset this loss, the organization reduced costs and increased exposure by relocating to 1184 Capital Circle NE, Suite A. The Character Center was provided as an after-school program for 70 students attending Bond, Oak Ridge, Apalachee, and Ruediger. The partnership with Leon County schools reduced transportation and vehicle insurance costs. Services were provided to 65 students served by The Character Kids program and continue to focus on foundational learning to ensure students graduate from high school. 

OUR PARTNERS

Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. has helped students collectively earn over $3,000,000 in scholarships to attend a college or a trade school of their choice. As a not-for-profit organization, our program services are primarily funded by grants and donations. Our organization is working to solidify a strong funding base to help ensure the most at-risk students receive services. The per student allocation for students receiving program services through the Character Center (K-8th grade) is an average of $50 per week or $1,800 for the school year.

The per student allocation for students receiving program services through the Character Kids program (9th-12th grade) is an average of $25 per week, or $900 per student. We need your help to continue to provide these much-needed services to our most vulnerable populations in the Big Bend area. Please make a donation of any amount so that we can assist the next generation to become self-sufficient and productive citizens.

Please send donations to:
Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc.
1184 Capital Circle NE, Suite A
Tallahassee, FL 32301

All Donations are Tax Deductible

WHY WE ARE UNIQUE

Pivotal Point Enterprises, Inc. is unique because we specialize in working with all types of students, including children with diagnosed learning and physical disabilities.  Students must display a financial need for services or attend a Title I school (schools that offer free or reduced lunches because the majority of their students fall below the federal poverty level).  We also track our students’ success from elementary to high school by maintaining a vital relationship with our students, their parents, and the Leon County School District.

TESTIMONIALS

93%, or 154 of the 165 students in Kindergarten through 11th grade, were promoted to the next grade, saving $1,097,096 in taxpayers’ dollars

ACHIEVEMENTS 2018-2019, Designer

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Technology over technique produces emotionless design.

Daniel Mall, Technologist

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Sir Alec Issigonis, Designer

Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist.

Noreen Morioka, Client

CONTACT US

The Character Center
1184 Capital Circle NE, Suite A
Tallahassee, FL 32301

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Your donation will assist the next generation
become self-sufficient, productive citizens.

Every penny counts !!!

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