Arrested Potential, Inc. (Lumberton, NC)


  • Name:Gene Jones
  • Title:Chief Executive Officer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Arrested Potential, Inc.
  • Address:620 Briarcliff Road
    Lumberton, NC 28358
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:910-738-7449
  • Main fax:910-738-7449

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  • Mission:
  • Arrested Potential, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the plight of young children and young adults, intellectually and morally, through the implementation of innovative programs. Our educational program is designed to enable students as well as their parents to reach their full potential which is in alignment with our core focus area. More importantly, our system of core values are family driven and youth guided with an emphasis placed on identifying the strengths and needs of the family unit. As reflected in our mission statement, we seek to eliminate disparities in the education of our children by providing our services to a cultural, racial, and ethnic population; thus, facilitating access to and utilization of appropriate services. We are quite aware of the need to create an environment in the community that harbors a positive perception of itself, its family values, and an overriding philosophy of "Can Do Attitude".

  • Overview:
  • Currently, our organization's focus centers on two programs: after -school tutorial program and parental skills enhancement program The After-school Tutorial Program offers a highly engaging environment where students can receive tutoring and homework help as well as enrich their learning experience. Program tutors work with the teachers of the targeted school, in a collaborative effort, to provide structure and continuity between the school day and the after -school program. As part of the enrichment activities, students are assisted and learn from each other as they work in the computer lab or work individually using laptop computers to complete self-guided math and/or reading tutorials. Moreover, the program capitalizes on the relationship between technology and education reform in an effort to help students develop higher order skills and to function more effectively in the classroom. Using a holistic family approach, the Parental Skills Enhancement Program provides parents/participants with a wide range of activities that address the unique needs of parents with young children, pregnant and parenting teens, grandparents raising grandchildren, estranged fathers and families exposed to violence. These activities are designed to build parents' confidence in their own abilities, to enable them to overcome challenges, to raise healthy children, and to succeed in becoming coaches for the children in the learning process. This two-prong approach allows us to provide students as well as parents with a rich mixture of academics, well-rounded enrichment activities, and personalized support in hopes of providing the life systems that every family deserves. Our programs will be conducted in a multipurpose computer lab using a two-prong approach to support student achievement. The After School Tutorial Program and Parent Enhancement Skills Program utilize technology tools to include, but not be limited to audio and visual stimuli/aids. This approach has been selected to provide interesting and meaningful ways for students to increase their academic achievement and improve critical thinking ability skills and to provide parents with strategies by which they can become effective coaches for their children in the learning process. The Arrested Potential, Inc.'s Learning Center will expand learning opportunities for children and youth by utilizing the following four program activity areas: tutoring, academic enrichments activities in conjunction with recreation programs: parenting enhancement skills; and integrated technology education for parents and students. The basic strategies will include hands-on activities for homework, computer and internet-based learning experiences and games. The computer lab is designed to energize the creative use of technology applications to support the low-achieving students' learning process and to provide a vehicle by which parents can become effective coaches in support of the students' learning process. Students and parents will have an opportunity to explore how visual and audio stimuli can improve their ability to grasp concepts and improve achievement in the classroom. Arrested Potential, Inc. plans to equip its computer lab with computers to engage the students and parents. We believe strongly that this type of innovative instruction can help focus attention, make content accessible and more meaningful; and diminish difficulties in communication, class work and homework. We envision approximately 64 students and 60 parents participating in our programs and 32 computers in the lab.

  • History:
  • Initially, Arrested Potential, Inc. started as a community web site that focused on the importance of the black educational institutions that have existed for more than 100 years in Lumberton, NC. It was designed to capture how these institutions had laid the foundation and rich tradition for the residents as well as the students in the community. From a historical perspective, it showcased how alumni, students, and faculty played a significant role in defining, shaping and maximizing opportunities for future generations. Moreover, it was hoped that a more focused and coordinated approach would foster lasting relationships among former students, who could help the youth of the community to embraces the depth of the community’s rich history, the significance of its enduring tradition and the success of achievements by its alumni.

    The overall concept evolved in 2013 when a group of concerned African-American men met to explore ways of improving the education of young students in the community. Their call to action resulted from an article that appeared in the local newspaper, “To slow Robeson violence, leaders try to reach youth.” The article described the community as “There are a lot of poor, uneducated people here. A lot of guns, a lot of drugs, a lot of alcohol, and a culture that says “this is how we solve problems…I think if we put a National Guard on every corner, that’s not an overstatement (McDonald, September 15, 2013). These men knew that the community had benefitted from several federal programs such as the Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program and the federal Head Start Program; however, these programs were short-lived. In addition to the news article, statistical information provided even more evidence on need in the impoverished community. More than 61% of the population was in poverty and the rate for school-age children was 53%. Only 39% of the adults 25 years and older had a high school diploma/GED. Over 56% of the population was unemployed with the median income being $12,000. With the overarching desire to make a difference they adopted the name, “Arrested Potential, Inc.” as a sign of their commitment to assist students in learning how to navigate obstacles and reach their full potential. These men believed, strongly, that if they leveraged their collective talents and resources, they could become change agents in the community. In an effort to have the most impact on improving the quality of life in the community, they chose to target W. H. Knuckles Elementary School (K-4th grades) where the majority of students had been identified as being low academic performers and whose parents demonstrated an inability to help their students in the learning process. In recent years, a large percentage of W. H. Knuckles Elementary third grade students have been unable to attain the minimum required scores in reading and mathematics. They performed poorly compared to other North Carolina students on the End-of-Grade Test. Such low academic performance of students supported the need for academic intervention. Therefore, Arrested Potential, Inc.’s program(s) address the immediacy of community concern: the educational improvement and achievement of the children who attend W. H. Knuckles Elementary School in a safe and non-threatening learning environment.

    In an effort to raise the visibility of Arrested Potential, Inc., two annual events are held. First, an annual Book Drive is held, during the Fall, to provide easy readers for young children in grades K-2. Second, in December, an educational toy give-away, “Keep X-Alive for Children 3 to 5” is held the Saturday before Christmas.

  • Year established:2013
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:11


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Non-operating
  • Tax ID:30-0766078

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:300766078
  • Organization Name:ARRESTED POTENTIAL INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:620 BRIARCLIFF RD
  • Organization City:LUMBERTON
  • Organization State:NC
  • Organization Zip:28358-9332
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2013
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P20
  • Asset Amount:$1,616
  • Asset Code:1 ($1 - $9,999)
  • Income Amount:$7,783
  • Income Code:1 ($1 - $9,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$7,783
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:56:31 pm

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