The Children Deserve a Chance Foundation is a non-profit focused on ending the
generational cycle of poverty through both programs of its own and the support of
other non-profit organizations. The mission of CDCF is to provide a holistic
approach in assisting urban public schools keep their students engaged and
optimistic about their futures.
Who we are
Children Deserve a Chance Foundation is a
nonprofit organization designed to enhance the
lives of adolescent students facing adversity,
providing them the resources and guidance
they need to achieve their academic and
The main goal of the foundation is to help
students go to and complete college while
teaching them the fundamentals needed to
succeed in their lives.
The foundation accomplishes this through their
Programs, and through the academic
scholarships awarded to deserving students
Children Deserve a Chance has produced
outstanding results and has grown into a
foundation that is unlike others of its kind.
In 2004, In the weeks leading up to
History Jordan’s 1000th point of his
basketball career, he organized a
fundraiser that raised enough money
to pay for a fellow student suffering
Jordan Steffy created the Children
Deserve a Chance Foundation
(CDCF) by organizing a team of like-
minded individuals who shared the
same vision to enrich and nurture the
development of children by giving
them new, stable, and evolving
chances in life
2006, the main component of CDCF
was created, the BowTie Program.
Management and Organization
Board of Directors:
Chairman- Bill Koch
Founder & Executive Director- Jordan Steffy
• James DeBord
• Amanda Deebel
• Amos Dienner
• Steve Geisenberger, CPA
• Sherri Hull -Bill Koch
• Shannon Mayfield
• Joe McDonald
• Shari Steffy
• George Veronis
• Judge David Workman
• ACADEMICS: Twice a week lab study hours, minimum 3.0 GPA expectation,
Literacy enhancement program completion of Achieve 3000.
• ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BowTie on tour once a week to visit local businesses
and entrepreneurship projects such as Shark Tank.
• MENTORING: Mentors primarily guide students in academics, but also in their
extracurricular activities, personal character and every day life challenges ranging
from school to home.
This 6-week program serves as a trial period, allowing
students to demonstrate that they are dedicated to the
program, their own education, and their futures.
• For 6 weeks, three times a week prior to school.
• Lesson plans revolve around the Six Pillars: Strong Mind, Compete, Resiliency,
Accountability, Sacrifice and Finish Strong.
• The 6 pillars are used in conjunction with the challenge of solving the Rubik’s
• Academic Scholarships
• Annual Golf Tournament
• Holiday Party
• Epilepsy Foundation
• The curriculum is tailored
Benefits of being a to each student’s specific
needs and interests
Scholar keeping them engaged
and allowing them to learn
• Continued exposure to the
collegiate mindset and
• CDCF organizes several
other activities on a weekly
basis that gives students
exposure to many different
industries and career
• Also, 50% of the staff is
either black or Hispanic
and has come from a
similar upbringing as the
CDCF is currently funded entirely by
private donors, which leaves ample
room for alternative funding
opportunities such as grants.
CDCF continues to operate
efficiently each year on zero debt
Has successfully increased its
revenue each year.
Strong partnerships with the
community to assist with sponsoring
major operating expenses.
Key to Future Expansion
• Executive Director,