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Organization DBA X-Cel Education
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

X-Cel Education improves economic opportunity in underserved Greater Boston neighborhoods through accessible, individualized, and free high school equivalency education, post-secondary preparation, and career readiness development.

Mission Statement

X-Cel Education improves economic opportunity in underserved Greater Boston neighborhoods through accessible, individualized, and free high school equivalency education, post-secondary preparation, and career readiness development.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $542,000.00
Projected Expense $542,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. X-Cel ABE/Pre-HSE Classes
  • 2. X-Cel HSE Prep Classes
  • 3. X-Cel College Prep Classes
  • 4. Connection Center

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Overview

Mission Statement

X-Cel Education improves economic opportunity in underserved Greater Boston neighborhoods through accessible, individualized, and free high school equivalency education, post-secondary preparation, and career readiness development.


Background Statement

 

X-Cel was founded in 2000 by two adult educators who aimed to make high school completion and higher education accessible to low-income adults in Boston's neediest neighborhoods.  Beginning with a small GED preparation class located in Roxbury, X-Cel is now a locally- and nationally-recognized model.  X-Cel was one of only ten programs across the U.S. focused on preparing young GED graduates for a post-secondary credential to be funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  X-Cel was also selected to be part of two partnerships funded by SkillWorks, a nationally-recognized workforce development initiative.  Now serving more than 300 students per year in eight locations across Boston, X-Cel is showing how a flexible, student-centered approach can produce better outcomes at a lower cost than traditional education programs. Our innovative program model distinguishes X-Cel from many other high school equivalency education and college preparatory providers.

X-Cel's education model relies upon important features which address common barriers to participation and success for many youth and adults who lack a high school credential:

·         Educational Progression

We offer a continuum of classes from pre-HiSET to college preparation, as well as post-secondary support, to facilitate progress up the educational ladder without the need to “pause” and transfer to other programs. Our range of programs enable more longstanding relationships between our students and staff members/volunteers, which is an important factor in program persistence and post-secondary enrollment.

·         Instruction that is Customized to the Individual

Instruction in all of our classes occurs in small groups and students advance through skill levels at their own paces. In fact, it is not uncommon for staff members to generate worksheets tailored specifically to individual students. This increases student motivation and allows students to make the most progress in a short amount of time. X-Cel also partners with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to support students as they transition to college campuses.

·         Relationships with Community Organizations

Rather than offer our classes at one centralized location, X-Cel partners with neighborhood-based non-profit organizations. X-Cel provides the expertise in the educational services while the partner agency provides the physical space. This collaboration gives X-Cel the flexibility to provide educational services in the neighborhoods with the greatest educational needs while lowering the program’s overhead costs. The result: a greater percentage of X-Cel’s funds can go directly to carrying out our mission.

·         Flexibility in Enrollment and Weekly Schedules

The majority of X-Cel’s programs operate on a rolling admissions basis with no waiting lists. We accept new students into these classes virtually every week so that students being released from incarceration, students on probation, or in some other immediate need of classes, do not have to wait months for the next semester to begin. They can begin classes immediately. In addition, our schedule includes both morning and night classes at multiple locations to fit the schedules of unemployed, underemployed, and full-time working students, as well as students with family obligations. These practices maximize student motivation.

·         Mobilization of Volunteers

X-Cel employs widespread use of volunteers to assist our instructors in math, reading, writing, science and social studies instruction. Every week an average of 45 volunteers donate more than 100 service hours to our students. This consistent donation of time and effort enables X-Cel to provide our individualized and small group instruction in our classes. Our instructor to student ratio ranges from 1:1 to 1:4.

 


    Impact Statement

    July 2015- June 2016:   During this past school year, X-Cel staff and volunteers worked with 330 youth and adults, enabling them to increase their reading, writing and math skills, study for their High School Equivalency (HSE) exam, prepare for successful entry to post-secondary education, and succeed and persist in order to complete a post-secondary credential.

    Of those students we worked with in our Pre-HSE, HSE Prep, and College Prep classes over the past school year:

    • 100% were able to start classes immediately and none were placed on a waiting list
    • 45 passed their HSE exam
    • 27 enrolled in post-secondary education
    • Of the 13 X-Cel students who enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College in January 2015, 8 (62%) were still enrolled for the January 2016 semester. 

     


    Needs Statement

    2016-2017:

    • Funds and volunteers to support our core HSE-to-Postsecondary Program (i.e., Pre-HSE, HSE, and College Prep classes).
    • Funds and volunteers to support expanded literacy offerings across our program.
    • Funds to support our Organizational Tools Initiative, which seeks to give every student the organizational tools they need to succeed.
    • Funds for equipment at the Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center.

                


    CEO Statement

     

    At X-Cel Education we focus on education, because we believe this is what it takes to lift youth and adults out of poverty and into careers that will pay a living wage and offer opportunities for advancement. We identify obstacles within the current education system that hinder out-of-school youth and adults, and create innovative ways to eliminate those barriers. These concepts have led us to our current program model, which is unique among Boston-area education programs. Unique features include: no waiting lists, rolling admissions so interested students can enter our program immediately, individualized and customized instruction so our students get exactly what they need to advance quickly, collaborations with partner non-profit organizations, and a large pool of dedicated volunteer instructors so that every dollar donated to X-Cel goes much further and serves many more students than in traditional education programs. Every week roughly a dozen new students walk through our doors without a high school credential; they are able to begin their path to educational success that same day. With a customized educational plan they begin preparing to pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. However we don’t stop working with them once they pass the HSE exam. We work with each student to develop an educational plan to take them beyond the HSE. In addition, we provide college prep classes as well as academic and personal support once they enroll in college so that they will succeed in their post-secondary studies. We work to ensure that each student is on track to receive the education and training to enter a career that pays a living wage and offers opportunities for advancement. Not only does the individual student benefit, but, as research indicates, the student’s children will now have more educational and career opportunities. We have a ways to go, but we envision the day in Boston when, instead of remaining on a waiting list for months, every out-of-school youth and adult will be able to study for their HSE exam and prepare for post-secondary education without delay.


    Board Chair Statement

    X-Cel Education is a wonderful and unique organization, committed to helping low-income youth and adults:

     

    • earn a high school equivalency degree,
    • prepare for collage and stay enrolled,
    • pursue professional training programs, and
    • find sustaining career opportunities.

     

    We do so at a very low cost per student, making us one of the most effective and efficient high school equivalency and post-secondary preparation programs in Boston.

    The reason X-Cel Education is more efficient with donor funds is very clear. We utilize a large volunteer force to help our paid staff teach, and we partner with other community-based organizations to secure donated space to hold our classes. As a possible donor you can be assured your donations will earn one of the highest returns on investment when compared with almost any other organization.

    What makes X-Cel unique in the field of high school equivalency education and post-secondary preparation, as well as career training/placement, is that we truly put our students first. Everything about our organization is centered on the student. We hold classes where it is most convenient for our students, eliminating one of the many obstacles they face when pursuing their education. Unlike most Boston-based high school equivalency programs, we also have a rolling admissions policy with no wait list, so students start whenever it is best for them—no one is ever turned away or told to come back another day. If someone is motivated enough to show up and learn, we want them to start immediately. Finally, our programs come at no cost to our students; any individual who is able and willing to invest his or her time in education is enrolled immediately.

    Volunteers are an integral component of our success. Not only do volunteer teachers help to keep our costs down, but they help to keep morale up— everyone is there because they want to be there, not because they have to, and this creates a great energy in the classroom. Because we have a large number of volunteers each day—more than we would ever be able to support with salary-- we are able to keep our student-to-teacher ratio low for more personalized attention. While volunteers attend an orientation/training before teaching, each volunteer has a unique style of teaching, which allows students to work with someone who can explain things in a way that makes the most sense to them.

    Additionally… we employ our alumni! Half of our paid staff are former students. Not only is this a great way to hire people we know very well, but it also helps them relate to and motivate the students they are trying to help.

    We hope you choose to donate to X-Cel Education, and we appreciate any donation we get regardless of amount. If you would be interested in talking with me further or seeing one of our classes in action, I’d be more than happy in talking or meeting with you.


    Geographic Area Served

    Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
    Over 80% of our students come from the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. The remainder come from other neighborhoods in Greater Boston.

    Organization Categories

    1. Education - Adult Education
    2. -
    3. -

    Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

    No

    Programs

    1. X-Cel ABE/Pre-HSE Classes

    X-Cel offers free Adult Basic Education/Pre-High School Equivalency (HSE) classes at seven locations in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mission Hill.  Our policy is to have no waiting lists and to accept students on a rolling admissions basis, so that students can begin classes immediately. These classes serve youth and adults, age 18 and older, who have reading levels above 4th and below 6th grade.  Students' grade levels are assessed upon intake and then every four months, using the TABE, a nationally recognized assessment of adult academic skills.  Classes are taught in small groups and cover basic reading, writing and math skills. The goals of these are classes are to raise students' grade levels to a minimum of 6.0 so they can advance to HSE Prep level classes as well as help them develop academic skills for everyday life so that they can help their children with homework and handle tasks such as reading instructions at work or writing a letter to their children's teacher, landlord, etc.
    Budget  --
    Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
    Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
    Program Short-Term Success  The short-term participant outcomes that result from X-Cel's programming are that program participants improve their academic skills and develop career and college-readiness skills.  The academic skills that program participants develop while in X-Cel's Adult Basic Education/Pre-HSE classes are basic reading, writing and math skills, as well as content knowledge such as Social Studies and Science.  The primary goal is for our program participants to raise their reading and math levels by a minimum of one grade level within a year's time. Short-term goals include the ability to utilize these increased academic skills in everyday tasks, such as reading a bus schedule, or reading and understanding a rental or lease agreement.
    Program Long-Term Success  Most of our program participants come to X-Cel to prepare for their High School Equivalency(HSE) exam, so the first long-term participant outcomes that result from X-Cel's programming are that program participants will eventually take the HSE exam and obtain their HSE credential.  With the exception of a few careers such as a job with the MBTA or police or fire department, all of which require a minimum educational level of a high school diploma, entry to a career today requires post-secondary education.  Therefore the long-term participant outcome is for these program participants to enroll in post-secondary education or training after they pass their HSE exam and to complete a post-secondary credential or an industry-recognized certification or license.
    Program Success Monitored By  At each of X-Cel's program sites an X-Cel staff member is tasked with conducting the intake assessment for each new program participant.  Each new program participant completes a TABE assessment (nationally recognized assessment of adult educational level).  Once the program participant begins attending X-Cel Adult Basic Education/Pre-HSE classes, their reading and math skills are assessed every four months.  Program participants also are assessed weekly by taking quizzes or completing reading or writing assignments.
    Examples of Program Success  In FY 2016, 24 program participants enrolled in Adult Basic Education/Pre-HSE classes increased their reading/math levels by one grade level or more, a significant accomplishment.  In addition, 10 program participants enrolled in Adult Basic Education/Pre-HSE classes advanced to X-Cel's HSE Prep classes, the next academic level of classes and the next step on their road to passing the HSE exam.

    2. X-Cel HSE Prep Classes

    X-Cel offers free High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep classes at three locations in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mission Hill.  All classes have no waiting lists and a rolling admissions policy, so that students can begin classes immediately.  These classes serve out-of-school youth age 18 and older and adults who have reading levels at 6th grade and above.  Students' grade levels are assessed upon intake and every four months using the TABE, a nationally recognized assessment of adult academic skills.  Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science classes are taught in small groups and Math is taught individually, as experience has taught us that students come to us with a wide variety of backgrounds in math skills and they learn math concepts at very different paces.  Instruction is individually customized so students can focus on the subject areas they need to pass the HSE exam.  The goal for these classes is to raise students' grade levels so that they will be able to pass the HSE exam. 
    Budget  --
    Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
    Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
    Program Short-Term Success  The short-term participant outcomes that result from X-Cel's programming are that program participants improve their academic sills, develop career-readiness and college-readiness skills and receive their High School Equivalency credential.  The academic skills that program participants develop while in X-Cel programming are reading, writing, and math skills, as well as critical thinking skills and content knowledge, such as Social Studies and Science.  At the same time program participants develop skills and habits that will enable them to succeed on the job and in post-secondary education.  Some examples of these skills and habits are the ability to arrive on time, the ability to work together in a team, the ability to speak or make a presentation in front of a group, the ability to complete an assignment on a schedule, etc.
    Program Long-Term Success  One long-term participant outcome that results from X-Cel's programming are that program participants enroll in post-secondary education or training and complete a post-secondary credential or an industry-recognized certification or license,  A second long-term participant outcome is that program participants will utilize their post-secondary credentials to enter careers which will support themselves and their families.  The education and training our program participants receive, which begins at X-Cel Education, will enable them to enter careers that lift them and their families out of poverty and offer further opportunities for advancement.  Furthermore, their education and accomplishments will set a new example for their children, and they will be able to assist their children with their schoolwork and better guide their children to the education they will also need to succeed in the twenty-first century, thereby breaking the generational cycle of poverty.
    Program Success Monitored By  All X-Cel program participants are assessed every four months with the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education), a nationally-recognized assessment of adult academic skills.  This allows us to determine increases in reading and math grade levels.  In addition, X-Cel staff tracks each of our students who register to take their High School Equivalency exam and monitor their progress.  X-Cel staff works with our students to verify on-line that each student passes their HSE exam and receives their high school equivalency certification.  At that point X-Cel staff works with our HSE graduates to enroll in X-Cel's college prep program or a post-secondary education or training program. 
    Examples of Program Success  In FY 2016, 45 X-Cel program participants achieved a high school equivalency credential.  We know of no other HSE program in Boston which had more HSE graduates during the 2015-2016 school year.  

    3. X-Cel College Prep Classes

    X-Cel provides free college prep classes to our High School Equivalency (HSE) graduates and out-of-school youth and adults with a high school credential. X-Cel offers college prep classes at three locations in Roxbury, Mission Hill and downtown Boston.  All classes have no waiting lists and a rolling admissions policy so that students can begin classes immediately. Our college prep classes cover pre-college reading, writing, math and computer skills.  The goals are to assist the students to develop the study skills and life skills necessary to succeed in college, give students experience doing college-level work, and to increase students' academic levels so they will perform better on the college entrance exams, avoid remedial classes an place into credit-bearing classes.  Students work with a counselor to complete a financial aid application, select the best college and program of study for them, complete and submit their college application, and register for their college classes.  
    Budget  --
    Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
    Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
    Program Short-Term Success   One short-term outcome for X-Cel college prep program participants is that they increase their placement score on the Accuplacer college placement test and place into higher level classes at their post-secondary program of choice.  Another short-term outcome is that the program participants develop the life skills necessary to persist and succeed when they enroll in post-secondary education.  A third-short-term outcome is that our college prep graduates persist when they enroll in post-secondary education and complete a minimum of two semesters with passing grades.
    Program Long-Term Success 

    The long-term outcome for X-Cel's college prep program is that program participants will utilize their post-secondary credentials to enter career which will support themselves and their families.  The education and training our program participants receive, which begins at X-Cel Education, will enable them to enter careers that lift them and their families out of poverty and offer further opportunities for advancement.  Furthermore, their education and accomplishments will set a new example for their children, and they will be able to assist their children with their schoolwork and better guide their children to the education they will also need to succeed in the twenty-first century, thereby breaking the generational cycle of poverty. 

    Program Success Monitored By  X-Cel monitors improvement in college placement test results by program participants who complete X-Cel's college prep program.  X-Cel staff also tracks how many of our program participants enroll in post-secondary education or training each school year, which program they enroll in and how they perform in those programs. 
    Examples of Program Success  In FY 2016, 27 X-Cel program participants enrolled in post-secondary education, among the highest for any HSE program in Boston. Of the 13 X-Cel students enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College in January 2015, 8 (62%) were still enrolled for the January 2016 semester. In comparison, according to data from the 2004 cohort of GED Passers in the United States, 28.7% of post-secondary enrollees continued from first-year to second-year.

    4. Connection Center

    X-Cel operates the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) Connection Center, a one-stop resource center for Greater Boston’s opportunity youth (OY). Located conveniently inside the Ruggles T Station on the Orange Line, the Connection Center matches each youth with his or her own Success Coach. In many cases, Success Coaches are former OY themselves, who are now armed with connections to college and career readiness programs, vocational programs, and many other local innovators who promote alternative pathways for youth looking to make a positive change in their lives. Whether it’s a career, a college application, or simply a way out, the Connection Center can help youth find a path to success and independence. The Connection Center focuses on assisting OY ages 18-24 who have a high school degree or HSE credential. OY may be unemployed, not in school, or simply unhappy with their current situation. The Connection Center's main objective is to identify and facilitate enrollment in the education and training programs necessary to enter each OY’s career of choice.
    Budget  --
    Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
    Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders
    Program Short-Term Success  The most important long-term success indicator the number and proportion of OY who achieve a post-secondary credential.
    Program Long-Term Success  A critical short-term success indicator is the number of OY utilizing the Connection Center and re-positioning their careers with the support of their success coach. Next, OY should regularly attend meetings with success coaches to identify and determine the best pathway to a sustainable and meaningful career. Completion of the program would entail placement and attendance of post-secondary education or an industry-recognized training/certificate program.
    Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored via number of new OY who utilize the Connection Center each quarter, tracking of persistence within the Connection Program, and persistence rates in post-secondary programs.
    Examples of Program Success      

    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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    Management


    CEO/Executive Director Mr Don L Sands
    CEO Term Start Jan 2000
    CEO Email [email protected]
    CEO Experience
    30 years of experience in adult education
    20 years of experience in administration
    Co-founder of X-Cel Education
    15 years as executive director of X-Cel Education
    Co-CEO --
    Co-CEO Term Start --
    Co-CEO Email --
    Co-CEO Experience --

    Former CEOs and Terms

    Name Start End
    n/a n/a -- --

    Senior Staff

    Name Title Experience/Biography
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    Awards

    Award Awarding Organization Year
    Award For Outstanding Community Partnership Boston Cares 2005

    Affiliations

    Affiliation Year
    Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2013
    Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
    Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

    External Assessments and Accreditations

    External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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    Collaborations

    Collaboration is key to X-Cel's program model.  First, each of the eight program sites where X-Cel provides educational services is a collaboration between X-Cel and the partner organizations who provide the physical space at no cost to X-Cel. 

    Second, X-Cel's collaboration with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) provides space for X-Cel staff to provide support to X-Cel graduates enrolled in classes at BHCC to ensure that these students persist and complete a college credential. BHCC has trained X-Cel staff members to administer the Accuplacer college placement test so that X-Cel students are able to take it at our own program sites. X-Cel staff members have taught academic boot camps, both at X-Cel and BHCC, to prepare incoming students for the Accuplacer. X-Cel staff are able to effectively advise students and match them with programs of study that will lead to a career that pays a living wage, based on alumni experience as well as research data.

    Most of X-Cel's partnerships go much deeper than providing program space for our classes. In many cases, X-Cel is providing educational services to the clients of our partner organizations, bringing our expertise to enhance the program offerings of the partner organization to benefit their clients. For example, X-Cel staff provide HSE Prep and College Prep classes on-site at STRIVE in Codman Square, for all STRIVE clients who need these services. Through this collaboration, STRIVE clients receive job readiness training and HSE or College Prep classes simultaneously. Once the STRIVE clients complete the STRIVE program, they are invited to continue their classes, without interruption, at any of X-Cel's program sites.

    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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    Foundation Comments

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    Staff Information

    Number of Full Time Staff 4
    Number of Part Time Staff 11
    Number of Volunteers 45
    Number of Contract Staff 0
    Staff Retention Rate % 100%

    Staff Demographics

    Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
    Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
    Caucasian: 6
    Hispanic/Latino: 2
    Native American/American Indian: 0
    Other: 0
    Other (if specified): 0
    Gender Female: 7
    Male: 8
    Not Specified 0

    Plans & Policies

    Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
    Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
    Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
    Management Succession Plan Under Development
    Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
    Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistle Blower Policy Yes
    Document Destruction Policy Yes
    Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
    State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
    State Registration --

    Risk Management Provisions

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    Reporting and Evaluations

    Management Reports to Board? Yes
    CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
    Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

    Governance


    Board Chair Mr. Richard Huttner
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Northeastern University
    Board Chair Term Mar 2016 - Mar 2017
    Board Co-Chair --
    Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
    Board Co-Chair Term -

    Board Members

    Name Company Affiliations Status
    Mr. Sean Ebanks GB Consulting Voting
    Ms. Robin Finnegan Retired Voting
    Ms. Kara Flyg Massachusetts Institute of Technology Voting
    Mr. Richard Huttner Northeastern University Voting
    Mr. Mamadou Nydiaye Jobs For The Future Voting
    Mr. Tulasi Pemmasani MFS Investment Management Voting
    Mr. Don Sands X-Cel, Inc. Voting
    Ms. Sacha Stadhard The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Voting

    Constituent Board Members

    Name Company Affiliations Status
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    Youth Board Members

    Name Company Affiliations Status
    -- -- --

    Advisory Board Members

    Name Company Affiliations Status
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    Board Demographics

    Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
    Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
    Caucasian: 3
    Hispanic/Latino: 2
    Native American/American Indian: 0
    Other: 0
    Other (if specified): 0
    Gender Female: 3
    Male: 5
    Not Specified 0

    Board Information

    Board Term Lengths 2
    Board Term Limits --
    Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
    Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
    Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
    Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 70%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

    Standing Committees

    • Board Governance
    • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Nominating
    • Program / Program Planning

    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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    Foundation Comments

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    Financials


    Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

    Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

    Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

    Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

    Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Total Revenue $357,655 $288,888 $261,483
    Total Expenses $279,053 $264,272 $257,524

    Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Foundation and
    Corporation Contributions
    $257,544 $184,250 $159,528
    Government Contributions $4,770 $1,213 $0
        Federal $4,770 $1,213 --
        State -- -- --
        Local -- -- --
        Unspecified -- -- --
    Individual Contributions $37,397 $18,333 $7,696
    Indirect Public Support $26,000 $23,150 $21,192
    Earned Revenue $31,828 $61,826 $72,944
    Investment Income, Net of Losses $116 $116 $123
    Membership Dues -- -- --
    Special Events -- -- --
    Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
    Other -- -- --

    Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Program Expense $243,902 $227,154 $224,328
    Administration Expense $21,037 $22,616 $22,558
    Fundraising Expense $14,114 $14,502 $10,638
    Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.28 1.09 1.02
    Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 86% 87%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 6% 6%

    Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Total Assets $199,292 $117,396 $93,412
    Current Assets $192,273 $105,697 $93,412
    Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
    Current Liabilities $24,597 $21,303 $21,935
    Total Net Assets $174,695 $96,093 $71,477

    Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    1st (Source and Amount) -- --
    -- --
    -- --
    2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
    -- --
    -- --
    3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
    -- --
    -- --

    Financial Planning

    Endowment Value --
    Spending Policy N/A
    Percentage(If selected) --
    Credit Line No
    Reserve Fund Yes
    How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

    Capital Campaign

    Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Purpose --
    Campaign Goal --
    Capital Campaign Dates -
    Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

    Short Term Solvency

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.82 4.96 4.26

    Long Term Solvency

    Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
    Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

    CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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    Foundation Comments

    Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. The breakout of Foundation & Corporation, Government and Indirect (United Way) funding was provided by the nonprofit.

    Impact

    The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


    1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

    X-Cel’s ultimate goal is to assist economically disadvantaged youth and adults to complete the education and training necessary to enter careers that will allow them to earn a living wage and gain economic stability. Out-of-school youth and adults come to X-Cel because they are unemployed or underemployed and they are lacking the education and credentials required to enter a career that will support themselves and their families. X-Cel works with all program participants to prepare them to pass their high school equivalency exam and to prepare for success in post-secondary education. We then support them until they complete their post-secondary credential and enter a career that will provide them with economic self-sufficiency.

    X-Cel focuses on economically disadvantaged, out-of-school youth and adults in Greater Boston. With 45 X-Cel HSE graduates and 27 X-Cel program participants enrolled in post-secondary education in the 2015-2016 school year, X-Cel is a top youth & adult education provider in Boston. 

    X-Cel counts as a success each individual who obtains a post-secondary credential that allows her or him to enter a career that provides economic self-sufficiency and breaks the chain of poverty.  This individual can now assist his or her children with their homework, and will be a contributing member of our society. This benefits not only the individual, but children, the community, local employers, and our society-at-large.


    2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

    X-Cel has an innovative program model that addresses the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged Greater Boston residents who lack a high school credential. This program model has many unique aspects: placing our classes in neighborhoods with the highest educational needs by partnering with community-based organizations that provide physical space at no cost to X-Cel; a rolling admissions policy, with no wait list, for immediate class enrollment; individualized and customized instruction; and integrated use of a weekly average of 45 volunteer instructors and program graduates as instructors and intake assessment coordinators. All of these strategies were designed with learner input to remove common barriers that keep many economically disadvantaged Greater Boston residents from reaching their educational and career goals. 

    When new learners walk through X-Cel’s doors each week for the first time, they complete an academic assessment and then sit down with an X-Cel coach who designs customized learning plans for each individual, based on the assessment results coupled with the education and career goals of each learner. X-Cel provides free Pre-HSE classes, HSE Prep classes, College Prep classes, and post-secondary support for those enrolled in post-secondary education, so that each learner can start on his/her educational path, regardless of their academic level at intake, and progress from one level to the next until completion of a post-secondary credential. X-Cel classes are provided in the morning and evening in convenient community locations in Dorchester, East Boston, the Mattapan/Dorchester line, Mission Hill, and Roxbury. 

     Program participants receive academic and coaching support in small groups and with individualized instruction while on their educational pathway at X-Cel. 50% of X-Cel staff members are X-Cel program alumni who are college graduates or currently enrolled in college. Each is from the same background and facing the same challenges as our program participants. The X-Cel program alumni on staff each serve as role models and problem solvers. X-Cel staff and volunteers follow and support our program participants until they complete an industry-recognized post-secondary credential and enter a career that pays a living wage and offers career advancement.

    3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

    X-Cel has 16 years of experience as an organization, developing and refining our program model to ensure that it is both effective and efficient in preparing economically disadvantaged youth and adults to obtain their high school credential and complete a post-secondary credential. For six years X-Cel was part of the ABE-to-College Transition Network, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and was part of the Postsecondary Success Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for three years. As part of both of these networks, X-Cel staff gained immeasurable expertise in the field and was exposed to numerous promising practices from around the country that we have incorporated into our program delivery. 

    X-Cel’s staff has years of experience in the field and several X-Cel staff members have trained and presented at conferences around the country, sharing promising practices of X-Cel with other youth and adult educators. 50% of X-Cel’s staff are X-Cel program graduates, who bring their own life experiences to their work and continually assist us in our program design. Many of X-Cel’s 45 weekly volunteers have worked with X-Cel for multiple years and they also bring expertise from many different fields to share with our staff and program participants. X-Cel’s culture is one of flexibility and innovation; all of us at X-Cel strive to continually improve our service delivery to ensure it is as effective and efficient as possible.

    X-Cel’s program model depends on collaboration with other community-based organizations. Not only do our partner organizations provide physical space for X-Cel’s classes, but they bring complementary services to our program participants. These partnerships allow X-Cel to focus on education and to be experts in what we do, but at the same time ensure that our program participants receive the services they need in order to be successful in their quest to complete the education and training necessary to begin their career of choice. X-Cel is an active member of youth and adult education networks in Boston, both to share promising practices and to take part in developing more comprehensive and effective service delivery to all out-of-school youth and adults in the Boston area.


    4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

    X-Cel collects the following data as indicators of how many of our program participants are progressing toward their long-term educational and career goals: (1) The number of X-Cel program participants who increase their reading/math skills by one grade level or more each year, (2) the number of X-Cel program participants who obtain their high school equivalency credential each year, (3) the number of X-Cel program participants who enroll in post-secondary education each year, (4) the number of X-Cel program participants who complete their first two semesters in post-secondary education, and (5) the number of X-Cel program participants who complete an industry-recognized post-secondary credential. As described earlier X-Cel already is among the top providers in Boston for annual number of high school equivalency graduates and number of program participants entering post-secondary education. X-Cel’s strategic plan calls for doubling these performance targets by 2018. 

    X-Cel’s performance data is continuously updated and shared among X-Cel staff members, volunteers, board members and donors through X-Cel’s social media pages, website and e-newsletter. X-Cel staff members and volunteers monitor and analyze this data to determine the effectiveness of each level of X-Cel program services. As soon as we notice that we are not hitting a specific performance target that we have set as an organization, X-Cel staff members meet to implement strategies to address our performance in that area. X-Cel is a very flexible organization and continuously innovates and adjusts our program delivery model based on the needs of our program participants and to ensure that as an organization, we are delivering the performance that we have promised.   


    5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

     

    As mentioned earlier, X-Cel has developed an innovative program model that addresses the challenges faced by economically disadvantaged Greater Boston residents who lack a high school credential. This program model has produced impressive results. In the past three years (2013-14 to 2015-16) , we have seen 159 HSE graduates and 117 individuals enrolled in post-secondary education (from HSE Prep/College Prep). Both of these statistics are among the highest of any youth or adult education program in Boston. X-Cel’s program model is replicable and it is our goal to serve many more economically disadvantaged youth and adults in Boston, which is why the board has adopted a strategic plan which calls for doubling again the annual number of X-Cel high school equivalency graduates and the annual number of X-Cel students who enroll in post-secondary education.

    X-Cel has been developing a college-going culture throughout our programming, infusing career-readiness and college-readiness skill-development into all our classes. Of the 13 students X-Cel enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College in January 2015, 8 (62%) were still enrolled for the January 2016 semester, an impressive statistic for this population. Many X-Cel students have completed their post-secondary credential and have entered careers in their field of study.

     

    X-Cel’s current goal is to expand our student reach in the most at-risk neighborhoods, continually improve our HSE curriculum to match test standards, and improve post-secondary support capabilities. This will greatly increase the number of X-Cel graduates who complete the education and training necessary to enter careers that will allow them to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This will have a significant beneficial effect on the families of our program participants, as well as the communities where they live.