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Operation Bootstrap Inc.

 20 Wheeler Street, Suite 203
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (781) 5998543
[F] (781) 5998547
http://www.operationbootstrap.org/
tirrell@operationbootstrap.org
Edward Tirrell
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INCORPORATED: 1980
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2679573

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2015
Organization DBA Operation Bootstap, Inc., The Center for Adult Learners


Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

 

Operation Bootstrap’s mission is to (1) provide a supportive educational environment for adult learners from the greater Lynn area; (2) provide opportunities for non-native English speakers to learn English and improve their English language arts and math skills; (3) encourage students to explore a variety of career pathways available in the regional labor market; (4) develop employment, career and/or college readiness skills; and (5) successfully make the transition to post-secondary education, training and employment.

 

Mission Statement

 

Operation Bootstrap’s mission is to (1) provide a supportive educational environment for adult learners from the greater Lynn area; (2) provide opportunities for non-native English speakers to learn English and improve their English language arts and math skills; (3) encourage students to explore a variety of career pathways available in the regional labor market; (4) develop employment, career and/or college readiness skills; and (5) successfully make the transition to post-secondary education, training and employment.

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2012 to Aug 31, 2013
Projected Income $885,600.00
Projected Expense $900,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) Classes
  • Career Pathways
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

 

Operation Bootstrap’s mission is to (1) provide a supportive educational environment for adult learners from the greater Lynn area; (2) provide opportunities for non-native English speakers to learn English and improve their English language arts and math skills; (3) encourage students to explore a variety of career pathways available in the regional labor market; (4) develop employment, career and/or college readiness skills; and (5) successfully make the transition to post-secondary education, training and employment.

 


Background Statement

Operation Bootstrap, Inc., a center for adult learners in Lynn, Massachusetts was founded in 1976, and over the past 35 years has served more twenty-five thousand (25,000) immigrant, refugee and native English speaking families. Our adult students learn English, take adult basic education classes leading to a high school equivalency diploma (GED); prepare for U.S. Citizenship; learn basic computer skills; learn about the importance of family literacy; explore various careers in the regional labor market; and develop the skill levels needed to participate in post-secondary education and training, that can move people towards economic self-sufficiency.

 


Impact Statement

Operation Bootstrap, Inc. serves some 300 students per year in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and another 130 students in our Adult Basic and Secondary Education classes. In addition, 50 students participate in our Distance Learning Program and another 100+ students in our U.S. citizenship, computer literacy, and English conversation classes. All classes at Operation Bootstrap are provided to the students for free.
 
We recently hired several new staff, recruited a new Board of Directors, and redesigned our program and curriculum to better prepare students for the kinds of post-secondary education and training they will need to pursue meaningful college and career pathways.
 
This year we intensified our program, incorporating career exploration and individualized education and career planning into our student services program. We also have begun providing one-to-one mentoring to our students transitioning into their "next steps" through our Work and Career Readiness.
 
We moved into a new facility on August 1, 2012 and we have an ambitious Annual Campaign in place to support our growth and expansion.
 
 

Needs Statement

1. Matching Funds:  we have the opportunity to bring significant dollars into the Lynn community to support adult education efforts ($4 million over the next five years), but need to provide a 20% donor match to leverage those funds.
 
2. We need technical assistance in improving our IT, communications and computer assisted instruction  (CAI) capabilities.
 
3. We need to continue to expand our Work and Career Readiness program to allow us to work intensively with each student in our program to achieve financial independence.
 
4. As the job market changes and 70% of jobs on the North Shore require post secondary education and training, we need to revamp our curriculum to create a clear pathway to these programs and trainings. Substantial curriculum planning and staff resources will be required to recreate our program.
 
5. Volunteers:  we can significantly expand the number of students we serve through volunteers. Currently we offer ten volunteer-led English Conversation classes per week;we would like to double that number. We currently have some 25 volunteers providing one-to-one tutoring; we would like to expand that component of our program. We would also like to create a mentorship program for students looking for living wage employment. 
 
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
Operation Bootstrap serves many students from Lynn and the surrounding North Shore communities, including Revere, Salem, and Swampscott.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Education - Educational Services
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Classes

Operation Bootstrap offers three levels of free Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes. The classes begin at the 2nd grade level and progress through the GED (high school equivalency) level. All three levels are offered in the mornings and evenings four days per week. Each class meets for three hours each day, offering students 12 hours classes per week. Classes focus on reading, writing, and math skills. Through the ABE courses, student improve their literacy skills and work towards meeting long-term goals in their lives, such as entering college or transitioning to a new career.
Budget  254,984
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  During the past fiscal year, 130 students were enrolled in ABE classes at Bootstrap. Of those students, 49 percent showed learning gains on the required Department of Education assessments. These assessments measure student gains in reading and math skills. On average, students attended 160 hours of classes.
Program Long-Term Success  Offering these classes helps to meet the huge need for adult education in the Lynn area. Nearly a third of Lynn residents do not have a high school diploma, so the need for adult literacy / GED classes is tremendous. Completing classes helps student move towards college and career readiness. Better paying jobs and the ability to continue with their educations are two primary goals of the students.
Program Success Monitored By  Students at Operation Bootstrap take pre- and post-tests to document the learning gains made by each student. In addition, all students set goals which are monitored and tracked. These goals may include items such as improving reading skills, securing a pay raise, passing their GED, and increasing technology skills. All goals are entered into our date base and monitored for completion.
Examples of Program Success 
During the last fiscal year, 130 students participated in ABE classes at Operation Boostrap. Of those, 38% showed learning gains based on the results of their pre and post tests. Students set four goals and on average met at least two of those goals. 
 
During Fiscal Year 2011-2012, 15 students obtained their GED (high school equivalency), many of whom continued on to college programs. 
 

Career Pathways

This is a new program at Operation Bootstrap that provides free college / career readiness classes to students. The classes are contextualized around two content areas: advanced manufacturing and health care. The math, reading, and writing curriculum prepares students to enter certificate programs at the college level in their chosen fields.
Budget  55,988
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  While this is the pilot year of this program, it is hoped that by the end of the school year students will pass the required placement tests and be prepared to enter certificate programs at the college level.
Program Long-Term Success  This is the pilot year for this program. Operation Bootstrap hopes to expand this component of its program in future years. Many of our students hope to continue on to college or attain a higher-paying job, however they don't have the skills to jump into a college or career setting. The goal of these classes is to bridge this gap and provide students with the necessary skills to become successful students and employees.
Program Success Monitored By  Students are required to
Examples of Program Success  This is the pilot year of the program, so data on program success is not yet available.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Operation Bootstrap provides three levels of free English classes. Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, and evenings three to four days per week. All classes meet for three hours each day. In addition, we offer English conversation classes to student on our wait list, which meet once or twice a week. Operation Bootstrap also offers a distance learning program for on-line English instruction.
Budget  350,140
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees International
Program Short-Term Success  Over the last fiscal year, 286 students were served by the ESOL program at Operation Bootstrap. Of those, 60 percent showed learning gains according to the Department of Education's standards and 51 percent were ready to move to the next level of classes.
Program Long-Term Success 
Nearly a third of the population in Lynn has limited English proficiency. The programs offered through Operation Bootstrap help to address this issue. By improving their English skills, students are able to get better jobs and to participate more actively in the community.
 
Program Success Monitored By  Students at Operation Bootstrap take pre and post tests to document the learning gains made by each student. In addition, all students set goals which are monitored and tracked. These goals may include items such as securing a pay raise, registering to vote, learning about American culture, or gaining computer skills. All goals are entered into our date base and monitored for completion.
Examples of Program Success  In FY2011-12, 60 percent of ESOL students showed learning gains on the required assessments over the course of the year. In addition, each student set four goals on average and met at least two of those goals. Nearly half of the students completed the level of class in which they were enrolled and were able to progress to the next level. On average, students attended 160 hours of classes over the course of the fiscal year.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Edward Tirrell
CEO Term Start Apr 2011
CEO Email tirrell@operationbootstrap.org
CEO Experience

The Operation Bootstrap Executive Director, Edward Tirrell, has an extensive background in community development, adult education and workforce development, organizational development, and  non-profit corporate management. Mr. Tirrell has played a leadership role in (1) human services program development and management, helping to develop innovative approaches in both juvenile and adult corrections in Massachusetts; (2)  in community economic development, having served as the founding Director of three community development corporations; (3) in adult education and workforce development having developed innovative workforce development programs in health care, building trades and advanced manufacturing; and (4) in organizational development, helping both older and start-up organizations to refine their mission, develop a clear vision and develop plans and strategies to move them to that vision.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Don Phillip Edwards Mar 2003 July 2010
Anne Serino Mar 1986 Sept 2002

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 34
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 22
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
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 Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Paula Murphy-Roux
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eastern Bank
Board Chair Term Oct 2013 - Oct 2015
Board Co-Chair Ms. Rosemary Sargent
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Congressman Tierney's Office
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2012 - Oct 2014

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Maria Carrasco Lynn School Committee Voting
Mr. Tony Dunn North Shore Labor Council Voting
Ms. Keisha Moses Endicott College Voting
Ms. Paula Murphy-Roux Eastern Bank Voting
Mr. Ariel Noesi Eastern Bank Voting
Ms. Thelma Riley OB Graduate Voting
Ms. Rosemary Sargent Congressman Tierney's Office Voting
Mr. Edward Tirrell OB Director NonVoting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 54%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Compensation
  • Finance
  • Membership
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2012 to Aug 31, 2013
Projected Income $885,600.00
Projected Expense $900,000.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,052,550 $847,934 $844,309
Total Expenses $969,677 $849,669 $865,078

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $10,000
Government Contributions $981,529 $749,129 $766,774
    Federal -- -- --
    State $724,666 $673,711 $603,843
    Local $27,898 $72,418 $133,801
    Unspecified $228,965 $3,000 $29,130
Individual Contributions $8,953 $22,542 $17,834
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $8 $26
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $14,332 $16,149 $250
Revenue In-Kind $47,737 $54,360 $48,027
Other -- $5,746 $1,398

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $926,605 $800,150 $767,767
Administration Expense $39,567 $38,247 $93,199
Fundraising Expense $3,506 $11,272 $4,112
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 1.00 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 94% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $138,708 $137,738 $127,686
Current Assets $132,599 $137,738 $127,686
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $20,002 $101,905 $90,118
Total Net Assets $118,706 $35,833 $37,568

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.63 1.35 1.42

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 are per the organization's audited financials primarily, with additional data per the 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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