Share |

Courageous Sailing Center for Youth, Inc.

 1 First Avenue, Charlestown Navy Yard
 Boston, MA 02129
[P] (617) 242-3821
[F] --
http://www.courageoussailing.org
[email protected]
Jennifer Bodde
Facebook Twitter
INCORPORATED: 1987
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2987534

LAST UPDATED: 10/04/2017
Organization DBA Courageous Sailing
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

Courageous is a sports-based youth development program that uses sailing, swimming, and related STEM education as platforms for social-emotional growth and out-of-school-time learning. We are committed to making sailing accessible to all and removing barriers that have traditionally prevented marginalized youth from participating in our programs. As our students master sailing skills, they also build self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking, teamwork, and knowledge and appreciation of the natural world—skills necessary for success on the water, in school, and in the workplace. At Courageous, we believe that learning to navigate through the obstacles of busy Boston Harbor helps youth learn to navigate through and overcome life’s challenges. In the words of our founder, “Every child’s perspective is improved 50 yards offshore.”

Mission Statement

Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

Courageous is a sports-based youth development program that uses sailing, swimming, and related STEM education as platforms for social-emotional growth and out-of-school-time learning. We are committed to making sailing accessible to all and removing barriers that have traditionally prevented marginalized youth from participating in our programs. As our students master sailing skills, they also build self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking, teamwork, and knowledge and appreciation of the natural world—skills necessary for success on the water, in school, and in the workplace. At Courageous, we believe that learning to navigate through the obstacles of busy Boston Harbor helps youth learn to navigate through and overcome life’s challenges. In the words of our founder, “Every child’s perspective is improved 50 yards offshore.”

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,560,000.00
Projected Expense $1,522,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Courageous Sailing Youth Program
  • 2. Steps To Lead summer sailing program
  • 3. The Reach Initiative
  • 4. Swim Sail Science summer program
  • 5. Instructor-in-Training program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

Courageous is a sports-based youth development program that uses sailing, swimming, and related STEM education as platforms for social-emotional growth and out-of-school-time learning. We are committed to making sailing accessible to all and removing barriers that have traditionally prevented marginalized youth from participating in our programs. As our students master sailing skills, they also build self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking, teamwork, and knowledge and appreciation of the natural world—skills necessary for success on the water, in school, and in the workplace. At Courageous, we believe that learning to navigate through the obstacles of busy Boston Harbor helps youth learn to navigate through and overcome life’s challenges. In the words of our founder, “Every child’s perspective is improved 50 yards offshore.”

Background Statement

Courageous Sailing was established in 1987 by Boston sailing enthusiast Harry McDonough, whose dream it was to teach life skills to children from all economic and ethnic backgrounds through the sport of sailing. Since its inception, Courageous has become a nationally recognized center for community-based sailing and youth development, offering lessons and memberships for adults, corporate team-building, sailing for those with special needs, and a thriving youth program for children in metro Boston.

At Courageous, sailboats represent a unique and powerful "classroom" that inspires the imagination, encourages personal growth, and nurtures positive life skills. Our commitment to character development, quality instruction, and long term relationship building has had a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of young sailors.

Our youth programs are free of charge for those in need and serve over 1,000 children year-round at four locations: Charlestown, Jamaica Pond, Camp Harbor View, and UMass Boston in Dorchester. Our Steps To Lead summer program teaches sailing, hands-on science, and an appreciation of the natural world while fostering the confidence, perseverance, teamwork, and transferable job skills necessary for success on the water, in school, and in their careers. Young sailors remain involved with Courageous over the course of years, starting as novices, building competence and independence as they progress through six “Steps,” and eventually becoming paid Instructors-in-Training and instructors themselves.

Courageous launched the Reach Initiative in 2012 to reduce the barriers—such as a lack of swimming ability, scheduling and transportation issues, food insecurity, and the need for a program offering academic support--that have traditionally prevented marginalized youth from participating in our sailing programs. The cornerstone of the Initiative is Swim Sail Science, an intensive 5-week summer program that combines sailing and swimming lessons with academic instruction by Boston Public School teachers. After completing the 2-year Swim Sail Science program, many children join Steps To Lead. Students also have opportunities throughout the school year for ongoing sailing, swimming, and science lessons to allow them to deepen their involvement with Courageous and develop the swimming skills required for more advanced sailing courses. Reach Initiative programs are free of charge and include meals, bus transportation, and extended day care.


Impact Statement

Top accomplishments of 2016

1. The delivery of the most hours of youth summer and school-year programming in Courageous’s history, together with demonstrated excellence in program quality and outcomes as evaluated by outside observers and leading measurement tools.

2. The ongoing success of our Reach Initiative, dedicated to making Courageous Sailing programs fully accessible to youth from underserved communities. Since its inception in 2012, the Reach Initiative has made over 350 long term summer learning opportunities available to economically disadvantaged Boston kids. In 2016, 64 elementary school students participated in Swim Sail Science, a 2-summer, 5-week program combining academic instruction with swimming and sailing lessons. Twenty four students, having graduated from Swim Sail Science and passed the Courageous swim test, participated in our more advanced Steps To Lead sailing program—well on track to becoming Instructors-in-Training and instructors themselves.

3. The design and implementation of a custom Salesforce student/member/donor relationship management database.

4. Record years for each of our three major fundraising events.

Goals for the Current Year

1. Another strong year of delivering uniquely effective, high-quality youth development programming.

2. Expanded capacity to meet community need through additional programming at UMass Boston and Jamaica Pond satellite locations.

3. Continued development and sharing of best practices with other partners and peer organizations in youth development/education.

Needs Statement

In order to continue to provide high quality programming and increase program capacity to meet community demand and accommodate a growing number of students, we have the following needs:

1. Boats to expand programming at UMass and Jamaica Pond

2. Boats, sails, engines, to refresh our aging fleet of sailboats and safety boats at our Charlestown site

3. 100+ skilled seasonal staff each summer

4. Leadership staff to oversee the increase in capacity in Charlestown and satellite sites while ensuring program quality and operational/financial sustainability

5. Improved year-round facilities in Charlestown – classroom space, offices, and a bigger workshop. Within 4-6 years, our goal is to build a new boathouse.


CEO Statement

--

Board Chair Statement

--

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
The youth program serves children from metro Boston. Our Reach Initiative programs target youth from underserved communities in Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Chinatown.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education -
  3. Science & Technology - Marine Science and Oceanography

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

Yes

Programs

1. Courageous Sailing Youth Program

The Courageous Youth Program is comprised of a number of related year-round learning opportunities for metro Boston children. Our programs use sailing, the marine environment, and related STEM education as platforms for youth development. Programs are free for those in need (several are free for all) and serve over 1,000 children at four sites: Charlestown, Jamaica Pond, Camp Harbor View on Long Island, and UMass Boston. Our programs bring children from diverse backgrounds together over multiple years; many children start sailing with us at age 8, participate in a variety of programs, and work as instructors into their early twenties. Our summer and Instructor-in-Training programs, as well as our Reach Initiative to make our opportunities more accessible, are described in more detail separately. In addition, we offer after school and high school sailing, including the district-wide Boston Public Schools sailing team.
Budget  $762,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Please refer to individual program descriptions below for specific objectives. For after school and high school sailing programs, in the next year:

 

  • 60 elementary school students from 3 nearby schools, primarily sailors in the Steps To Lead or Swim Sail Science programs, will participate in 9 weekly sailing sessions.
  • Five high schools will use Courageous facilities for sailing team practice and/or racing.
  • Courageous will host 2 area-wide high school regattas.
  • A minimum of 30 students will sail with the Boston Latin School or Boston Public Schools sailing team.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

In the broadest terms, our long term goals include:

 

  • Young people from varied backgrounds will master the complex sport of sailing and gain access to a lifetime of sailing, outdoor activities, and environmental stewardship.
  • Courageous sailors will learn life skills and acquire cultural capital through Courageous programs, and apply these to achieve success in school, college, and the workforce.
  • Young sailors will remain involved with Courageous over a course of years, feeling supported, challenged, and part of the Courageous community.
  • Teens and young adults who grew up sailing at Courageous will identify the experience as playing a critical role in their development.
  • As graduates of our Reach Initiative outreach programs progress though the Steps To Lead program and become Instructors-in-Training and instructors, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of Courageous's youth programs will be supported and sustained over time.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

We utilize a variety of tools, coordinated by a seasonal New Sector Alliance fellow, to evaluate the quality of our summer youth programs. Tools include:

 

  • The Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT) was designed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). It utilizes a full-day observation by an independent rater, focused on the categories of program organization and structure, supportive environment, and engagement in activities and learning.
  • The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO), also developed by NIOST, uses student and instructor/teacher surveys to assess areas linked to academic and life success.
  • Program Satisfaction Surveys, developed in-house and completed by both students and parents, give us information about program quality, community needs, and students' personal growth.
  • Sailing and swimming progress reports
  • Attendance and retention records
  •  Instructors and IITs provide and receive feedback during 3 check-in sessions

 

 
Examples of Program Success 

These responses to the question, "Looking back over your child's/your time at Courageous this summer, what is the biggest change that you’ve noticed in your child/yourself?" capture Courageous's impact.

 

  • “...I have watched our son learn to handle responsibility...and develop leadership skills...His goal is...to eventually become an instructor.”
  • “We have seen a marked increase in confidence in...Samira. She is becoming more independent and learning to trust her own decision making."
  • “I see that he pays attention more to details – and I think because Courageous talks about listening and being safe I think it helped Vi’Shon a lot.”
  • "In a sailboat, everyone needs to work together. So communication is really important. I think I've gotten better at that."
  • "That I take more control of sailing in my group and I am more open to trying new things, doing things independently, and asking more questions when I need help."
  • "I'm more open to seeing different points of views."

 


2. Steps To Lead summer sailing program

Steps To Lead (S2L), Courageous’s summer sailing school, teaches sailing and more to approximately 370 children each year. Steps To Lead is free of charge to those in need; admission is need-blind, and fees are set on a sliding scale based on income.

Steps To Lead is built on a six-"Step” curriculum that takes young sailors (aged 8-18) of all backgrounds from novice to expert over the course of seven or more summers. Each Step includes sailing instruction, environmental/science education, and a focus on social-emotional growth. As sailors progress through the Steps, they gain independence as they master skills, eventually having the opportunity to become Instructors-in-Training. At Courageous, learning and mastering sailing encourages leadership and teamwork, nurtures stewardship of the marine environment, and builds positive life skills.

Budget  $376,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Participants will demonstrate social-emotional growth and improve sailing skills.

 

  • Students, instructors, and parents will identify significant improvements in confidence and other life skills on a variety of quantitative and qualitative evaluations.
  • 80% of students will improve major sailing skills by at least 1 point on a 5-point scale over the summer.

 

S2L will provide a high-quality, engaging, challenging, supportive environment.

 

  • Steps To Lead will meet the benchmark score in 80% of the items assessed on the APT and SAYO-Youth, including organization of activity, youth enjoy and feel engaged, and social-emotional environment.

 

More children will be able to participate in S2L than last year.

  • 84+ instructors/staff will be hired to serve more than 370 children.
  • The waitlist will decrease.
  • 20 young sailors will participate in programming offered at UMass Boston to expand capacity and make programs more accessible to families from Dorchester and surrounding areas.
Program Long-Term Success 

In addition to the broad goals outlined in the above overarching Youth Program section, our long term vision includes:

 

  • Our sailing students will remain involved with Courageous over multiple years.
  • Each year, a minimum of 85% of the previous year’s Step 2-5 students will re-enroll.
  • More than 2/3 of our sailing instructors will be S2L graduates.
  • Our sailing skills curriculum upgrade and addition of sailing-related STEM lessons for our advanced sailors, implemented in 2015, will lead to a deeper understanding of sailing theory and a more diversified skill set in our students and instructors.
  • Our capacity will expand to meet community need for programming and accommodate the increasing numbers of Swim Sail Science graduates joining S2L.
  • •Eventually, families from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods will have convenient access to full S2L and Swim Sail Science programming at UMass Boston.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

We utilize a variety of tools, coordinated by a seasonal New Sector Alliance fellow, to evaluate the quality of S2L. Tools include:

 

  • The Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT) was designed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) to help programs assess effective program practices. The APT utilizes a full-day observation by an independent rater, focused on the categories of program organization and structure, supportive environment, and engagement in activities and learning.
  • The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO), also developed by NIOST, uses student and instructor surveys to assess areas linked to academic and life success.
  • Program Satisfaction Surveys, developed in-house and completed by both students and parents, give us information about program quality, community needs, and students' personal growth.
  • Sailing progress reports
  • Attendance and retention records; feedback from instructors during 3 check-in sessions

 

Examples of Program Success 

S2L students made significant strides in confidence, perseverance, problem solving, initiative, and all other social-emotional skills assessed. 96% were proud of how they had improved as a sailor, and more than 80% improved sailing skills by one point or more.

We provided quality, engaging, and supportive environment, meeting or exceeding NIOST’s benchmark for success in 83% of items and achieving “top performer” status in more than half. The NIOST observer’s comments highlighted the real-world relevance of the hands-on, child-driven activities that kept youth “100% engaged all day" and the relationships among children and between youth and instructors. She stated, “This is an exemplary program in terms of empowering youth—both in terms of providing lots of opportunities for youth to take leadership and shape individual learning and in terms of creating an atmosphere where it not only safe, but fun, for the youth to take the types of risks that lead to real learning.”


3. The Reach Initiative

The Reach Initiative (RI) exists to make Courageous programs accessible to marginalized youth. RI programs are free of charge and include meals, bus transportation, and extended day care. Its cornerstone summer program, Swim Sail Science (SSS), is described in the following section. SSS graduates may advance to Steps To Lead; the RI encompasses program expansion to accommodate and support them. We also offer approximately 20 year-round sailing, swimming, and science lessons, primarily for SSS participants and alumni, to give them the opportunity to deepen their involvement with Courageous and develop the swimming skills required for more advanced sailing courses. The RI also offers after school STEM instruction and a Sailing Boot Camp for at-risk teens who want to fast-track their sailing skills for eventual employment at Courageous. RI programs are coordinated by our Outreach Manager, whose background in social work has also proved to be an invaluable resource for youth and staff.
Budget  $344,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

 

  • More than 50% of SSS students/alumni will participate in at least one school-year engagement opportunity.
  • 60% of SSS students will be able to pass the Courageous swim requirements for more advanced classes after two years of SSS and school-year swim lessons.
  • In 2017, 50 RI participants will enroll in S2L.
  • By 2020, 1-5 RI participants will become Instructors-in-Training.

 

Program Long-Term Success 

In addition to the broad goals outlined in the above overarching Youth Program section, our long term Reach Initiative vision includes:

 

  • RI programs will provide an alternate “entrance ramp” into Courageous programs for children who might not otherwise be able to access them or even be aware of the opportunities.
  • The RI’s focus on building personal, year-round relationships with students and families and offering support as needed (such as translation services, access to a trained social worker, and one-on-one academic and/or behavioral aid) will result in students building strong connection with Courageous over a course of years.
  • RI participants will build cultural capital as they progress through S2L and the Instructor-in-Training programs, becoming confident at interacting in different contexts with people of a variety backgrounds
  • All youth program participants will benefit from exposure to an increasingly diverse variety of perspectives and experiences.

 

Program Success Monitored By 

We assess our summer RI programs using the following tools, coordinated by a seasonal New Sector Alliance fellow:

 

  • The Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT) was designed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) to help programs assess effective program practices. The APT utilizes a full-day observation by an independent rater, focused on the categories of program organization and structure, supportive environment, and engagement in activities and learning.
  • The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO), also developed by NIOST, uses student and teacher surveys to assess areas linked to academic and life success.
  • Program Satisfaction Surveys, developed in-house and completed by both students and parents, give us information about program quality, community needs, and students' personal growth.
  • Sailing and swimming progress reports
  • Attendance and retention records
  • Feedback from instructors and teachers during 3 check-in sessions

 

Examples of Program Success 

The Reach Initiative is doing just what we hoped it would when we started it in 2012. Children from underserved communities now have the resources and swimming skills to sail at Courageous, and our programs are becoming even more effective and diverse.

  • Over 350 youth have participated in the RI since its inception.
  • Twenty-four RI participants are currently progressing through S2L, well on track to becoming Instructors-in-Training.
  • 64% of 2nd-year SSS students passed the Courageous swim test in 2016.
  • Over 80% of summer youth program participants said that they enjoyed meeting kids from different neighborhoods and backgrounds more as a result of their summer.
  • 100% of 2016 SSS parents want their child to sail at Courageous next year.

4. Swim Sail Science summer program

Swim Sail Science, the cornerstone of the Reach Initiative to make our sailing programs more accessible to marginalized young people, is an intensive 5-week summer program for underserved rising 4th and 5th graders. The 2-year program combines sailing and swimming lessons with language arts, math, and science instruction by Boston Public School teachers. SSS is a highly successful site of Boston’s Summer Learning Project, a collaborative of area summer programs working to reduce summer learning loss. SSS serves approximately 65 Boston Public School students who are most vulnerable to the damaging, cumulative effects of summer learning loss, including those whose learning needs are not best served in a traditional classroom setting. 81% of students in our 2016 SSS program live in households earning less than $50,000 (56% earn below $25,000), and 89% belong to ethnic minority groups. Most of our students hail from Charlestown, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Chinatown.
Budget  $230,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

 

  • By the end of each summer, over 50% of SSS students will meet or exceed NIOST’s standards for success in all social-emotional skills assessed by their teachers.
  • Students and the independent NIOST observer will feel that SSS provides quality program offerings; a supportive, engaging, and challenging environment; and opportunities for youth to build strong relationships with each other and with staff. The program will meet or exceed NIOST’s benchmarks for success in at least 80% of the items assessed.
  • 90% of SSS students will make quantifiable improvements to their swimming and sailing skills, as evaluated by instructors on their swimming and sailing progress reports.

 

Program Long-Term Success  A national, ongoing RAND Corporation study of SSS and similar programs confirms that students who regularly attend a 5-week summer program featuring high-quality instruction and high levels of academic time make substantial gains in language arts, math, and social-emotional skills, especially when they participate for two consecutive years (as most of our students do). It is our hope that the confidence, pride, and perseverance that come with learning challenging skills like swimming and sailing, combined with an improvement in academic understanding over the summer, will translate into a increase in students' motivation, engagement in learning, and lasting academic success. Our goal is for participants to experience no summer learning loss, and in fact make academic gains, in comparison to peers without the same opportunity. More expansively, we aspire for SSS and similar programs to help eliminate the achievement gap between low-income Boston children and their more affluent peers.
Program Success Monitored By 

We assess the success of SSS using the following tools, coordinated by a seasonal New Sector Alliance fellow:

 

  • The Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT) was designed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) to help programs assess effective program practices. The APT utilizes a full-day observation by an independent rater, focused on the categories of program organization and structure, supportive environment, and engagement in activities and learning.
  • The Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes (SAYO), also developed by NIOST, uses student and teacher surveys to assess areas linked to academic and life success.
  • Program Satisfaction Surveys, developed in-house and completed by both students and parents, give us information about program quality, community needs, and students' personal growth.
  • Sailing and swimming progress reports
  • Attendance and retention records; feedback from instructors and teachers during 3 check-in sessions

 

Examples of Program Success 

SSS students improved their social-emotional skills during summer 2016, as assessed by their teachers. In the category of engagement in learning, for example, 74% met or exceeded the benchmark for success by the end of the summer, as compared to only 4% at the beginning. Students made comparable strides in self-regulation and relationships with peers and adults, and improved in all categories. Students made substantial progress in language arts and math, as well as sailing and swimming skills.

The scores given to SSS by the NIOST observer affirm that the program was engaging and high in quality. The observer commented on the well-organized activities, integrated curriculum, focus on team building and one-on-one bonding, use of open-ended questions to stimulate thinking, and “warm, encouraging...super supportive and caring” Courageous staff. Participant surveys indicate that SSS helped them socially, surrounded them with supportive adults, and engaged and challenged them.

5. Instructor-in-Training program

The Instructor-in-Training (IIT) program is a 7-week, 2-summer paid job training program. Here, a diverse group of 20 teens aged 15-18 make the transition from student to instructor, developing their abilities to communicate, teach, lead, and inspire the next generation of Courageous kids--while building transferable job skills. After a competitive application and interview process and 40 hours of staff training, IITs spend the summer perfecting their sailing skills, learning and practicing the basics of teaching and youth development, shadowing veteran instructors, and eventually taking charge of instructing a boat of 3 children. They also build professional skills through workshops on interviewing, public speaking, marine industry and education jobs, financial literacy, and more. Like the rest of our staff, IITs set and work on professional goals with 3 formal opportunities to give and get feedback from a supervisor, and are invited to participate in off-season planning sessions.
Budget  $78,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Youth Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

  • On a post-program survey, responses given by IITs to each of 9 items related to feeling supported by peers and supervisors, being prepared by training, being given clear expectations, and having appropriate amounts of responsibility and autonomy will average a 3 out of 4 or higher (agree or strongly agree).
  • Over the summer, IITs will improve by at least 1 level of 5 in a professional goal they set.
  • 12 graduating IITs will be hired as instructors in 2017; 20 IITs will participate in the program.
  • The IIT program will give IITs autonomy and responsibility, balanced by support and supervision

Program Long-Term Success 

  • The IIT program fuels a cycle of excellence. As graduates of the IIT program become instructors, Courageous’s staff will become even more knowledgeable and adept at teaching and youth development, and will increase the depth and breadth of their sailing skills, seamanship, and understanding of sailing theory. As a result, students will learn even more, so that future IITs will already possess advanced skills.
  • IITs will leverage the transferable professional skills they learn to be successful in college and their chosen careers.
  • Some IITs will choose to join related professional fields, such as teaching, youth development, environmental science, marine biology, or naval architecture.

Program Success Monitored By 

  • The IIT program utilizes all of the youth program assessment tools mentioned previously, with the exception of the Program Satisfaction Surveys. Additionally, we capture information about the IIT program from the following:
  • Post-program Instructor Survey completed by IITs
  • IITs, like all of our other staff, participate in 3 formal check-ins with their supervisor to set professional goals (in the areas of professionalism, group leadership, and sailing skills) and discuss their progress using a 5-level rubric. These goals, supervisors’ feedback, and IITs assessments of the program are recorded on an internally developed version of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan.
  • IITs complete a pre- and post-program version of the Holistic Student Assessment, developed by Harvard and Maclean Hospital’s Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR).

Examples of Program Success  Courageous’s IIT program is the strongest that it’s ever been. We have achieved all of the short term goals mentioned above in 2016, or are well on our way. The IIT program met or exceeded the NIOST benchmarks for success in all relevant items, and the 2016 IITs demonstrated improvements to their social-emotional and professional competencies. In the words of the NIOST observer, “Youth are given lots of real-world responsibility, but also lots of support to ensure that they are successful and that everyone stays safe. Staff are excellent-- knowledgeable about sailing and youth development… willing to adapt the program structure and content as needed to ensure it meets the goals, interests, and needs of its participants…Strong mutual respect [is] visible.” Former IITs are indeed succeeding in the world, and several are teaching (or preparing to become teaching), studying or working in marine science or marine science education, or running the IIT program.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. David DiLorenzo
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jennifer Bodde Director of Education --
Jacob Breslin Office Manager --
Adam Lucia Director of Adult Programs --
FJ Ritt Fleet and Facilities Manager --
Toni Sacco Youth Program Director --
Kim Saltmarsh Director of Development --
Ashton Smith Youth Program Outreach Coordinator --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Excellence in Summer Learning Award (with the Boston Summer Learning Project collective) New York Life 2013
Top 10 Community Sailing Centers US Sailing 2011

Affiliations

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

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --

Collaborations

--

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 111
Number of Volunteers 76
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 5
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 56
Male: 66
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

--

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 Mr. Mike Silvia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Marcum LLP
Board Chair Term Sept 2016 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair Ms. Melissa Partridge
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Mass Insight Education
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2016 - 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ned Bicks Forrester Research Voting
Kevin Cain Zizik, Powers, O'Connell, Spaulding & Lamontaghe, PC Voting
Simon Colley Bespoke Training Development --
Maryalice DeCamp Ernst & Young --
Clayton Deutsch Boston Private Bank and Trust Co. Voting
Chris Dubois National Outdoor Leadership School Voting
Paul Foster Reebok Voting
Nancy Joyce Paint Nite Voting
Molly Ladd Mercer Consulting Voting
Mark Lindsay Boston Boatworks LLC Voting
Ben Loveland Wilmer Hale Voting
Gregg Nourjian Mid-Market Securities LLC Voting
Mike Opal Infor Voting
Melissa Partridge Mass Insight Education Voting
Chris Probyn State Street Global Advisors Voting
Elisa Sartori Mesirow Financial Consulting LLP Voting
Michael Silvia Marcum LLP Voting
Alison Simons Mainsheet Marketing Voting
Jerome Smith City Hall --
Phil Stathos Mayflower Advisors Voting
John Strachan Community Volunteer Voting
Chip Terry BzzAgent, Inc. Voting
Steven Ulian Bank of America Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 17
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,560,000.00
Projected Expense $1,522,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,333,075 $1,399,747 $1,114,876
Total Expenses $1,244,988 $1,182,828 $1,052,926

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $524,273 $541,621 $447,059
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $593,346 $650,247 $527,325
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5,762 $6,348 $6,855
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $209,694 $201,531 $133,637
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,066,348 $1,001,894 $751,655
Administration Expense $87,101 $78,993 $202,133
Fundraising Expense $91,539 $101,941 $99,138
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.07 1.18 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 85% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 14% 17%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,010,984 $950,763 $678,061
Current Assets $552,278 $637,893 $426,548
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $160,515 $188,382 $132,599
Total Net Assets $850,469 $762,381 $545,462

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 Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.44 3.39 3.22

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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?

--

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

--

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

--

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

--

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

--