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Organization DBA THE LIONHEART FOUNDATION
THE LIONHEART FOUNDATION, INC.
LIONHEART
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Mission of the Lionheart Foundation is to increase the emotional competency and well-being of at-risk youth and incarcerated adults significantly enough to alter their life course.
The Vision of the Lionheart Foundation is a safer, more evolved society where at-risk individuals are empowered to live up to their potential and contribute, at their best, to the greater good.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Lionheart Foundation is to increase the emotional competency and well-being of at-risk youth and incarcerated adults significantly enough to alter their life course.
The Vision of the Lionheart Foundation is a safer, more evolved society where at-risk individuals are empowered to live up to their potential and contribute, at their best, to the greater good.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $447,150.00
Projected Expense $447,150.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners
  • The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth at Risk

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Lionheart Foundation is to increase the emotional competency and well-being of at-risk youth and incarcerated adults significantly enough to alter their life course.
The Vision of the Lionheart Foundation is a safer, more evolved society where at-risk individuals are empowered to live up to their potential and contribute, at their best, to the greater good.

Background Statement

The Lionheart Foundation was founded by Ms. Robin Casarjian, M.A., a respected author, psychotherapist, and educator. In 1995, Ms. Casarjian wrote (HOH), a book/curriculum that guides prisoners through a program in emotional literacy skill-building. Since 1995, through TLF’s National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners (NELPP), more than 100,000 copies of have been distributed to facilities nationwide and thousands of prisoners have attended HOH programs. Corrections staff, chaplains and counselors have participated in HOH trainings in 17 states. In 2007, Ms. Casarjian was honored for this prison initiative with the Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice. In 2003, Lionheart launched The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth at Risk to meet the unique emotional, social, and cognitive needs of at-risk youth. The centerpiece of the program is the book/curriculum, . This program is currently being utilized in community programs, schools, and juvenile institutions nationwide as a core curriculum or as an adjunct to drug and alcohol prevention and recovery programs, gang and violence prevention programs, and life skills and anger management programs. Trainings in the Power Source curriculum have been offered to hundreds of social workers and other front-line professionals. Lionheart conducted a preliminary investigation on the Power Source Program within the MA DYS with positive outcomes. A major research project funded by the NIH is now underway. Working in the field, Lionheart’s clinical staff saw hundreds of at-risk adolescents with children of their own. Many teen parents are struggling with significant deficits in emotional regulation, impulse control, causal thinking, and self-soothing skills. Responding to an obvious need, Lionheart created and published , a groundbreaking curriculum/book designed with the developmental characteristic of at-risk adolescents and young adult parents in mind. Results from a pilot study are complete and very promisinganda request for funding a larger scale research study on the program was recently granted by NIH.  Included in this intervention is cutting edge "sensor band" technology developed by the MIT that will send real time communication to mothers needing immediate emotional support.

Impact Statement

The Power Source Workbook is a new addition to Lionheart's youth program.  Conceived in 2014, pilot tested in schools and residential programs in 2015 and 2016, the workbook will be published in Fall  2016.  The workbook offers a theoretically-driven, high-impact, ready-to-use resource that requires no explicit training, preparation, or planning, is evidence-informed, accepted by youth and adapted specifically to the needs of at-risk youth.  The goal of this resource is to make the Power Source Program easily accessible to tens of thousands more youth in schools and community programs nationwide.
In 2015, Lionheart applied for, and recently received a grant from the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation to support a Houses of Healing program for inmates in solitary confinement.   In August, 2016 enrollment, in the three prisons being offered the program through CDCR, reached 413 inmates, and continues to grow.  Lionheart's goal is to expand this program to men and women in isolation in prisons across the country. 
HOH volunteers across the country are pivotal in helping prisoners turn a corner and alter the course of their lives. In 2015, 270 volunteers signed up for a free online training that offered a solid overview of the core concepts and teachings in HOH. In addition, 80 volunteers signed on in 2016 and we aim for more in the months to come.
TLF launched a 13-session correspondence course that matches prisoner in isolation/segregation with volunteer facilitators.  Volunteers mail lessons to the prisoners  and encourage the participant by offering some written feedback and a steady and accepting presence while the prisoner engages in this challenging work. More than 100 volunteers were actively engaged in the program in 2015, an additional 30 have joined in so far in 2016 and the program continues to grow.  
TLF has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of at-risk youth and prisoners across the country and aims to impact thousands more in the future.
 


Needs Statement

Lionheart's programs can help far more people.  For every teenager who turns his or her life around, after experiencing our program for at-risk youth, thousands more could benefit.  For every young mother or father who learns from Power Source Parenting how to better raise a child, there are countless others who may never get the chance.  For every prisoner who becomes emotionally literate and returns to society ready to live a productive life, there are so many more who return to prison again and again.  The cost measured in human suffering is enormous.  The cost to our society is unsustainable. 
1. By providing general operating support to Lionheart, you can help us expand our programs and support book-printing costs. Lionheart donates thousands of books each year.
2.  Providing program support will support efforts to develop new resources for the Youth Project now in the planning stages.
 3. Research funding will support our efforts to measure the impact, and expand the number of, prisoner led programs, sponsored by Lionheart, in prisons and jails across the country.
4.  Support for Board development and effective planning  to further ensure Lionheart's growth and success; to enhance Lionheart's public standing and visibility; and to effectively and efficiently steer Lionheart in the direction of a successful and sustainable future.
5.  Support with capacity building would be most helpful to help the thousands of at risk youth and adults across the country.
 
 

CEO Statement

It is an enormous privilege to serve as Executive Director of The Lionheart Foundation.  With the generous support of our donors, TLF has been able to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of our target populations - incarcerated men and women, highly at-risk adolescents, and at-risk teen parents.   In my earliest experience volunteering in prisons, it was clear to me that "doing time" did not need to be a waste of time.  As one Sheriff noted, "Incarceration is too precious an intervention opportunity to waste."  As I facilitated Lionheart's "emotional literacy" programs in jails and prisons, I saw that many prisoners could make the kind of fundamental change necessary to face and heal root causes of crime and addiction.   Social and emotional competency skills can be learned at any time in life -- and Lionheart is committed to creating and giving prisoners, highly at-risk adolescents and at-risk teen parents effective resources to support this learning.   Through mindfulness-based practices, research-driven approaches to behavior change, and the fostering of a profound sense of hopefulness, our programs have met with an outstanding response from both our target populations and the professionals who serve them.  Our programs are now on an evidence-based track with a major NIH-funded research project in process for our youth project and research underway for our parenting program.   Through the expansion of our programs, Lionheart's goal is to empower our target populations to break intergenerational cycles of violence, addiction, incarceration, and ineffective and hurtful parenting -- and live productive, meaningful lives.   The success of TLF over the past 20 years is the tip of the iceberg as we move forward to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals, with the greater goal of a healthier, safer, more peaceful world.

Board Chair Statement

It is my privilege to serve as Board President for The Lionheart Foundation.  Whether it's helping prisoners discover the ultimate freedom of inner peace, helping highly at-risk youth make the right decisions to turn their lives around, or helping teen parents learn the skills required to be loving and responsible mothers and fathers, the Lionheart Foundation is creating real change -- change that lasts from generation to generation, all leading to a society that can be as great as we know it can be.

Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
National
Lionheart's emotional literacy programs have been integrated into thousands of institutions, schools, and community programs for highly at-risk adolescents, teen parents, and incarcerated adults in all 50 states and abroad.  We assure exposure to our programs through professional trainings and free nationwide distribution of our resources, knowing that without this only a tiny fraction of those who could benefit would be given the opportunity.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Rehabilitation Services for Offenders

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

Yes

Programs

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners (The Houses of Healing Program) has transformed programming in hundreds of prisons throughout the United States. For more than 15 years, Lionheart has helped prisoners recognize the emotional forces propelling their criminal activity, while helping them take responsibility for the damage their choices have caused. By means of the curriculum, Houses of Healing: A Prisoners Guide to Inner Power and Freedom, thousands of prisoners in all 50 states have been given practical and powerful tools to take charge of their lives and transform their futures. As a result, the costs to society have been greatly reduced. The vast majority of Houses of Healing are distributed free to prison libraries, prison programs and individual prisoners nationwide. It combines essential tools for change with a keen awareness of the challenges facing incarcerated men and women. Over 90,000 copies of Houses of Healing have been distributed to hundreds of state and federal prisons and county jails throughout the U.S. It is used by prison staff including psychologists, mental health and substance abuse counselors, educators and chaplains, as well as by volunteers.
Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Education Educational Programs
Population Served Offenders/Ex-offenders Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The Houses of Healing Program is used by prison staff including psychologists, mental health and substance abuse counselors, educators and chaplains, as well as by volunteers in hundreds of prisons and jails. It combines essential tools for change with a keen awareness of the challenges facing incarcerated men and women.  More than 2000 corrections professionals have attended training programs in 17 states and more than 90,000 copies of Houses of Healing have been distributed through the National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners.
Program Long-Term Success  Establishing Houses of Healing as an evidence-based program, significantly impacting recidivism, and integrating the program into the vast majority of prisons and jails nationwide.
Program Success Monitored By  The Lionheart Foundation has monitored the prison program through pilot research studies and surveys in cooperation with front line professionals, volunteers, and target populations. The acceptability by professionals and prisoners alike has been outstanding. Initial steps are being taken to support a formal research project.
Examples of Program Success  "Houses of Healing is the first program the administration has accepted in 18 years. We have now worked with over 300 inmates...Thanks again for your incredible program and insight into the lives of those behind the wall." - L. Wilbert, Clinical Services, Stateville Correctional Center, IL

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth at Risk

The nationwide success of Lionheart's National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners led to The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth at-Risk.   Lionheart helps troubled youth gain the tools and skills to create positive futures with two youth programs - Power Source and Power Source Parenting.  .  Building upon its successful program for prisoners, Lionheart launched its youth project with the publication of Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life.  Power Source, a practical, accessible, and innovative book and program, empowers young people to break cycles of violence, addiction, and negative risk-taking.  Through mindfulness practices, research-driven approaches to changing behavior, and by instilling a profound sense of hopefulness, the Power Source program helps high-risk adolescents dramatically change the course of their lives.  Power Source is utilized by youth workers, mental health professionals and teachers at over 3,500 organizations nationwide, including juvenile detention centers, probation and parole departments, residential treatment centers, transitional group homes, private and public school systems, and community programs. .  Every minute in the U.S. a child is born to a teen parent, most of whom lack the emotional literacy skills needed to raise emotionally healthy children.  The newest component of Lionheart's youth initiative, Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids, gives these teen parents the skills they need to become effective and nurturing caregivers.  Power Source Parenting provides an opportunity to create new family patterns of positive parenting, impacting not only the lives of thousands of teen parents but also their children and future generations.  Among the topics that Power Source Parenting addresses are: creating a healthy attachment to one's child; managing the stress of parenting; teaching positive discipline; reducing domestic violence and building healthy relationships with partners; and promoting the delay of future child bearing.  Since its publication in 2008, more than 16,000 copies of Power Source Parenting have been distributed free to hospitals, home visiting nurse programs, residential homes and shelters, community-based parenting programs, and high schools serving teen parents.  Additionally, large child welfare agencies and court-ordered parenting programs have begun implementing the program.
Budget  125,000
Category  Education Educational Programs
Population Served Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years) Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years) None
Program Short-Term Success  The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth at Risk is empowering young people to break cycles of violence, addiction, and negative risk taking and build the foundation for positive futures. The Power Source Program has been incorporated into more than 2500 programs across the country, and more than 50,000 copies of the book/curriculum, Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life, have been distributed. It is being utilized in juvenile detention centers, probation and parole departments, residential treatment centers, transitional group homes, private and public schools systems, and community programs. Lionheart has provided training to hundreds of social workers, mental health professionals, teachers and youth workers as well as others who work with at risk youth.  The successor of Power Source, Power Source Parenting, supports at-risk teen parents to form healthy bonds and raise emotionally healthy children. The parenting program has been distributed to hospitals, home visiting nurse programs, residential homes and shelters, community-based parenting programs, and high schools serving teen parents. More than 7,000 programs serving teen parents have received Power Source Parenting and 2000 have integrated it into their programming to date.
Program Long-Term Success  Establish the  youth programs as evidence-based (building on the NIH funded research for Power Source that is currently underway and the pilot study for Power Source Parenting that is currently underway) to significantly widen the distribution,  and therefore the impact of the programs.
Program Success Monitored By  The Lionheart Foundation has monitored the youth programs through surveys, pilot research and formal research as well as through feedback from professionals across the country.
Examples of Program Success  "The impact of this work on young people and the community has been tremendous." -    "I have been working at this group home for teen parents for five years and I have never experienced anything that could grab the girls' attention like Power Source Parenting.  Not only did they listen, but many of them put into practice the skills the book teaches and many improved their relationships with their family members and their baby's father." -

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Lionheart’s programs continue to move forward with increasing impact. Through professional trainings, an active national outreach campaign, the development of new resources, major research into the efficacy of our programs, increased international exposure, and continued distribution of all our resources throughout the U.S., Lionheart’s presence and influence continues to grow. Most importantly, the lives of thousands of individuals are on a more positive trajectory because the generosity of our donors has made it possible for them to be impacted by Lionheart’s programs.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Robin Casarjian
CEO Term Start June 1996
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Robin Casarjian, M.A., Columbia University, is founder and director of The Lionheart Foundation and author of Houses of Healing a book that guides prisoners through a program of self-awareness and rehabilitation - and co-author of Power Source an emotional literacy curriculum for youth at risk - (Lionheart Press).  Ms. Casarjian began her work in prisons in 1988 during the writing of Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart (Bantam, 1992). Since then, Robin has helped prisoners use their incarceration as an opportunity to deal directly with issues that got them into prison in the first place. Her groundbreaking work with prisoners is recognized throughout the United States and abroad. In developing and implementing programming for prisoners and youth-at-risk, she draws from her experience as director of a school for at-risk adolescents, as well as extensive work as a stress-management trainer, psychotherapist, and educator.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Bethany Casarjian Clinical Director of the Youth Project --
Ms. Judith Perry Chief Operating Officer --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Dr. Bethany Casarjian Women of Excellence Award 2015
Robin Casarjian The Naom Chomsky Award 2015
Humanitarian Award Boston Theological Institute 2009
Paul H. Chapman Award for Improvement of Justice Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. 2008
Distinguished Service Award Interfaith Counseling Services, Inc. 1996

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are a small organization with an enormous nationwide mission.  Our aim at this time is to focus on capacity building, especially in terms of staff development.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 35
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Andrea Campbell Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston City Council
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Joan Borysenko Ph.D. Founding Partner and Director, Mind Body Health Sciences Voting
Andrea Campbell Boston MA City Councilor District 4 Voting
Scott Curvey Angel Investor Voting
Terence Leahy CEO, CallMiner, Inc. Voting
Eileen Moran Director, Corporate Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science Voting

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
Ms. Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Ph.D. Center for Restorative Justice NonVoting
Ms. Marla Brassard, Ph.D. Columbia University NonVoting
Mr. Frank Ferguson Curriculum Associates NonVoting
Mr. John Hudson, M.Ed Teachers College, Columbia University NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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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 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $447,150.00
Projected Expense $447,150.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $323,622 $443,257 $362,807
Total Expenses $327,808 $358,373 $320,423

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $210,399 $298,708 $196,641
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $112,587 $143,556 $165,543
Investment Income, Net of Losses $132 $810 $428
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $504 $183 $195

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $235,250 $245,407 $239,168
Administration Expense $48,227 $44,573 $43,112
Fundraising Expense $44,331 $68,393 $38,143
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.24 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 68% 75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 23% 19%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $511,576 $517,223 $438,746
Current Assets $499,371 $459,044 $374,047
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $11,996 $13,457 $19,864
Total Net Assets $499,580 $503,766 $418,882

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

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 41.63 34.11 18.83

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Lionheart income and budget grows with each passing year.  We have hundreds of dedicated individual supporters and we are increasingly being supported by State Agencies.  For many years we received substantial support from a few Foundations that supported our work with prisoners and at risk youth year after year.  We have been working hard to replace the monies that we depended on from these very generous gifts, and recently we have made headway with a substantial donor that is working to make his contribution part of a trust for years to come.  We also have an increasing number of sales for our books and manuals, videos, etc.  Although much of this income supports our free distribution efforts, it has grown to the point where it is also having a positive impact supporting the development of programs and our day to day activities.  Lionheart looks to the future to multiply our efforts on a grand scale, and is working in that direction to attract donors and foundation that will understand the impact we have not only on at risk populations but all of us.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are 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

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Lionheart Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of incarcerated adults, highly at-risk youth and their children nationwide by creating and providing exceptional resources in emotional literacy development. The ultimate goal is to provide thousands more prisoners and at-risk youth the social and emotional skills needed to significantly increase the likelihood of developing into a mature adults, taking full responsibility for offending behavior, being successful upon their return to society, or finding meaning and purpose even if doing a life sentence. Our efforts support the needs of prisoners, highly at risk youth, their families, professionals and volunteers who work with these populations, and ultimately the community at large. We envision a safer more compassionate society, where these individuals are empowered to live up to their potential and contribute to the greater good of society.
We will continue the expansion of our programs into hundreds more institutions across the country. Houses of Healing (our prison program) has transformed programming in many prisons, including some of the country's most troubled institutions. The curriculum has become an integral part of prison programming, where substance abuse and mental health counselors, educators, chaplains, administrators, volunteers, and prisoners alike praise its positive impact. Power Source (our program for at-risk youth) has been utilized in 2500+ community programs, schools, and juvenile institutions. This emotional literacy program substantially enhances the emotional health of youth, therefore affecting their behavior and the options that they perceive to be available to them. With the support of Power Source, many youth gain the insight and necessary skills set to choose a way of life that enhances their relationships, their academic success, their employability, and their role in the community. Power Source Parenting (our program for at-risk teen parents) responds to an unmet need for resources that address critical issues inherent in at-risk teen parenting. It is an engaging book written to modify intergenerational cycles of violence, abuse and neglect, promote and develop positive parenting skills, improve the quality of parent-child interactions, and help to support a new generation of children. It is being utilized in shelters, residential programs, hospitals, social service agencies, community programs and schools. Research is ongoing with support from NIH to move the program along an evidence-based track. We work to establish all of our programs as evidence based curricula.
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Lionheart Foundation:
*Creates exceptional quality curricula resources and programs and provides direct emotional literacy education programs to our target populations through staff and volunteers.
*Provides resources and training for professionals who work with our target populations.
*Identifies a vast array of programs and institutions and effectively delivers our resources to those they are intended to serve.
*Assures exposure to our resources through free nationwide distribution, knowing that without it only a tiny fraction of those who could benefit would be given the opportunity.
*Promotes our resources and programs through The Lionheart Website (www.lionheart.org), Online Marketing and Social Media Channels.
*Conducts research on the efficacy of our programs to meet the demand for evidence-based materials.
*And, conducts public education on the need for transforming our nation's prisons and juvenile institutions into places where inspiring positive values and teaching skills necessary for healthy functioning in our communities are primary goals.
After 25 years, Lionheart is still moving forward, full tilt, developing resources that will serve for decades, changing lives in profound ways, and making significant contributions to the professional literature and cutting-edge field of social-emotional learning. Our recent work, among other things, includes the development and launching of the free online prison volunteer training program attracting hundreds of interested volunteers and professionals; the production of new resources, including videos, to support our adult and youth initiatives and the Power Source Workbook for use in schools nationwide; research, including the Power Source Parenting study funded by National Institutes of Health; development of a correspondence course for prisoners in isolation and carried out by more than 130 volunteer facilitators; creation of a self-study course for use in California prisons by more than 400 inmates in SHU (special housing units); support for prisoner-led Houses of Healing courses in prisons in multiple states to substantially increase availability of programs; donations of thousands of dollars of our materials to support the facilitation of programs nationwide, and distribution of individual free copies of our books to inmates; and, always, we move forward in our fundraising, marketing and media presence.

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

For 25 years, the Lionheart Foundation has brought transformative programming to at-risk populations nationwide. Lionheart is a small foundation carrying out large national initiatives and making an enormous difference in the lives of prisoners, highly at risk youth, at risk teen parents, and the professionals who serve them. Lionheart programs have positively impacted thousands of individuals in institutions, schools, and community programs throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Our core staff has been together over many years giving strength and stability to our organizations as we accomplish our goals both efficiently and effectively.
Robin Casarjian, M.A. is the Founder and Director of the Lionheart Foundation and its National Emotional Literacy Projects. She is an educator, public speaker, writer, and consultant. In developing and implementing programming for prisoners and youth-at-risk, she draws from her experience as director of a school for at-risk adolescents, as well as extensive experience in education, stress management training, psychotherapy and administration. She is author of Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart (Bantam, 1992) and Houses of Healing: A Prisoner's Guide to Inner Power and Freedom (Lionheart Press, 1995), and co-author, with Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D., of Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life (Lionheart Press, 2003).
Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D. (Columbia University) is the Clinical Director of The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-at-Risk. From 1994 to 2004 she worked with at-risk youth in the New York City area. As a post-doctoral fellow at The Children's Village, Dr. Casarjian co-created the TRIP program (Treatment for Residents with Incarcerated Parents), which provides psychological services, including family therapy, for children and their incarcerated parents within prison facilities.
She has served as Clinical Director of The Heritage School in East Harlem and as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Dr. Casarjian has worked at various agencies with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. She co-authored Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life (Lionheart Press, 2003) and authored Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids.
Judith Perry, Lionheart's Chief Operating Officer, holds a M.S. in Management and Policy from The New School for Social Research, NY, 1997. She is the recipient of the Health Services Management Award from The New School for scholastic achievement and community involvement. She acted as community facilitator for nonprofit health services research funded by the National Council of Churches. For the past fifteen years, Judith has worked in the nonprofit sector. 
We continue to deliver direct service and develop new resources and programs for our prisoner and youth programs while conducting major research funded by The National Institutes for Health.

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

Lionheart will carefully monitor our efforts in order to evaluate success that will be measured in the number of programs utilizing our curricula, new program options offered and successfully carried out, distribution results, outcomes from ongoing research, information gathered from surveys from participants, volunteers and professionals, numbers of volunteers who participate in our programs, and sales of Lionheart products that support our free outreach and distribution efforts.

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

The Lionheart Foundation (TLF) has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of at-risk youth and prisoners across the country and changed the nature of programming in some of the nation's most violent institutions. TLF helps highly at-risk youth and incarcerated adults change their life course by effectively managing the emotions that drive their destructive behaviors, understanding how their actions impact others, and moving forward with greater maturity and insight. The newest component of Lionheart's youth initiative, Power Source Parenting, gives teen parents the skills they need to become effective and nurturing caregivers. Power Source Parenting impacts not only the lives of thousands of teen parents but also their children and future generations. Lionheart's innovative programs are proven to increase social and emotional literacy and cultivate the skills needed for success in relationships, school, employment and the community.  Our programs have impacted tens of thousands of individuals across the U.S. and beyond.
Lionheart continues to create new program offerings for youth and adults.  The NEW resource for youth, The Power Source Workbook, will allow the Power Source Program to be introduced in public schools.