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EVkids, Inc. (formerly Earthen Vessels Inc.)

 218 Adams Street #220502
 Dorchester, MA 02122
[P] (617) 2972239
[F] --
www.evkids.org
info@evkids.org
Eric Thompson
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INCORPORATED: 1980
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EIN 04-2702655

LAST UPDATED: 01/10/2017
Organization DBA EVkids
Former Names Earthen Vessels, Inc. (1980)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

EVkids empowers youth from Boston's inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their academic and personal potential. We create a community of support through multi-year 1-on-1 tutoring-mentoring matches with college student volunteers, professional family engagement and school advocacy, and a summer camp in Vermont.

Mission Statement

EVkids empowers youth from Boston's inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their academic and personal potential. We create a community of support through multi-year 1-on-1 tutoring-mentoring matches with college student volunteers, professional family engagement and school advocacy, and a summer camp in Vermont.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $435,660.00
Projected Expense $435,660.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. EVkids Tutoring
  • 2. EVkids Summer Camp

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

EVkids empowers youth from Boston's inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their academic and personal potential. We create a community of support through multi-year 1-on-1 tutoring-mentoring matches with college student volunteers, professional family engagement and school advocacy, and a summer camp in Vermont.

Background Statement

EVkids was founded as Earthen Vessels in 1980 by Marie-Claude and Brian Thompson as a faith-based response to childhood poverty in Boston. Rooted in the Catholic tradition of social justice, the Thompsons began by bringing small groups of low-income Boston youth to Vermont each summer to spend two weeks at a time hiking, swimming, and learning to build a safe and supportive community together.
 
In 1985, EVkids added a Boston-based non-denominational tutoring and mentoring program during the school year, to address the stark academic challenges faced by Boston inner-city children and teens. That first school year EVkids matched eight Dorchester students 1-on-1 with college tutors recruited through the Harvard Catholic Center. With the addition of more recent partnerships at Boston College and Tufts University, by the 2015-2016 school year EVkids had expanded to 60 academic mentoring pairs who meet in Dorchester once a week after school at two EVkids Tutoring sites to build their academic and personal skills.
 
The holistic, relationship-based ethos of the organization continues to be at the heart of its service model. Academic mentoring and summer camp have grown with the addition of year-round family engagement and professional education advocacy. Students and tutors alike are surrounded with opportunities to be creative, to stretch themselves, to reflect on their experiences, and to be of service to others, humble and secure in the knowledge that they are important parts of a community that is greater than the sum of its parts. Together we strive to create a more socially just and compassionate world, one tutor-tutee pair at a time.
 
 

Impact Statement

EVkids has been consistently growing its Tutoring program serving low-income Boston children and teens, while maintaining the quality of its 1-on-1 matches with university student volunteers and its outstanding outcomes.

1) For the 9th year in a row, 2016 saw 100% of EVkids seniors graduate and matriculate at college as first-generation college attendees.

2) EVkids on average improved by more than one grade-level in math computation as measured by the Wide Range Achievement Test.
3) In SY15-16, 100% of EVkids tutees made a net gain or stayed above grade level in at least 1 section of the WRAT, 63% improved in all 3 sections.
 
4) Half of EVkids responding to the year-end survey answered that Tutoring helped them improve their attitude toward school (with an additional 32% saying their attitude didn’t need improvement), and 52% of teachers credited EVkids with improved student attitude. Students' attitudes towards school is an indicator of academic engagement and success.
 
5) EVkids successfully opened a second Tutoring site in October 2014 hosted in the Harbor Point housing development in Dorchester, and will lay the groundwork this year to open a third site next year.
 
EV’s top goals for the current year are to:
 
1) Expand to 70 1-on-1 EVkids matches in Fall 2016 as part of our incremental, four-year growth plan.
 
2) Build the new relationship with Lesley University to engage more EVcorps student volunteers to match with the growing population of tutees needing 1-on-1 mentoring relationships.

3) Utilize our two AmeriCorps VISTAs and first ever Director of Giving to identify and reengage tutor and tutee alumni, while engaging more individual and corporate sponsors to help sustain and grow our programs.


Needs Statement

In order to sustain the successful growth of EVkids, the most pressing needs of EVkids are:
 
1) Additional program support to add 11 Tutoring pairs in Fall 2016 for a total of 70 EVkids 1-on-1 matches during SY 2016-17 to complete the last year of a four-year expansion plan. Program support funds volunteer recruitment, training, and support; professional school advocacy including teacher visits; and family advocacy including home visits and weekly phone check-ins.
 
2) Relationships with additional community partners in order to expand the program to a third after-school Tutoring site. A third site requires staffing and volunteers in order to facilitate a successful environment for strengthening academic, organizational, and life skills for EVkids in the Tutoring program.

CEO Statement

EVkids is unique in its ability to recognize and encourage the potential of every child. From the very first home visit, which is part of the application process, EVkids enlists the family's support in the success of their child. Strengths and challenges are identifies, as well as interests and personality, so that a good match can be made. Meanwhile, a written application and interview for our aspiring college volunteers also identify relevant experience, interests, and personalities, and reinforce the goals and values of the program to ensure a good multi-year fit. Once in the program, EVkids matches are supported by regular staff visits to teachers that inform each child's individual development plan. Weekly contact with parents and bi-annual home visits reinforce the importance of consistent parental support. Staff is onsite for all Tutoring sessions and regular mentoring activities, providing as much guidance and support to the matches as needed.

Pre-service and in-service training is required of all volunteer tutors. The Tutor Director also provides regular support to our volunteers formally and informally to help sustain them in their service experience. Community events bring EVkids and their families and tutor together to celebrate as a community bridging what can seem like daunting differences of race, class, and education. By successfully engaging our EVkids and their tutor over a period of years, life trajectories are positively affected. 100% of EVkids seniors have matriculated in college over the past 9 years as first generation college attendees. Our volunteers go on to serve their communities in their professional and civic lives shaped by their EVkids experience building bridges between the privilege of academia and the challenges of the inner city.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
EVkids serves low-income, academically vulnerable youth in grades 4 through 12 from the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston, where the rates of poverty, unemployment, and crime are higher than the rest of the city.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Adult, Child Matching Programs
  2. Education -
  3. Recreation & Sports - Camps

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

No

Programs

1. EVkids Tutoring

EVkids Tutoring serves low-income academically vulnerable Boston youth (grades 4-12) by mobilizing a volunteer corps of top university students (EVcorps) from Harvard, Boston College, Tufts, and Lesley University who provide consistent, multi-year, 1-on-1 after school tutoring/mentoring, bolstered by professional on-site support and school and family advocacy. 65 EVkid-EVcorps matches meet weekly (SY15-16) at our two Afterschool Program sites. Each pair works from an individual development plan developed by EVstaff in consultation with partner teacher(s) and families. Professional school advocacy (regular school visits, intervention, referrals, educational and disciplinary advocacy, college preparation, and access) and family advocacy (weekly contact, regular home visits, parenting support, and crisis intervention) inform and support the work of each tutor-tutee match. Campus-based workshops, local outings, and community events also strengthen the mentoring bonds and engage families.
Budget  $257,400.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
Outcome: EVkids will improve their Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) results, which may be incremental as we add new EVkids each school year.

Outcome: EVkids will compare positively to their Boston Public School peers in aggregate in select Indicators including attendance, grade promotion, graduation, and college matriculation.

Outcome: EV kids will improve their attitudes toward school, a key indicator of school engagement and success.

Outcome: EV families and partner teachers are engaged in the success of each EVkid and will communicate regularly with EVstaff, sharing valuable information on program delivery and impact.

Outcome: EV staff and EVcorps university volunteers will serve 75 EVkids and families by SY16-17.

 
 
 

 

Program Long-Term Success 

 by creating an effective, caring community of support where success is expected and achievable, together.

Program Success Monitored By 


Tool: A bi-annual Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT), a standardized norm-referenced test that measures basic academic skills in word reading, sentence comprehension, and math computation, is administered 2x/year.

Tool: Select Boston Public School (BPS) Indicators, including attendance, grade promotion, and graduation are used to compare EVkids to BPS students in aggregate illustrating program effectiveness on EVkids vs. non-program participants.

Tool: Annual quality evaluation surveys by EVkids, EVfamilies, EVcorps volunteers, and EV partner teachers that include attitudes toward school, a key indicator of academic success.

Tool: Family engagement is measured by responsiveness to weekly EVstaff contact, student program attendance, and family participation in community events that bring together EVkids, EVfamilies, EVcorps tutors, and EVstaff and participation in year-end evaluations. Teacher engagement is gauged by their response to EV outreach, meetings with EVstaff, and by increasing participation in year-end evaluations.

Tool: Partnerships at Harbor Point that will help identify families, provide introductions and opportunities for interaction and relationship-building, and partnerships at Harvard, Boston College, and Tufts will facilitate EVcorps volunteer recruitment.


 
 
Examples of Program Success 

100% of EVkids high school seniors graduated from high school and enrolled in college for the ninth year in a row.

Program participants averaged a 1.44 grade-year improvement in math computation as measured by the WRAT (where .9 = one year/grade growth).

100% of EVkids made a net gain in at least one area of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) (word reading, sentence comprehension, and math computation), 79% of students made a net gain in at least two areas of the test, and 27% made a net gain in all three areas of the test.

95% of EVkids feel that they were well-matched.

100% of EVcorps volunteer tutors looked forward to seeing their tutee match each week and report that they themselves have grown and learned from working with their tutee.

100% of EVkids families report that their child was well-matched with their tutor and had formed a good relationship with EVkids staff.

100% of parents “would recommend EV tutoring to other parents.”

76% of school professionals credit EV Afterschool with their EVkid student’s improvement in homework. Overall, teachers attributed much more of their student’s academic improvement to EVkids Tutoring in this academic year than the previous year.   

2. EVkids Summer Camp

EVkids Camp takes place at EVkids' 9 acre camp in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Its goal is to use the experience of close-quarters community living to help pre-teens and teens learn the life skills of teamwork, self confidence, personal responsibility, conflict resolution and more, needed to achieve their personal potential. We do this by providing an immersion in community life, with structured camp activities, swimming, hiking, different sports, games, reflection time, and intensive personal workshops addressing violence, grief, and relationship management, as well as creative workshops and performances. Children, who may have never eaten dinner as a family, experience the joys and responsibilities of group meals, including prep and clean up, working together in service teams with their counselors. 


Budget  $37,150.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Camping
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  During each camp session, everyone climbs at least one 4,000+ ft. peak. This important part of EV Camp challenges campers physically and emotionally, helping them to overcome fears of failure, to learn to ask for help, and to offer a hand to one another. In the end, they come to believe in their own ability to achieve, by setting a goal and working to make it a reality.
Program Long-Term Success  EVkids have fun and learn the life skills of personal responsibility, perseverance, conflict resolution, and more, needed to be full members of society.
Program Success Monitored By  EV Staff monitor EVcampers during the three camp sessions.
Examples of Program Success 
Eleven-year-old, poorly socialized Eli had difficulty engaging with other campers. EVstaff worked with Eli to help him understand and change his interactions with others, while encouraging other EVkid campers to be inclusive and kind to him. He confided to staff on the return to Dorchester, “I have nothing at home.” With staff perseverance, Eli is now enrolled in EV Afterschool, also for the first time.  
14-year-old Michael had been pushed to attend camp by his mother. Head down, hoodie up, hand over his mouth when speaking, he often put others down verbally. EVstaff were careful to place him in a group with a positive attitude. He tried, but revealed the weight of a recent death by violence that affected his outlook during a circle discussion. With care and concern exhibited by others, on the second to last day, Michael said, “I can’t wait to come back to camp next year.”

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eric Thompson Esq.
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO Email ericthompson@evkids.org
CEO Experience

Eric E. Thompson, Esq., Executive Director, (Harvard University, A.B., Cum Laude, Northeastern U. School of Law, J.D.). Eric has served as Executive Director since 2012. He is a former EVcorps camp counselor and experienced litigator with Children’s Rights (www.childrensrights.org), a national advocacy group working to reform child welfare systems. He is formalizing EV’s management and service model for sustainability and growth and deepening partnerships, programs, and alumni and donor commitments to increase EV’s impact. Eric has worked with the Highland Street Foundation’s Community Impact Program on EV board and fund development. He is a regular advocate on behalf of state funding for mentoring and after-school programs in conjunction with Mass Mentoring Partnership and Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, and continues his professional growth through Mass Nonprofit Network and GMA Foundations presentations and biannual participation in the Lenny Zakim Fund Institute.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. E. Lauren Ravello Program Director --

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 6
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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 Mr. Lou Larocca
Board Chair Company Affiliation J2 Interactive
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. William Baldwin J.D. Argent Wealth Management Voting
Mr. Anthony Cruz Commonwealth of Mass. Department of Criminal Justice Information Services Voting
Ms. Carla DeSantis PricewaterhouseCoopers Voting
Ms. Stella Dubish M.T.S. Boston Preparatory Charter Public School Voting
Mr. Jose Edwards M.Ed. John W. McCormack Middle School Voting
Dr. Luis Manuel Giron Negron Ph.D. Harvard University Voting
Dr. Lilia Guerra M.D. Lawrence General Hospital Voting
Mr. Lou Larocca J2 Interactive Voting
Ms. Ellen Meltzer Schott Foundation for Public Education Voting
Dr. Diana Rodriguez M.D. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Voting
Ms. Samantha Smith Wellington Management Company Voting
Mr. Brian Thompson Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, UMass Boston Voting
Mr. Eric Thompson JD Childrens Rights Voting
Ms. Marie-Claude Thompson M.Div. Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Tori D. Willis M.M. Class, Inc. 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 33%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

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, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $435,660.00
Projected Expense $435,660.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2014 Compilation

2013 Compilation

2012 Compilation

2011 Compilation

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $756,700 $522,971 $302,781
Total Expenses $430,177 $351,201 $265,665

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 -- -- $0
Individual Contributions $668,804 $364,155 $236,045
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $945 $1,620 $2,015
Investment Income, Net of Losses $21,221 $12,423 $5,274
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $65,730 $36,948 $59,447
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $107,825 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $292,500 $232,940 $157,935
Administration Expense $95,883 $84,442 $72,155
Fundraising Expense $41,794 $33,819 $35,575
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.76 1.49 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 68% 66% 59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 8% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $762,886 $393,429 $225,716
Current Assets $154,830 $244,839 $140,295
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $74,447 $11,129 $11,129
Total Net Assets $688,439 $382,300 $214,587

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

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose EV initiated and completed a $500,000 capital campaign in 2014 to rebuild EVcamp's farmhouse to ensure the safety of our campers and better meet our program needs.
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 2.08 22.00 12.61

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

EV initiated a $500,000 capital campaign in 2014 to rebuild EVcamp's farmhouse to ensure the safety of our campers and better meet our program needs. It was completed in 2015 after reaching the target amount.

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.
 
This nonprofit changed its name from Earthen Vessels Inc. to EVkids, Inc. in 2015.
 
Please note in FY14 "Other" revenue includes Capital Campaign.
 

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

EVkids aims to empower inner-city Boston youth with the skills and confidence needed to realize their academic and personal potential. Our two programs, EVkids Tutoring and EVkids Camp, help low-income, academically vulnerable children and teens (grades 4-12) succeed in school and life by systematically strengthening core academic skills, organizational habits, and other life skills, keeping them in school, helping them to graduate on time with a belief in their own ability to achieve and go on to college. By providing a structured and supportive environment for emerging student leaders to volunteer beyond their university campuses, we also help our volunteer tutors become life-long agents of positive social change in their professional and civic lives.

We believe that by building a caring community of support, where success is expected and achievable together, our EVkids and their EVcorps tutors will become integral parts of a more socially just, tolerant, and compassionate world.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We use multiple, proven strategies to accomplish our goals:

1) 1-on-1 weekly tutoring and mentoring by trained and supported university student volunteers at two after-school Tutoring sites in Dorchester.

2) professional school advocacy (regular communication, biannual conferences, educational and disciplinary advocacy).

3) professional family engagement (weekly contact, regular home visits, parenting support, and crisis intervention).

4) volunteer development (training, supervision, on- and off-site support, opportunities for peer and professional support).

This multi-pronged approach creates a safe, supportive, and engaging environment that encourages tutees to stay in school and thrive, and where college volunteers can make and deepen an active commitment to social justice.

We strengthen mentoring bonds and engage families through campus-based workshops, local outings, and EVkids community events (e.g. an evening potluck and performance, a ceremony recognizing transitioning tutees and tutors who are graduating high school or graduating college).

We raise the profile of each EVkid in their classrooms through biannual teacher conferences and frequent communication.


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

Staff: We have 6.5 FTE professional staff members who recruit, train, supervise, and support EVcorps volunteers, recruit tutees, engage and support families, partner with teachers and schools, build and maintain relationships with community partners, and engage financial supporters. This includes: Executive Director, Program Director, Tutor Director, Harbor Point Site Coordinator/Education Advocate, two Education Advocates, and our first Director of Giving.

Volunteers: EVkids partners with student and university service organizations at Harvard, Boston College, Tufts, and Lesley. Each partner provides opportunities to recruit the volunteers and space for training and biannual on-campus workshops for tutor-tutee pairs. EVcorps volunteers commit to tutoring and mentoring an EVkid for at least 1, ideally 4 years. In SY15-16, we signed an MOU with Tufts to continue recruitment. In SY16-17, a partnership with Lesley’s Office of Community Service and its Urban Scholars Initiative is helping meet our SY16-17 growth goal of 70 tutees and families.

Community Partners: We work closely with the leadership of our community partners: co-owner and tenants’ organization the Harbor Point Community Task Force and residents service provider Housing Opportunities Unlimited. They provide participant referrals, family introductions, program and meeting space. The leadership reflects their constituents, which mirrors our tutees. Across EVkids, outreach continues in order to grow community involvement and representation.

Board: EVkids’ 16-member board is comprised of program alumni (tutees, tutors, counselors, campers), founders, and local professionals. Board committees include Finance, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Board Development. 100% of board members support EVkids financially, 78% at a leadership level. Board members are 13% Black, 25% Latinx, 63% White.


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

Our organization will be making progress if EVkids tutees are making progress. Including:

· 100% of EVkids tutee high school seniors will graduate as college-ready young adults.

· EVkids program participants (tutees) will compare favorably with their Boston Public School peers in aggregate in attendance, grade promotion, and graduation rates.

· The majority of tutees will improve in reading comprehension, spelling, and/or math computation over time, as measured by biannually administered Wide Range Achievement Test.

· Over 80% of non-graduating EVkids tutors will return from the previous year, reflecting the effectiveness of our volunteer support.

· Tutees will improve their attitudes toward school, a key indicator of school engagement and success, as measured by professionally-evaluated annual surveys of EVkids tutees, families, partner teachers, and EVcorps tutors that measure attitudes toward school and other program metrics.

Our organization will be making progress if we:

· Maintain, strengthen, and expand our community partnerships to serve more at-risk Boston youth closer to their homes in our successful multi-year program.

· Continue to develop a sustainable funding plan that balances income sources from individuals, corporations, special events, and foundations/government grants with the help of our first Director of Giving, supported by an AmeriCorps VISTA.

· Engage additional program alumni in the growth and success of the organization, levering the work of a second AmeriCorps VISTA

· Maintain, nurture, and grow (as needed) our partnerships with service organizations at local universities who provide tutors.


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

Since 2007, 100% of our high school seniors have gone on to college, all as first generation college attendees.

Between 2011 and 2016 EVkids:

· Increased by 89% the number of children and teens served to 70.

· Augmented our original partnership at Harvard with service partnerships at Boston College Tufts, and Lesley University to recruit EVcorps tutors.

· Completed three years of a four-year expansion plan.

· Engaged multiple partners in the Harbor Point housing community to open a second tutoring site.

· Improved evaluation of our impact and practices to better understand how to shape future growth.

· Expanded our Board to 16, adding additional financial acumen and ethnic diversity.

· Begun to strategically build our administrative and fundraising capacity to grow our impact.

· We have not completed the last year of our planned expansion.

· We have not yet secured additional community partners and financial commitments to continue to grow to meet known community needs.

· We plan to continue a successful partnership with Community Consulting Teams-Boston begun in 2015, to help with an organizational analysis, a situational assessment, and growth planning to help guide the EVkids Board and senior staff in its strategic planning efforts.