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EVkids, Inc. (formerly Earthen Vessels Inc.)

 218 Adams Street #220502
 Dorchester, MA 02122
[P] (617) 2972239
[F] (617) 649-8879
www.evkids.org
[email protected]
Eric Thompson
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INCORPORATED: 1980
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2702655

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2017
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 July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $677,912.00
Projected Expense $684,522.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. EVkids Tutoring
  • 2. EVkids Summer Camp

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


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 Student Center. With the addition of student service organization partnerships at Boston College in 2011, Tufts in 2014, and Lesley University in 2016, by the 2016-2017 school year EVkids had expanded to 71 tutoring-mentoring pairs who met 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 10th year in a row, School Year 2016-2017 saw 100% of EVkids seniors graduate and matriculate at college, most 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 (WRAT).

3)In SY16-17, 100% of EVkids tutees made a net gain or stayed above grade level in at least 1 section of the WRAT, 61% improved in all 3 sections – reading, math computation, and spelling.

4) Over half of EVkids responding to the year-end survey answered that Tutoring helped them improve their attitude toward school (with an additional 26% saying their attitude didn’t need improvement). Students' attitudes towards school is an indicator of academic engagement and success.

5)Completed Phase 3 (rebuild of boys’ quarters) of a three-phase Capital Campaign to improve Camp facilities.

EVkids’ top goals for the current year are to:

1)Expand to 80 1-on-1 EVkids tutor-tutee matches in Fall 2017 as part of a multi-year growth plan.

2)Secure financial commitments and site partnerships to open a third Tutoring site in or near the current Dorchester-Roxbury service area to increase the number of youth served by 50% within three years.

3)Leverage EVkids’ established relationships with students to address the barriers they face to college graduation, providing stronger pre-college readiness programming, connecting students to community resources (including on-campus), and matching college students with 1-on-1 mentors local to their universities.

4)Strengthen program evaluation by clarifying specific goals, developing well-defined comparative metrics, and assessing and upgrading infrastructure and staffing to meet and track goals.


Needs Statement

1) Program support to add 10 Tutoring pairs to total of 80 1-on-1 matches during SY 17-18. Support funds volunteer recruitment, training, support; professional family engagement (regular home visits, parenting support, referrals, crisis intervention); and individual school/teacher partnerships (regular communication, biannual conferences, personalized educational and disciplinary advocacy).

2) New additional community, university, and financial partners to open a third Tutoring site.

3) Expertise and capacity to grow data gathering and evaluation to align our overall program goals with an outcome-oriented professional measuring system.

4) Resources for our College Success program, designed to increase the likelihood of EVkids high school graduates to complete college. The program would provide support as they plan for, matriculate at, and attend college. This will include strengthening EVkids’ existing college readiness programming and leveraging the EVkids alumni network and the broader young professionals’ community to provide support while developing partnerships with other organizations and college success offices.

5) Additional Board Members who will bring passion for our mission, expertise, and financial support.


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 identified, as well as interests and personality, so that a good match can be made. 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 tutors 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 since 2007, many 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.

During the summer, the same care and intention given during the Tutoring program follows youth to Camp. The original birthplace of EVkids, Camp laid the groundwork for the relationship model that characterizes Tutoring as well. Using community living, connection to nature, team sports, and skill-building workshops, Camp teaches personal skills through recreation and respite.


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. EVkids’ median family income in 2016 was $26,233, a third of Boston’s median income.

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 university students (EVcorps) from Harvard, Boston College, Tufts, and Lesley University who provide consistent, multi-year, 1-on-1 after school tutoring and mentoring, bolstered by professional on-site support and school and family advocacy. 71 EVkid-EVcorps matches meet weekly (SY16-17) at our two afterschool Tutoring Program sites in Dorchester. Each pair works from an individual development plan developed by EVkids staff in consultation with partner teacher(s) and families. Professional school advocacy (biannual school visits, regular contact, individualized educational and disciplinary advocacy) 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  $355,544.00
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 uses the experience of community living close to nature to help low-income inner-city Boston youth (11-17) have fun. And, through exposure to the natural world beyond their city streets, EVkids Camp helps them learn the life skills of personal responsibility, perseverance, and conflict resolution needed to achieve their personal potential. It provides an opportunity to strengthen their social, emotional, and physical competencies and resiliency in a safe and caring community of support in one of three camp sessions in the Green Mountains of Vermont.



Budget  $50,645.00
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

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 identified, as well as interests and personality, so that a good match can be made. 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 tutors 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 since 2007, many 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.

During the summer, the same care and intention given during the Tutoring program follows youth to Camp. The original birthplace of EVkids, Camp laid the groundwork for the relationship model that characterizes Tutoring as well. Using community living, connection to nature, team sports, and skill-building workshops, Camp teaches personal skills through recreation and respite.

Eric Thompson, Esq., Executive Director

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eric Thompson Esq.
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
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

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

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

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 5
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. Resiliency Preparatory Academy, Fall River Public Schools 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. Claire Looney Cynosure, Inc. Voting
Ms. Ellen Meltzer Artists for Humanity Voting
Mr. Miguel A. Perez-Luna Community Charter School of Cambridge, MA 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: 10
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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $677,912.00
Projected Expense $684,522.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

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 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $528,976 $756,700 $522,971
Total Expenses $506,307 $430,177 $351,201

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $456,347 $668,804 $364,155
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,610 $945 $1,620
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1 $21,221 $12,423
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $71,018 $65,730 $36,948
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $107,825

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $330,944 $292,500 $232,940
Administration Expense $123,538 $95,883 $84,442
Fundraising Expense $51,825 $41,794 $33,819
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.76 1.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses 65% 68% 66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 6% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $737,042 $762,886 $393,429
Current Assets $181,109 $154,830 $244,839
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- $0
Current Liabilities $21,293 $74,447 $11,129
Total Net Assets $715,749 $688,439 $382,300

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
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 EVkids initiated and completed a $500,000 capital campaign in 2014 to rebuild EVkids camp'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 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.51 2.08 22.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We began a 3-phase Capital Campaign for EVkids Camp in November 2014 This included an Assessment, Farmhouse (girls/female counselor dormitory, kitchen and dining rooms, plus communal activity space) and Barn (boys/male counselor dormitory) reconstruction. Total funds raised was $660,000. The campaign ended May 2017.

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, individualized 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 5 FTE and 5 PTE professional staff members who recruit, train, supervise, and support EVcorps volunteers, engage and support families, partner with teachers and schools to ensure the success of every child, build and maintain relationships with community partners and supporters, and engage financial supporters. This includes our first Director of Giving, who is charged with broadening and deepening support for our successful program as it grows. Two AmeriCorps VISTAs are providing a year of service with EVkids, engaging and cultivating alumni, developing and implementing a public media strategy and communication campaigns to amplify our message to engage, and retaining potential funders and corporate partners, using our grant-implemented CRM system (Salesforce) to capture, track, and utilize donor and prospect contact and campaign information. EVkids Camp is staffed by Tutoring Program staff as co-Directors, plus a third co-Director (.125 FTE). 12 CITs and 6 camp counselors receive a small stipend.

Volunteers:

Volunteers: EVkids partners with student and university service organizations at Harvard, Boston College, Tufts University, and Lesley University. Each provides opportunities to recruit the university volunteers central to our work, plus space for training and biannual on-campus workshops for EVkids tutees and their tutors. EVcorps tutor volunteers are university students who commit to tutoring and mentoring a tutee for at least one and ideally four years. Additional volunteers from UMassBoston, Boston University, and Northeastern serve as long-term substitutes for college students on-leave. In SY16-17 EVcorps volunteer tutors stayed with the program for just over two years, ranging from one semester to four years. 83% of non-graduating tutors returned from the previous year to continue their long-term commitment to the program and to their tutee match. In SY17-18, a part-time assistant will help the Tutor Director train, manage, and support university student tutor-volunteers.

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. Our education partners include teachers and administrators throughout the city. EVkids staff is in regular contact with teachers, and hold at least two in-person meetings per year. Referrals also come from the Paul A. Dever School’s City Connects program, and Mass. Dept. of Children and Families

Board: EVkids’ 17-member board is comprised of the founders, program alumni (former tutees, tutors, counselors, and campers), and local professionals who are passionate about our programs and impact. The full board meets quarterly, while committees (Finance, Strategic Planning, Development, and Governance) meet more frequently. 45% M, 55% F. While 41% are Black or Latino, we continue outreach efforts to further reflect our constituencies and partners.

 


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

Our long term organizational goals are:

1) Partner with other youth service providers and funders across Boston to open a third Tutoring site in SY18-19, serving a total of 120 youth and families at three sites by SY19-20. Since 2011, we have added three university student service organizations as partners in tutor recruitment.

2) Extend EVkids’ support to tutees in college to ensure post-secondary success and college completion. A small pilot helped identify basic program requirements. Board is committed to investigating this natural extension. Tutor alumni express interest in this effort.

3) Create organizational infrastructure to sustain program growth and replication without losing program quality and effectiveness. Youth and families served grew by 89% between 2011-2016, while maintaining a 100% high school graduation –college matriculation rate for tutees.

4) Continue to strategically build administrative and fundraising capacity to support the long-term goal of offering our successful relationship-based model of academic support to more youth throughout Boston’s underserved communities. In 2016, we hired our first Director of Giving. For the third year, her work will be supported by AmeriCorps VISTAs.

5) Continue to develop a Board positioned to drive strategic goals and engage supporters.

6) Determine ways to maximize EVkids Camp’s impact on program participants and organizational income.

Our organization will be making progress if EVkids tutees are making progress, with these outcomes:

· 100% of high school senior tutees will graduate from high school as college-ready learners.

· 100% of tutees will make a net gain or stay above grade level in at least one section of the WRAT (math, spelling, or reading comprehension).

· At least 50% will improve in all 3 sections.

· Those improving in one WRAT section will improve by at least 1 grade level.

· At least 75% of tutees will develop or maintain a positive attitude toward school, a key indicator of school engagement and success.

· At least 75% of tutors will report that they have grown and learned from working with their tutee.

· At least 90% of families will report that that their child’s time at EVkids “has been valuable.”

· At least 70% of partner teachers will report that their student received good or excellent academic support from EVkids.

· EVkids campers will strengthen their social, emotional, and physical competencies and resiliency in a safe and caring community of support provided by EVkids Camp.

So that each tutee meets these goals, EVkids will work on the following objectives:

· Maintain, strengthen, and expand our community partnerships to serve more at-risk Boston youth in our successful multi-year program, including partnerships with service organizations at local universities who provide volunteer tutors.

· Expand the services offered, initially our College Success Project, to best achieve the goal of getting youth through school and to a college degree.

· Create organizational infrastructure to sustain program growth and replication without losing program quality and effectiveness.

· Continue to strategically build our evaluation, administrative, and fundraising capacity to support the long-term goal of offering our successful relationship-based model of academic support to more youth throughout Boston’s underserved communities. This includes continuing 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 and other young professionals in the growth and success of the organization, levering the work of an AmeriCorps VISTA.

· Provide three sessions of EVkids Camp in Vermont’s Green Mountains, where small staff-camper ratio provide meaningful interaction between provides opportunities for significant interaction between counselors and campers, and among campers.

 


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

With over 32 years’ experience providing effective multi-year 1-on-1 tutoring and mentoring supported by professional family engagement and educational advocacy, and 37 years running EVkids Summer Camp, we have found the right model. But, the need is far greater than we can meet. By extending our length of service to include support after high school graduation, integrating Tutoring and Camp program goals and providing for their ongoing evaluation, while continuing to create and maintain strong partnerships, EVkids can continue provide a year-round, robust, effective community of support to low-income Boston youth and families.


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

Between 2011 and 2017 EVkids: First two bullets are new.

· Successfully transitioned to a non-founder-led organization in 2011.

· Launched organization-wide review of programing and evaluation protocols to further professionalize our methodology.

· Increased by 89% the number of children and teens served to 71.

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

· Engaged multiple partners in the Harbor Point (Dorchester, MA) housing community to open a second tutoring site.

· Completed a four-year expansion plan to two Tutoring Program sites.

· Expanded our Board to 17 members, adding additional financial acumen and ethnic diversity.

Successfully completed a $660,000 capital campaign in 2017 to improve EVkids Camp infrastructure and program impact.

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

· Worked with Community Consulting Teams-Boston on two projects to help strategically position the organization for successful growth including rebranding, and a SWOT analysis that lays the groundwork for a Board-led strategic planning process through 2017.

· Changed our fiscal year to Jul 1-Jun 30 beginning July 1, 2017.To be done:

· Continue to strengthen program evaluation by clarifying specific goals, developing well-defined comparative metrics, and assessing and upgrading infrastructure and staffing to meet and track goals.

· Expand the reach of current services while also providing more services to improve long-term outcomes for the youth it serves, expanding the length of services, specifically through the addition of support through college.

· Open a third Tutoring site in or near the current Dorchester-Roxbury service area to increase the number of youth served by 50% within three years.