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All Dorchester Sports League Inc

 1565 Dorchester Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02122
[P] (617) 287-1601
[F] (617) 287-1913
http://www.alldorchestersports.org/
[email protected]
Candice Gartley
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INCORPORATED: 1988
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EIN 22-2827346

LAST UPDATED: 06/23/2016
Organization DBA ADSL
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL)’s mission is to provide quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement.

Mission Statement

All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL)’s mission is to provide quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $289,090.00
Projected Expense $289,090.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Baseball Program
  • Education Resource Center (ERC)
  • Fit Kitchen
  • Fitness & Nutrition Education Program
  • Girls' Softball

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Overview

Mission Statement

All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL)’s mission is to provide quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement.


Background Statement

 

 

ADSL was founded in the early 1980's, when racial and socio economic tension was at an all-time high in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. In an attempt to diffuse dysfunctional race relations, a group of community leaders convened to come up with ways to address this problem. Overwhelmingly, the group felt that sports would be a constructive vehicle to bring youth of varying backgrounds together.
In 1997, ADSL added an Education Resource Center (ERC) to provide tutoring local students. In 2008, ADSL expanded once again to offer fitness and nutrition education programming. Our focus on fitness and nutrition has led to the creation of programs to counter the epidemic of childhood obesity, promote physical and emotional wellness and healthy choices.
We now also offer a signature program, in partnership with Simmons College, “Fit Kitchen.” Fit Kitchen is an intergenerational and interactive cooking class that teaches healthy meal preparation as well as health messages about obesity and chronic disease prevention.
ADSL is based in the Field's Corner section of Dorchester. The area is home to a diverse community of African-American, Vietnamese, Caribbean, White and Latino residents. ADSL targets the area's low income, at-risk youth and provides opportunities for sports, recreation and educational enrichment. Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood and 40% of the area’s residents live below the poverty line. There are many barriers to the area’s youth to having access to outdoor sports and recreational activities, such as parents’ work schedules, parents’ lack of transportation, other youth programs in the city being unaffordable for low income parents, and parents not wanting their kids to play outside because of the gun and gang violence in the area. ADSL provides safe and low cost or free local after school and summer programs which are easily accessible to area families.

 

 


Impact Statement

 

ADSL’s Summer Fun & Fitness Clinic has expanded significantly, now serving 60 kids per day, 5 days a week during the months of July and August. The program introduces participants age 7 through 14 and focuses on outdoor activities and sports as well as in door arts and crafts and games. Since 2014, ADSL has collaborated with Viet AID to deliver our summer program.  This partnership is continuing in 2016 and is expanding to include other community partners, including the New England Aquarium and the New England Revolution. 

Nutrition Education: In partnership with the Simmons College and the Daily Table, ADSL offers the “Fit Kitchen” program, in which youth and their parents come once per week to a 2 hour, interactive cooking demonstration to learn about healthy food choices. Weekly workshops include recipes, introduction to organic food and involvement with local farms, discussions on obesity, and diabetes prevention. The Fit Kitchen meets once weekly for four weeks, with new sessions offered 6 times per year. We are happy to report that there has been tremendous demand for the program and each session has been completely full with 20 to 25 participants per session. Going forward, we plan to increase the number of sessions offered per year so that we can meet the demand for this popular program.

Education Resource Center/Academic Enrichment: Tutoring and drop-in homework help started up in the fall of 2015 with 20 students daily from Monday through Thursday. a host of new student participants and 8 new tutors, 4 who come from BU and 4 from BC high. ADSL also hired a new part time Education Coordinator, Stephanie Crawford, to oversee the tutoring program. She is a certified special education teacher who works at Boston’s Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

Sports: In the summer of 2015, ADSL launched a new basketball program for kids ages 7-17. We have partnered with The Dorchester Y and the Lee Community Center to offer skills clinics and scrimmages. ADSL is currently running an 8-team league that has over 100 participants every Saturday. ADSL participates in the league as well as having its own clinic on Saturday mornings. In creating this league, we have partnered with the Dorchester YMCA, Mildred School, Pilot School, Lee School, Oak Square YMCA, J.A.B Step, and the AAU Spartans.

Karate: In partnership with Save Another Youth, ADSL offers karate 2 evenings per week. Participants in the karate program come to ADSL Monday and Wednesday for tutoring and Tuesday and Thursday for Karate practice followed by tutoring. The Karate program has consistently grown. Recently the karate crew has entered into a tournament where they did exceptionally well on all age levels.


Needs Statement

(1) Funding: ADSL has historically relied heavily on City of Boston funding, but with several government budget cuts and loss of foundation support there has been a decrease in funding. 
 
(2) Staff: ADSL only has one full-time position, the executive director. There are four other part time, seasonal or volunteer positions in the organization. To expand programming, ADSL must find funds to hire an additional full-time employee. 
 
(3) Transportation: Currently, we do not have a van to provide our youth with rides to and from our facility, to away games and other activities. Additionally, Fields Corner is an area which has an extremely unsafe reputation and many children are prevented from participating in our programs because of safe access. We would like to purchase a van.
 

CEO Statement

All Dorchester Sports League creates opportunities for youth in several ways to help them succeed in many aspects of life. At an early age, ADSL engages youth in a positive team atmosphere to create a sense of belonging. Many youth do not receive the encouragement they need to succeed in school or even at home. ADSL provides these opportunities in several ways. ADSL youth sports teams provide positive coaching and teamwork. Dedication, sportsmanship and character are also taught to our youth while participating in athletic activities. Also, friendships are created between the youth who participate in the team sports. ADSL education programs provide mentors and tutors to give our students the confidence to excel in all classes. By encouraging hard work, practice and dedication to the school work students are inclined to perform better in the classroom. The mentoring reaches even beyond school work; the mentors focus on teaching the importance of time management and organization as well as being confident when speaking to others. ADSL's fitness and nutrition program  offers  youth an opportunity to train for specific sports, but also to maintain healthy lifestyles. ADSL teaches the importance of proper diet, combined with exercise to prevent many of the injuries and diseases that affect people today. ADSL has a unique combination of youth sports, youth education services and fitness/nutrition programs. ADSL programs keep our youth away from violence, dropping out of school and negative situations that arise in everyday life. Our goal is to turn ordinary children into extraordinary community members. 

Board Chair Statement

I am an emergency physician. I worked in big city hospital emergency departments both in the Bronx (Jacobi Hospital) and in Boston (I was the emergency department director of BCH then BMC from 1984 to 2000 and  medical director of Boston EMS, Fire and Police from 2000 to 2010). I saw more than my share of interpersonal violence among youth in both NYC and Boston. I was a coach in Brookline sports. My son played baseball for and coached at ADSL. He inspired me to join the ADSL board. My past organizational experience as a BU School of Medicine department chair and Boston's public safety medical director gave me the organizational skills to be the ADSL board chair. 
    I am officially retired but still do some work in emergency medicine.
Our biggest current challenge is funding. The city has been gradually reducing our funding and because of the current economic climate a number of private funders either discontinued or reduced funding to ADSL. Old programs are being revived and new ones (nutrition/fitness,violence prevention & girls' softball) introduced. We have an excellent staff (although too small) and a new, energetic, Executive Director.We are re-establishing relations with area  schools and community organizations.  
           Our board is excellent. All board members are active--attendance has averaged 80% for our monthly meetings throughout 2014. All members make donations to ADSL. We have been working hard to bring more diversity to the board. We recently brought on four women who are reflective of the community we serve. We desperately need more staff, for example, a full-time woman heading up girls sports and more racially/ethnically mixed staff.
   With our new Executive Director at the helm we have been able to breathe life into our existing programs while increase our reach to new populations. We now successfully collaborate to with Viet Aid, a neighboring organization to provide activities to our Asian community members - something we worked at for a long time. 
   Dorchester is Boston's largest and most diverse neighborhood. In reaction to several racially-charged incidents, ADSL was formed in 1983 to bring youth from the different Dorchester neighborhoods together though sports.  Yet in 2011 the different ethnic neighborhoods are still quite separate. Those on the west side (next to Roxbury and Mattapan) of Dorchester Ave. are mostly African-American. Those to the east of Dorchester Ave.-along the ocean (Savin Hill, Neponset Circle, Cedar Grove)- are still largely white. Residents refer to Dorchester Ave. as the dividing line-people tend to stay on one side or the other. ADSL's location at Field's corner on Dorchester Ave  is at the juncture of the two sides and, consistent with its original mission, hopes through its activities to bring together students from both sides of Dorchester Ave.
 
  ADSL is located in Field's Corner -a City of Boston Parks Department building (our headquarters, paid for by the city), a playground, a baseball field, a softball/little league field and two basketball courts. The park is used by local families, teens and homeless. Our presence is vital to the area's health and safety. Our continued existence means more to the community than just having a place to play sports.  
 

Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, South Boston, MA 02122, 02124, 02125, 02127

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Recreation & Sports - Amateur Sports
  3. Education - Educational Services

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

No

Programs

Baseball Program

ADSL’s baseball program includes the following teams and leagues: Instructional Baseball, T-Ball, the Wood Bat Baseball League, City Wide Travel Baseball League, Lou Tomkins All-Star Baseball League, and the Senior Babe Ruth Baseball League. Players range in age from 5 to 15. Last year in this age group we hosted 16 teams totaling 186 children.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Baseball/Softball
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Participants learn how to play baseball, build self esteem, get outdoor physical activity, build interpersonal skills and learn about the importance of teamwork.
Program Long-Term Success 

ADSL baseball currently reaches about 600 youth players per year from four year old beginners through age 18. Many of our players stay with us for years. In addition to baseball skill building, our program instills a love of the sport, a sense of community pride and belonging, and provides a space where people from diverse cultures and backgrounds play together, form friendships, and cheer on their kids. ADSL baseball is a safe, fun extracurricular activity that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles. In addition to games, each team has three to four practices per week. The busy practice schedule keeps kids engaged in a constructive and positive activity several evenings per week during the spring and summer months. Further, ADSL baseball also provides an important alternative or supplement to Boston Public School sports teams, which are often disorganized and uncompetitive. ADSL advanced players build their skills with us and some go on to play in college.

Program Success Monitored By 

We measure the impact of our programs using several indicators. We conduct a survey at the end of each season asking parents and players for feedback to help improve our programming. We incorporate feedback at the beginning of each season and when starting new programs. We also track the following measures to inform our programming:

1.    Numbers of participants during the year in all of our sports programs broken down by age, gender, ethnicity, and neighborhood using their registration and verification forms.

2.    Number of teams in each league and whether teams were competitive in playoffs.

3.    Number of and attendance levels at year-round training and ADSL events.

Examples of Program Success  ADSL baseball currently reaches about 330 youth players per year from four year old beginners through age 18.   In 2011 we increased the number of T-Ball and instructional baseball players from prior years.

Education Resource Center (ERC)

 

The Education Resource Center (ERC): The ERC provides one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching and drop in homework help in core academic subjects, helps students with homework and provides test prep services with the end goal of assuring that students improve grades and are not at risk of dropping out of school. We currently serve 20 children per day, 4 days a week.


Budget  $67,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Near term success that will result from this project is that 60 or more middle and high school students who are struggling in school or with standardized tests will sign up for and receive one-on-one tutoring and improve grades and test scores by the end of the term.
Program Long-Term Success 

Our criteria for success is that 90% or more of our participants improve academic performance in core subjects. In addition, we aspire for at least 75% of our participants to apply and be accepted to college.

Program Success Monitored By 

We measure our progress by tracking the following:

1)    The number of and demographic information for students enrolled in ERC tutoring programs and their weekly attendance;

2)    We request regular progress reports from the student, weekly if necessary. We look at the progress reports to track outcomes in terms of grades, quiz and test scores. We also ask to see student including report cards, quiz and test scores;

3)    We also track baseline and then improvements in MCAS and SAT scores;

4)    Finally, we track high school completion rates and college acceptance and enrollment.

Examples of Program Success 

Tutoring and academic support at the Education Resource Center provides struggling students the opportunity to get no cost academic support to stay in school and be successful. We have countless success stories of students who went from Ds to Bs in core subjects, from failing to proficient in the MCAS, and were accepted into college. Of the 60 students who participated in the ERC programs last school year, about 90% reported improvements in MCAS test scores; better scores on classroom test and quiz; overall GPA improvements and successes in attitude, organization and overall approach to school.


Fit Kitchen

We have expanded our nutrition education program in partnership with the Simmons College and the Daily Table. We offer the “Fit Kitchen” program, in which youth and their parents come to a weekly cooking demonstration and learn about healthy food choices. Weekly workshops include a hands-on cooking class, recipes to take home and try, introduction to organic food and involvement with local farms, discussions on obesity, and diabetes/chronic disease prevention. “Fit Kitchen” meets once weekly for four weeks, with new sessions offered 6 times per year. We are happy to report that as a result of the interest in this program we have added two more 4 week sessions with the goal of making this a year round program.

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  ADSL parents report that they may not purchase healthy food options for their kids because with limited incomes, they want to buy food that they know their kids will eat and not not spend money on food they fear their kids won’t consume. One of the ideas behind Fit Kitchen was to have the kids try new things outside of the home with the hope that it will translate into better eating options once they are home. In addition, positive messages about chronic disease prevention are stressed. We are working with youth and adults to promote physical activity. We are working with Fields Corner Main Streets to host a weekly Farmer’s Market adjacent to ADSL. The Field’s Corner Farmer’s Market provides fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices and accepts food stamps. We are partnering with the Daily Table, an innovative supermarket that brings high quality fresh food to Dorchester at a reduced price.
Program Long-Term Success 

According to the Children’s’ Hospital Boston, among African-American and Hispanic populations, one in every two children ages 2-19 is overweight or obese. Despite many years of working with Dorchester youth to promote physical activity and healthy life choices, childhood and adult obesity continues to skyrocket in Dorchester, especially among minority populations. Obesity is tied to a number of poor health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, etc. ADSL leadership realized that in addition to encouraging our youth to adopt healthy lifestyles, we must also work with families and the larger community to change poor lifestyle habits and health outcomes.

Program Success Monitored By 

ADSL currently gathers data on all of our programs, including demographic and family income data on our participants, attendance, and self-assessments given pre and post programs such as Fit Kitchen to determine knowledge gained during the program and new habits adopted. 

Examples of Program Success  Candice?

Fitness & Nutrition Education Program

 

Fitness: Our strength training classes in our fitness center have become very popular with middle and high school athletes looking to stay in shape in the off season and do not have the means to belong to local larger fitness centers who charge a monthly fee (we do not charge a fee for our fitness program). We recently increased the frequency of our classes from two to five per week. Last year, in response to neighborhood adult demand we began to offer adult fitness training and currently have three classes per week on site. Many of these participants have children who take part in our other programs. This program runs all year long and accommodates approximately 43 participants weekly.

 

Budget  $68,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, a minimum of 50 participants will come twice per week, learn exercises, improve overall fitness levels, and learn to choose and prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Program Long-Term Success  The aim of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles and food choices and counter obesity and poor health.  We hope that by educating youth participants in the importance of fitness and good eating habits, they will make better choices as young adults.
Program Success Monitored By  return to this
Examples of Program Success  return to this

Girls' Softball

 ADSL’s Softball program includes Girl’s Instructional Softball, Girl’s Youth Softball, Girl’s Frosh Softball, and Girl’s Junior/Senior Softball. Players range in age from 6 to 18. 

Budget  $31,800.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Baseball/Softball
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  return
Program Long-Term Success  return
Program Success Monitored By  return
Examples of Program Success   During the 2011 season, ADSL increased the number of girls served by the program to 71 girls.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

There are many challenges which our organization currently faces. These include funding, staff, alternative facilities, expanding programs, transportation and volunteer retention.
(1) Funding: ADSL has historically relied heavily on City of Boston funding, but with several budgets cuts there has been a decrease in support. Our need is to pursue other ways to bring in funds for the programs.
(2) Staff: ADSL only has one full-time position, the executive director. There are five other positions in the organization which are part-time. To expand programming, ADSL must find funds to hire an additional full-time employee. We must also retain volunteers from each year by maintaining relationships with them throughout the year.
(4) Transportation: Currently, we do not have a van to provide our youth with rides to and from our facility and to games in which we travel to other towns.
(5) The population we serve by and large is a very "middle of the road" type of child. For lack a of better word, the ordinary child. As such, it is a very difficult population to garner support for. Providing support for the hundreds of "ordinary children" in our neighborhood is a constant challenge. We don't have lots of dramatic stories or photos or dramatic outcomes. So funders don't see it as a critical need to support these kids. But we do.  We need to make our ordinary children extraordinary by providing them with the best experience possible. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Candice Mary Gartley MPA
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Candice Gartley has recently taken on the role of Executive Director for All Dorchester Sports League. Prior to her coming to ADSL she worked close by at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester for twenty years .  At the Health Center she had multiple roles:  Executive Assistant , Arts and Culture Programming Coordinator, Chief of Staff, Special Events Director and most recently, Director of Public Relations.  She is President of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council and is also a member of several boards in the Dorchester area.  In addition to living in the ADSL target area, Candice has been a longtime supporter of ADSL and her children continue to participate in the programs offered by All Dorchester Sports League.   
Candice, her husband and three children are long time residents  of  the Codman Square,  Dorchester.  When not involved in community activities, Candice enjoys spending time outdoors and attending her son's hockey and baseball games!   
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
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Good Sport in Community Award Good Sports, Inc. 2010
Out of the Blue Grant The Boston Foundation 2002

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

ADSL collaborates with a number of schools, community based organizations in Dorchester. Our partners include Carney Hospital/Steward Health Care, Cleveland Community Center, Leahy-Holloran Community Center, City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, ABCD, Dorchester Youth Soccer, Catholic Charities, Dorchester Main Streets, Fields Corner Community Development Organization, The Joseph Lee School, Dorchester, YMCA, The "BASE", Boston Project Ministries, Codman Square Health Center, Boston Day and Evening Academy, HealthWorks at Codman Square, _, Dorchester Youth Hockey, Louis Brown Peace Institute, Boston Public Library, Building Pathways, TechBoston Academy, -, Mother Caroline Academy , VietAid and Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club.

In addition to these ongoing collaborations, ADSL has initiated several exciting collaborations this year. These include VietAid for our summer program; Simmons College School of Nutrition for our

nutrition program; Fields Corner Main Streets to develop a stronger connection to local stakeholders in the area; DOVE a local anti-domestic violence organization; BostonCares who has approved ADSL for a Americorps VISTA intern in the fall.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

There are many challenges which our organization faces now. These include funding, staff, alternative facilities, expanding programs, transportation and volunteer retention.
 
(1) Funding: ADSL has historically relied heavily on City of Boston funding, but with several budgets cuts there has been a decrease in support. Our need is to pursue other ways to bring in funds for the programs.
  
(2) Staff: ADSL only has one full-time position, the executive director. There are five other positions in the organization which are part-time. To expand programming, ADSL must find funds to hire an additional full-time employee. We must also retain volunteers from each year by maintaining relationships with them throughout the year.
 
(3) Transportation: Currently, we do not have a van to provide our youth with rides to and from our facility and to games in which we travel to other towns.
 
 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Medical Health Insurance
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Dr. Peter Hatt Moyer MD, MPH
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2011 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr Patrick Anglund IT Voting
Mr Jared Blandino City of Boston Voting
Mr. Mike Christopher MasExecutive Office of Public Safety and Security Voting
Mrs. Angela Cruse State Street Corporation Voting
Mr Brian Doherty Building and Construction Trades Voting
Ms Mary Hines retired/Member Emeritus Voting
Mr. Mike Joyce Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Voting
Ms. Cynthia Loesch Esq. Nixon Peabody Voting
Ms Alice McCabe Teacher Voting
Mr. Kevin Monahan City of Boston Voting
Dr. Peter Moyer MD, MPH Retired Voting
Mr. Peter Moyer Community Volunteer Voting
Ms Tricia Thomas Nurse 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: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

(1) Funding: ADSL has historically relied heavily on City of Boston funding, but with several budgets cuts there has been a decrease in support. Our need is to pursue other ways to bring in funds for the programs.
(2) Revive and transition programs: ADSL has been unable to find gym space to revive its basketball program during the fall/winter. Many of the area schools and community centers that have been used in prior years cannot accommodate ADSL with gym space. Our need is to find a space close to our facility to reorganization ADSL's youth basketball league. A recent collaboration for girl's softball has been a tough transition for the leagues involved. We are actively working to spread the word about ADSL taking over girl's softball. We are in need of more girl's in order to make the league successful.
(3) Staff: ADSL only has one full-time position, the executive director. There are five other positions in the organization which are part-time. To expand programming, ADSL must find funds to hire an additional full-time employee.
(4) Transportation: Currently, we do not have a van to provide our youth with rides to and from our facility and to games in which we travel to other towns.
(5) Expanding nutrition program: reach more participants about healthy lifestyles.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $176,245 $191,337 $135,179
Total Expenses $210,301 $180,518 $184,946

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$91,000 $89,000 $41,500
Government Contributions $42,538 $39,946 $35,655
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- $5,000 --
    Local $42,538 $34,946 $35,655
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $9,595 $53,725 $46,988
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $12,085 $8,658 $11,020
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2 $8 $16
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $21,000 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $25 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $104,489 $80,712 $126,041
Administration Expense $96,955 $82,366 $58,905
Fundraising Expense $8,857 $17,440 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.84 1.06 0.73
Program Expense/Total Expenses 50% 45% 68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 10% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $34,455 $68,511 $57,611
Current Assets $34,455 $68,511 $57,611
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $3,500 $3,500 $3,500
Total Net Assets $30,955 $65,011 $54,111

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.84 19.57 16.46

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We continue to work through funding challenges as we grow our programs. These include funding, staff, alternative facilities, expanding programs, transportation and volunteer retention.
 
(1) Funding: ADSL has historically relied heavily on City of Boston funding, but their contributions have remained level for the past 5 years. We have dramatically increased the participation numbers at ADSL in the past one and a half years, but our funding sources remain static. We have received several new grants and continue to seek new ones as well as increased financial support from city agencies.
 
(2) Staff: ADSL continues to have only one full-time position, the Executive Director. There are 4 other positions in the organization which are part time or stipended staff. ADSL must find fund to hire an additional full time employee. We must also retain volunteers from each year by maintaining relationships with them throughout the year.
 
(3) Transportation: Currently we do not have a means to transport our youth to and from our facility and to game in which we travel to other towns. A large share of our youth do not have parents who have access to vehicles, so many children are prevented from participating in our programs. This is a priority area to address as we move forward.
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Additional revenue breakout detail (for government and foundation & corporation sources) was obtained from the Schedule B's for FY14, FY13, and FY12. 
 
Please note, there was a change in accounting period for FY11. The 2011 Form 990 represents a 9 month period (10/1/10 - 6/30/11).

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

ADSL’s long term goal is to ensure that all members of the diverse and vibrant community in and around Fields Corner adopt healthy lifestyle choices, excel in school and beyond, and are empowered to utilize the leadership skills and coping strategies that they learn at ADSL as they grow into successful and healthy adults. 

ADSL is based in the Field's Corner section of Dorchester. The area is home to a diverse community of African-American, Vietnamese, Caribbean, White and Latino residents. ADSL targets the area's low income, at-risk youth and provides opportunities for sports, recreation and educational enrichment. Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood and 40% of the area’s residents live below the poverty line. There are many barriers to the area’s youth to having access tooutdoor sports and recreational activities, such as parents’ work schedules, parents’ lack of transportation, other youth programs in the city being unaffordable for low income parents, and parents not wanting their kids to play outside because of the gun and gang violence and drugs in the area. ADSL provides safe and low cost or free local after school and summer programs which are easily accessible to area families.

However, despite many years of working with Dorchester youth to promote physical activity and healthy life choices,

childhood and adult obesity continues to skyrocket in Dorchester, especially among minority populations. In 2011, 32.3%

of school aged children in Dorchester were considered overweight or obese. The City average is 23.1. (North Dorchester

has the 2nd highest adult obesity rates in Boston – 32%). Obesity is tied to a number of poor health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, etc. ADSL leadership realized that in order to encourage our youth to adopt healthy lifestyles, we must also work with families and the larger community to change poor eating habits, encourage physical activity and ensure health and wellness.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

ADSL’s greatest strength is our ability to reach and retain at- risk youth and their families in our team sports and educational enrichment programs and promote positive messages about good habits and choices and leadership. We continue to support and engage Dorchester youth and families though the following ongoing programs:

Fit Kitchen: We have strengthened our nutrition education program offerings in partnership with the Simmons College and the Daily Table. We offer the “Fit Kitchen” program, in which youth and their parents come to a weekly cooking demonstration and learn about healthy food choices. Weekly workshops include a hands-on cooking class, recipes to take home and try, introduction to organic food and involvement with local farms, discussions on obesity, and diabetes/chronic disease prevention. “Fit Kitchen” meets once weekly for four weeks, with new sessions currently offered 6 times per year.

ADSL’s Summer Fun & Fitness Clinic runs during the months of July and August. This past summer, in collaboration with Viet Aid, ADSL ran a summer program that served over 90 students per week. This year we are increasing this summer program to an all day program 5 days a week servicing 60 children per day. We have recently been asked by the Boston Parks Department and the New England Aquarium to be a site for their activities at Town Field during the summer of 2016. This summer we have been selected as a site to host the New England Revolution’s Youth Soccer Instruction Program.

Baseball and Softball: ADSL’s program offerings range from our traditional baseball and softball leagues which serve boys and girls aged 5 to 15. Last year in this age group we hosted 16 teams totaling 186 children.

Basketball: ADSL has a newly revitalized basketball program for kids ages 7-17. We partner with neighboring youth organizations and currently run a league with over 200 participants all year long.

Fitness: Our strength training classes in our fitness center have become very popular with middle and high school athletes looking to stay in shape in the off season and do not have the means to belong to local larger fitness centers who charge a monthly fee (we do not charge a fee for our fitness program). We recently increased the frequency of our classes from two to five per week. Last year, in response to neighborhood adult demand we began to offer adult fitness training and currently have three classes per week on site. Many of these participants have children who take part in our other programs. This program runs all year long and accommodates approximately 60 participants weekly.

The Education Resource Center (ERC): The ERC provides one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching and drop in homework help in core academic subjects, helps students with homework and provides test prep services with the end goal of assuring that students improve grades and are not at risk of dropping out of school. We currently serve 20 children per day, 4 days a week.

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

ADSL staff consists of one full-time Executive Director, four part-time/seasonal assistants, including an Athletic Coordinator, an Education Program Coordinator, Basketball Coordinator and Baseball Program Coordinator. We also have a part-time fundraiser. Candice Gartley is the executive director who provides oversight, planning and vision to all ADSL programs and works to recruit new participants and retain current ones. Ms. Gartley has lived in the Codman Square area of Dorchester for more than 25 years. Her children attended the Boston Public Schools and she is actively involved in the community. Prior to ADSL, she worked for 20 years at the Codman Square Health Center, most recently as the Director of Public Relations and Special Events.

The Education Program Coordinator oversees the Fit Kitchen program as well as the academic tutoring program. She recruits tutors and participants to the education program and evaluates the results of our interventions. We also recruit several college and post-graduate tutors to work 1-on-1 with our students. Some are volunteers, while others receive school credit or stipends. The Athletic Coordinator runs ADSL's fitness program and recruits and oversees the fitness trainers and conducts program evaluation. He also coordinates our various sports programs, hires coaches, schedules games and practices, reserves field and gym time, and maintains communication with parents. All part time and seasonal staff are supervised by the executive director.

At present our organization consists of 50 volunteers who serve as tutors, trainers, mentors and coaches. All volunteers and staff members are required to submit to a CORI background check.

ADSL also has a talented and diverse 15-member board of directors which provides supervision to the executive director and meets monthly to discuss various organizational items, including maintaining a consistent fundraising program.


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

ADSL currently gathers data on all of our programs, including demographic and family income data on our participants, attendance, and self-assessments given pre and post programs such as Fit Kitchen to determine knowledge gained during the program and new habits adopted. For our tutoring program we measure improved grades and test scores.

The most important indicator of our success however is our level of participation.  This year, our programs have taken off.  Each of our Fit Kitchen sessions have been completely full.  Our summer program is also full.  We have 200 kids playing basketball, participants signed up for tutoring, karate, fitness classes and other activities.  The hard part is having to turn people away because we cannot accommodate additional participants.  

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

ADSL is steadily and consistently fulfilling its mission of providing high quality sports, wellness and educational enrichment programming to low-income youth in Dorchester.  We are a truly grassroots organization with strong ties to and support from the local community.  What we have not been able to accomplish is recognition beyond Dorchester of our successful work, nor have we been able to grow our funding base beyond our current loyal funders.  Our programs are growing, we are enrolling more participants, we have parents knocking on the door and asking to sign up their kids and we often have to say that the programs is full.  This is because our funding does not permit us to hire new staff or to meet the current demand for our programs. We are experimenting with new ways to generate income, including fundraising events, seeking income from corporate sponsors, sending out individual appeals, and partnering with other local nonprofits.