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Transformative Culture Project Inc.

 100 Warren Street, Rear
 Boston, MA 02119
[P] (617) 2884917 x 2884917
[F] (617) 2884917
www.tcproject.org
[email protected]
Cara Berg Powers, EdD
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INCORPORATED: 2009
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EIN 80-0214659

LAST UPDATED: 03/23/2018
Organization DBA Transformative Culture project
Former Names Press Pass TV (2016)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The Transformative Culture Project (previously Press Pass TV as of 1/1/17) uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. The organization utilizes media arts and culture to educate and employ youth as well as engage community members in solving our greatest challenges. Our reorganization recognizes that artists often play a critical role in helping us to build a shared vision of our future and build our collective story. That critical work- helping us imagine what is possible, and often needed to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed, is rarely compensated. We are changing that by building a comprehensive network through which youth and adult artists are able to earn a paycheck for their creative contributions.

Mission Statement

The Transformative Culture Project (previously Press Pass TV as of 1/1/17) uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. The organization utilizes media arts and culture to educate and employ youth as well as engage community members in solving our greatest challenges. Our reorganization recognizes that artists often play a critical role in helping us to build a shared vision of our future and build our collective story. That critical work- helping us imagine what is possible, and often needed to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed, is rarely compensated. We are changing that by building a comprehensive network through which youth and adult artists are able to earn a paycheck for their creative contributions.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $668,000.00
Projected Expense $715,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Beyond Creative

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Transformative Culture Project (previously Press Pass TV as of 1/1/17) uses media arts and culture as tools to transform lives and communities. The organization utilizes media arts and culture to educate and employ youth as well as engage community members in solving our greatest challenges. Our reorganization recognizes that artists often play a critical role in helping us to build a shared vision of our future and build our collective story. That critical work- helping us imagine what is possible, and often needed to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed, is rarely compensated. We are changing that by building a comprehensive network through which youth and adult artists are able to earn a paycheck for their creative contributions.


Background Statement

Press Pass TV is an award winning nonprofit organization that offers disadvantaged Massachusetts youth programming focused on multimedia production and journalism that tells stories of communities working toward positive change. Started by Gabriel Mugar, a Boston Public Schools teacher, with humble beginnings in an after school program at the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury serving only 20 youth, Press Pass TV now serves over 200 young people annually throughout Greater Boston and Worcester. Using storytelling as a tool for youth empowerment, we inspire young people to vision their role in creating solutions, enable them to explore issues in the community, and provide pipelines for them to take action. PPTV was founded in 2004 as a response to damaging news portrayals that painted Boston’s working-class communities and communities of color as helpless, violent, and crime-ridden. As an after-school program, PPTV worked with youth to identify and amplify the stories of people in those communities working toward change and highlighting the power of those change agents. Since our incorporation as an organization 2008, we have worked with over 2 dozen Boston and Worcester-based youth organizations and hundreds of young people directly to use video as a tool for highlighting the incredible youth in our communities.  Press Pass TV has become an integral part of the community, not only serving youth directly, but enabling them to strengthen their communities. 

Deeply rooted in the community, collaborations remain the essence of our work.  Not only are we able to gain a new audience base and expand the reach of our mission, but we are forming long term relationships which solidify our name and ability to grow and serve more underserved youth. With only four years as an organization, PPTV is an innovator in our field in both communities that we serve, connecting them to broader youth media movements through our national network. At the same time, our connections in the community have been the single largest factor of our success. In a short time, we have become integral to the ability of youth development organizations to meet changing 21st century educational needs, and to get their messages out to the broader community. The way in which the community has supported our growth and identified our work as an important need to serving Massachusetts inner-city youth has been humbling, and has highlighted the great responsibility that we have.


Impact Statement

Here’s just a few of our most notable achievements:

*Awarded a Citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for our “ongoing efforts to engage youth in creating media on behalf of the community”

*Won the Harbus Award for Journalism and Education from the Harbus Foundation at the Harvard Business School

*Won the Forum for Universal Cultures Award at the United Nations Plural+ Festival

*Won the “Did it Their Damn Selves” Award from the Do it Your Damn Self Festival, the first youth-curated film festival in the country

*Our youth’s films have been awarded at many film festivals, including the Roxbury International Film Festival, the Derek Freese Film Festival, the International Family Film Festival, the Arlington International Film Festival, and from the American Friends Service Committee’s Youth Film Festival

*Our work has been featured in local and national networks and publications, including Boston Magazine, WCVB’s Chronicle and CityLine, NBC, and the Boston Globe

*Awarded the 2015 Social Innovation Forum winners for the category of “pathways for education and employment for opportunity youth.”


Needs Statement

Providing youth with the right tools to critically process the information they are seeing, to rise above the influence and to shape a healthy image of self and others is what we achieve at Press Pass TV.  Our approach is different because of our action-based curriculum, our personalized and holistic approach and our “by any means necessary” attitude.  In our program, youth are not bombarded with all the negative statistics that they are all too aware of, but instead given the “so what” and the “now what.”  In other words, we use media to build a bridge of understanding of how these issues affect them and then the tools to take action and change their plight. We give young people the tools and skills to succeed in college and careers, and the sense of community responsibility to pay it forward through mentoring their peers and pursuing careers that will make a difference. To that end, our most pressing organizational needs are almost always focused around growing our financial sustainability and maintaining the strong network of community supporters that has always been the foundation of our work. Financial support in meeting our annual budget of $228,500 and in-kind donations of equipment and supplies are always appreciated.


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Press Pass TV is a cutting edge media organization, telling passionate stories about community change from a youth perspective. As a young organization, our board is doing a lot of work to build the capacity of the staff and volunteers to meet the demands of the community. We're a close knit team with a broad range of expertise, but what brings us all to the Press Pass TV Board table is our passion for young people and the power of stories. We all have a different "why" that deeply connects us to the multi-dimensional work that Press Pass TV does and roots our volunteerism in our own personal experiences.
 
While most of us on the board come from backgrounds outside of youth development, we all agree that the most rewarding time we spend volunteering is directly with the youth that Press Pass TV serves. It is absolutely vital to me that all board members take that time out of their busy schedules to give a little of their expertise and experience to the young people we serve. I have had many opportunities to sit down with Press Pass TV youth and help them with time management, planning interview questions, and reviewing final edits of their projects. While the level of their work grows from these interactions, I can't say I don't also get a lot out of it.
 
As we continue to grow as an organization, I know that Press Pass TV has limitless potential. I look forward to meeting new supporters, volunteers and future members of the Press Pass TV community!
 
 

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
The Transformative Culture Project serves over 650 youth annually through its flagship program, Beyond Creative, a full service media agency and production  across Southern New England, with chapters located in Boston, Worcester, and Holyoke. 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Film & Video
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development-Business
  3. Employment - Job Training

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

Yes

Programs

Beyond Creative

BEYOND CREATIVE is a paid, part-time after school and full-time summer youth employment and development program. Youth are trained to produce commercially viable, high-quality videos that open up pathways to careers and higher education. Students create videos, spoken word pieces, music, dance, and photography that express their passions and celebrate the richness of their communities, while learning the skills they need for employment.
To support the students in meeting the high expectations of the program, staff provide resume clinics, professional etiquette training, peer coaching, and life skills building. This combination of professional and life skills training helps them heal from trauma, build good habits of mind, and strengthen their resilience. They earn “badges” based on their Youth Development, Professional Readiness, and Technical and Artistic Mastery through a comprehensive evaluation system.
The badges demonstrate the students technical competencies and practical experience. Badges signify which youth are eligible to work independently on paid client engagements through Press Pass Productions, a full-service media production social enterprise housed within the Beyond Creative Program.
Through Community Connect, student producers give back to their communities and put their knowledge to the test through pro-bono video production for local grassroots organizations. This gives the students hands-on experience in working with clients while giving back to their communities.
TCP is often hired to produce public service announcements, event videos, advertisements, campaign videos, short films, documentaries, and more for a growing client base including The Boston Foundation, Harvard University, New Profit, BNY Mellon, Boston Public Schools, and Deloitte. This revenue-generating model employs Beyond Creative students, who gain transferable skills and experience to increase their employability across fields, while receiving a solid paycheck.
Budget  $185,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 
We Continue to:
· Partner with organizations like the Boston Youth Fund and Boston Private Industry Council to provide 12-15 youth with meaningful summer employment.
· Produce 8 journalistic videos, 5 creative pieces and 3 event coverage videos per cohort
· Beyond Creative members will participate in youth coalitions around critical issues like education, environment, anti-violence and others, bringing an important media perspective to the growing inter-issue coalitions in Massachusetts.
· Provide wrap around services and 4 workshops per year on topics such as Financial Literacy
· Participants participate in 4 cultural and educational fieldtrips per year (museum,
colleges, etc)
· 6 industry professionals volunteer their time to support the skill development of the youth (on topics like financial literacy, time management, interview techniques etc)
· Students build a resume, practice interview skills and business etiquette
· Students organize an end of year screening
· Increased technical proficiency
· Build strong organizational and time management skills
· Communities are empowered by media that focuses on their strengths and solutions to their challenges
· Youth have access to careers in media production
· Youth gain valuable skills and paid employment
· Youth gain clear pathways away from violence and poverty and toward
promising careers
Program Long-Term Success  The Transformative Culture Project seeks to increase our organizational budget to $750,000 to expand and deepen its services through the award-winning Beyond Creative, doubling the number of youth served. This investment will be used to expand the TCP Video Production Program, a revenue-generating media production service, giving TCP twice the capacity to serve corporate and nonprofit clients, train and hire Opportunity Youth from Beyond Creatice, and increase their access to education, employment, and mentoring. From there, with the support of our flagship chapter in Boston, we intend to deepen our services and connections to offer meaning education and employment to youth across southern New England. Our organization has strategically positioned itself to grow and match the demands of our communities, and in that vein, we look forward to the continued growth and reach of our network of possibilities. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Our Co-Director Dr. Cara Berg Powers, EdD has created our comprehensive evaluation system. Transformative Culture Project's unique interdisciplinary programming blends youth development, vocational media training, and career-oriented professional development and requires the use of a synthesized evaluation methodology to measure our impact. Dr. Berg Powers has brought together a number of industry recognized Positive Youth Development methodologies, including the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, Dr. Richard Lerner’s 5 “C”s, America’s Promise Alliance’s 5 Promises and Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s “Ecology of Human Development. In addition to 21st Century skills like professional communication and teamwork, we also measure soft skills that are more likely to be developed through artistic endeavors like critical thinking and problem-solving.
With a unique combination of surveys, drawing evaluations, and interview forms, our new online interface enables staff, instructors and case-workers to collaborate with one another to support youth- sharing information with each other through quarterly soft-skills check-lists, weekly check-in forms, and our comprehensive system of surveys. As the first organization in Boston to begin using the new Apricot online system, we’re training other organizations on the platform and sharing best practices through our participation in the Youth Arts Impact Network. With the support of Community TechKnowledge we have built out an evaluation system that combines individual youth evaluations, instructor observations, personal goal setting, and skill badges they have earned to track our organizational metrics as well as ensuring each young person has the support to achieve success.
Through this system we know that:
• 100% of TCP youth graduate from high school (even some who come to us disengaged from school)
• 90% of TCP youth attend college
• 65% in media careers
• 85% of TCP youth go on to paid employment
• 50% in media careers
• 90% of TCP youth say that they have a caring adult that they can talk to in their life (with only 60% at entry)
• 80% of TCP youth say that they know what they need to do to get into
college (with only 40% at entry)
Examples of Program Success 
When TJ joined TCP's Beyond Creative (then Media Leadership Institute) in 2014, he had suffered enormous trauma, including his mother being incarcerated for drug related crimes, and was at risk of dropping out of high school. Despite showing promise as a filmmaker, he was not planning to attend college and was applying for retail jobs to bring needed income into the home he shared with his grandmother. TCP pushed TJ to invest in his own video production skills, and gave him the opportunity to be on several sets filming PSAs and promotional videos. In addition, TJ visited many college campuses during his summer with Beyond Creative so he could expand his view of possibilities. His goals visibly changed, and he stayed engaged into the fall working with a local reporter to publish his first story, which was later featured on WCVB’s Chronicle. Being paid through TCP Productions, TJ is able to make money while building his credentials. Now he is on track to graduate from high school and is visiting college campuses as a prospective student.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Cara Berg Powers EdD
CEO Term Start June 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Cara is an innovative strategic thinker working across a variety of disciplines to build the capacity of communities to create meaningful and lasting change. Before joining the team at Press Pass TV in 2008, Cara founded the Youth Media Institute at Project: Think Different (now amplifyme) and also ran Digital Media programming for the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC). She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change in addition to a MA in Transformative Media Arts and a BA in Screen Studies and Urban Development/Social Change.

In addition to time spent on the Adjunct Faculty at Wheelock College and UMASS Boston, Cara has guest lectured at Worcester State University, Northeastern University, MIT, Simmons College, and Amherst College.

She has produced programming for MTV & NBC, and has provided training in media and social change to non-profit leaders like Oxfam and Facing History & Ourselves. Cara has also presented at several conferences, including the Women, Action and Media Conference, the Be the Media Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform, and the Action Coalition for Media Education Conference. She is the recipient of the Empowerment Award from the 2008 Media That Matters Festival, is featured in No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power by Gloria Feldt.

Cara’s first book By Any Media Necessary, a guide for engaging youth in change through media is available at byanymedianecessary.com, and you can read her work in the Kinder Braver World Series, published by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She is on the Board of her Synagogue, Beth Tikvah and on the Human Rights Commission in Worcester, Massachusetts where she resides with her husband and daughter.
Co-CEO Reggie Williams
Co-CEO Term Start June 2008
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

A Boston native, Reggie began his journey to build a better society through media at age 15 as a Media Literacy Educator alongside Cara and Joanna as a member of their original Media Leadership Team. Upon graduating from high school, Reggie left Boston to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he learned about the history of leadership, foreign policy, international relations and honed his linguistic talents and ten years of training in Spanish written and oral communication.


As a spoken word artist, Reggie has used his art as a medium to create civic dialogue by facilitating an annual poetry workshop with Oxfam America, serving as a media correspondent and host for our quarterly programming on ION Television and the Boston Neighborhood Network, and performing around the Boston area and being featured on local radio. Reggie has presented at the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) National Conference, the W.K. Kellogg Food & Community Conference, the 8th Be the Media Conference and the advised on intergenerational inclusion for the 4th Annual Digital Media Conference.


After returning to Boston, Reggie leverages his studies and experience in the nonprofit sector on our staff to further the mission of our organization through business development and marketing as our Community Relations Manager. His role includes the management and of oversight of our organization’s social media channels, public relations, Community Connect program, vendor procurement, corporate clients and sponsors. Over the years, Reggie has strengthened his interest and desire to increase access to opportunities through his work at New England Cable News (NECN), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and most recently his appointment as a Funding Panel member for the Haymarket People’s Fund, an anti-racist, multi-cultural foundation working to combat systematic oppression across the New England area.

 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Matthew Feener Program Director

As a professional filmmaker, Matt has worked to better document and share the stories of his community since a young age. Matt is a North Shore native who has served as a film instructor, not only as a student leader but also in organizational leadership, over the past ten years. After graduating from The Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2010 with a B.A. in Film, Matt returned to Lynn and joined the staff of Real to Reel, a non-profit film school using media as the canvas for creative expression which he graduated from at the age of 18.

Driven by a desire to equip individuals with the tools and training to communicate how they see fit, Matt has an array of technical skills which include: Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere), Lighting, Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) Cameras, Animation, Stop Motion Animation. His experience directing a Photoshop Module with a focus on digital media, time as an Outreach Coordinator responsible for the creation of content for film festivals and passion to show citizens the power of their voices makes Matt a welcomed addition to our team as Production Manager.

Matt’s time at Press Pass TV is spent driving and increasing the quality and community accountability of our content, working with clients directly to capture the stories of their organizations and teaching directly not only with the Boston Public School system, but also in our year round Media Leadership Institute. Matt has taught at Boston Day and Evening Academy, Fenway High School, served as lead on our projects with the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), The BASE, Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN) and much more. Above all else, Matt wants to instill a self-sustaining desire for knowledge in others and strives to give young people a wider perspective as video and media production has done in his life.
Malia Lazu Strategic Director --
Reggie Williams Development Director A Boston native, Reggie began his journey to build a better society through media at age 15 as a Media Literacy Educator alongside Cara and Joanna as a member of their original Media Leadership Team. Upon graduating from high school, Reggie left Boston to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he learned about the history of leadership, foreign policy, international relations and honed his linguistic talents and ten years of training in Spanish written and oral communication. As a spoken word artist, Reggie has used his art as a medium to create civic dialogue by facilitating an annual poetry workshop with Oxfam America, serving as a media correspondent and host for our quarterly programming on ION Television and the Boston Neighborhood Network, and performing around the Boston area and being featured on local radio. Reggie has presented at the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) National Conference, the W.K. Kellogg Food & Community Conference, the 8th Be the Media Conference and the advised on intergenerational inclusion for the 4th Annual Digital Media Conference. After returning to Boston, Reggie leverages his studies and experience in the nonprofit sector on our staff to further the mission of our organization through business development and marketing as our Community Relations Manager. His role includes the management and of oversight of our organization’s social media channels, public relations, Community Connect program, vendor procurement, corporate clients and sponsors. Over the years, Reggie has strengthened his interest and desire to increase access to opportunities through his work at New England Cable News (NECN), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and most recently his appointment as a Funding Panel member for the Haymarket People’s Fund, an anti-racist, multi-cultural foundation working to combat systematic oppression across the New England area.

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 Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Deeply rooted in the community, collaborations remain the essence of our work.  Not only are we able to gain a new audience base and expand the reach of our mission, but we are forming long term relationships which solidify our name and ability to grow and serve more underserved youth. With only three years as an organization, PPTV is an innovator in our field in both communities that we serve, connecting them to broader youth media movements through our national network. At the same time, our connections in the community have been the single largest factor of our success. Having launched our organization in the worst recession since the Great Depression, we would almost certainly not still be around today, let alone growing, without the deep resonance that our work has among other youth and community serving organizations and the youth in our communities. In a short time, we have become integral to the ability of youth development organizations to meet changing 21stcentury educational needs, and to get their messages out to the broader community. The way in which the community has supported our growth and identified our work as an important need to serving Massachusetts inner-city youth has been humbling, and has highlighted the great responsibility that we have.

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 12
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Gabriel Mugar
Board Chair Company Affiliation Syracuse University
Board Chair Term Oct 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Maria Arabatzis Reynders McVeigh Capital Management Voting
Liz Cormack Grove Labs, PPTV Alumni Voting
Melissa Curtis Deloitte Voting
Megan Deluhery Todd & Weld, LLP Voting
Saki Moon Roxbury YouthWorks Voting
Gabriel Mugar Syracuse University & Founder, Press Pass TV Voting
Avelyn Pires TD Bank, PPTV Alumni Voting
Sherice Siegel Lahey Health Behavioral Services Voting
Nerissa Williams Emerson College 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
Marie-Jose Bahnam Deloitte --
Kelly Bates Interaction Institute for Social Change --
Joe Chard Warner Brothers --
Chris Conroy Year Up --
Sandra Cortesi Harvard University Berkman Center --
Pauline Eveillard World Monuments Fund --
Andrew Fairbarn Fairbarn Ventures --
Nathan Hirsch Nathan Hirsch Photography --
Dr. Makeeba McCreary EdD Boston Public Schools --
Carolyn Mugar Farm Aid --
Jason Pramas Boston Institute Nonprofit Journalism (B.I.N.J.) --
Charlie Rose City Year --
Neil Sullivan Boston Private Industry Council --
Adam Waller Charlie Rose Show --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are currently working to bring on Youth Board members and recommit members of the board and advisory board under revised bylaws which are being voted on in October.

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 $668,000.00
Projected Expense $715,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $474,800 $292,462 $244,627
Total Expenses $430,890 $280,742 $183,710

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $12,000 $20,000 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- $20,000 --
    Unspecified $12,000 -- --
Individual Contributions $351,772 $157,477 $173,484
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $111,028 $114,985 $71,143
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $317,199 $280,742 $177,406
Administration Expense $77,773 -- $3,139
Fundraising Expense $35,918 -- $3,165
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.04 1.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 100% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 0% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $151,888 $107,978 $96,259
Current Assets $136,227 $91,028 $79,309
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $151,888 $107,978 $96,259

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Young people emerge from Transformative Culture Project with the skills, experience, credentials and connections needed to be successful in college and/or their careers. Our population served are primarily By the time they have graduated our program, they will feel connected to and invested in their community. As a result, they become resources for peers and other community members. Our youth are well-informed of social and civic affairs, and are helping to set an agenda that impacts a local, state, and national level discourse  through their content and leadership. They are educated, employed, and empowered to be productive, resourceful, successful, and conscientious adults.
Our goals:
By 2021, the Transformative Culture Project is a nationally recognized leader in youth and career development, social enterprise, and media’s role in society. We are headquartered in Boston, deeply embedded in the community with a community center that is welcoming, vibrant, and productive. With a recording studio, soundstage, and community workspace, we’re a launchpad not only for our youth and our teaching artists, but also for local social entrepreneurs. Our satellite anchors in Worcester, Holyoke and Providence enable us to serve many of the Gateway Cities in Massachusetts,  Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In addition, we have a national impact through a sophisticated network of online resources for youth workers, educators and producers. Through a suite of innovative programs, we are helping people imagine new ways of doing and being.
 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Once youth have leveled up to the “Producer” level (following “Crew” and Production Assistant”) youth are able to participate in “Community Connect” trial client engagements. Through Community Connect, student producers give back to their communities and put their knowledge to the test through sliding scale video production for local grassroots organizations. This gives the students hands-on experience in working with clients while giving back to their communities.


Our Beyond Creative producers are often hired to produce public service announcements, event videos, advertisements, campaign videos, short films, documentaries, and more for a growing client base including The Boston Foundation, Harvard University, New Profit, BNY Mellon, Boston Public Schools, and Deloitte. This revenue-generating model employs our youth producers, who gain transferable skills and experience to increase their employability across fields, while receiving a solid paycheck.


At the highest level of the GROW system, youth are able to become Production Mentors, overseeing production projects from start to finish and earning freelance contracts to manage less experienced youth. Throughout the process, they also have personal development planning support, mentors, advocates, and access to specialized needs like clinical social work, credit recovery, or other wrap around services.

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

The specific goals we have for 2018 are:

*Continue to provide support for our Western Mass Program Director as we grow the sustainability of that program

*Continue to provide support for our Youth Programs Manager as we solidify the earned revenue model of Beyond Creative

*Help us establish a Network Coordinator to help bring resources to Culturally Responsive Teaching Artists from the predominantly immigrant communities we serve. This Coordinator would help to recruit and train artists, survey them for support needs, connect them to schools in which students from similar communities are large parts of the population, and coordinate trainings for their professional development. We believe that this will enable us to better serve a larger population of youth, especially in communities like Worcester and Holyoke, while also contributing to the economic security of creative professionals from diverse immigrant backgrounds.

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

Through our innovative GROW (Gaining Real Opportunities and Wisdom) evaluation system, we measure the progress youth make across the three focus areas above, credentialing them through a pipeline of five levels. We’ve created rubrics for each area of growth and in partnership with each youth, staff set goals with them to work toward each session and on each project that they take on. By making the process incredibly transparent, youth are able to be active participants in deciding what skills they want to build, how and why. As they master different skills, they gain credentials toward their next level, which enables them to take on higher paying contracts and new levels of responsibility in the organization.

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

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