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Boston Scores (America Scores New England)

 29 Germania Street
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 472-6737
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www.BostonScores.org
rachel@bostonscores.org
Rachel Sarvey
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INCORPORATED: 1999
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3482756

LAST UPDATED: 08/10/2017
Organization DBA Boston Scores
Former Names New England SCORES (2008)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,785,000.00
Projected Expense $1,785,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Elementary school program
  • High School
  • Middle School program

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

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.


Background Statement

Founded in 1999 as the first affiliate of America SCORES, Boston Scores has grown to be one of the largest after-school programs operating in the Boston Public School district. We strive to engage students at an early age, and offer continuous programming from 3rd-12th grades to increase school engagement, reduce dropout rates, improve reading and financial literacy skills, improve health and physical fitness and help students to feel connected to and responsible for their communities.

Scores utilizes several nationally-recognized and Common-Core aligned curricula including One Hen, Poetry in Action, Soccer for Success and Writing for the Community. Our programs, which are team-based and teacher-led, transform the way inner-city youth engage in the learning process and experience the world. Our after-school programs blend experiential education with strong social-emotional support by providing students with a safe place and strong peer and coach-mentor relationships. We develop youth’s curiosity to engage in the learning process, keep them active and position them to lead healthy lives, contribute as active members of their community and develop their sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.

Details about each of the curriculum can be found in the Programs section of Giving Common. 

 


Impact Statement

A major accomplishment has been to receive accolades from the White House Task Force as an effective program in preventing childhood obesity and increasing academic engagement. The report stated that participants had an increased level of physical activity; increased reporting of feelings of self-confidence, self-efficacy, and enjoyment in learning; increased reporting of reading enjoyment and longer time reading independently; and gains in writing achievement.

Another accomplishment was to finalize the acquisition of our long-term partner, One Hen, Inc. and integrate it into our core program. We had been using the One Hen curriculum for 6 years prior to the offer of an acquisition. We had the encouragement of our board who see the importance of social entrepreneurism and its ability to teach students about financial decision making, civic education, global and social issues and how one person can make a big difference by giving back to their community. This year we will expand to a full-year of One Hen in middle school and operate an adapted version in our high school program.

Our goals are for our student-athletes to accomplish the following each year:

Develop literacy and self-expression skills through creative writing curriculums that expand vocabulary and improve self-efficacy and self-expression skills.
Become more engaged in their community. By understanding the challenges affecting their neighborhoods and completing a service-learning project to address a self-identified community need, they recognize the importance of their role in the community.
Improve health and aerobic capacity through nutrition lessons and physical activity that exceeds the Center for Disease Control’s daily recommended amount of 60 minutes of moderate- to- vigorous physical activity.
Understand the concepts of Global Community, business and financial decision-making basics and the role that they play in their communities by giving back.

Needs Statement

1. Volunteer Coordinator ($40,000): We serve over 1,500 students each year. Our largest funder of the soccer component of our program has stipulated a 7:1 (student:coach-mentor) ratio. This means doubling our soccer coaches this year (FY18). This would also require hiring a full-time volunteer coordinator to recruit, train and manage a steady stream of volunteers.
2. General operating support ($5k-$100,000): With a budget of $1.7 million, and a trend toward more restricted and earmarked funding, we are always in need of unrestricted operating dollars.
3. Transportation and equipment ($90,000): Bus transportation, soccer equipment and classroom supplies are ongoing needs and are critical to maintain enrollment and promote student engagement and learning. 
4. Strategic capacity building ($40,000): Conducting and implementing a strategic plan and setting the stage for a capital campaign in the next five years are priorities for us this year. 
5. Evaluation ($50,000): An independent evaluation of our data collection with the goal of creating new internal systems and tools for program evaluation would help us to adapt the program based on data and ultimately grow our program to serve more students.

CEO Statement

Boston Scores is a mission-driven organization focused on inner city youth. We serve youth in more than 32 under-performing Boston Public Schools located in the most underserved neighborhoods in Boston. The students we serve come largely from disadvantaged families struggling to overcome economic, cultural and language barriers. These students are most likely to drop out of school and have few after-school opportunities to support their academic ambitions. The lack of programming also leaves students more sedentary, resulting in dramatic increases in obesity rates over the past 20 years.

Students in the Boston Scores programs increase reading confidence, time spent reading and writing, use of poetic devices and fitness (improved running distance and decreased obesity rates). They develop businesses, learn about global and social issues, financial literacy, profit and loss, and donate proceeds to charitable causes. Students also develop positive relationships with role models and peers that they carry with them throughout their lives.

While our successes are numerous and measurable, the increasingly difficult fundraising environment makes it challenging to expand and extend the services we offer. While many funders focus exclusively on the cost per child, our in-depth involvement with students (typically five days a week during the fall and spring seasons) tends to push our total cost per child higher despite the relatively low cost of the soccer, poetry, social entrepreneurship and service-learning programs we offer.

We are currently focused on expanding our fundraising capacity to increase the funds we can raise to support our program efforts and to enter into a capital campaign in the next five years. We continue to move forward with efforts to build our internal evaluation capacity and program improvements to build opportunities for engagement and support.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Boston Scores serves students enrolled in Boston Public Schools who live in all Boston neighborhoods. We deliver our programs in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Recreation & Sports - Soccer
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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

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Programs

Elementary school program

Power of Poetry and Writing for the Community, implemented in elementary schools, are research-based, ELL Common-Core and quality-service-learning aligned curriculum that focus on creative self-expression, public speaking, investigation and community service. Teams of students work together to create poetry and to learn about their communities. They perform together at poetry slams and create and implement service learning projects. Every day they share and reflect, developing deep bonds and discovering what they are capable of together.

Soccer for Success (SfS), implemented from 3rd-8th grades, is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s (USSF) afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in urban underserved communities. We chose SfS because it fits well with our goal of developing the whole child. It provides solid soccer instruction from the country's top soccer foundation, it tightly incorporates nutrition education, family engagement and mentorship in a way that provides students with a holistic experience.

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Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

 Some of our SY16-17 results:

● 90% of students are more confident in the ability to express themselves through writing.
● 85% of students report an increase in enjoyment working with others
● 82% of students make healthier food and drink choices.
● 89% of our students improved or maintained their aerobic capacity
● 72% of students improved their Body Mass Index.
 
 
 
Program Long-Term Success 

We develop youth’s curiosity to engage in the learning process, keep them active and position them to lead healthy lives, contribute as active members of their community and develop their sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.

Program Success Monitored By 

We use a comprehensive system of assessments to measure participant outcomes and effective partnerships. Pre- and Post- Program Youth, Teacher and Parent Surveys measure participants’ development in the areas of academic engagement, self-efficacy, communication skills, personal leadership, health & nutrition, soccer skills, and community belonging. Students also maintain individual Writing Journals that contain a collection of poems. Our education staff collects journals to evaluate students’ writing skills throughout the season. Finally,  students’ health improvement is gauged using the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER).

Examples of Program Success  Please see above for most recent results.

High School

In our high school program, students continue to build academic skills and to take part in academic, personal finance, college and career development workshops. Participants continue to play soccer on competitive travel league teams, and must maintain a strong academic standing and volunteer with SCORES in order to play in weekly games. We prepare students to graduate from high school and position them for long-term success by enrolling in post-secondary education or securing a job.

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Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  TBD
Program Long-Term Success  100% of students graduate with plans for post-secondary education or feeling prepared to hold a job.
Program Success Monitored By  TBD
Examples of Program Success  This year, one of our high school teams won the state title in their division!

Middle School program

One Hen, implemented in our middle schools and with high school students, teaches students to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world. The curriculum inspires teams of students to four values: financial responsibility, personal initiative, global awareness and giving back. In the process, our youth entrepreneurs are equipped with the necessary skills in business math, personal financial literacy, and social entrepreneurship. Our students create businesses from the ground up, and donate their profits to a charitable cause of the team’s choice. The curriculum is Common Core aligned in math, ELL and social studies. It is also aligned with several critical 21st Century Learning Skills.

See our Elementary program description for our Soccer for Success program description, which is also implemented at the middle school level. 
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Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Business
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

One Hen recent successes:

● 75% of students know key financial literacy terms 
● 75% of students are able to identify issues affecting their and the global community
● Students show a 70% increase in understanding of how to calculate profit and determine interest rates
● On average, classrooms donated over $350 to community needs
 
Soccer for Success:
● 89% of our students improved or maintained their aerobic capacity
● 72% of students improved their Body Mass Index.
Program Long-Term Success  Our programs, which are team-based and teacher-led, transform the way inner-city youth engage in the learning process and experience the world. Our after-school programs blend experiential education with strong social-emotional support by providing students with a safe place and strong peer and coach-mentor relationships. We develop youth’s curiosity to engage in the learning process, keep them active and position them to lead healthy lives, contribute as active members of their community and develop their sense of self-worth and self-efficacy.
Program Success Monitored By  We use a comprehensive system of assessments to measure participant outcomes and effective partnerships. Pre- and Post- Program Youth, Teacher and Parent Surveys measure participants’ development in the areas of academic engagement, self-efficacy, communication skills, personal leadership, health & nutrition, soccer skills, and community belonging. Pre- and Post- Program Social Entrepreneurship Assessments measure our students’ knowledge of financial literacy terminology (loan, interest, profit, revenue and cost), awareness of global issues, and desire to create their own business in the future. Finally, students’ health improvement is gauged using the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER).
Examples of Program Success  Please see above for some recent middle school results.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Maconga
CEO Term Start Sept 2010
CEO Email john@Bostonscores.org
CEO Experience Responsible for overall organizational management and strategic growth, John joined the Scores' staff in September 2010 after serving as Executive Director of the Courageous Sailing Center in Boston for three years and the Executive Director of the Barton Center for Diabetes Education for three years prior to that. As an accomplished, experienced manager and fundraiser, John is focused on deepening Scores’ presence in the Boston community and strengthening the organization’s programmatic foundation. John holds a Law Degree from Boston University, as well as a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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
Mr. Andrew Crossley Chief Operating Officer Andy is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of Boston Scores, including oversight and direction of the Program Department, Development Director and Bookkeeper. Prior to joining Boston Scores, Andy was Executive Director of the New England Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and General Manager of the Boston Breakers pro soccer team. Andy served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton and has taught courses in Sports Management at Endicott College and UMass Lowell. He is a 1997 graduate of Emory University.
Ms. Vanessa Plant Director of Philanthropy Vanessa drives our philanthropy strategy, cultivates donors, and leads a talented Development team. She brings over ten years of experience developing and fostering relationships, orchestrating events, securing grants, and marketing. Her previous role was as the Director of Development and Partnerships at Mass Mentoring Partnerships where she managed their 2.6 million dollar fundraising budget through grants, individual donors, annual campaigns, and events as well as developing partnerships with businesses, media, public officials, and community partners to further the work. Prior to Mass Mentoring, Vanessa was the Director of Development, Events and Programs at ALS TDI, a non-profit biotech focused on researching effective treatments for Lou Gehrig's Disease. Vanessa holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is fluent in both Spanish and French.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 140
Number of Volunteers 112
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 33
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 46
Hispanic/Latino: 23
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): Bi-Racial
Gender Female: 63
Male: 45
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
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. David Chang
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wellington Management Company
Board Chair Term Jan 2008 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Stephen Antuna LogMeIn Voting
Mr. Brian Bilello New England Revolution Voting
Mr. Bob Bruno Retired Voting
Mr. David Chang Wellington Management Company Voting
Ms. Kelly Coughlin Cowen Group Voting
Ms. Mary Driscoll Boston Public School District Voting
Mr. Keith Gainsboro Elevate Communications Voting
Mr. Fernando González Córdoba everis Voting
Mr. Anthony Goodman Russell Reynolds Voting
Mr. Brendan Grattan PepsiCo Voting
Ms. Laura Grattan Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP Voting
Mr. Jay Heaps New England Revolution NonVoting
Mr. Howard Kogan WordStream Voting
Mr. Marc Mantell Mintz Levin Voting
Mr. Larry Mariasis Retired Voting
Ms. Karen O'Sullivan International Tennis Hall of Fame Voting
Mr. Chris Pike Advent International Voting
Mr. Gary Scott State Street Corporation Voting
Mr. Amandio Sena IMMI Financial Solutions Voting
Mr. Bob Shay Retired Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Shea Pathstone Federal Voting
Ms. Katie Smith Milway Bridgespan Voting
Mr. Timothy Syrett WilmerHale Voting
Mr. Marquis Taylor Coaching for Change, Inc. Voting
Ms. Jennifer Weafer PwC Voting
Mr. Mark Williamson Calera Capital Voting
Mr. Richard Yu CLSA 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): mixed latino
Gender Female: 7
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A 25-member Board of Directors with strong roots in finance, law, education, government, and private business governs Boston Scores.  Scores actively and strategically works to expand the Board to include additional individuals who can further the organization’s goals and plans for growth, and can reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The full Board of Directors meets 6 times annually. Committees, including the Executive and Development Committees, meet more frequently.  The Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the Executive Director.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,647,631 $1,402,271 $1,700,000
Total Expenses $1,680,234 $1,337,728 $1,138,406

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$605,303 $569,461 $503,626
Government Contributions $2,600 $184,051 $57,922
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $2,600 $184,051 $57,922
Individual Contributions $941,125 $579,876 $1,068,642
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $39,696 $27,500 $36,921
Investment Income, Net of Losses $668 $1,288 $270
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $57,563 $38,595 $32,619
Other $676 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,283,937 $994,329 $923,386
Administration Expense $147,095 $111,915 $42,233
Fundraising Expense $249,202 $231,484 $172,787
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.05 1.49
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 74% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 17% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $850,412 $872,944 $801,393
Current Assets $847,165 $864,552 $788,972
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $50,680 $40,609 $33,601
Total Net Assets $799,732 $832,335 $767,792

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Establishing a Center of Excellence to house our staff, trainings, programming and other community engagement.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 16.72 21.29 23.48

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 audited financials.

Documents


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