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St. Mark Community Education Program Inc.

 20 Roseland Street
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (617) 288-8515
[F] (617) 825-0514
stmarksesol.org
stmarkesol@gmail.com
Michael Oliver
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INCORPORATED: 2005
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 80-0773653

LAST UPDATED: 09/09/2015
Organization DBA SMCEP

Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

SMCEP is both an ESOL and a Citizenship program for adult immigrants and refugees, located in an accessible community-based location in Dorchester MA.  Our mission is to improve the quality of immigrants' lives and their social, economic, and educational opportunities -- and thereby improve our entire community.  Through improving English abilities and becoming citizens, our adult students can advocate for themselves and their families, gain better employment, further their educations, participate in the U.S. political process and public life, and negotiate their interactions with immigration, health care, schools, and other U.S. institutions.

Mission Statement

SMCEP is both an ESOL and a Citizenship program for adult immigrants and refugees, located in an accessible community-based location in Dorchester MA.  Our mission is to improve the quality of immigrants' lives and their social, economic, and educational opportunities -- and thereby improve our entire community.  Through improving English abilities and becoming citizens, our adult students can advocate for themselves and their families, gain better employment, further their educations, participate in the U.S. political process and public life, and negotiate their interactions with immigration, health care, schools, and other U.S. institutions.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $100,000.00
Projected Expense $98,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Citizenship
  • ESOL

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Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

SMCEP is both an ESOL and a Citizenship program for adult immigrants and refugees, located in an accessible community-based location in Dorchester MA.  Our mission is to improve the quality of immigrants' lives and their social, economic, and educational opportunities -- and thereby improve our entire community.  Through improving English abilities and becoming citizens, our adult students can advocate for themselves and their families, gain better employment, further their educations, participate in the U.S. political process and public life, and negotiate their interactions with immigration, health care, schools, and other U.S. institutions.

Background Statement

SMCEP grew out of the efforts of volunteers in the St. Mark Parish in the 1990s to help its growing immigrant population to learn English and to register to vote.  The program has grown from 1 volunteer-taught ESOL class to 9 classes at 4 levels, taught by highly experienced professionals and held  evenings and weekends for 34 weeks to accommodate the schedules of working adults.  In 2001, the Parish started a relationship with the Irish International Immigrant Center to offer bimonthly legal workshops free to immigrants.  SMCEP developed an English for Citizenship class to help applicants learn and practice the literacy skills, 100 questions about U.S. history and government, and the oral skills necessary to pass their naturalization tests and interviews.  .  We offer English Conversation groups on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings that are open to anyone who would like extra  practice to speak English.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:  (1) stronger integration of ESOL instruction with technology in our computer lab; (2) actively helping adult students to make the next step to job training and further education; (3) served over 170 adults in 6 ESOL classes, a Citizenship class, 2 English Conversation groups; (4) added 1 hour to Citizenship class with more work on English oral abilities and helped 25 adults + their children achieve Citizenship, all applicants passing their tests on the first try; (5) added a part-time counselor to program staff. 
 
Goals:  (1) continue to integrate technology skills and knowledge into ESOL classes; (2) help 10-20 students find a better job, enter job training, enter a GED program, and/or enter a transition to college program; (3) find funding to develop and extend the current part-time counselor position; (4) serve 170+ adult learners in our classes and programs; (5) help 25+ adults + their children achieve citizenship.
 
 

Needs Statement

1) $7500 to support our 2 Sunday morning classes.  We are the only ESOL program that offers Sunday classes for adults who work 6 days a week.  We regularly fill the 30 class slots with 40-45 adult learners.
2) $30,000 to support general operating and administrative costs.  As a lean program, the Executive Director is also the Program Director, comptroller, computer lab manager, etc. 
34)  $25,000 to hire a part time Vietnamese speaking student support coordinator.
5)  Add 2-4 active members to our Board of Directors -- volunteers committed to the services we provide and willing to work on fundraising

CEO Statement

St Mark Community Education Program is a true neighborhood
based organization. It was borne out of recognition that the neighborhood was rapidly changing with the influx of immigrants, primarily from Vietnam. In the early 90’s, parishioners of St Mark’s church began offering informal English classes to Vietnamese church goers. Since its beginnings as a volunteer led operation, the program has been the first step for many new arrivals on their journey to becoming American citizens.
Over the years the program has grown. It now offers 9 classes,
two conversation groups, a citizenship class and computer classes. With
deep roots in the local area, the program does not have to advertise. Almost every day, we get requests for English classes.
 
Many of our students work long hours at low paying jobs. For them, learning English is a way to economic self sufficiency.

Board Chair Statement

The program has grown for a couple of classes in the church basement after Sunday mass to a six day a week operation.

I came from Cape Verde as a child with my parents. I know how difficult it is to adjust to a new culture. The ESOL program is the key that opens doors of opportunities. English can provide  access to better jobs, better healthcare, and better living conditions.

The program has a very lean budget. Every year is challenging. This past year we agreed to develop a more robust funding strategy with a mix of online and in person fundraising.

The board of directors has begun thinking about the program’s future. We are asking ourselves questions such as how big should the program become, who are customers and what are their needs besides learning English.   


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA

70-80% of our students come from Dorchester.  Additionally, by word of mouth, our students come from surrounding sections of Boston, such as Mattapan and Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, and from towns south, such as Milton, Quincy, and Randolph.  Our multi-faceted Citizenship program and Saturday class attract students from a 25-mile radius of Dorchester.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Employment - Alliances & Advocacy

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

Citizenship

We are partnered with the Irish International Immigrant Center to provide affordable support through the naturalization process.  The IIIC provides bimonthly legal workshops at St. Mark's church the last Wednesday evening of that month, where any immigrant can come and get free legal help from a legitimate attorney.  SMCEP provides a free English for Citizenship class on Saturday mornings that helps adult immigrants learn and practice the literacy skills, 100 questions on U.S. history and government, and the oral skills necessary to pass their citizenship interviews and tests.  IIIC and SMCEP staff help these students through the application as well as the interview process, to ensure their success.
Budget  25,000
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Adults International
Program Short-Term Success  We usually enroll 15-25 students in the English for Citizenship class each semester, summer, fall, and spring.  We counsel each students about his/her readiness to take the citizenship test and when to submit their application for naturalization (with a hefty $680 fee).  To date, every one of our students has passed their test/interview on the first try.
Program Long-Term Success  New Americans feel the rights and privileges conferred by citizenship -- the right to "get ahead" and seek opportunities for themselves and their families.  After passing their citizenship tests, a number of our students recognize their ongoing need to improve their English abilities in order to get better jobs and further education. 
Program Success Monitored By  We maintain data on how many students enroll in our class, the date on their LPR cards, the number of children who will achieve citizenship with a parent, the date they pass their citizenship test and the date they are sworn in as citizens.  Each student usually calls in or comes back to the class to announce his/her success.
Examples of Program Success  Joao is a Cape Verdean man in his early 40s.  He has only had a 4th grade education in his country.  He works several part-time cleaning jobs.  He entered our Citizenship program in 2009 and spent 3 semesters learning and practicing the citizenship materials; it was a struggle for him to learn and to speak.  He passed his citizenship test on the first try.  Proudly, he continues to work on his English abilities, attending our Sunday morning Level 2 class.

ESOL

We provide 9 ESOL classes at 4 levels (beginning, high beginning, low intermediate and intermediate) to adults 21+ years old, evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of working adults.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  During a 34-week school year, most students score at least 33+ points higher (a measurement of success by the DOE) on the BEST Plus assessment of oral skills.  Instructors in each class regularly give authentic assessments to measure improvement in English grammar, reading, and writing.  Based on these assessments and persistence and class participation, 50-65% of our students move up to a higher level class each year.
Program Long-Term Success  Students who persist in our program develop level of facility and proficiency in English -- speaking, listening, reading, writing. This ability and confidence opens economic, social, and educational opportunities and choices.
Program Success Monitored By  We maintain data on class attendance, test scores, and retention; at the end of each school year, each instructor evaluates and makes recommendations for each student.  If a student is attending erratically, disappears, is making no progress, the instructors and the counselor contact the student to help resolve any conflicts or problems.  The counselor meets and keeps notes on conferences with students in our Level 3 classes to discuss what steps they want and are ready to take next -- whether jobs, job training, or further education (ABE, GED, transition to college).
Examples of Program Success  Uy is a Vietnamese man in his early 40s.  He started in our program 4 years ago.  During the first 2 years, his attendance was erratic, because of work commitments, and he struggled especially with oral skills.  Then Uy and his wife and 2 children became citizens through our program.  And Uy started attending the Level 3 class regularly; he even made time to attend the English Conversation groups once or twice a week.  He did his homework and participated in class. Last January, he volunteered to speak at a fundraiser -- he spoke clearly and strongly about the value of the program for him.  He was an electrician in Vietnam; now he is considering whether he can adjust his work as a machinist and take on a training program to become a licensed electrician in this country.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Since it's inception ,SMCEP has offered ESOL classes . We have begun to think holistically about what else can we do for our students to help them . Many of our students are underemployed, held back by their poor language skills and lack of awareness of career options.

This year, we introduced a series of career awareness workshops to with the goal of expanding our students' horizons.  The workshops will be incorporated into our core academic curriculum.

A major challenge to the program is assist students resolve issues that affect their ability to continue attending classes. A priority for the program is to secure funds to obtain at least a half time student support coordinator.  

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Michael Oliver
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email stmarkesol@gmail.com
CEO Experience

The executive director has been managing programs for over 20 years. He has a strong background in fiscal management. and program development.

He has been involved in adult basic education for over 30 years working with a variety of ethnic groups   ,

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms Donna Kaye Jan 2007 Feb
Ms Catherine Howell Jan 2003 Dec

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

SMCEP collaborates with  a number of organizations and individuals as well as city and state agencies.  We have a close relationship with Worker's Education Program .  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The program has several challenges. Currently the director is the only full time staff member. We have been fortunate to take advantage of other programs to acquire additional staff inexpensively such as AmeriCorps and the Senor employment program  This has helped increase the capacity of the program. Given the increased enrollment, the program would benefit from  a fulltime counselor.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find donors that pay for personnel. 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): Egyptian 1
Gender Female: 5
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Janine Barros
Board Chair Company Affiliation BPHC
Board Chair Term Sept 2014 - Aug 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Janine Barros Boston Public Health Commission Voting
Ms. Candelaria Infante Charo community volunteer Voting
Ms. Stephanie Depina Bosotn Public Schools Voting
Father Dan Finn St Mark's Parish Voting
Mr. Ken Ford Retired Voting
Mr. William Hennesey Self wmployed Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Metelus State Street Bank 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: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Cape Verdean 2
Gender Female: 5
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Although the program has been a valuable resource in the St Mark’s community for over 10 years it has not garnered the active support of the more successful immigrants . As the board looks to the future it needs to develop strategies for garnering this much needed support.

A major challenge for the board is how to respond to the changing needs of our student population and funders’ expectations.  Teaching English isn’t enough. Our students have complex needs that impact their ability to learn English.  Funders require additional outcomes. The board is about to embark on a strategic planning process to determine the shape and scope

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $100,000.00
Projected Expense $98,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $93,919 $79,432 $108,746
Total Expenses $91,608 $90,368 $115,551

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$59,000 $45,625 $82,878
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $12,890 $19,989 $13,747
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $11,336 $7,520 $540
Investment Income, Net of Losses $18 $15 $24
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $4,451 $6,283 $11,557
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $6,224 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $81,308 $81,087 $102,011
Administration Expense $7,941 $8,000 $12,890
Fundraising Expense $2,359 $1,281 $650
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 0.88 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 90% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 2% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $16,718 $14,427 $16,023
Current Assets $16,718 $14,427 $16,023
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $9,320 $9,340 $0
Total Net Assets $7,398 $5,087 $16,023

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

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

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.79 1.54 inf

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Because of increased competition for limited dollars and fewer foundations giving funds to straight ESL programs, it is getting more difficult to find funds.  To meet the challenge, we are engaging in out of the box thinking in attempt to find variations on a theme. Such thinking is spurring us on to increase collaborative efforts with more diverse groups.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Additional revenue breakout detail was provided by the nonprofit. Functional expense allocation detail was provided by the organization, as that detail was not available in the Form 990s. 

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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