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MissionSAFE: A New Beginning, Inc.

 PO Box 201060
 Roxbury, MA 02120
[P] (617) 592 7608
[F] --
Nikki Flionis
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EIN 04-3457195

LAST UPDATED: 12/08/2017
Organization DBA MissionSAFE
MissionSAFE: A New Beginning, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

MissionSAFE is an out-of-school time, youth development program that works intensively with young people affected by impacts of chronic complex trauma.  MissionSAFE is designed as a wrap-around trauma transformation program, focused on violence prevention through personal growth development, job readiness training, academic enrichment and a robust horizon-broadening strategy.  Our mission is to work with high risk young people and their families to gain the skills and confidence to thrive, not merely survive, and give back to their community and the larger world.

Mission Statement

MissionSAFE is an out-of-school time, youth development program that works intensively with young people affected by impacts of chronic complex trauma.  MissionSAFE is designed as a wrap-around trauma transformation program, focused on violence prevention through personal growth development, job readiness training, academic enrichment and a robust horizon-broadening strategy.  Our mission is to work with high risk young people and their families to gain the skills and confidence to thrive, not merely survive, and give back to their community and the larger world.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $703,000.00
Projected Expense $612,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • MissionSAFE Youth Development Program Model

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

MissionSAFE is an out-of-school time, youth development program that works intensively with young people affected by impacts of chronic complex trauma.  MissionSAFE is designed as a wrap-around trauma transformation program, focused on violence prevention through personal growth development, job readiness training, academic enrichment and a robust horizon-broadening strategy.  Our mission is to work with high risk young people and their families to gain the skills and confidence to thrive, not merely survive, and give back to their community and the larger world.

Background Statement

MissionSAFE grew out of the vision of Sister Anne Carrabino, a nun whose past work took her to South Central Los Angeles and El Salvador; and Nikki Flionis, a community activist from Boston. Sister Anne and Ms. Flionis began their work as the organizing and social service part of a six-month federal project to re-develop the Mission Main Housing Project in Mission Hill, one of the poorest communities in Boston. They met families so devastated by mental illness, jail, or drug addiction that the children were essentially raising themselves. Sister Anne and Ms. Flionis worked with  families on small community projects designed to empower, train and give them voice.

When federal funding for the project ended, they took out a small loan and began to raise funds to support an organization where they could work on the issues identified by the neighborhood: youth, crime prevention, education, and jobs. As a result of their determination and in response to an obvious need, MissionSAFE began its work as a voluntary association in l998. By 2000, MissionSAFE had become an intensive youth development non-profit, received its 501(c)3 status and established its first Board of Directors.

 In 2005, MissionSAFE expanded and begin working as well in Charlestown, with a special focus on the Bunker Hill Housing Development.

MissionSAFE was an independent 501(c)3 but was deeply affected by the recession of 2008-2010 and in 2011 became a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England to utilize their accounting, human resource, and legal services. This arrangement has increased our capacity by giving us full and skilled "back-office" support and allows us to better retain staff by offering a competitive benefits package.

MissionSAFE today works in the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, lower Roxbury, Roxbury and Charlestown, Mission Hill with youth from adjacent neighborhoods also finding us.  MissionSAFE has pioneered use of a trauma-centered model of programming which is relationally centered and focuses on personal growth, violence prevention, horizon-broadening, community service, leadership skills, academic support and job readiness development.  We have our primary office and program space at 18 John Eliot Square on Fort Hill and maintain program sites in Mission Hill and Charlestown.

Impact Statement


In 2016, MissionSAFE returned to its standing as an independent 501 c 3 non-profit, having grown sufficiently to maintain its own back-office support.  We have increased our staffing to pre-recession levels and improved our compensation packages.  In 2017, we added 3 more highly skilled staff to our existing team.

(2) MissionSAFE has seen 90% of daily participants improve education performance, ability to make healthy choices and decisions, and improve their conflict resolution skills, while continuing to engage in personal growth, community service, civic engagement activities and field trips, college and career visits which have broadened their horizons and experiences significantly.

(3) MissionSAFE annually trains and provides internships to 100+ youth around job readiness and financial literacy skills.

(4) MissionSAFE staff have been key in preventing gang-related retaliations, and gun and knife violence in the Mission Hill, Roxbury and Charlestown neighborhoods of Boston in over 30 separate incidents and follows up with victims and families.

(5) MissionSAFE works with youth in the context of their families, communities and schools.

(6) Work with approximately 250 youth and their families per year.


1. 100% of enrolled young people will practice job readiness via internships & workshops on subjects including attendance & punctuality, working w/supervisors and colleagues, completing an activity, appropriate dress & financial literacy.

2. 100% of enrolled young people will explore who they are, their creativity, values and relationship to the community, including: developing empathy, compassion and generosity, ways to heal from trauma and healthy coping skills.

3. 90% of enrolled young people will engage in academic support toward improved attendance and grades, high-school graduation/GED attainment.

4. 100% of enrolled young people will explore & practice concepts of leadership, receive training in leaderships, communication and problem-solving, and engage in projects to identify and solve problems, including participation in cultural, outdoor, civic engagement, community service and recreational activities that broaden their understanding of the world and their role in it.


Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs are:
Volunteers for tutoring, mentoring, painting, special projects
New Passenger Van
Revenue Donations
Additional Space




CEO Statement

MissionSAFE is one of few programs intentionally designed as a wrap-around trauma transformation program, focused on violence prevention through personal growth development, job readiness training and academic enrichment.  

Though there are many types of trauma, there are two major types of trauma that MissionSAFE often sees: shock trauma (a shooting, robbery, car crash,for example) and developmental trauma that arises from difficult childhood circumstances without enough protective factors to offset those difficulties (familial violence, substance abuse, mental health problems in a context of economic poverty and single parenting, for example). Chronic complex trauma is most often a combination of the two. MissionSAFE uses an approach that helps young people overcome the impacts of this trauma and begin to heal from it. We create a safe holding environment for young people, along the conditions for resiliency, and we do it in the context of the whole person: at the program, home, school, with peers, on the street. We build strong, affirmative relationships among adults and young people, and add a developmental component that gives young people the tools to develop trust, moral judgment and confidence. We also make sure that young people have the opportunity to master skills they will need to succeed in the world and take part in horizon-broadening activities that will make them feel both at home, and a positive actor in the larger world. These activities include ongoing community service, participation and experience of live arts, theatre, writing, performance; civic engagement and leadership opportunities, college and career visits, camping and hiking in the White Mountain and the Berkshires, for example.

We believe that strengthening the individual strengthens the community, and strengthening an individual with the group multiplies that effect.  And we believe that a strengthened community helps reinforce and support  each individual's personal growth and success. Therefore, MissionSAFE directly addresses trauma with youth in the context of home, school, peers, and community using our relational model to foster trusting relationships, build confidence and skills. Our work helps youth to re-wire their mental pathways, helping to change attitudes, build the capacity for trust that leads to healthy choices and behaviors, builds hope, and skills to succeed academically, in the community and in the world of work. By working with young people in the context of their social networks, MissionSAFE’s personal growth and violence prevention work produces a positive ripple effect from each individual directly involved.

Board Chair Statement

MissionSAFE works with young people who have faced trauma and difficult challenges yet have tremendous potential.  Disengaged, failing in school, involved in violence and impacted by it, not involved in other programs, MissionSAFE seeks out these young people on the streets, in the courts, in their school and communities to build trust and engage them in growth-fostering, horizon broadening activities to transform their attitudes and their lives.

Our task for the next few years is to expand and deepen our board and our staff capacity in order to better and more deeply serve these youth and their families.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
The neighborhoods of Boston with a focus on young people living in and around public housing developments in Roxbury, Mission Hill and Charlestown.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Educational Services
  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)



MissionSAFE Youth Development Program Model

Explorers Academy: Out-of-school time program for youth ages 11 - 13 focusing on  academics, social & emotional development, leadership, and communication skills and offers community service, violence prevention, civic engagement, arts & culture, career and college exploration and trainings. 

(2) Youth Leadership Service Corps (YLSC): MissionSAFE's signature program provides out-of-school time programming for youth ages 14 - 19 focusing on leadership development, communication, problem-solving, violence prevention, community service, civic engagement, college and career exploration, horizon-broadening activities, job readiness training with strong academic support and arts involvement.

(3) Futures Junior: Working with youth engaged in poor behaviors, activities and violence, who are disengaged but are not yet completely caught up in a world of violent and illegal activities.  Staff conduct constant outreach to these young people, engaging them with activities that help them begin to change their direction.

(4) Futures: For  young people ages 18-24 who have dropped out of school and been involved in the criminal justice system but who have potential to turn their lives around. Futures focuses on: a) personal growth and dealing with trauma through group work, counseling and community service; b) job readiness training, paid experiential internships, job placement, and c) alternative educational opportunities.  All designed to help young people leave the world of violence and drug-dealing and create the confidence and skills for long-term employment, increased empathy, personal fulfillment and the ability to make positive and healthy decisions.

Budget  $715,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

 Participants will: learn to reduce their anger, will reduce their violent activities, will begin making healthy decisions around health and fitness, relationships, and life choices, will develop and use leadership and communication skills and move toward academic and career success.

Program Long-Term Success 

1. Build resilience, hope, positive values and concrete skills in high-risk youth whose lives are impacted by court involvement, economic poverty, community violence, and/or lack of family support due to stressors including substance abuse, mental and physical health issues.

2. Work comprehensively with challenged youth around academic support toward high school graduation, support toward and during college or other secondary educational opportunities, preventing drop-out for students failing in school, and helping those who do drop-out get back onto an educational track.

3. Support the development of tangible job readiness skills and access to paid internships and support for job training programs where appropriate.

4. Work intensively with youth to develop leadership, violence prevention, follow-through and social skills, positive personal growth and values, ability to make healthy decisions and choices.

5. Engage youth in an ongoing breadth of cultural, outdoor, civic engagement and community service activities and projects that enrich their perspectives and broaden their confidence and horizons


Program Success Monitored By  We utilize quantative and qualitative measures including attendance, quality of participation, school improvement, success in internships, reduction of violent activities, and youth's own perceptions of their growth and potential to grow.


Examples of Program Success 

 Since we began this work, more than 750 MissionSAFE youth have taken leadership roles in advocacy, community service and civic activities. We have assisted over 1500 youth with job readiness skills, career and college exploration and experiential paid internships. We have worked with and trained more than 1000 teen peer leaders in youth problem solving, conflict resolution and teamwork. 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

MissionSAFE uses a trauma-informed approach to its work with high-risk young people that is still rare among Boston organizations.  The opportunity before us are to help the youth with whom we work create deep and positive transformations in their lives.  The challenge with this successful approach is that it is labor-intensive, iterative, and must be comprehensive in its work.  It also takes time to build the trust and tools youth need to begin to show level of outcomes funders, and MissionSAFE, are ultimately seeking.

 MissionSAFE faces three challenges in the coming three years:

Fundraising: We are seeking to add three staff positions over the next three years, increase our paid internship program, do minor repair work to our new site, and build a reserve.  We will be looking to increase our individual and corporate donor funding, as well as the number of foundations who support us. We have increased our fundraising events to four annual events which will provide a platform for increased corporate and individual support, and will be increasing our work to identify and maintain major donors.  We have diversified our funding significantly in the last decade.

Space--MissionSAFE has just taken on a 5 year commitment to space at 18 John Eliot Square in Roxbury.  This space meets many of our needs and we will be looking to improve this space over the next year. Ultimately we will be looking to own, at least 7500 square feet of space for a permanent home.

Staff: Our staffing challenge is directly linked to fundraising.  As we continue to work with very high-risk young people, we need to fill several key staff positions in order to do our work with the full breadth and depth it requires. We made a strategic move in 2011, allying ourselves with Third Sector New England and becoming part of their Fiscal Sponsor program.  As a fiscal sponsoree, we now have a very attractive and competitive benefits package.  So as we raise funding to bring in high-quality staff, this package will assist in staff retention, a huge plus for building and maintaining capacity.  This alliance also brings MissionSAFE full professional human resource, legal, accounting and audit services assuring that all funds raised are appropriately spent and accounted for.  This move supports our staff-building efforts and should help assure funders that their support is effective.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nikki Flionis
CEO Term Start Apr 2002
CEO Email
CEO Experience

NIKKI FLIONIS is MissionSAFE’s Executive Director and a co-founder of the program. Having worked in community organizing, housing development and neighborhood safety  before obtaining a Master’s Degree at Harvard Kennedy School and co-founding MissionSAFE, she brings a broad perspective and base of knowledge to addressing the barriers and possibilities facing young people from economically poor, violence-stressed communities.  MissionSAFE is designed specifically to help young people address the trauma and results of trauma that have come from surviving in those conditions.  She is responsible for assuring that MissionSAFE is a viable organization staying true to its mission of helping high risk youth and families thrive.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Sister Anne Carrabino SSS Jan 2000 Apr

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Karla Acevedo YLSC Program Manager --
Mr. Alex Danesco Development Director --
Ms. Nikki Flionis MissionSAFE Director --
Mr Jumaane Kendrick Futures Program Manager --
Ms. Daria Lyman Restorative Justice and Diversion Coordinator --
Mr. Luis Rodriguez Futures Outreach Coordinator --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Our partners provide complementary expertise that serves the whole child and creates conditions for resilience and positive transformation. Our relationships with local colleges and universities include Wheelock, Simmons, Boston College, Northeastern, Harvard, Lasell, Roxbury Community College, Boston University, among others, and provide volunteers, tutors, work study and social work interns, and training and enrichment opportunities. We work with the Boston Public Schools, BCYF, Mission Hill Youth Collaborative, Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition.  Counseling and workshops are offered in partnership with Mass General Hospital, Dimock Center, Whittier Street Health Center, Brigham and Womens Hospital and many others. Our association with the Appalachian Mountain Club, and area camps allow us to provide youth with values-based exploration that strengthen leadership and team-building. PEN New England allows us to offer creative writing courses, and our work with Health Resources In Action provides  program staff with training toward certification in best practices based on positive, healthy outcomes for young people.  


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
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


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Ronald Koning Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation State Electric Corp.
Board Chair Term June 2017 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sr. Anne Carrabino S.S.S. Co-Founder, MissionSAFE & Executive Director, InVision Institute Voting
Ms. Nancy Galloway Jones Private Therapist to Urban Families, former Program Director, Dimock Voting
Mr. Ronald Koning Jr. CEO, State Electric Voting
Ms. Florence Koplow Koplow Charitable Trust Voting
Mr. David Leathers CEO, John Moriarty & Associates Exofficio
Ms. Judith Leff WorkSource Partnership Solutions 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
-- -- --

Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $703,000.00
Projected Expense $612,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990

Audit Documents

2016 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $703,751 $625,224 $764,160
Total Expenses $612,815 $582,928 $716,700

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$265,140 $221,000 $305,700
Government Contributions $113,917 $157,954 $145,082
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- $8,663 --
    Local $113,917 $149,291 $145,082
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $91,567 $42,431 $92,212
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $11 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $233,005 $201,839 $188,969
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $32,197
Other $111 $2,000 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $493,320 $447,790 $563,192
Administration Expense $56,620 $77,499 $89,452
Fundraising Expense $62,875 $57,638 $64,056
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.15 1.07 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 77% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 9% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $184,029 $118,494 $77,705
Current Assets $184,029 $118,494 $77,705
Long-Term Liabilities $10,850 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $42,754 $11,238 $12,745
Total Net Assets $130,426 $107,257 $64,960

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 --
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.30 10.54 6.10

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 6% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Please also note that MissionSAFE was a fiscally-sponsored project of Third Sector New England from January 2011 until June 30, 2016. All of our separate financial information for those years will be found in TSNE audited financials. Please note that TSNE runs on a July to June fiscal year, while MissionSAFE runs on a calendar fiscal year.

MissionSAFE's Financial Review for the period from July 1 to December 31, 2016 will be available by November 2017.

Foundation Comments

MissionSAFE elected to be fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, while still retaining its own nonprofit status, from Jan. 1, 2011 to July 1, 2016, upon which time MissionSAFE became free standing once again.
Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per records from Third Sector New England (TSNE), the former fiscal agent, on a calendar year basis, as the organization maintains a calendar financial year, while TSNE is on a fiscal year.


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