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LYSOA Inc.

 312 A Union Street
 Lynn, MA 01901
[P] (781) 342-0580
[F] --
www.lysoa.org
[email protected]
Teresa DiGregorio
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INCORPORATED: 2011
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EIN 45-1619271

LAST UPDATED: 06/19/2017
Organization DBA Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy
Former Names --
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 Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA) is to empower the highest risk youth in our community to reach a positive purpose in life. LYSOA provides advocacy and outreach services to all high-risk youth, young adults, and their families in the community. We organizes and conducts outreach activities, encouraging involvement in community development, assists in job search, and juvenile community service.

Mission Statement

The mission of Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA) is to empower the highest risk youth in our community to reach a positive purpose in life. LYSOA provides advocacy and outreach services to all high-risk youth, young adults, and their families in the community. We organizes and conducts outreach activities, encouraging involvement in community development, assists in job search, and juvenile community service.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year May 01, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Projected Income $279,430.00
Projected Expense $279,430.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Development Planning Services
  • Youth Street Outreach

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA) is to empower the highest risk youth in our community to reach a positive purpose in life. LYSOA provides advocacy and outreach services to all high-risk youth, young adults, and their families in the community. We organizes and conducts outreach activities, encouraging involvement in community development, assists in job search, and juvenile community service.

Background Statement

LYSOA Inc. (Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy). LYSOA Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.  Specifically, this organization has been formed to provide relief to distressed and underprivileged youth and to combat juvenile delinquency.  LYSOA has designed and developed a highly specialized program in furtherance of our mission. We further our purposes under this program by providing advocacy and outreach services to all high-risk youth, young adults, and their families in the community. We organize and conduct outreach activities, encourage involvement in community development, assist in job search, case management, and juvenile community service. In order to motivate, guide, and assist our participants (at risk and proven risk youth) LYSOA offers different options for recognizing, developing and planning a program for our youth to achieve their goals and interests keeping them away from violent and other criminal activities. LYSOA provides a complete support system to our participants through one-on-one case management, consisting of weekly home visits and phone check in twice a week. Family case management is also provided, showing family support. LYSOA involves our youth in community activities teaching them skills to become productive members of society. All of our current participants continue to make positive progress through our program by having better relationships with their family, friends, and being able to trust in those who are working to help them, such as therapists, teachers and probation officers. Our mediation services are provided to help stop retaliation as well as assaults before they happen by intervening and talking to them as part of our street outreach/mediation strategies. When possible we have intervened on occasion with possible after school altercations and prevented retaliations from happening. We also show our participants that they are responsible for all their actions and assist them with fulfilling their probation stipulations such as community service and consistency with checking in with their probation officer. LYSOA Inc. is a well-known program throughout Essex County. Our street outreach work with local high-risk and proven-risk youth is very effective, and highly respected throughout the city. Today we have become the face of the Outreach Worker, Case Manager, sympathetic ear, and a successful peacemaker among our youth and our community.

 

 


 

 


Impact Statement

During the past year our team has worked with several collaborative organizations throughout our community.  Our top accomplishment last year was serving  200 male/female at-risk and high-risk youth between the ages of 12-24 years old. A key part of this accomplishment is a citywide coalition, made up of four community organizations serving 20 males who are proven risk violent offenders age 17-24 years old, who receive case management,  participate in a work program, and benefit from educational services.

A second accomplishment last year was becoming fiscal sponsor of Stop the Violence Lynn (STVL) Committee, to help reduce violence in Lynn and bring together youth to promote peace. STVL hosted a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that attracted more than 125 youth; and held a “stop the violence” rally in mid-August. On the last weekend of September, STVL held a Peace March to raise awareness about violence. The Peace March far exceeded expectations with more than 100 people attending from all areas of the City of Lynn, coming together to take a stand against violence. This July we will be organizing the first annual flag football game and second annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament. 
Our third accomplishment is our Youth Community Impact Program (YCI), providing tutoring, focus groups, and community engagement for over 130 youth this past year.  
 
LYSOA's top goals for the coming year are to build our staffing capacity by adding another Outreach Worker; expand our transportation capacity by getting a vehicle; expand training and professional development; and begin offering case management to the youth we serve as part of a comprehensive continuum of services. Lastly we have a extreme goal of creating the first high risk Youth Center in our city. Due to the fact that the targeted population are unable to participate in other centers in our community because of criminal background, we want to provide a safe location for our youth to go other than the street.

Needs Statement

Executive Director: Total Cost of $52,000.00 1FTE – 40 hours per week @$25.00 per hour for 52 weeks, 20% fringe for payroll taxes and benefits of $10,400.00. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of LYSOA Inc. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives in program development and administration.            Youth Advocate: Total Cost of $53,760.00 2 PTE – 20 hours weekly @ $14.00 per hour for 52 weeks for a salary of $53,7600.00, 11.16% for payroll taxes of $10,752.00. Conduct advocacy case management services, assisting youth to achieve there goals on a positive path. Engages youth into services.                                        Street Outreach Vehicle : Total Cost of $10,000.00  LYSOA Inc. will purchase a used vehicle for transporting youth participants.

Vehicle Insurance & Maintenance : Total Cost of $3,000.00 To insure and maintain outreach vehicle for transportation needs for community service program.

Training/Professional Development Total cost of $2,000.00 for Workshops and training for staff.


 


CEO Statement

LYSOA Inc. has been serving the highest risk youth in Lynn since 2011. Our services are designed in response to the needs of the people served. We organize and conduct outreach activities, by encouraging involvement in community development, assisting in job search, providing case management for our participants and their families, street outreach advocacy and also provide assistance to the juvenile court system. To illustrate the need for our work, as an example, in 2012, the City of Lynn had approximately 100 youth adjudicated to the Lynn Juvenile Court. LYSOA serviced 50 of these youth in the city. During the past two years, the number of juvenile offenders in Lynn has increased, indicating even more of a need for services for these youth.

Most of the families who receive our services are victims of violence or some sort of trauma leading them to a negative direction in life. These families often have children with an incarcerated parent, and/or with a single mother, father, or a grandparent raising them. LYSOA bonds with the children by communicating, building relationships in order to gain their trust. LYSOA further assesses the family’s needs by weekly home visits and applying a family development plan, setting goals for the children and the parent. LYSOA works closely with all participants and their families to help them achieve their goals.

LYSOA’s greatest strengths are the fact that we are very community-based and very committed to the pursuit of our mission. LYSOA’s greatest challenges are having the resources to continue building our capacity as an organization and to be able to meet the major need for outreach for the large number of youth in Lynn that are in need of our services. The biggest challenge we are facing with our youth in the community is that they revert to the streets, because of lack of places to go where they can be in a safe environment without having to pay a fee. LYSOA is in the process of reaching out to other community organizations, Lynn Police Department, and the Mayor’s office to collaborate and create a structured enjoyable healthy environment such as a Youth Drop –in Center for our youth to feel safe as well as receive adequate services (e.g., mentoring/case management, tutoring, counseling, networking, and recreation) needed in one location. To achieve these goals and continue to build our capacity, LYSOA must continue to diversify our funding sources.


Board Chair Statement

Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy Inc. (LYSOA) has experienced many successes since our founding in 2011, making a major positive impact on the lives of hundreds of the most at risk youth in our community. LYSOA has designed and developed a highly specialized program in pursuit of our mission to provide advocacy and services to at risk, proven risk, young adults, and their families in the Lynn, Massachusetts’s community. LYSOA organizes and conducts outreach activities, encouraging involvement in community development, assisting in job search, providing case management for our participants and their families, offering street outreach advocacy and providing much-needed technical assistance to the juvenile court system. Our program works!

In order to motivate, guide, and assist our participants (at risk and proven risk) LYSOA offers options that are customized to the needs of the client - planning a program to achieve their goals and interests, and help prevent them from engaging in violent activities, including gang involvement. LYSOA provides a comprehensive support system including weekly home visits and phone check in twice a week. Family case management is also provided to engage the family in support activities. LYSOA involves youth in community activities teaching them skills to become productive members of society.

Most of the families who receive our services are victims of violence or some sort of trauma leading them to a negative direction in life. LYSOA bonds with the children by communicating, building relationships in order to gain their trust. LYSOA further assesses the family’s needs by weekly home visits and applying a family development plan, setting goals for the children and the parent. LYSOA works closely with all participants and their families to help them achieve their goals.

I became involved with LYSOA because I am fully committed to helping the youth in this community and I wanted to support the founders of LYSOA in their quest to help improve the lives of Lynn youth. They have worked very hard to gain the experience and both have had life experiences that make them particularly attuned to the needs of the most at risk youth in our community. As we move forward to meet the new needs as they arise, we understand that within the past year there has been an increase of juvenile offenders in the City of Lynn and a major need for continued and expanded outreach to high-risk youth in Lynn. By building the capacity of LYSOA, this also expands the availability of services to youth who are in major need of our services. As Board Chair, I am pleased to continue my commitment and share that the entire Board and staff of LYSOA will do whatever it takes to help these young people turn their lives around.


Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

LYSOA serves youth in the City of Lynn, Massachusetts.  We organize and conduct outreach activities, reaching out to youth that we meet and find on the streets of Lynn, in many of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.  In 2012, the City of Lynn had approximately 100 youth adjudicated to the Lynn Juvenile Court. LYSOA serviced 50 of these youth in the city. During the past three years, the number of juvenile offenders in Lynn has increased, indicating more of a need for services for these youth.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Youth Development - Single Organization Support
  3. Human Services -

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

No

Programs

Family Development Planning Services

To help families develop goals and increase awareness about and introduce resources available to strengthen their life in a positive direction. Our goals are to reduce youth violence in the community and build self-esteem within our clients through case management. We also help the at-risk youth in our community build a positive trusting relationship with their family by helping parents get more involved with their children. We refer clients to services that are needed individually, using resources such as individual or family counseling, anger management, job search, and any other services that may be needed for our youth in the community that will benefit them to move in a positive direction as well as continue to monitor their progress through case management.

Budget  --
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Youth Violence Prevention
Population Served Families Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

LYSOA evaluates our success by documenting how closely we adhere to our organization’s overall goals as follows:

1. Have the resources that we have been working with been effectively applied? Has there been any marked or measurable difference in overall youth crime in Lynn?

2. We review the number of clients we are servicing and our success rates for assisting them in finding jobs and meeting their educational needs.

Program Long-Term Success  75% of families participate in family development planning and show an increase in knowledge of services that may benefit them and explore services and strategies that will help them, including increased awareness of community resources.
Program Success Monitored By 

We measure success by:

· Documenting the number of youth and young adults who participate in LYSOA programs.

· Documenting demographic information about each individual who participates.

· Evaluating Family Development Plans to see if goals were met.

Examples of Program Success  a

Youth Street Outreach

Interacting with youth on the street level, juvenile court, and schools. LYSOA Inc. interacts with the youth through street outreach, building relationships and trust with the youth on the street. We also receive referrals from Lynn Juvenile Probation department to advocate and find resources for youth offenders. LYSOA maintains relationships with school guidance counselors in working with youth to achieve their academic goals, such as assisting in monitoring their behavior in school and out of school as well as finding tutoring services for them in the community. LYSOA also works directly with schools through motivational speaking, educating the students about youth violence and bullying and the consequences when such acts are committed.

Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Youth Violence Prevention
Population Served At-Risk Populations Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

LYSOA evaluates our success by documenting how closely we adhere to our organization’s overall goals as follows:

1. Have the resources that we have been working with been effectively applied? Has there been any marked or measurable difference in overall youth crime in Lynn?

2. We review the number of clients we are servicing and our success rates for assisting them in finding jobs and meeting their educational needs.

Program Long-Term Success 

75% of participants show an increase in knowledge of educational services, exploring employment opportunities, job readiness, and community resources.

Program Success Monitored By 

We measure success by:

· Documenting the number of youth and young adults who participate in LYSOA programs.

· Documenting demographic information about each individual who participates.

· Evaluating Family Development Plans to see if goals were met.

Examples of Program Success  a

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

LYSOA’s greatest strengths are the fact that we are very community-based and very committed to the pursuit of our mission. Antonio Gutierrez has served as the Youth Street Outreach Worker in the City of Lynn through many different non-profit organizations for the last nearly five years. In March of 2011 Antonio and Teresa DiGregorio made a decision to continue his passion for “Street Outreach” through one organization so that our youth would be familiar with and one place to go to that they trust. That is how LYSOA Inc. was created.

LYSOA’s greatest challenges are having the resources to continue building our capacity as an organization and to be able to meet the major need for outreach for the large number of youth in Lynn that are in need of our services. To achieve these goals and continue to build our capacity, LYSOA must continue to diversify our funding sources.

LYSOA’s outreach services throughout the community will build trusting relationships to which our outreach workers are able to encourage our targeted population to express themselves through positive coping mechanisms and find solutions to resolving conflicts they encounter without violent retaliation. We will help Juvenile Adjudicated youth take responsibility for their negative actions and guide them to more positive interests. Due to the fact that our services are provided as a comprehensive continuum, the impact on the population differs somewhat based on the population served. We categorize our populations into two main groups – proven-risk youth and high-risk youth. Proven risk youth are those who have already been in trouble and we provide more intensive services to these youth to decrease the likelihood that they will get in trouble again. High-risk youth also receive services based on their needs but the services are more focused on preventing them getting into trouble. Therefore, the specific services provided and the direct impact on the lives of these youth may differ based on their circumstances. In some ways, the proven risk youth benefit most because we help them get back on track. However, both groups benefit significantly.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Teresa Ann DiGregorio
CEO Term Start Apr 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Executive Director, Teresa DiGregorio- Teresa DiGregorio has over five years of experience in Operational Management. Teresa has also been in the Human Service field for the past 5 years as a volunteer in organizing, administration services, and outreach activities for several community organizations in Lynn.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience N/A

Former CEOs and Terms

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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? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

LYSOA is a community-involved agency that works in collaboration with several organizations in Lynn. We work in close collaboration with KAYA in LOL (Lynn Out Loud),  an anti- violence event led by youth to send a public outcry to stop violence amongst youth.  LYSOA created a curriculum with members of Lynn Public Schools and the Lynn Police Department educating students on gang involvement, violence, bullying, and the consequences of these activities. LYSOA is also currently a part of the Safe and Successful Youth Intiative of Lynn Coalition funded through the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative of Massachusetts. This coalition is focused on violent juvenile offenders in the City of Lynn to prevent the participants from re-offending. Our newest collaboration is as fiscal sponsor of Stop the Violence Lynn (STVL) Committee, a committee that was formed in January of 2014 to help reduce violence in Lynn. STVL hosted a basketball tournament that attracted more than 125 youth; and held a “stop the violence” rally in mid-August for youth, parents, city officials and community leaders to help bring peace to Lynn. A September Peace March far exceeded expectations with more than 100 people attending from all areas of the City of Lynn, coming together to take a stand against violence.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

LYSOA’s greatest management challenges are having the resources to continue building our capacity as an organization and to be able to meet the major need for outreach for the large number of youth in Lynn that are in need of our services. The biggest challenge we are facing with our youth in the community is that they revert to the streets, because of lack of places to go where they can be in a safe environment without having to pay a fee. LYSOA is in the process of reaching out to other community organizations, Lynn Police Department, and the Mayor’s office to collaborate and create a structured enjoyable healthy environment such as a Youth Drop –in Center for our youth to feel safe as well as receive adequate services (e.g., mentoring/case management, tutoring, counseling, networking, and recreation) needed in one location. To achieve these goals and continue to build our capacity, LYSOA must continue to expand our capacity with additional staff.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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 --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
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 N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Rick Starbard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lynn School Committee Member
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Peter Capano Lynn Ward Six City Councillor Voting
Mr. Robert Connolly Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Sean Donahue Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Robert Fiocoprile Retired Voting
Mr. John Ford Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Navi Keo-Colon Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Kristin Melendez Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Hong Net Lynn City Councillor At-Large Voting
Mr. Robert Reynolds Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Robert Smith Community Volunteer 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: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our board is made up of many community members and professionals in a variety of industries. These professionals are very committed to the Lynn community, which is the primary reason they sit on our Board. Our main challenge is to expand the diversity of the Board so that it more adequately reflects the diversity of Lynn as a whole. We would like to add a board member or members from other cultures such as Hispanic, and other cultures highly represented in Lynn.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year May 01, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Projected Income $279,430.00
Projected Expense $279,430.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $96,017 $97,077 $98,371
Total Expenses $112,071 $97,409 $88,157

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $76,736 $35,015 $43,675
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $19,281 $62,062 $54,696
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 $112,071 $97,409 $88,157
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.86 1.00 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $4,780 $18,907 $19,654
Current Assets $4,780 $18,907 $19,654
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $3,251 $1,324 $1,739
Total Net Assets $1,529 $17,583 $17,915

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
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 1.47 14.28 11.30

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

LYSOA is entering its 6th year and we are happy to have experienced consistent financial growth each year since our first full service year when our operating budget was approximately $52,000, and our most recently completed year when our budget was approximately $91,000.  LYSOA’s greatest financial challenges are having the resources to continue building our capacity as an organization and to be able to meet the major need for outreach for the large number of youth in Lynn that are in need of our services. The biggest challenge we are facing with our youth in the community is that they revert to the streets, because of lack of places to go where they can be in a safe environment without having to pay a fee. LYSOA is in the process of reaching out to other community organizations, Lynn Police Department, and the Mayor’s office to collaborate and create a structured enjoyable healthy environment such as a Youth Drop –in Center for our youth to feel safe as well as receive adequate services (e.g., mentoring/case management, tutoring, counseling, networking, and recreation) needed in one location. To achieve these goals and continue to build our capacity, LYSOA must continue to diversify our funding sources.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

LYSOA has an ultimate goal of creating the first high risk Youth Center in our city. Our center will provide tutoring, GED preparation classes, computer skills classes, focus groups, and recreational activities keeping our youth off the streets and more likely to succeed in life. A primary need for the youth center is due to the fact that the targeted population (high risk and proven risk youth) are unable to participate in other centers in our community because of  the severity of their criminal background.  We at LYSOA must provide a safe location for our youth to go other than the streets. Having this center available and accessible to youth will also help our youth advocates and volunteer mentors build closer relationships in a more informal and comfortable atmosphere for our youth. 
Our goal is to open the youth center in September or December 2016. Our overall goal is to decrease juvenile delinquency in our community and empower our youth in reaching a positive purpose in life by helping them follow through with their education, encourage secondary education, and employment. Our focus groups are geared towards decreasing substance abuse and building self esteem and character strengths. In helping our youth reach their long term goals, we will provide monthly support to help them maintain their success. Termination of services will only happen if it is requested by the participant and if they have aged out of age range of the targeted populated youth we serve.  In such cases, we refer youth to outside resources to provide further assistance in helping them maintain their goals. All our efforts to outcomes will be documented through the Apricot data system to measure our success. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The need for our services has grown by 25% within the past 6 months since there has been an increase in youth violence and gang involvement in our community. LYSOA has been successful in the past by assisting youth with job placement, community service, case management and family development services. We feel that we could increase our success through implementing a Stages of Change Model originated by James O. Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente. This particular model was developed to enhance the well-being of individuals and organizations through the scientific development and dissemination of Transtheoretical Model-based change management programs.

This first stage of the model is the Pre-Contemplation or Denial stage. In this stage we outreach to the targeted population and present services provided by our organization while building a trusting relationship. At first many of the youth are reluctant and feel they do not have behavior health issues and often this stage will last at least 3 to 6 months until they realize that they need help moving forward.  This is when they begin to enter the Contemplation stage.

The contemplation stage is when youth begin to engage with the Outreach Advocate more intensively, still showing lack of readiness to engage in services, yet begin building a relationship with the advocate and beginning to feel a sense of trust. While building on the relationship, the outreach advocate can help the youth evaluate the need for change by weighing all the pros and cons of changing their behavior. This process could take a month or so for the youth to begin contemplating on accepting the fact that change is needed to move forward in a positive direction.

Once the participant becomes aware that he needs to make some changes he/she begins to enter the preparation stage. This is the third step of the model in which the youth begin testing the waters towards making the change. The worker assists in problem solving, identifies social supports outside of the agency such as family and friends, and encourages the youth in making small initial steps to overcome the negative behavior. This stage is the planning stage that commonly takes one month in preparing to put the plan into action.

After a few months of engagement with participants, we work on creating a plan to which goals would be set towards working on change. This is the Action stage; a plan is formed for our youth to begin the process of change. The case manager/outreach advocates monitor the progress while encouraging the work being accomplished. The participants take steps in reaching their goal towards a positive direction in life whether it be furthering their education, employment, or not re-offending. During this stage we have weekly meetings to monitor and address concerns that may be slowing the process down.

As the participant begins to become more empowered towards making the change he/she is ready to enter the Maintenance stage. As a participant enters the Maintenance stage they continue to engage with their supports including case manager/outreach advocate as a primary support as they sustain the behavior change.

The reason for this particular model is to establish trust and encourage an empowering change to their negative life style. The stages of change model is an effective model to informally introduce services and invite a positive impact towards reducing juvenile crime and youth violence in our community.


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

LYSOA Inc. focuses on empathizing with our participants and their families. We are able to identify and relate with why they are involved in gangs, as well as understanding the struggles of the children and/or siblings of perpetrators or victims of gang related violence from our own past experiences. LYSOA's staff experience and qualifications stem from similar backgrounds as our targeted population due to their own past on the street and gang involvement as well as having family members who have been involved in gangs. Because of our past experience and our current status in the community today, our program is effective in helping those in need to make positive changes in their life and overcome the trauma that has been haunting them for so long that has brought them on a negative path.

LYSOA’s most effective tool is constant communication to build a trusting relationship with the youth and the parents. Our families are currently progressing positively and have shown signs of relief and clearly learned from LYSOA.  They are not just another case, but an important part of our society. Through outreach we are able to build trusting relationships and help them by showing them we can assist in job search, education referrals,tutoring, focus groups,  and interview preparation.

Most of the families who receive our services are victims of violence or some sort of trauma leading them to a negative direction in life. These families have children with an incarcerated parent, and with a single mother, father, or a grandparent raising them. LYSOA bonds with the children by communicating, and building relationships in order to gain their trust. LYSOA further assesses the family’s needs by weekly home visits and applying a family development plan, setting goals for the children and the parent. LYSOA works closely with all participants and their families to achieve their goals. LYSOA visits the families in the comfort of their own home at their convenience. LYSOA addresses the impact of their trauma, by referring them for in home therapy services in the community. LYSOA works closely with referred providers in order to keep track of participants’ progress.


 


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

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

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