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Dudley Vision SkyLab Inc.

 23 Robin Hood Street
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 898 8138
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www.skylabboston.org
[email protected]
Bridgette Wallace
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INCORPORATED: 2015
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2104280

LAST UPDATED: 03/18/2016
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Our vision is to generate an innovation-based economic and cultural renaissance in Roxbury, Massachusetts. SkyLab will provide educational and hands-on opportunities for the residents of Roxbury to learn about and use the latest technologies, strategies, and business skills required to launch new ventures or sustain existing ones. Deeply rooted in the community, SkyLab connects the people who live and work here, existing businesses, and the high growth tech industries that surround them. By providing these groups with established training, technical resources, and providers, we aim to create a continuum of services and supports from high school to successful business.

Mission Statement

Our vision is to generate an innovation-based economic and cultural renaissance in Roxbury, Massachusetts. SkyLab will provide educational and hands-on opportunities for the residents of Roxbury to learn about and use the latest technologies, strategies, and business skills required to launch new ventures or sustain existing ones. Deeply rooted in the community, SkyLab connects the people who live and work here, existing businesses, and the high growth tech industries that surround them. By providing these groups with established training, technical resources, and providers, we aim to create a continuum of services and supports from high school to successful business.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year June 01, 2015 to July 01, 2016
Projected Income $113,000.00
Projected Expense $411,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Aspiring Entrepreneur Programs
  • Business Owner Programs
  • Programs for Students

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our vision is to generate an innovation-based economic and cultural renaissance in Roxbury, Massachusetts. SkyLab will provide educational and hands-on opportunities for the residents of Roxbury to learn about and use the latest technologies, strategies, and business skills required to launch new ventures or sustain existing ones. Deeply rooted in the community, SkyLab connects the people who live and work here, existing businesses, and the high growth tech industries that surround them. By providing these groups with established training, technical resources, and providers, we aim to create a continuum of services and supports from high school to successful business.


Background Statement

The opportunity for growth in the city of Roxbury and for its people is immense. SkyLab will provide talented individuals, businesses, and aspiring entrepreneurs who live “next door” and “down the street” with a hybrid learning environment and an experienced and eager staff who are more than ready to share their passion for innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

Providing individuals with the tools to run a successful business, to enter a rapidly growing tech sector, or any other business venture they wish to pursue will undoubtedly be an asset to the city and has the potential to change the cultural environment of Roxbury.


Impact Statement

1. Secure Funding: We would love to secure a substantial amount of funding from donors in order to allow us to run as many successful programs as possible and begin showing our supporters that we are dedicated to our mission. 
 
2. Deliver program(s) to the public: As previously noted, get our programs up and running as soon as possible. Plans are in place to launch a program from local students this summer, we are just awaiting funding.
 
3. Social Media/Website Exposure: Get our message out to as many people as possible by generating more traffic on our website and social media accounts.
 
4. Sponsorship Letters: Build more relationships with foundations and donors to grow our outreach and support systems by gaining sponsorship.
  
5. Building relationship with Boston Public Schools: One of the other organizations in our building, forming a strong relationship with them could prove to be very mutually-beneficial in the long-run. 

Needs Statement

1. Program Funding/Equipment: SkyLab is seeking funds to run its first program which is planned to be launched in August. We need funds for the fixed cost of running the program, the variable cost per student, as well as the costs for obtaining the equipment necessary to run the program. 
 
2. Visibility/Recognition: As a brand new startup SkyLab needs to gain publicity and get the word out to our potential audience. There is a strong local buzz about the SkyLab program and plan for innovation, and we would love that to spread throughout the city of Boston.
 
3. Building strong institutional relationships: Gaining further support from people in positions of power and influence throughout the city. Many public officials have expressed their support for SkyLab and we would love to add more people to believe in the SkyLab mission.
 
4. Meet community expectation: The announcement of SkyLab has created a lot of buzz in the community. People would love to see us get off the ground and start producing immediately. The pressure is on us to begin operation and meet the needs of the community. 
 
 
5. Designated Office Space: Currently SkyLab works out of the Bruce C Bolling building in Roxbury, MA but does not have a specific office to hose its employees. We are placed sporadically throughout the building. An established office space would be greatly beneficial for communication purposes. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Roxbury MA 02119

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Small Business Development
  2. Education - Higher Education
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Leadership Development

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

Aspiring Entrepreneur Programs

Our goal is to support aspiring entrepreneurs in gaining traction and developing credibility in their neighborhood. We are targeting Roxbury residents 18–34 years old who are interested in starting a business. We are particularly interested in three categories of startups for their potential benefits to the community and potential for growth. Roxbury-based innovators: We will address on-going educational issues in Roxbury and similar communities. Financial Technology Startups: Boston is home to at least 40 Fin Tech startups that are, in many cases, attempting to make financial services available to more people at lower costs.

Digital Fabrication Startups: Our design concept for the Roxbury Innovation Center features a small fab lab for training and product prototyping by program participants and entrepreneurs. We see an opportunity for us to encourage and support the creation of digital fabrication-based startups and to incubate them.

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Category  Employment, General/Other Vocational Guidance
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Helping entrepreneurs develop and work out the logistics of their ideas and provide them with the skills and connections needed to succeed. 
Program Long-Term Success  Seeing successful entrepreneurial based businesses develop in the city of Roxbury. Showing the community that innovative and creative ideas can turn into a career is one of SkyLab's main goals. 
Program Success Monitored By  All SkyLab programs will be judged on a metric that has been developed in partnership with UMass Boston. 
Examples of Program Success  Not yet implemented

Business Owner Programs

We are targeting Roxbury small business owners who are seeking to grow their businesses and/or improve the operating efficiency and thereby profits. We will activate the human capital of the teenagers and young adults at Roxbury’s educational institutions to provide technical and operational assistance to existing businesses to upgrade or diversify their products and infrastructure to meet the changes coming to Dudley Square. Traditional businesses may be challenged to meet the competition generated by a changing environment. Every decade is a revolution in technology and in business models. These rising entrepreneurs can apply their didactic learning in the workplace, helping older businesses to transition to new ways of doing business. Businesses will also be given the opportunity to take part in The Total Support Entrepreneur Boot Camp program. Learn more about this program under the Workshops and Opportunities section of our website.

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Category  Employment, General/Other Retraining
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Business Owners will be equipped with the skills necessary to grow and garner attention, they just need to go out and apply them. 
Program Long-Term Success  This program will allow local business owners to apply the business skills and techniques provided to them to scale their businesses, grow, and bolster the Roxbury economy. 
Program Success Monitored By  SkyLab has a metrics system in place partnered with UMass Boston in order to measure the level of success of all planned programs.
Examples of Program Success  Not yet implemented.

Programs for Students

We will partner with local organizations, K–12 school, and non-profits to expose young people with hands-on, experiential activities that help them to feel the excitement of STEM-based fields and to learn that these entrepreneurship opportunities are available to them as well. In addition to our own workshops, we will partner with existing organizations such as General Assembly and Startup Institute to provide their classes and workshops at the Roxbury Innovation Center. Students with formal classroom learning can apply the skills and techniques they have learned to support new and existing businesses through the Roxbury Innovation Center.


As part of our pipeline strategy, we expect some of these up and coming entrepreneurs in the local technology community will be future benefactors of the Roxbury Innovation Center and the SkyLab.

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Category  Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success would be defined as sparking the interest of a student. Some of these under-represented students have never been asked what their strengths are, what their goals are, or what they are interested in. We hope to dig deeper into the mind of these students and establish a route for these students to try and follow after high school. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success would be defined as students entering our program and either finding their passion and sparking an interest that ultimately gives them the drive to attend college to fulfill their dreams, or just having better informed students who are more prepared to enter the work force. Being more educated about business tactics and innovation will make them a much more valuable and skilled employee in the future. 
Program Success Monitored By  SkyLab has a metrics system that has been developed in partnership with UMass Boston to monitor all programs. 
Examples of Program Success  Not yet implemented. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Bridgette Wallace
CEO Term Start Dec 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Bridgette is an urban planner and activist who has championed new community- based approaches to economic development for the Roxbury community for the last decade. Prior to developing the initial plans for SkyLab, Ms. Wallace worked in the field of Public Health for a number of years as a Program Manager for Boston Public Health Commission and the Department of Public Health. She received her Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Economic Development and Politics from Tufts University.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
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Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Kathy Kottaridis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Historic Boston Inc.
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2016
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Board Members

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Ms. Ronette Seeney Community Volunteer Voting

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Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 2
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Board Information

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Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
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Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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Financials


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Fiscal Year June 01, 2015 to July 01, 2016
Projected Income $113,000.00
Projected Expense $411,000.00
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Foundation Comments

Dudley Vision SkyLab Inc. is newer, founded in the summer of 2015. As such, a full year of financial data will be posted above when it becomes available. Per the above posted IRS Letter of Determination Letter and fiscal sponsor letter, Dudley Vision SkyLab Inc. is fiscally sponsored by United South End Settlements.

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

SkyLab's ultimate goal is to educate, activate, and incubate a varying demographic in the Roxbury neighborhood including students, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Through the use of the latest technologies, business knowledge, and techniques we aim to sharpen participants skills and give them the experience necessary to be successful business and people and employee's in skilled labor positions. As stated in our mission statement we hope our work leads to an innovation based, economic and cultural renaissance in Roxbury that positively effects the community and opens doors for our young people and our business owners. 
 
In the next three to five years we hope to have fully established programs running year round for varying age groups and skill sets and for SkyLab to be looked at as a positive main-stay in the community. We also hope to see role models generated from our program so that people can see the effect SkyLab can have on the opportunities and connections that can be made available from working with the SkyLab.  

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Through the use of a variety of different educational strategies, tailor made for the age group and skill level, SkyLab is confident it has the resources in place to successfully pursue its mission. Our staff is experienced in the tech and business sector and have much insight to provide participants in SkyLab. Even though our programs center around tech-based innovation, there are a variety of options when it comes to choosing a program that lines up with an individuals interests. This is important because it will give people options in terms of what way they want to participate in SkyLab. From intensive 12 week workshops, to one night hackathon's we firmly believe SkyLab has something to offer anyone who wants to better themselves educationally or business-wise. No matter what program is chosen the exposure to new innovative technologies and the valuable business info they will be given clearly strengthen the participant and better equip them to succeed in their endeavors. 
 
We covered why the internal function of SkyLab will bring us success, but our external support systems are a reassurance of that success as well. SkyLab has the support of various organizations and individuals throughout Boston who would love to see us succeed. With this strong backing and many creative minds working to make SkyLab a hub for innovation and education, we are confident that we will meet our goals. 

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

The recently completed Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) will be key to SkyLab by giving us the ideal atmosphere and set up to house our programs and events.  This space coupled with access to other spaces throughout the Bruce C Bolling building are important assets to SkyLabs success. This space is also a key asset because of its proximity to the Boston Public Schools offices. By working with BPS we hope to gain an outlet to reach out to students who may be interested in participating in a program, and also to get feed back from them about the work being done at SkyLab. 
 
The staff who will be working inside this space is just as integral as the space itself. Our team is full of individuals who have grown and lived in the Roxbury community, have entrepreneurial experience, and have a great deal of business knowledge that they are eager to offer for the communities benefit. The experience possessed by our staff also brings a lot of valuable connections to the table. The ability to form strong relationships with other organizations and individuals will undoubtedly be a plus for SkyLab whether it be from funding or simply in the form of critique or advertisement. With these connections, our newly furbished space, and our world class team SkyLab absolutely has the assets necessary to accomplish our mission.

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

Our success can be measured based off of the changes we make for the people who seek our assistance whether it be students, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Surveys will be taken before workshops and after workshops to determine the changes made by the program and whether it has been enlightening for a student. In terms of businesses the success is rather black and white. By looking at the business or entrepreneurs  before our program and after we can check in to see if they are receiving more clientele than before, how their financials have changed, and if the tools we provided them with are being implemented into their everyday business. Our metrics basically hinge on the success rate of our students because we, as a non-profit, are not succeeding unless we are making a positive impact on the community. 

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

   We at SkyLab have been working tirelessly to get the organization up and running and standing on our own two feet. While still in the early stages of development, some of our early wins include the incredible feedback we have received from the public and the useful advice we have been given by our advisory committee. While still in the administrative phase of getting our organization set up, SkyLab has been able to host smaller programing gatherings in the Bruce C. Bolling building. For example, a group of Brockton Middle School students visited the SkyLab team to learn about pitch contests and what makes a good presentation. It is activities like these that show that if we can run valuable social programs while still juggling the responsibility of starting-up our organization, we will be able to make them even better more frequent once the chaos of establishing ourselves is completed. One thing we have found helpful is sitting down in meetings with a variety of different groups who interested in learning more about SkyLab and possibly participating in a program with us. At this stage in our organizations existence it is important for us to get our name out there to as many people as possible and find ways that our organization can offer a service or program to these people. 
   We hope that our experience in running these smaller day long programs will give us some insight and skill into running longer multi-day or even multi-week programs that are in the works for the coming fall. We feel that these longer more thorough bootcamps and workshops will play a much larger role in allowing us to complete our mission as a non-profit.