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Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

World Ocean School delivers an authentic method of experiential education at sea that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and engaged community members. Aboard the historic schooner Roseway we provide: transformative life skills and character development: inspiration for academic and vocational advancement; strong relationships with caring and responsible adults, and a safe environment for learning.

Mission Statement

World Ocean School delivers an authentic method of experiential education at sea that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and engaged community members. Aboard the historic schooner Roseway we provide: transformative life skills and character development: inspiration for academic and vocational advancement; strong relationships with caring and responsible adults, and a safe environment for learning.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,309,870.00
Projected Expense $1,310,054.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • International Summer Learning Program
  • Maritime Academic Programming for Virgin Islands

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

World Ocean School delivers an authentic method of experiential education at sea that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and engaged community members. Aboard the historic schooner Roseway we provide: transformative life skills and character development: inspiration for academic and vocational advancement; strong relationships with caring and responsible adults, and a safe environment for learning.


Background Statement

The World Ocean School was incorporated in April 2002 by Dwight Deckelmann and Abby Kidder as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Camden, Maine. In September 2002, the schooner Roseway, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, was donated to the World Ocean School to serve as the program platform.

After an 18-month restoration of the ship, the World Ocean School embarked on a maiden voyage to the Great Lakes in summer 2005 as an opportunity to build support and exposure for the developing School. May 2006 saw the relocation of Roseway and the World Ocean School offices to Boston, where program development continued as Roseway was opened to the public for the summer season. In the fall, recognizing that World Ocean School needed to keep the ship working throughout the winter, Roseway made her way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she began her work with local island youth groups and public schools. With an initial grant from a local company in St Croix to pilot test programs with island high school students, World Ocean School honed a curriculum for academic programming aboard the ship. Roseway has been serving Virgin Islands public school students during the winter season ever since.

During the spring, summer and fall, World Ocean School continues to operate from the homeport of Boston, carrying out educational programs for the city’s diverse mix of students. Combating the growing drop-out statistics among high schools students in the U.S., World Ocean School (WOS) helps empower young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential by providing an authentic method of experiential day and voyaging programs at sea for over 1,200 students each year (since 2004). We believe in the potential of all children, and operate from the position that all students deserve to be inspired, positively motivated, valued, and supported in order for them to thrive in the classroom and through their college, career, and life.

Our students gain practical skills aboard the historic schooner, Roseway, cultivating teamwork, and practicing community service and environmental responsibility as well as studying a variety of academic lessons offered by a professional crew of educators. Constructed in 1925 and honored for her service in World War II, Roseway offers students an authentic connection to history, one that spurs awe and creates a truly unique learning environment.


Impact Statement

In our homeport of Boston, sailing from our dock amid the gleaming waterfront development, school is in session aboard Roseway. Coming from the surrounding neighborhoods with grinding unemployment, low graduation rates, and a largely disenfranchised population of youth for whom life has provided few aspirations, our students thrive aboard Roseway. In the middle of these environments, we jump-start education through an academically-inspired, hands-on curriculum, using Roseway to teach practical math, science, ecology, language arts, and teamwork, as well as the numerous maritime careers available.

Happily, there is no question about the overwhelming success of Roseway as an educational platform. With over 1,200 kids coming aboard each year, the stories are endless about lives transformed, school principals who can’t believe the new attitudes, parents who marvel over changes in their children, and a grateful community. We’ve seen firsthand that the results of this program are transformative, profound, and lasting.

Along with the impactful educational programming we do, World Ocean School has the privilege of maintaining and operating a unique piece of Boston’s maritime heritage, the National Historic Schooner Roseway.

Our impact happens through multi-day programs for a socioeconomically and culturally diverse group of students ages 10-18, integrating academic subjects with tall ship sailing and developing skills in citizenship and community building. We are working to increase our impact by targeting a small number of students each year but with more contact time and graduated programming.


Needs Statement

1. Capital investment funds to purchase our educational platform - $1.6M
2. Capacity-building funds for staff and infrastructure support 
3. Board development and engagement
4. Program depth development and expansion
5. Partnerships with additional ships to fulfill demand 

CEO Statement

World Ocean School’s work is vital. It tackles what’s behind the scary statistics about kids these days. How? By combating student disengagement and apathy. We motivate underserved kids by challenging them academically, physically, and emotionally in hands-on programs aboard our historic ship, Roseway.

World Ocean School shows students an alternative to dropping out
of society—they can keep learning and building successful communities.

After their experience on board, kids are not only more inspired
to continue learning and participating in their communities, they genuinely believe they can succeed in doing so. Kids recognize
their own worth, and the effect is transformative.  
 
Our programs operate aboard the National Historic Landmark ship Roseway, a 137’ Grand Banks schooner built in 1925 in Essex, Massachusetts—one of the nation’s few authentic tall ships still afloat. Here, we jump-start the education of students through academically inspired, hands-on curriculum, using Roseway to teach practical math, science, ecology, language arts, and teamwork, as well as the glorious maritime heritage of the schooner trade. We don’t offer field trips, we offer challenge and inspiration, demanding absolute engagement and commitment.

Happily, there is no question about the overwhelming success of Roseway as an educational platform. With over 2,000 kids coming aboard each year, the stories are endless about lives transformed, school principals who can’t believe the new attitudes, parents who marvel over changes in their children, and a grateful community. We’ve seen firsthand that the results of this program are transformative, profound, and lasting. Our goal is to inspire and nurture a passion for learning and further education, encouraging a desire to impact our local communities.

 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

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World Ocean School serves the Greater Boston area primarily, as well as serving students in greater New England, Mid-Atlantic, and the U.S Virgin Islands. 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose

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

International Summer Learning Program

This program is a 30-day voyaging program aboard Roseway from Boston to Nova Scotia for 22 young adults, ages 16-22, from Boston Day and Evening Academy, a competency-based high school, and Boston Green Academy. These students are behind a grade level and working to meet competencies necessary to progress to the next grade. Designed to help these students reach their targeted grade level, this program provides structured academic support through intensive hands-on lessons that require engagement, self-discovery, and motivation. By taking students out of their normal routine, which for many is disruptive and negative, and immersing them in a completely new environment removed from distractions, they engage in a new way—perhaps a way they did not know they could. They discover the important role that each of them plays in the community aboard the ship. Here students succeed in academics and community-building and their progress is profound and lasting.

Budget  $132,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  This program will demonstrate primarily the outcomes of increasing STEM achievement and engagement; developing student socio-emotional skills and increasing student efficacy by building skills and competencies; strengthening the effectiveness of school-community partnerships; and promoting student health and wellness. The short term success of this program will be measured by how many of the 22 students can progress to their next grade level as needed following the completion of this program. Additionally, those who can continue on with their education and ultimately graduate.
Program Long-Term Success 

Unlike traditional classrooms where our students may not be successful, learning aboard Roseway builds meta-cognitive skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity, and time management. Also, because this summer program supports students to succeed in competency-based assessment, students are able to demonstrate knowledge by meeting common core benchmarks within the summer learning modules allowing them to move into a new academic year with the progress they need.

Our goal is to inspire and nurture a passion for learning and impactful contribution, encouraging a desire to be part of healthy and respectful communities. Ultimately we will know long term success by building strong relationships with your students that exist beyond the program so that we can track that 100% of our students making positive contributions to their communities.
Program Success Monitored By 

Assessment is taking place throughout the program. With strong role models aboard (a ratio of 1:4 professional crew to student) and a safe space in which to live, study, and work, their progress of students is profound and lasting. By working in small groups and taking on specific tasks with the support and guidance of the educators, students succeed in both academics and the community aboard because of the environment they are in. Additionally, we work individually with each program partner to assess our specific program for that site and grade level, relying on feedback from teachers and staff at the individual schools to share feedback.

Examples of Program Success 

During the Summer of 2016, we participated in a collective measurement initiative with Boston After School & Beyond. The data they collected has been processed, and presented as our site’s Program Report for Improvement & System Measurement (PRISM).

What is most notable from our PRISM is that we are above average in most of the categories, including:

-Social-emotional environment

-Staff building relationships with youth -Organization

-Arrival logistics and greetings

-Activities transitions

-Schedule and offerings (content range)

-Staff positively guide behavior

-Staff performed during informal time

-Youth relations with peers

-Youth relations with adults

-Supportive social environment

-Staff promote engagement and stimulate thinking -Level of youth participation



Maritime Academic Programming for Virgin Islands

This program targets core students in island public schools where 74% of students are from low-income households, 27% speak English as a second language, and 18% struggle with learning disabilities. With the 2017 school year, we are working to serve more students in a multi-faceted way so that students have extended in-depth programming that supports their academic and vocational opportunities.  These graduated, longitudinal programs (which build each academic year) will expose 525 island elementary and middle school students, each year, to a dynamic and structured experience that is rich in science, math, history, and language arts, with a focus on broadened academic and vocational opportunities and advancement, as well as lessons of community building, self-esteem, respect, and trust. Along with hands-on lessons aboard Roseway, expansion into the classroom, supporting teachers to build on those experiences, provides added maritime education both before and after the programs.

Budget  $144,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations US
Program Short-Term Success  It is our short-term goal to see demonstrated in our daily programs that indifference is replaced by inspiration, apathy is overcome by engagement, discouragement is replaced by joy, boredom is replaced by motivation, and doubt is exchanged for confidence. Additionally we want to see that 100% of our students graduate from high school, and 100% of them go on to further education or technical job placement. 
Program Long-Term Success  Our programming aims to continue to expand each year to provide more opportunity for academic and vocational development. Our goal is to inspire and nurture a passion for learning and impactful contribution, encouraging a desire to be part of healthy and respectful communities. Ultimately we will know long term success by building strong relationships with your students that exist beyond the program so that we can track that 100% of our students making positive contributions to their communities. 
Program Success Monitored By 

World Ocean School ensures program quality by the rigorous training of our crew and staff in academic counseling, mentoring, and shipboard safety and operations. This program utilizes pre and post tests to measure academic improvement. Additionally, our programs are under constant assessment and improvement, working to better engage students and meet their challenges. Our programs demonstrate quality by the qualitative reviews that principals, teachers, parents, and students provide after each program, as well as quantitative assessments that are in place to measure specific outcomes and goals of our programs. Armed with this information, World Ocean School routinely adjusts staff training, program design and content, and shipboard processes for improvement.

Examples of Program Success 
World Ocean School Programming is engaging and transformative for USVI public school students. “I knew an answer on the IOWA test because of Roseway!” one of the 5th graders from Ricardo Richards Elementary School exclaimed! Not only is the experience a unique one, it directly relates to the materials students are learning and on which they are tested. Teachers from Ricardo Richards are unanimous in the perspective that World Ocean School provides unparalleled experiential education that supports their classroom objectives. Teacher Zahra O’Reily is so grateful for the sponsorship support last year, she writes “the program sponsorship helped to reach that population of students who struggle to learn in the traditional classroom environment. It afforded the exposure to rich, real world, integrated learning opportunities aboard the Roseway. Thank you!”

Principal Ms. Gonzales told us that the curriculum aboard Roseway was “rigorous and relevant, and that's what is needed! We really need this for our students. The real life, high-enriched setting, and application of math and science made it easier in the classroom for comprehension and retention.” She continued with “Children really look forward to going to school on a schooner! Challenging students were no problem- they were so captivated and it extended back into the classroom."

The Assistant principal was most impressed with the outcomes resulting in the dependability on each other. Everyone needed to pull together and work together as a team. She told us that "the ‘oh we did that on Roseway’ connections students regularly make demonstrate that the learning is imbedded!”


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Abby Kidder
CEO Term Start Jan 1990
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Abby started the World Ocean School while working at the Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine. Holding a master's degree in human ecology and environmental ethics from College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine), she has authored a secondary-school curriculum titled How Big is Your Backyard? An Ethics-Based Approach to Environmental Decision Making, published by the Institute in 2001. A certified trainer for the Institute, she organized seminars for teachers in the United States and abroad, presented widely to educators, designed new products and services, and worked directly with teachers, administrators, and students. With her passion for experiential education, she now spends much of her time overseeing the day-to-day administration of the school, fund-raising, and working to build long-term capacity for the organization.
Co-CEO Eden Leonard
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 2016
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Eden grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, on a farm outside of Silverton. With a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound, her initial professional experience included work for a bioanalytical chemistry firm, a materials science research laboratory, a tutor specializing in mathematics, chemistry and physics, and as a community college mathematics instructor.

In 2009, Eden jumped at the opportunity to teach outside of the classroom and joined World Ocean School as a deckhand aboard Roseway. She quickly took the lead as Education Coordinator before moving into her role as Education Director where she pioneered the Boston-based education, and significantly expanded World Ocean School’s programs. In September 2013, She departed World Ocean School to hike the Camino de Santiago. She then returned to Portland, Oregon, where she established a summer fellowship program, and a community networking group for developmentally disabled adults, all while working as a Director of Development for a community nonprofit called FolkTime. After her busy two-year hiatus, Eden returned to World Ocean School in January 2016.

When she's not at headquarters in Boston or aboard Roseway, Eden lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner. She enjoys long walks on the beach (no, really –she hiked more than 600 miles of the Oregon and California Coasts before she joined WOS in 2009!), and she continues to utilize her Chemistry background as an amateur home brewer.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 17
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark Zook
Board Chair Company Affiliation MAPS Credit Union
Board Chair Term June 2015 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. Steve Briggs
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Hill Holliday
Board Co-Chair Term June 2015 - June 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Steve Briggs Hill Holiday Voting
Jennifer Caulfield William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Voting
Joseph Crimmins Posternak, Blankstein & Lund Voting
Rob Erksine Hill Holiday Voting
Maggie Foley Hill Holiday Voting
Josh Gitelson RF Binder Voting
Abby Kidder World Ocean School Voting
Chester Kitchings Retired Voting
Amanda Pullen Strategy Implemented Voting
Susan Roche McKinney Voting
Jenny Villone Hill Holiday Voting
Thomas Widden North Marine Group Voting
Mark Zook MAPS Credit Union 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The biggest challenge World Ocean School faces with governance is engaging a Board of active participants as well as a Board that can personal give, and cultivate others to give. With the installation of a new governance and advancement committee, these specific items are being addresses.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,309,870.00
Projected Expense $1,310,054.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $974,119 $877,751 $700,972
Total Expenses $1,031,221 $872,950 $766,953

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
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Individual Contributions $373,206 $306,431 $230,070
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $507,876 $521,018 $397,771
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $6 $5
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $88,345 $50,296 $73,126
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $4,692 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $799,334 $673,643 $584,715
Administration Expense $72,273 $71,979 $67,006
Fundraising Expense $159,614 $127,328 $115,232
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 1.01 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 77% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 35% 36% 38%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,298,146 $1,345,782 $1,352,086
Current Assets $134,233 $132,241 $111,309
Long-Term Liabilities $1,760,207 $1,751,093 $1,750,321
Current Liabilities $100,699 $100,347 $112,224
Total Net Assets $-562,760 $-505,658 $-510,459

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $10,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.33 1.32 0.99

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 136% 130% 129%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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