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Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA)

 5 Jalleison Street
 Hyde Park, MA 02136
[P] (617) 4476522 x 4476522
[F] (617) 4476522
www.ifsi-usa.org
[email protected]
Geralde Gabeau
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INCORPORATED: 2015
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EIN 47-4400495

LAST UPDATED: 05/25/2017
Organization DBA Immigrant Family Services Institute
IFSI-USA
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 Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA) is to provide targeted academic support and enrichment services, using an holistic approach, that address the unique challenges of immigrant children as a way to maximize their full potential in school and beyond.

Mission Statement

The mission of Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA) is to provide targeted academic support and enrichment services, using an holistic approach, that address the unique challenges of immigrant children as a way to maximize their full potential in school and beyond.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $115,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • PLUS After School Program
  • PLUS Summer Camp

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA) is to provide targeted academic support and enrichment services, using an holistic approach, that address the unique challenges of immigrant children as a way to maximize their full potential in school and beyond.


Background Statement

The Immigrant Family Services Institute Inc. (IFSI-USA) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Massachusetts with a focus on immigrant led organizations and newly arrived immigrants.  IFSI-USA was founded by a group of immigrant professionals with a desire to help immigrant families transition successfully in the USA

While we are a newly established non-profit agency, IFSI has quickly positioned itself as a leader in immigrant student education, enrichment and integration. Our strong leadership and wealth of experience enables IFSI to serve as a hub through which other immigrant organizations and agencies strengthen and expand their service provision networks.
 
Our services include easy access to training in their own neighborhood, around English language acquisition, career path development, support services for immigrants. IFSI-USA will use a referral line and an orientation/welcoming package to educate families about various services available to them in their communities and facilitate workshops to help them understand how to access these services. IFSI-USA will also work with providers of many immigrant-led organizations to share best practices for immigrant integration, and train them on how to become more immigrant-friendly. We will also share data about various trends affecting the immigrant community in the USA and help leaders fine-tune their strategies to be ready for the future.
 
Our vision is for IFSI is to be a friendly/welcoming organization with an open door (as expressed in our logo) where families are happy to bring their children, and organization leaders are confident delivering the services they need.   
 
IFSI will be the first of its kind to facilitate a coordinated effort with a focus on best practices to allow immigrants to live up to their fullest potential and contribute to their communities and will work collaboratively with other agencies. 

Impact Statement

IFSI's major goal is to reduce barriers to accessing services for immigrants, thus facilitating their successful transition into the social and economic fabric of their cities.  Our top accomplishments in our first year of operations include:

After School and Summer Camp
115 children in the summer program and 40 participants in the after school program. IFSI provided services to so many children who are struggling in so many ways.  our Summer Leadership Academy Program, which served 100 children and youth during 2016. Ultimately, the goal of the programs is to help immigrant children develop positive skills and attitudes and connect them to educational, social, and emotional support systems.
 
Weekend Academy:
IFSI provided comprehensive, year round academic, enrichment, and social emotional support, as well as opportunities for leadership and development to 60 immigrant children. The Weekend Academy focused on testing skills, helps prepare students for success when taking either elementary and secondary school standardized exams, such as MCAS and/or SAT.  
 
Capacity Building:
We established a working board with a sound committee structure and embarked on a first individual fundraising campaign through Global Giving.  We were accepted as a full member of the Global Giving family within three weeks having raised more than $7,000 from over 40 individual donors. 
 
Parents Workshops:  
We cannot accomplish much with the students without the parents.  Spending time with parents represents a key feature of our success.  Every week, we meet with parents on a one on one basis and at the end of the month, we organize a parent workshop where we discuss any topics of interest to parents
  
 Our goal moving forward is to continue providing direct services to immigrants and leadership support to community leaders and their organizations to strengthen their infrastructure in service delivery to immigrants.  
 
We want to continue to strengthen our own capacity and develop other initiatives including a Welcome Program for new immigrant families and a STEM initiative as a permanent component of our afterschool and summer program.
 
 
   

Needs Statement

Capacity Building:  Increase our capacity to deliver much needed services to the targeted group of under-served immigrant children and their families.

Finances:  We have started to diversify our funding sources to achieve sustainable programming.  We started individual giving and goal is to continue our efforts using platforms like Global Giving in 2017 onwards.
 
Promotion and Publication: We need to hire a consultant to help us produce tools to help immigrants become productive members
 
Volunteers:  Staff in charge of managing our pool of volunteers, with a special emphasis on our youth leaders
 
Media Campaign: To reach out to more people, we need to develop a robust media campaign where immigrants can easily access information.
 
Expansion of Local Partnerships: We need to expand our local partnerships so we can open doors to more services for immigrants 

CEO Statement

IFSI is committed to helping all immigrant children but particularly Haitian children and youth who are struggling in school and in their communities.  These children come from homes of limited financial resources, and their English speaking skills are lacking as well. Their lives are far from easy but they have not given up on the possibility of college and a good career afterwards.  Our goal at IFSI is to make this happen through culturally appropriate afterschool and summer programs that include academic support and music enrichment and a STEM initiative that helps these children realize their full potential and keep up at school. 

It is incredibly rewarding to see our children mature and express that sense of accomplishment when they have figured something out, mastered a piece of music, or gained a new friend.  It inspires all of us at IFSI to continue this important work.

With instruments in hand our IFSI children were invited to perform at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston  as part of the Lenny Zakim Fund Award program this year.  The children received a standing ovation as they played the US National Anthem.   

Board Chair Statement

 I became involved with the Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI), an important new non -profit organization because I saw the enormous need for the programs it offers to immigrant children and youth.  People who have the opportunity to make a real difference in all of our lives given the right skills and support.   IFSI puts children front and center of this effort, but focuses on the whole family.

 In 2016 - our first year of operations - we had 115 children in the summer program and 40 participants in the after school program. I had the opportunity to visit the camp in action and I was amazed by the quality of learning and also the joyful and nurturing atmosphere IFSI provided to so many children who are struggling in so many ways. 

 
As President of the Board it is gratifying to see the board develop as a working board. We have recruited new members who are equally passionate about helping these children and are continually reaching out to expand the number of board members, and increase the skills and diversity on the board.  As a newer nonprofit organization this has been challenging, rewarding work and one that we will continue to pursue in order to achieve our mission.  

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Hyde Park

IFSI serves the Greater Boston area with a focus on immigrants who live in Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the surrounding areas.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

PLUS After School Program

IFSI’s after school program meets daily, Monday-Friday, and offers homework assistance and tutoring in English and Math to participants. We emphasize academic, social and organizational skills, as well as parental engagement, all of which are key to students’ success. We also focus on program monitoring and evaluation to strengthen our college preparation pipeline. 

 
 
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success 
  •  Ensure that the IFSI children are more successful at school and their English language speaking and writing skills improve
  • Our children have the possibility of college in their future
  • We provide a holistic and all encompassing approach providing academic and enrichment support in the program to a minimum of 60 children each year.


 

Program Long-Term Success   

Help children bridge the gap in their education, provide a nurturing, safe environment & grow IFSI's presence in the community.

Introduce a permanent STEM program  
Program Success Monitored By 

Pre and post test evaluations.

Surveys to parents and continuous communication with the appropriate Boston Public Schools 
Examples of Program Success   

“My parents both work two jobs since moving to America. I love music, and now I get the chance each week to take music classes. My mom is happy because I don’t watch TV that much anymore!   And I get help with my school work. 

 

Michael     Age 10

PLUS Summer Camp

 

Our top objectives for the Summer Program are to improve English skills for our limited English proficiency population and, at the same time, to build various language and math skills aimed at maximally improving school success. Often, our work to build student skills in these two areas (English proficiency and academic skills) organically integrates the two objectives. The program is intensive and challenging, but IFSI makes it engaging, adaptable, culturally appropriate, and social (including mentoring by peers and by the older Youth Educators). As part of our Summer Program, morning academic instruction in math and English through the Summer Enrichment Academy are also accompanied by  non-academic enrichment programs in the afternoon, including a comprehensive music education program, as well as weekly health education and discussions tailored to different age groups.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Summer School
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

A minimum of 100 students in the program each year

Two - three field trips during the summer

Music enrichment.
 
Support to improve English speaking and reading skills 
Program Long-Term Success 

Introduction of an expanded STEM curriculum and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.

A 3:1 ratio of student to teacher and a cadre of paid staff leaders as opposed to relying on volunteer teachers.


 

Program Success Monitored By 

Pre and post testing.

Evaluation and interview surveys with parents.

Check in progress with the relevant Boston Public Schools 
Examples of Program Success 

"My family faced tough times after immigrating to Boston.  My wife was hospitalized for six months. My daughter was home alone every day. Her English skills were minimal, she was lost. And I didn’t know what to do to help her”.                                           Father of 6 yr old “Julie

Julie found her home at IFSI this summer.  She was a shy child with no friends and limited English skills when she joined our program. We saw her English improve and the joy she experienced when she made special friends with the other children in the program.
 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We still have many challenges including recruiting additional board members with complementary skills to those we already have and with some more diversity. We are also trying to work under a shared leadership model so that each and every Board Member has responsibilities and feels engaged and committed to the overall success of IFSI.  

In addition, we are working on a number of goals using a task force model. We are a true working board. Our main objectives for 2017 include:

1) Developing a strong volunteer network so that paid teachers have support from volunteers to enable more one on one work with our students.

2) Developing corporate sponsorships so that we can spend less on food and school supplies so essential in running our PLUS+ programs afterschool and in the summer

3) Improving our marketing and communications in order to attract more beneficiaries of our services as well as interested donors.

4) Continually improving and making additions to our curriculum to best serve our students’ and families’ needs.

Additional paid instructors for summer academics and weekend test prep during the school year, as well as new experiential learning opportunities, will deepen the quality of academic instruction and allow IFSI to more effectively utilize volunteers for other aspects of our child and youth programming.  This is both an opportunity and a challenge for us as we look to hire more paid teachers and leaders to join the team rather than rely on volunteers particularly for the summer program.
 
Given the recent catastrophic effects of Hurricane Matthew, one of the biggest challenges we anticipate is the need for children’s service will increase as families look to support loved ones in Haiti by taking second jobs or supporting new family members who arrive from Haiti.

IFSI has established strong partnerships within the Boston Public Schools, including the Office for English Language Learners and individual schools with significant numbers of Haitian students. We also have an array of partnerships with churches, health centers, recreation programs, and many other agencies that can provide support services and opportunities to students and/or families, while also providing leadership support to community leaders and organizations to strengthen the service delivery infrastructure for immigrants.  We have achieved much on this front in our first year of operations and yet there is still an opportunity to further expand existing relationships and develop new partnerships as we grow our programming.

 
Using our holistic approach it is also important to help parents.

Over 300 parents have attended workshops on education, health, jobs and careers to help with their transition to the US and with our current limited resources, an additional challenge will be to continue this work and expand our offering to families.

 
 
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Geralde Gabeau
CEO Term Start Mar 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Dr. Geralde Gabeau, Executive Director, has extensive experience working in public health initiatives, both in Haiti and in Boston. Her team-building talent has united people together to address needs of children and families in local communities. Since 2003, she has been a leader in Boston’s Haitian community, developing and directing programs, supervising staff, building partnerships, maintaining program and fiscal account­ability, and managing federal, state, and city grants. She earned a doctorate in strategic foresight from Regent University, Masters in Public Health from Boston University, and a Masters in Management from Cambridge College. Her research portfolio includes “Leading from the Future” which is a new approach to understanding the present through a futurist lens. She is well-known in the Boston area and has received awards for her work with children and youth. She is very experienced in grants and human resources.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Phyllis Spinale
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Chair Term Sept 2016 - Aug 2020
Board Co-Chair Ms Sue Paskarian
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term Oct 2016 - Sept 2020

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Sophia Boyer Education Voting
Ms. Angie Castera HR Voting
Ms Geralde Gabeau IFSI NonVoting
Ms Sue Paskarian Community Volunteer Voting
Dr. Regine P Philipeaux BPS Voting
Mr. Emanus Simeon Tech Voting
Ms Phyllis Spinagle Community Volunteer Voting

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Tanya Maggi New England Conservatory NonVoting
Dr. Jeanne McDonnell -- Exofficio
Dr. David Stehlik -- Exofficio
Mr. Gustave Fils Vital MBA Exofficio
Dr. Jennifer Yanco Boston University NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Education

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We still have many challenges including recruiting additional board members with complementary skills to those we already have and with some more diversity. We are also trying to work under a shared leadership model so that each and every Board Member has responsibilities and feels engaged and committed to the overall success of IFSI.
In addition, we are working o

Our main objectives for 2017 include:

1) Developing a strong volunteer network so that paid teachers have support from volunteers to enable more one on one work with our students.

2) Developing corporate sponsorships so that we can spend less on food and school supplies so essential in running our PLUS+ programs afterschool and in the summer

3) Improving our marketing and communications in order to attract more beneficiaries of our services as well as interested donors.

Continually improving and making additions to our curriculum to best serve our students’ and families’ needs.  However we are working with our board members to develop the capacity needed to address the challenges one by one.  We are confident that we are on the right path and with support of our partners and funders, we will soon be able to position the organization to fully respond to the needs of immigrants in Massachusetts and other parts of the country.
 

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $120,000.00
Projected Expense $115,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990 (partial year, covers May 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015)

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Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

While we are a newly established non-profit agency, IFSI has quickly positioned itself as a leader in immigrant student education and enrichment. Our strong leadership and wealth of experience enables IFSI to serve as a hub through which other immigrant organizations and agencies strengthen and expand their service provision networks. We quickly built strong support among other funders, including private foundations such as the Lenny Zakim Fund, and Amelia Peabody Foundation, grants through the city of Boston, such as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians initiative, as well as individual funders.

Foundation Comments

This organization is newer, as such a partial year IRS Form 990 for FY15 is posted above, covering May 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015, for your reference. Additional data will be posted as it becomes available.

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

*      IFSI's goal is to reduce barriers to accessing services for immigrants, to facilitate successful transition into the social and economic fabric of their communities.

IFSI wants to equip providers and stakeholders to meet the future emerging needs of immigrants in the USA and throughout the world.
Through the “village” model, IFSI plans to bring the best of each sector to strengthen the immigrant community.
 
IFSI will be the first of its kind to facilitate a coordinated effort with a focus on best practices to allow immigrants to live up to their fullest potential and contribute to their communities working collaboratively with other non profit organizations.  
 
   IFSI will introduce a unique aspect to the work by preparing the next generation for a successful introduction to the workforce through academic support and a focus on STEM initiatives. 
 

Our most ambitious goal is to provide a program that fast tracks the barriers to well-paying employment for adult immigrants with science, technology, engineering and math qualifications. This will remove the “brain waste” and address the needs as a society we have for example for nurses and engineers. We already have potential partners for this initiative with leading educational institutions in Boston.

 



2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

IFSI-USA targets school age children of recent immigrants who have a gap between their past education in host countries and their current academics in schools here in the greater Boston area. 

(IFSI-USA) is founded on the simple principle that new immigrants can be real assets to their communities when local organizations work strategically to serve as gateways to critical services needed in the first few years of migration. We adopt a holistic approach to serving immigrants by creating a road map, which integrates the needs of children, parents and extended families.

With the support of a strategic leadership team, we develop a village model, which resonates positively with immigrants in general, to build their social capital. IFSI plans to bring the best of each sector to strengthen the immigrant community by establishing strategic alliances with various sectors interested in meeting the health, educational, social and economic needs of the immigrants. Among the partners, IFSI works with employers, colleges and universities, public schools, hospitals, churches, social services, various immigrant groups, policy makers and key stakeholders.  We design strategic interventions that address the immediate needs of these families and equip service providers to strengthen their service delivery system to better serve immigrant families.
 

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

Overcoming these barriers requires a strategic approach to involve all stakeholders under a “village” model that resonates well with new immigrants. To achieve its goals and objectives, IFSI-USA plans to work with its staff and community stakeholders to deliver the best possible integration services to the immigrant community in Massachusetts. All staff and volunteers will be trained in cultural competence to address the needs of the different groups. We will address various administrative and personnel issues through regular staff meetings. The board of directors will work diligently through various policies to ensure that IFSI is run effectively, legally, and ethically. 

Although IFSI is a young organization, its leaders are experienced providers and community organizers with years of experience in working within the immigrant community.

The following group of people plays a key role in strengthening the organization

· Board of Directors

· Community & Advisory Board

· The executive director

· Assistant team to the Executive Directors in Arts, social services and academic affairs

· Staff and team leaders

· Consultants & Contractors

· Volunteers including various stakeholders, clients, mentors and key advisors

Board: Our Executive Board of Directors is from a broad mix of backgrounds, professions, careers, and skills. Our Advisory & Community Board is composed of a network of immigrant leaders from various sectors including schools, (both public and private), colleges and universities, grass-roots organizations, health care institutions, businesses, regional and national agencies. This board will include young people, parents, physicians, researchers, and people with broad connections in the immigrant community and civic leadership. They will receive continuous training to reflect IFSI-USA vision, and remain engaged in designing and implementing the immigrant friendly environment.

As a start-up organization, IFSI-USA relies heavily on a pool of volunteers to help conduct its operations. 

Staffing:

Lead staff and most of our board members are long-time immigrant leaders. Our programs are culturally designed and make maximum use of other immigrant civic, social service, education, and religious groups. As a start-up organization, we will rely on volunteers, consultants to deliver services to the community.

Geralde V. Gabeau, IFSI Executive Director, earned a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and a management degree from Cambridge College and is currently completing a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership at Regent University. She is responsible for oversight, strategic direction, partnership development, fundraising strategies, and quality assurance. She works closely with other project team leaders to ensure that all project components operate effectively and all objectives are being met. She has served as the Principal Investigator on many federally-funded projects, and has developed several successful health and education programs targeting immigrants in Boston.

Edner Cayemite, PhD, Academic Director, joined IFSI since inception. He is an educator who specialized in curriculum development and has worked with IFSI leaders to design and evaluate program effectiveness and a student tracking systems that we implemented over the summer.


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

In order to ensure quality and to continually improve as programs evolve, IFSI has developed careful evaluation processes. We will use a mixed approach to evaluation. We will conduct process and outcome evaluation and will collect quantitative as well qualitative data.

Variables and Variable Measures.

We will collect data on basic demographic characteristics (include age, gender, ethnicity, current school) and program implementation measures. English proficiency, and risk factors (school problems, delinquency, substance use, family problems); Quality of program implementation; Parent Engagement; Program Retention; and program impact, including test results such as MCAS, grades, and risk level.

 
 
IFSI-USA will design and implement a tracking system to help outreach to and assess needs of new immigrants more efficiently. We will also use the system to screen participants and refer them to appropriate services. Other features may include individual applicant tracking, automated language ranking, customized input forms, pre-screening questions and response tracking, and multilingual capabilities

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

We currently offer two main programs: PLUS+ School Year Program. and Plus Summer:
 
The PLUS +school year program includes the following:
After school academic support and enrichment programs for children in grades K-8.
Youth leadership training and programming for youth in grades 9-12.
Weekend academic tutoring and college test prep as well as music lessons for children in grades K-12
PLUS + SUMMER includes
Full day academic support and enrichment programs during the summer for children in grades K-8.
New Technology Program in June 2017 for all students to gain exposure to and gain hands on experience with technology. Youth leadership training and programming for youth in grades 9-12.