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Per Scholas Inc. - Massachusetts

 804 East 138th Street , 2nd Floor
 Bronx, NY 10454
[P] (718) 9918400
[F] --
www.perscholas.org
[email protected]
Caitlyn Brazill
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INCORPORATED: 1995
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3252955

LAST UPDATED: 08/07/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.

Mission Statement

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $15,144,276.00
Projected Expense $14,736,449.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • IT Support

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Overview

Mission Statement

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.


Background Statement

Per Scholas is a 23-year-old national workforce development nonprofit that prepares motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed with the technical and business skills to launch successful careers in technology, creating on-ramps to businesses in need of their talents.

Founded in the South Bronx, NY in 1995, Per Scholas has scaled its impact and now operates in six metropolitan areas nationwide -- Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, the National Capital Region and New York -- and will open more training sites in the coming years. We are widely regarded as a sectoral pioneer, and a technology workforce development organization whose efficacy has twice been proven in randomized and controlled evaluation research. To date, we have trained more than 7,000 individuals, helping them build successful careers in technology and spurring economic development in their communities.

Per Scholas training sites offer, at a minimum, IT and Network Support training that leads to a CompTIA A+ and Network+ credential and prepares students for a career as entry-level Help Desk, Desktop Support, Field Technician, and Network Technicians. Per Scholas consistently responds to IT market needs by constantly expanding and refining our training to ensure our students are equipped with the skills for tech jobs that are available today. Per Scholas also offers customized, employer-paid trainings to meet specific talent needs.

Along with technical training, we provide integrated, holistic support services to all students, including career coaching, financial security strategies, and wraparound services as well as opportunities to engage with IT professionals through our corporate volunteer program including mock interviews, lunch and learn, networking events, and corporate site visits. We support our students for a minimum of two years post-graduation with comprehensive alumni services including opportunities to earn additional credentials and professional networking events.
 
This year alone, we will prepare more than 1,100 un/underemployed adults across the country for successful careers as IT professionals - 85% will graduate and 80% of graduates will be placed in jobs.


Impact Statement

Just last year, independent evaluator MDRC found that Per Scholas enrollees are more likely than equally qualified and motivated peers to find full-time technology jobs and remain working for at least three years. Moreover, by three years post-graduation, Per Scholas students are earning 30% more than their peers who were not randomly selected to attend. These findings are consistent with the strong positive effects on wages and employment of Per Scholas graduates demonstrated seven years ago by Public/Private Ventures in a similar study.

In 2017, we reached more than 1,100 students - achieving an 84% graduation rate; an average wage over $17/hour; and an in-progress job placement rate of 83%. We will seek expanded support to grow and diversify our training in existing cities and are actively seeking opportunities to open new sites in regions that meet our criteria. We anticipate the official launch of our Boston location in 2019.

We also plan to expand our employer-paid customized training program. The demand for Per Scholas’ employer-paid customized training program has expanded significantly over the past two years, enabling us to increase our share of earned revenue and, over the next two years, we expect to identify opportunities to create new employer paid partnerships across the country.

Finally, young adults represent a large proportion of our total student body at Per Scholas - approximately 40% of all students nationally - and we have an organizational goal to enhance youth employment outcomes by creating pipelines from education to employment. We are actively meeting with local community-based organizations and education partners; exploring ways to become more strategic about developing school partnerships; and investing in a full-time position to oversee this process.


Needs Statement

Ongoing community and employer partnerships, financial investments, technology equipment and personnel resources are all needed to sustain our proven job training model. While Per Scholas has demonstrated success at scaling its program (tripling the number of individuals served between 2012 and 2017—all while maintaining stellar outcomes), access to resources necessary for further growth remains crucial as we continue to bring this proven model to overlooked communities and to employers starved for talent.

 
Per Scholas will continue to work to boost our future sustainability, impacts and growth by delivering on Platform by Per Scholas, our new employer-paid, customized training service. In addition to addressing the skills and opportunity gap faced by motivated and curious low-income and unemployed Americans who could succeed in the tech sector, and the skills gap experienced by employers in need of tech talent, it can also provide a sustainable earned revenue model, enabling Per Scholas’ evidence-based, proven training solution to grow rapidly, unlike our current funding model which relies on philanthropic and government support.

CEO Statement

I was born and raised in the South Bronx just as it grew into a national emblem for urban poverty and disinvestment. Were it not for some very special people who helped raise my sights as I grew up—an elementary school teacher who bought me books, which my family couldn’t afford, or an early career mentor—I might never have accomplished much of anything. But instead, my experience instilled a lifelong passion for creating economic opportunity, and I devoted my career to building “win-win” solutions to social and economic problems, first at Jobs for Youth and then at SoBro.

In 2003, I became President/CEO of Per Scholas and have been profoundly fortunate to be part of everything we have achieved since then—from evolving our original mission, which was to bridge the digital divide, to leading our national growth. I have pushed our organization to respond to changing market conditions, pursue opportunities and embrace rigorous measurement of our impact—because our time and effort only matters if we get results for our students and our employers. I get the pleasure on a daily basis of seeing overlooked people, who have struggled with educational and public systems that seem designed to stymie rather than uplift them, transform their passion and curiosity into careers. I couldn’t ask for a better job.

Board Chair Statement

As one of the co-founders of Per Scholas, I have been helping guide the organization since its inception in 1995. I am especially proud of our unique ability to provide opportunities for individuals from overlooked communities while adapting to ongoing changes in the IT landscape. We started as an organization dedicated to the refurbishment of end of life computer equipment for homes and communities that would not otherwise have access. Although the connection of bridges remains a critical focus of our work, we intentionally transitioned our focus to creating opportunity through skill development as opposed to access and ownership of hardware after continually observing the transformational impact of teaching tech in overlooked communities. Our ability and willingness to change direction and use data to determine our path was imperative to Per Scholas becoming a leader in the workforce development sector, and scaling our evidence-based, proven solution across the country.

One of the most significant challenges to our work continues to be ongoing industry market changes in the IT landscape. The market can shift as demand for certifications, skills and proficiencies evolve rapidly to meet employer needs. Our ability to innovate relies heavily on our ability to keep pace with current economic trends and our close employer partnerships. We constantly evaluate and update our training to meet both proven needs and emerging opportunities for entry-level IT talent. We work hand-in-hand with employer partners to understand IT sector needs and train talented adults who are unemployed or underemployed for jobs that are waiting to be filled. Per Scholas creates pipelines that employers really need while simultaneously creating opportunities for people that have been overlooked, resulting in a win-win scenario for everyone.


Geographic Area Served

NATIONAL
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Job Training
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
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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)

Yes

Programs

IT Support

Our primary initial course offering in Boston is IT Support, a 15- week, full-time, tuition-free training leading to CompTIA A+ and Network+ professional certification. Students are led through rigorous, hands­-on curriculum by our technology instructors, learning about computer hardware and software, setting up networks, troubleshooting mobile devices, and much more. Graduates are prepared for entry-level IT positions including as Desktop Support Specialists, IT Support Analysts and Network Field Technicians. In addition to IT Support, we expect to eventually offer additional customized trainings tailored to local market demand.

Professional development is integral to our curriculum in Boston, as with all Per Scholas sites. Students learn effective job search strategies and review topics such as workplace diversity, effective communication and conflict resolution. Coaching focuses on skills that help job seekers chart a career path, find a job, manage finances, and continue to grow in a career. Students also have opportunities to engage with IT professionals through our corporate volunteer program including mock interviews, lunch and learn, networking events, and corporate site visits. We also work with community partners to connect students with wraparound services to remove any barriers to their completion of training.

Per Scholas also integrates financial capability support services, including financial education, planning and coaching to teach students critical skills such as debt reduction and asset building so that our students can make informed financial decisions. As a result, our students are equipped with strategies to ensure success once they enter the workforce and long-term financial stability.

As graduates develop their early IT careers and navigate a career pathway, they are supported with ongoing career coaching and additional tuition-free education opportunities for career growth for a minimum of two years post-graduation.
Budget  --
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adults Minorities Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 

  • 85% of students graduate from training
  • 80% of graduates earn at least one industry-recognized credential (CompTIA A+, Net+)
  • 80% of graduates secure employment with a minimum starting wage of at least $17/hour
  • 75% of employed graduates retain employment for at least one year


Program Long-Term Success  Per Scholas has participated in multiple independently, controlled studies that have proven the long-term effectiveness of our work. Just last year, the federal Social Innovation Fund-sponsored WorkAdvance study conducted by MDRC reported that a large cohort of New Yorkers randomly assigned to be Per Scholas participants earned significantly more than a control group whose members were equally qualified and motivated to seek IT career training. The study also showed that the Per Scholas program group had a decreased reliance on public assistance programs, were twice as likely to enter the tech workforce, and score significantly higher on a measure of life satisfaction. Overall, 94.5% of Per Scholas WorkAdvance participants became employed over the study duration.

“It is unusual to see such a consistent pattern of impacts from an employment program across so many domains of work and overall well-being,” the WorkAdvance researchers concluded, echoing findings from an earlier study by Public/Private Ventures. The latter reported in 2010 that “Per Scholas graduates had significantly higher earnings and were significantly more likely to work,­­ and work in jobs with higher wages, ­than their control counterparts.”
Program Success Monitored By  Per Scholas prides itself on being a data-driven organization. All our work is informed by intensive and ongoing self-examination to detect and understand our successes and challenges, along with the underlying factors that contribute to them. Our continuing capacity to collect, manage and report quality data is reflected in the fact that we have now successfully supported two multi-year, third-party evaluation research studies into the results of our work.

Technology is critical to our evaluation capabilities and success. We employ a Director of Information Systems and convene a multidisciplinary Technology Oversight Committee, with its own external advisory board, to ensure that we always capture, record, track, analyze and report high-quality, actionable data about our program inputs, processes and outcomes. Key assets include a highly customized Salesforce database, which undergoes continuous development, and which enables us to record and analyze very large amounts of data about students, employers, volunteers and other key audiences. Programmable, real-time dashboards help all program staff, not just managers, assess their day-to-day progress and challenges, at both micro and macro levels. In 2016, we extended our use of comparably advanced technology into HR, communications and fund development.
Examples of Program Success 

Historically, 85% of Per Scholas students nationwide graduate from trainings, and 80% of graduates obtain one or more industry-recognized IT certifications. 80% of graduates gain employment with starting wages averaging more than four times their average pre-training income of $7,000, and 75% retain employment for at least one year. As importantly, our graduates contribute to the community in the form of tax contributions and reduction/elimination of public benefits.

The best indicators of our success are the stories of our graduates:

  • Courtney attended IT Support at our Atlanta site. Unable to quit his security job, Courtney would attend class in the morning and then return to work at night with an hour of sleep under his belt. Eight weeks later, Courtney graduated the course and two months later began his IT career with Intelliteach where he is a Service Desk Support Analyst. In his spare time, Courtney likes to give back to future Per Scholas graduates.
  • Sandra was a stay at home mom in Columbus, OH for 13 years who suddenly found herself needing to solely provide for herself and her two teenagers. With no job skills, Sandra was in a tough spot and took a job as a receptionist. Just a year later, she was laid off. Her job had been replaced by an automated system. It was this experience that made Sandra start re-thinking her career. “I was replaced by technology. It made me realize that no matter what business you’re in, everyone needs technology,” she says. Not long after, she learned about Per Scholas from a recent graduate and decided to enroll. Today, Sandra works as an Information Systems Associate at the Columbus Medical Association. “I came in at an entry level IT job and am making significantly more [46% more] than I was as a receptionist,” she says. Sandra is proud that she is now able to independently provide for her two teenagers. “I don’t want them to worry about having a roof over their head. I want them to have a normal life. I can now provide them what they need.”
  • Taariq grew up in New York City. He had always loved computers, calling himself the “Gadget Guy.” After he graduated high school, he applied to college and enrolled at ASA College to study technology. Unfortunately, due to financial strain, he had to drop out of college after just one year. Taariq was determined to find another way to pursue a technology career. He found Per Scholas and applied, but didn’t make it past the final round interview. He began looking for work and took a job at the US Post Office. A few months later, he reapplied to Per Scholas and was accepted. Now, post graduation, Taariq works at Per Scholas corporate Partner Time Warner Cable (TWC) as a Technician. “I think I can show people my story and help them,” he says. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without Per Scholas.”

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Plinio Ayala
CEO Term Start Nov 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Plinio Ayala was born and raised in New York City’s South Bronx just as it grew into a national emblem for urban poverty and disinvestment. The experience instilled a lifelong passion for creating economic opportunity, and Plinio devoted his career to building “win-win” solutions to social and economic problems, first as Chief Program Officer at Jobs for Youth and then as Director of Program Operations at SoBRO, a NYC-based community development agency. In 2003, he became President/CEO of Per Scholas and has been at the forefront of everything we have accomplished since, from evolving our original mission (which was to promote technology access in low-income communities) to leading our national growth. His indefatigable conviction, compassion, creativity and entrepreneurialism have become institutionalized as a part of the Per Scholas ethos and among the main engines driving our success.


Among recent honors, Plinio was a 2016 finalist for Crain’s NY Business’ inaugural Hispanic Executive And Entrepreneur Awards, and in 2017 received News Corp's Murdoch Community Hero Award. He has also presented twice at major national workforce policy events in The White House (2015 and 2016), and earlier this year keynoted the Sorenson Impact Center’s Winter Innovation Summit, a preeminent national gathering of social innovation leaders. Among other affiliations, Plinio is a long-serving member of New York State Workforce Investment Board, where he is one of two members appointed to ensure the responsiveness of statewide workforce development policy to the needs of low-income youth.


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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Carolyn Landis 1995 2003

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Caitlyn Brazill Executive Vice President, Development & Communications

As Executive Vice President, Development & Communications, Caitlyn is responsible for leading strategic development and execution of Per Scholas’ funding model, as well as Per Scholas’ communications functions. Previously, she was Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at CAMBA, where she was responsible for resource development, government affairs, communications and program evaluation. Caitlyn has more than 15 years of experience in the public and non-profit sector, including as Director of Policy and Communications at NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and Director of Research and Policy at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs' Office of Financial Empowerment. She has expertise in fundraising and communications, program evaluation and design, research, policy advocacy, and organizational development. Caitlyn has worked across diverse policy domains, including asset building, housing, workforce and youth development. Caitlyn has been an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at New York University since 2005, most recently teaching a graduate level course on Wealth and Inequality. Caitlyn earned her Master’s in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. Caitlyn lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.


Bridgette Gray Executive Vice President, Program

Bridgette serves as the Executive Vice President, Program. Previously, Bridgette led Per Scholas in the National Capital Region out of our downtown Silver Spring, MD location. Bridgette has spent more than 20 years helping people access and benefit from training and employment opportunities. She has led workforce development initiatives in the National Capital Region for several years, first as the Deputy Director for Year Up, an IT training organization for young adults; and next as the Executive Director for Career Team, an organization that provides training, case management and job placement services for the District’s most hard-to-serve residents.


Damien Howard Vice President, Social Ventures

Damien Howard is the Vice President, Social Ventures. He is responsible for launching and scaling revenue-generating enterprises that fuel innovation and provide working capital to re-invest in all of Per Scholas' offerings.

Prior to his current role, Damien lead our Employer Engagement team as well as the Asset Recovery service. He has been with Per Scholas for more than fifteen years, helping drive Per Scholas’ long-term growth and entrepreneurial initiatives. Damien attended Baruch College and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School Institute for Nonprofit Management. In 2015, Damien won the Bonnie Potter Workforce Staff award for his leadership.


Dino Lianos Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Dino is responsible for overseeing the management and operation of Per Scholas’ finances and human resources in a flexible, team-based environment. He earned his MBA in Accounting and Finance from American Intercontinental University and received his BS in Accounting and Finance from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Dino has certifications for AICPA Professional Ethics and Nonprofit Accounting. He has more than 22 years experience in both for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, and has worked at Per Scholas since 2002. Prior to Per Scholas, Mr. Lianos worked for Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital and BC International. When not at Per Scholas, Dino likes to support many charities, including Project Hope, and spend time with his children.


Michelle Pullaro Chief Administrative Officer

Michelle is a familiar face around Per Scholas. From 2002-2007, she oversaw Per Scholas’ operations, covering multiple leadership roles in marketing, fund development, program design and manufacturing. Now, in 2015, she is back as the Chief Administrative Officer, helping oversee our growing operations nationally. Immediately prior, Michelle served as the Managing Partner of a management consulting firm, Quidoo, helping nonprofits develop the management and organizational capacity to achieve results. She was also the Executive Director for Taproot Foundation, Eastern Region. Prior to her nonprofit career, Michelle held various leadership roles with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Sales Management, Corporate Training, and Corporate Marketing. While at ADP, she received numerous awards and distinctions.


Kenneth Walker Senior Vice President, Core Mission Support

Ken Walker joined Per Scholas in 2005. He began as the manager and coordinator of former Per Scholas programs Comp2Kids and Comp2Seniors. When Per Scholas shifted to focus solely on workforce development in 2011, Ken took on the role of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives before focusing on our national expansion. Ken has more than 20 years of sales, business development and marketing experience in information technology and was a Business Unit Executive at IBM prior to joining Per Scholas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in Business. In his spare time, Ken is a board member for Project People Foundation and volunteers for Infinite Family.


Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Murdoch Community Hero Award News Corp 2018
BizTech Awards - Best Nonprofit Service BizTech 2017
Hispanic Executive and Entrepreneur Awards Crain’s New York 2016
Nonprofit Excellence Awards New York Community Trust 2016
Community Partners Leadership Award Harvard Business School Club of New York 2015
Leadership Circle Award Pimco 2015
Middle Skills Opportunity Award New York City Employment and Training Coalition 2012

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

A key innovation and hallmark of our approach is that it is employer-driven. We work with employer partners to understand IT sector needs and train talented, diverse and overlooked adults for IT jobs that exist today. This model relies on continuous collaboration and partnership with employers who engage the organization in multiple ways. Employers participate in the development/refinement of curriculum, facilitate training, and offer jobs to Per Scholas graduates. Our most committed corporate partners include Ascendum, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cablevision, JPMorgan Chase, Neuberger Berman,TEKSystems, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and more.

We place great importance in developing local partnerships for community buy-in and investment in each of the regions where we establish operations. These partnerships are key for co-­referrals, wraparound services, job placement, and as part of a collaborative regional effort to address poverty, un/underemployment, local skills gaps and regional economic growth. We consistently seek the company of best in class in organizations and have participated in national working groups such as the Results for America Fellows program, which give us access to a broad range of organizations committed to social change and with strong evidence of impact.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 103
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 38
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 13
Caucasian: 33
Hispanic/Latino: 16
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 45
Male: 55
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy
Fiduciary Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Lewis E. Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Managing Director, ActionPoint Advisors, LLC
Board Chair Term Nov 1995 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ami Ariel Vice President of Acquisitions, G-Way Management --
Luis Arzu Sr. Director, Chief Information Security Officer, Farm Credit Financial Partners, Inc. --
Plinio Ayala President & CEO, Per Scholas --
Harold "Benny" Bennett Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. --
Derek Braddock Partner, BraddockMatthews, LLC --
Manuel J. Cancel CIO, Con Edison --
Ken Cooper CIO, Bloomberg --
Charles Eaton CEO, Creating IT Futures --
John Fox Owner, President, Fox Consulting Management Group --
Jason Green Co-Founder, SkillSmart --
Blair Greenburg Vice President, Bregal Sagemount --
David Hannigan CIO, Spotify --
Jean Hill Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal --
Wayne Kunow Global Head of Information Risk Management, Barclays --
Carolyn Landis Managing Member, Catalyst Partners, LLC --
Josh Lieberman President & Co-Founder, KMS Technology --
Jan Lodal Chairman, Lodal & Company --
Lewis Miller Managing Partner, ActionPoint Advisors, LLC --
Mary Beth Molloy President, Mbm Elevate --
Damian Rivera Managing Director, Accenture --
Ian Schaad Managing Director, Jane Street --
Ian Shrank General Counsel and Member of the Board, Breaking Ground, Hebrew Free Loan Society --
Gregory Sills Chief Administrative Officer & EVP, Direct Brands --
Montreece Smith Director, Diversity & Recruitment Delivery, Allegis Global Solutions --
Tony Spinelli COO & President, Fractal Industries --
Joe Squeri CIO, CTO, formerly Citadel --
John Stookey Board Chair, formerly Suburban Propane, LLC --
Eric Westphal Senior Director of Global Legal and Corporate Affairs Operations, Cognizant --

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
Alvin Abrams Global Security and Network Manager, Alvarez & Marsal --
Andi Azzolina Director, Shared Development Services, JetBlue --
Harold Bennett Head of Operations, Chase Wealth Management Annuity, JPMorgan Chase --
Brian Bernknopf Managing Director, QA Consultants --
Sagar Bhatt Senior Vice President, Vanbarton Group --
Dwayne Brown Management Consultant Manager, Accenture --
Bob Carson Vice President and Chief Information Officer, E.W. Scripps Company --
Leslie Courtney Sr. Director, Customer Solutions and Services, Kroger --
Mike Courtney Director, Cognitive and Automation Solutions, KPMG --
Nancy Cox CTO, Greenlight Financial Technology --
Tommy Crouch Delivery Manager, TEKsystems --
Anjali Datta Business Planning Manager, Samsung Electronics America --
Kelly Dolan Co-Founder, Ingage Partners, LLC and Thrive Impact Sourcing, LLC --
Alonzo Edmundo President/CEO, GetCR8V, LLC --
Louise Elliott CTO, Huntington Bank --
Paul Falor Chief Information Officer, North Highland Consulting --
Cassandra Faris Director of Talent Development, Improving Enterprises --
Casey Fisk Attorney --
Mike Gatta Account Manager, End User Support Services, TEKsystems --
Susannah Gillette Deputy Director, Corporate Fair Lending , Citi --
Sean Grant Chief Financial Officer, Columbus 2020 --
Jason Green Co-Founder, SVP and General Counsel, Skillsmart --
Jose Guerra Founder and President, L5 Source --
Gar Gunter GDG Associates, LLC --
Will Harbaugh Global Lead Client Services, JPMC --
Eamon Harkin Founder and Managing Partner, Nowadays --
Theresa Harris CEO, TMH Solutions --
Dan Hopper Partner, Thompson & Knight, LLP --
Andy Igonor Dean of Ross College of Business, Franklin University --
Rich Kostro Senior VP and Chief Information Officer, Share our Strength --
Michael Kroeger Co-Founder, Ingage Partners, LLC and Thrive Impact Sourcing, LLC --
Wayne Kunow Global Director GTIS, Barclays --
Stephanie LaBlac Revenue Intelligence Analyst, Google --
Jeffrey Lewis SVP, Compliance & Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T --
Josh Lieberman President and CoFounder, KMS Technology --
Wally Lovejoy Principal, Lovejoy Eyecare Consulting LLC --
Scott Lutz Senior Director, Mortgage Technology, Capital One --
Jyoti Lynch Partner, Fortium Partnrs, LP --
Tina Lynden Executive IT Management, Triton Technology Solutions LLC --
Tino Mathew Senior IT Professional --
William McCaster 2nd VP, Information Security & Risk Officer, Ohio National Financial Services --
Doug McCollough Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin --
Tarsha McCormick Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ThoughtWorks North America --
Mary Beth Molloy President, MBM Elevate LLC --
Errika Moore Executive Director, Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative --
Trusha Pandya Account Executive, Sr Member Enterprise team, NCR Corporation --
Phil Reifenberg Director of Solution Services, Compucom --
Carl Salz Senior Vice President, Global Client Information Strategy, PIMCO --
Erika Schmitt Senior Manager, Advisory Services Ernst & Young, LLP --
Tim Schoonover CEO and Managing Partner, Promark --
Marylin Seastrom Vice President of Strategic Relations, EyeMed Vision Care --
Amber Shapiro Product Marketing Manager, Google --
Jason Skidmore CEO, Vernovis --
Montreece Smith Director, Operations, Allegis Global Solutions --
Tracy Stearns Proteam Solutions, Inc. --
Ebony Thomas Booz Allen Hamilton --
Kimberly Thomas Technical Operations Support, Bloomberg --
Wayne Toles Service Desk Operations Manager, designData --
Dani Watkins Director of Programming, Citylink Center --
Buzz Woeckener Associate Vice President, Nationwide Insurance --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 78
Hispanic/Latino: 11
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 14
Male: 86
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 35%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $15,144,276.00
Projected Expense $14,736,449.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $10,600,573 $8,588,543 $8,021,397
Total Expenses $10,189,179 $8,232,198 $6,840,666

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $1,764,588 $1,274,724 $1,122,886
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,764,588 $1,274,724 $1,122,886
Individual Contributions $7,728,953 $6,783,553 $6,429,030
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $793,265 $299,147 $244,009
Investment Income, Net of Losses $192 $80,271 $-1,162
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $0 $32,205 $149,867
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $313,575 $118,643 $76,767

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $8,261,738 $6,843,929 $5,386,454
Administration Expense $1,325,947 $890,373 $854,388
Fundraising Expense $601,494 $497,896 $599,824
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.04 1.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 83% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 6% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $7,356,287 $7,678,930 $5,643,561
Current Assets $4,273,276 $4,820,763 $3,751,311
Long-Term Liabilities $130,000 $250,000 $0
Current Liabilities $1,621,928 $2,235,965 $806,941
Total Net Assets $5,604,359 $5,192,965 $4,836,620

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.63 2.16 4.65

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 3% 0%

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.

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?

The goal of our programs is to reduce unemployment and underemployment for diverse and low-income individuals by training, placing and helping them succeed in living wage technology jobs. We rely on employer input to ensure our training is relevant to local needs. Through interventions that are far cheaper than the alternatives—especially more traditional education at community colleges and technical schools—we open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities.
For our employer partners, we aim to become the go-to pipeline for diverse IT talent and provide thought leadership on the need to diversify IT recruiting practices.

We achieve this by:

Creating Opportunity: For people who work hard, we create real opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Closing the Skills Divide: We prepare smart, dedicated people to work in key technical roles, always designing our courses in response to what employers tell us they need.
Achieving Diversity: We are building a more diverse technical workforce by creating on-ramps for women and people of color, groups staggeringly underrepresented in IT employment today. 90% of our students are people of color, a third are women and a third are disconnected young adults.

We also have a history of demonstrated success helping young adults (18-25)—particularly disconnected youth— launch successful IT careers. Our multi-generational learning environment is a crucial ingredient to the success of young adults. While high potential youth enrollees often bring innate technical abilities and are adaptable, quick learners, the prior work experience, professionalism, and maturity of their classmates aged 25-65 creates a rich learning environment maximally beneficial for both groups.

Finally, as we enter our third decade, Per Scholas is also building on its history generating revenue through social entrepreneurship, with a goal to secure 30% of its annual income through earned revenue by 2018. We are launching and scaling multiple social ventures, including our Asset Recovery business, which provides corporate clients low-cost, EPA-compliant IT recycling services; and multiple innovative, revenue-generating partnerships with local startups and IT employers to incubate and scale new ventures that will create IT jobs, employ our graduates, and generate revenue to support our training program.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Per Scholas partners with 500+ employers nationwide who hire our graduates, input on our trainings, and support us as industry leaders and funding partners. This includes a growing corporate partnership program through which we recognize multi-dimensional corporate partnerships that encompass funding, hiring, volunteering and leadership. We also partner closely with local community-based organizations and government agencies to facilitate two-way referrals and contribute to the field of sectoral-drive job training.

In addition, we aim to grow our earned income through social ventures, such as our Asset Recovery business, which provides corporate clients low-cost, EPA-compliant IT recycling services; and multiple innovative, revenue-generating partnerships with local startups and IT employers to incubate and scale new ventures that will create IT jobs, employ our graduates, and generate revenue to support our training program.

Per Scholas also remains committed to increasing diversity in its classrooms and the workforce. In June 2016, Per Scholas partnered with the IT Senior Management Forum to develop and host the first of a series of corporate leadership symposia designed to foster more diverse hiring, retention and advancement in the professional workforce. The inaugural Diverse by Design forum was hosted by Google and attracted more than 100 attendees, who learned about models and best practices for increasing diversity within their own companies. Enthusiasm generated by the event has led to a Diverse by Design National Working Group, comprised of key employer partners and co-chaired by the CEO of Diversant and the CDO of JPMC. The group maintains influence and oversight for the series' subsequent conversations and driving the momentum around building inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces. Recent Diverse by Design forums have taken place in in Washington D.C. and Kansas City and included guests comprising of C-Suite individuals, employer partners, public servants, and leaders from nonprofits and foundations. In October 2017, Diverse by Design traveled to Mountain View, CA.



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

Per Scholas' long-serving CEO Plinio Ayala has led the organization's efforts since 2003, focusing on national expansion in particular in recent years. A Bronx native, Mr Ayala served as Per Scholas' Vice President of Operations with oversight for several of Per Scholas' programs. Before that, he was Director of Program Operations at SOBRO and Chief Program Officer at Jobs for Youth. Mr. Ayala graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in American Studies.

Per Scholas is led by a National Board of Directors, our official governing body whose members have fiduciary roles. In addition, within each of the six regions where Per Scholas operates, we convene a local Advisory Board. As with the National Board, most local Advisory Board members represent important corporate, philanthropic, and employer partners. In addition, the Chair of each local Advisory Board holds an ex officio seat on the National Board, provided they are willing and able to assume the fiduciary responsibilities that accompany it.
 
We employ 103 full time staff across our six locations to manage and implement our programs. Staff roles include recruiting/admissions, instructional, financial capability, case management, career development, alumni service, job placement, social ventures, and operational/infrastructure roles. Over the past three years, we have invested in several key elements of our talent management strategy, including a rationalized title and salary band structure, new learning and development tools and a 360-degree performance review process.
 
We are funded by a diverse base of corporate, foundation, and government partners—both at a national and local level across all regions. Additionally, we partner with employers, community partners and government agencies across all sites to build effective referral, support service, and job placement services for our graduates. We also work with more than 600 volunteers nationally. Typical volunteer roles include speaking engagements, conducting mock job interviews, hosting students on corporate site visits and mentoring.
 
Per Scholas’ continues to develop and use its own advanced technology to support efficient operations and comprehensive documentation and measurement of both program and administrative processes and outcomes.This technology includes a Learning Management System and comprehensive Salesforce database to facilitate outcomes management and reporting across all program domains. The capabilities of these systems are evidenced in their successful application to manage and report about performance of more than 100 current active grants, agreements and contracts (from public and private sources), and also to support large-scale, third party evaluation research, about which more information is included in the Organizational Experience narrative. Additionally, our Financial Division leverages Microsoft Dynamics GP, an internationally recognized accounting system, to track all funds. 

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

Our mission is to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities -- and we are passionately committed to measuring our outcomes towards that overarching goal. That begins with meticulous data collection of a wide range of demographic, professional and educational data on each of our students, in a highly customized Salesforce database. We track educational progress for all enrollees over the duration of training, including student assessments and projects, using an in-house developed online Learning Management System. And finally, we record all employer interactions, including initial job placements, wages and subsequent advancement and retention data.

Per Scholas’ key performance indicators include graduation, certification, placement and retention rates, all of which are monitored constantly at the site level and reported to our board on a quarterly basis. Per Scholas Managing Directors and program teams all seek to exceed our organizational targets: graduating 85% enrollees; certifying 85% of graduates with at least one industry-recognized certification for courses offering certification; and placing 80% of graduates in jobs.

Per Scholas measures and tracks a large number of variables to help it assess and improve its effectiveness and, in recent years, participated in a multi-year Social Innovation Fund research conducted by MDRC. Following implementation of our custom-designed Salesforce.com database platform in 2013, every staff person who engages with any member of our service audience—recruiters, admissions staff, instructors/trainers, career coaches and job developers—participates in capturing and recording relevant data. Dedicated staff are responsible for reviewing these data and generating frequent reports to track overall admissions, enrollment, training/instruction, graduation, certification, placement, retention, wage gain and other relevant key outcomes.

Per Scholas tracks data for at least 24 months post-graduation. Per Scholas does not accept self-reported job placements or continued employment as actual evidence of placement or retention. Instead, we require verification made by the employer, copies of pay stubs and/or information provided by a qualified third party, such as Equifax Workforce Solutions (the same employment/income verification service used by the federal government to verify incomes for people receiving health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act).

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

Per Scholas has evolved to be at the forefront of national efforts to close the skills gap that separates too many otherwise capable individuals from rewarding career pathways in the technology sector. Our formula is simple: We partner with the largest IT employers and learn everything we can about the jobs they need to fill. Then we invest in talented young people and adults who can effectively use our free, high-quality job training and allied services: first to get those jobs, and then advance in them.

Per Scholas has served more than 7,100 low-income individuals since our first IT training in 1998. Historically, 85% of Per Scholas students nationwide graduate from trainings, and 80% of graduates obtain one or more industry-recognized IT certifications. 80% of graduates gain employment with starting wages averaging more than four times their average pre-training income of $7,000, and 75% retain employment for at least one year. As importantly, our graduates contribute to the community in the form of tax contributions and reduction/elimination of public benefits. In 2017, we reached more than 1,100 students, achieving an 84% graduation rate; an average wage over $17/hour; and an in-progress job placement rate of 83%.
We seek to reach thousands more diverse and overlooked individuals in the coming years. In five years, Per Scholas will have significantly increased the number of students served, entered new markets (likely to include Baltimore, Boston, Newark and Tampa, but subject to employer partnerships), expanded and diversified training tracks in existing markets, and trained more candidates for specific available jobs in companies that want to hire them. In 2018, Per Scholas will serve 1,400 students and scale incrementally each year, reaching more than 10,000 students by 2022.

Based on historical performance, the result of providing our immersive program to 10,000 students will result in $272 million in annual new wages by 2022. Further, Per Scholas graduates will reduce reliance on public benefits, reduce their risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, and have more time and resources to spend with their children and families.

Access to resources necessary for further growth remains crucial as we continue to bring this proven model to overlooked communities and to employers starved for talent. Customized, employer-paid training can help us sustain a larger scale operation into the future. In addition to addressing the skills and opportunity gap faced by motivated and curious low-income and unemployed Americans who could succeed in the tech sector, and the skills gap experienced by employers in need of tech talent, it can also provide a sustainable earned revenue model, enabling Per Scholas’ evidence-based, proven training solution to grow rapidly, unlike our current funding model which relies on philanthropic and government support.