Youth Development

DISCOVERY CENTER INC

  • Hartford, CT
  • www.discoveringdiversity.com

Mission Statement

The Discovery Center is committed to building an equitable and just world where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. (VISION)

We work in partnership with youth, families and communities to facilitate nurturing spaces where people can understand and challenge systemic racism and oppression.

In all our programs, we practice critical questioning, cultivate connection, and inspire action. (OUR APPROACH)

In addition to our focus on 4th-8th grade students, we offer services that build the capacity of educators, youth development practitioners, and direct service professionals to understand and effectively engage students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Main Programs

  1. Residential Camp Program
  2. Leadership Workshops
  3. E.D.I.fy
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Students and educators in Central Connecticut, focusing on Greater Hartford.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

Self-reported

Kate Gervais

Keywords

Self-reported

diversity, multicultural, education, teambuilding, equity

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EIN

02-0567674

 Number

2654377484

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Discovery Center is an award-winning educational diversity, teambuilding, and academic program serving more than 4,000 students from grades 4 – 8 in Connecticut through experiential learning. Founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward Newman in 1992, The Discovery Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in the State of CT. The Discovery Center is committed to building an equitable and just world where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. We work in partnership with youth, families, schools, and communities to facilitate nurturing spaces where people can understand and challenge systemic racism and oppression. In all of our programs, we practice critical questioning, cultivate connection, and inspire action. To build equity in education, our programs teach young people and educators from different cultural, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds how to understand, appreciate and support each other. We work with school districts to implement systemic change. Our work is delivered via a curriculum that is grounded in experiential learning and anchored to Common Core Standards in Math, Language Arts and Science.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Residential Camp Program

The Residential Camp Program brings together 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Connecticut’s urban and suburban communities for diversity, teambuilding, and academic experiences focused on math, science, and language arts. Students attend during the academic year at the neutral site of Camp Woodstock, CT. The Discovery Center’s experiential approach to learning is designed to nurture and develop student understanding and appreciation in multiculturalism.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 2

Leadership Workshops

Leadership Workshops are provided to students, teachers, and organizations of all ages. Workshops are interactive and help develop appreciation for others from different racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

E.D.I.fy

TDC workshops use interactive activities and structured dialogue centered on exploring the individual experiences of group participants. Participants are invited into a process of transformation and change beginning with the examination of personal identities and beliefs. Our programs are fully interactive and require educators to participate in the learning process through participant-guided dialogue and engaging content presentation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

Students and educators in Central Connecticut, focusing on Greater Hartford.

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Financials

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THE DISCOVERY CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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DISCOVERY CENTER INC

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Executive Director

Kate Gervais

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Diane Kearney Ed.D.

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Diversity and equity is our mission, and the core of all of our programs. We are committed to building a multicultural organization. We are in the process of building the board and seeking identities that are currently underrepresented. Not reflected above are our 9 per-diem, "on call" trained facilitators. They are: 6 Black, 2 White and 1 Latina.