Youth Development

Project Joy

  • Boston, MA
  • http://www.projectjoy.com

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Mission Statement

Project Joy is a grassroots nonprofit that uses the power of play to heal and strengthen children whose lives have been deeply impacted by fear and trauma.  Our mission is pretty simple.  It is to ensure that nothing destroys the playfulness of children (not poverty, not violence, not hurricanes). Nothing.  We accomplish this by providing training and tools to frontline childcare providers who are caring for our nation’s most vulnerable children.

Main Programs

  1. Playmaker Basic Training Retreat
Service Areas

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National

Established in Boston in 1989, Project Joy has expanded to national scope, currently supporting children and their caretakers from Boston to Biloxi and beyond.  We currently have programming in the following states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1989

Self-reported

Steven Gross

Keywords

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trauma, joy, teacher training, playfulness

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Also Known As

Project Joy

EIN

04-3097154

 Number

7237123496

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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From 2008-2009, Project Joy has trained and worked with nearly 800 childcare providers, who in turn impact the lives of nearly 16,000 children across the country every day.

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

Playmaker Basic Training Retreat

Project Joy is leading a national movement of early childhood educators who have the skills, insight and artistry to use the healing power of play to transform kids sidelined by personal trauma into enthusiastic players in the game of life.   Project Joy will equip these teachers with the training, consultation and resources they need to help their children embrace their playful nature, so that they can reach their full potential and successfully meet life’s biggest challenges.

Project Joy’s training and support program effectively inspires and trains early childhood educators so that they dramatically improve their teaching practices and ultimately help our nation “produce” a greater number of joyful, loving, confident, passionate and optimistic children.

It costs approximately $1,200 to credential a teacher to implement Project Joy programming in their classroom and/or community center. Considering that each teacher will work with a minimum of 20 children daily, the cost for a child to be in a Project Joy Credentialed Classroom comes down to less than $2 per week.  These costs include:

 $200 to cover food and lodging at an appropriate retreat center.  Our reason for this is to create an “oasis of playfulness” in which participants are honored, cared for, and empowered to deeply immerse themselves into this experiential training.

$350 to cover discounted tuition for this 2-day training retreat.

$300 for equipment kits that we provide to trainees so that they can implement all learned activities with their children following the training retreat.

$350 to cover the annual cost of ongoing consultation and support (including but not limited to personal site visits, phone coaching, video conferencing, and e-mail).


Project Joy has designed an extensive follow up support protocol to ensure that teachers who attend a Project Joy Training retreat are given the ongoing support that they need to most effectively heal and strengthen the children in their care through play. 

In a typical Playmaker Basic Training Retreat, about 60 direct care providers are trained.  These providers impact more than 1,200 children in their every day work.  The total cost of a training retreat is $72,000.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$72,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Established in Boston in 1989, Project Joy has expanded to national scope, currently supporting children and their caretakers from Boston to Biloxi and beyond.  We currently have programming in the following states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont.

Funding Needs

Project Joy is leading a national movement of early childhood educators who have the skills, insight and artistry to use the healing power of play to transform kids sidelined by personal trauma into enthusiastic players in the game of life.   Project Joy will equip these teachers with the training, consultation and resources they need to help their children embrace their playful nature, so that they can reach their full potential and successfully meet life’s biggest challenges.  Requested donations and funding will support this programming.

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PROJECT JOY INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Operations

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Project Joy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Steven Gross

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Project Joy operates on the philosophy that to help our nation's most vulnerable children - those wounded by severe poverty and violence - it is essential to support the men and women on the front lines who are entrusted to care for them.  This has inspired Steve and the Project Joy team to lead a national movement of childcare providers who have the skills, insights andartistry to use play with their children in a way that promotes security, confidence and compassion.  This foundation of playfulness allows children to engage the world with passion and joy while giving them the courage and creativity to see possibilities and solutions in the face of adversity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Julie Bowers

WCVB-TV/DT, ABC Boston

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