Human Services

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.

  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • www.selfesteemboston.com

Mission Statement

Self Esteem Boston's mission is to change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity. We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which 1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support toward making healthy life choices.

Main Programs

  1. Skills For Success Direct Service Program
  2. Continuing Education/Group Leader Programs
  3. Self-Esteem for Success 16-week Pilot
  4. You're Worth it: Job Readiness Community Reintegration Program
  5. Keeping It Real
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Direct Services: Greater Boston region; pioneer valley Staff Development: Greater Boston; CEU Programs: Massachusetts

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 1993

Self-reported

Ms. Marion B. Davis

Co Principal Officer since 1993

Self-reported

Jeri Levitt

Keywords

Self-reported

Self-Esteem, Health, Wellness, Life Skills, Self-Growth, Family Support Services, At-Risk Women, Homeless Services, Technical Assistance, Training

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Also Known As

Self Esteem Boston

EIN

04-3213321

 Number

1028621616

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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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Over the past 23 years, we have helped over 75,000 individuals build their self-esteem and essential life skills. Accomplishments: Developed and delivers the following programs: * Skills for Success: 48-week self-esteem education and life-skills curriculum for women in transitional recovery programs. * Keeping it Real: the first Self-Esteem, Nutrition, Wellness Program for Women and Families in Recovery, educates clients about the relationship between self-esteem, physical health and diet in relation to the recovery process. This 12-hour program focuses on how diet and lifestyle choices impact recovery and self-esteem. A staff education component to this program is also in progress. * You're Worth It, builds client skills and confidence to foster a successful transition from transitional programs, to employment and education/training programs; * Skills for Recovery Success addresses the specific needs identified by clients in recovery, using the 4 SAVI learning styles (Somatic, Auditory, Visual and Intellectual). * Continuing education programs to build the skills of professionals who work with at-risk clients.

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

Skills For Success Direct Service Program

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute has traditionally provided essential skills-based self-esteem education to high-risk, underserved people and the professionals who serve them. By practicing self-esteem principles, our participants learn how to make healthy life choices, gain confidence to meet challenges, and become economically independent. Our educational Institute has served thousands of clients and service providers and is the only organization of its kind dedicated to delivering self-esteem educational programs as the foundation for changing people's lives. Our exciting Skills for Success Program is based on the latest research on self-esteem development. The information in each unit is pivotal to the development of self-respect and self-efficacy, the two main characteristics of people with high self-esteem. The Skills for Success Program consists of the following units: Self-Awareness, Self-Esteem, Managing Stress, Motivation, Decision-Making, Goal Setting, Communication, Relationship Dynamics, and Conflict Resolution. Each unit contains four or five modules.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$300,838.00

Program 2

Continuing Education/Group Leader Programs

This program address two levels of community need: First, the need for self-esteem-based life skills education for women and men in difficult periods of life transitions; and second, the need for well-trained providers of this education. Numerous studies have documented the importance of self-esteem in such areas as school achievement, crime and violence, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and other negative societal behaviors. In order to transition successfully from addiction or homelessness to self-sufficiency (economic, emotional, etc), or to recover from domestic violence, for example, a person needs some crucial skills. The foundation for these skills, however, must be a belief in his or her own competence and self-worth, as well as a sense of responsibility toward himself or herself and toward others. At the same time, we are addressing the need of other organizations to build capacity, by providing their group leaders with much-needed training in adult learning principles, group facilitation and self-esteem education. These programs replicate the programs of Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute and build the capacity of community agency programs and nonprofit organizations by training their staffs in self-esteem principles and practices, and how to run effective groups using the self-esteem philosophy. Our current programs include: SEPP-01 Self-Esteem Principles and Practices for direct care workers Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.FQP-1 Skills for Success Facilitator Qualification Program Group Leader and Facilitation Training Program The Skills for Success Facilitator Qualification Program is a four-day intensive training program on how to run effective groups using the self-esteem philosophy and adult learning principles. The Level I program uses the Skills For Building Confidence curriculum designed around unit topics of self-esteem, self-awareness, and managing stress. Participants will practice facilitative training skills and will be evaluated through classroom experience and written examinations. FQP-2 Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters (Prerequisite: FQP Level 1) This one-day, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients. Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$51,709.00

Program 3

Self-Esteem for Success 16-week Pilot

Self-Esteem for Success is a ground-breaking intensive self-esteem program help clients to navigate their lives, after leaving shelters and transitional programs. This 16-hour program will be delivered over the course of 8-weeks in two-hour sessions, with homework, and will be delivered on the following topics:Week 1: Knowing Who I Am;Week 2: Loving and Accepting Who I Am;Week 3: Standing Up for Myself;Week 4: Speaking Up for Myself, and Listening to Others;Week 5: Knowing and Getting What I Want in Life;Week 6: Building My Support Team;Week 7: Getting and Staying Motivated;Week 8: Tying it All Together. Each of these sessions includes exercises that include thefour SAVI learning styles:Somatic (How to get people moving and doing), Auditory (talking and hearing), Visual (observing and picturing), andIntellectual (problem solving and reflecting) to assist families with emotional and cognitive learning disabilities

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Adults

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Budget

$4,000

Program 4

You're Worth it: Job Readiness Community Reintegration Program

This 6-hour program helps clients bridge the gap between transitional recovery programs and job search. Workshop #1: Program Introduction / Foundations of Self-EsteemWorkshop #2: Building Confidence: Strengths and Accomplishments Workshop #3: A Mindset for Success and Self Esteem

Category

Employment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Other Named Groups

Veterans

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 5

Keeping It Real

"Keeping It Real"; self-esteem, nutrition education & wellness program for families in substance abuse recovery: A ground-breaking Nutrition and Wellness Program for Families in Recovery." This program incorporates education on whole foods plant based diets, wellness and exercise programs into the daily routines of families who are living in residential substance abuse transitional programs in greater Boston. N-1: Living and Eating Consciously N-2: Loving and Honoring My Body N-3: Stepping up to the Plate: Taking Responsibility for My Health & My Family's Health N-4: Feeding My Body: Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Create healthy meal and menu plans and a grocery list. Learn how to read food labels. Try new foods that are nutritious AND delicious N-5: Moving My Body and Feeding My Spirit Learn benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle. N-6: Standing By My Commitment to Myself

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Homeless

Budget

$75,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity. We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which 1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support and education toward making healthy life choices. Self Esteem Boston is a Community Service Training Provider, with 100% of the proceeds of our programs subsidizing free programs for women in shelters and transitional programs in the Boston Region. --
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Annual client and program evaluations.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Direct Services: Greater Boston region; pioneer valley Staff Development: Greater Boston; CEU Programs: Massachusetts

Funding Needs

1) Underwriting 16-hour Self-Esteem for Success pilot trainings for direct service clients in transitional women's programs (Cost $4,000) 2) Underwriting the cost of training one group leader from a community agency or transitional housing program to lead self-esteem groups for their clients. (Cost $1,450) per training slot. 3) Underwriting a 6-hour program for 20 unemployed women at community agency sites offered by Self Esteem Boston to shelters and transitional programs. (Cost $2,500). 4) Underwriting Skills for Vocational Success for Mass Rehab clients. (Cost: $1,500 per month).

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA)

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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Financials

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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Marion B. Davis

Co Principal Officer

Jeri Levitt

BIO

Marion Davis, President of Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute Inc., is an inspiring, energetic and dynamic visionary leader. She founded Self Esteem Boston with a vision of providing self-esteem programs to everyone in Greater Boston regardless of ability to pay. She has built a dynamic service delivery program for individuals in shelters and recovery transitional facilities in Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the agency continues to fill gaps in services for women in recovery, the homeless, victims of domestic violence and returning women veterans. Under her leadership, a new self-esteem service delivery system was created for clients and Continuing Education Programs for professional and clinical staff.Marion oversees the development of all agency programs, and with her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, is leading the development of a Nutrition Education unit for the Self-Esteem Skills for Success curriculum. She has worked with former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy on the development of the Real Financial Literacy Program, and led the creation of the You're Worth It job readiness curriculum for women in transitional programs. Marion has hosted television and radio programs in Boston on the issue of building self-esteem, and has also appeared as a guest on many television and radio public service programs such as the David Brudnoy Show, Urban Update, Channel 4 News, Channel 56 10:00 News, Channel 7 6:00 News, City Line on Channel 5, 4 articles in the Boston Globe, 1 article in the Boston Herald. Marion Davis was the Boston and Cambridge TABs ""Person of the Year"" in 1999. She has been President of the Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute for 23 years. In 1999, she Produced and hosted ""Speaking Up: Elders Taking Action on Health Care Issues;"" a 12-part cable television show for senior citizens on advocating for ones self in the health care system.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Self Esteem Boston provides a unique, psycho-educational program for people living and working within the greater Boston Area. There are no city or state programs that directly teach the tools of self-esteem as the basis for improving the lives of at-risk individuals. Self Esteem Boston is the only agency in Massachusetts whose sole purpose is self-esteem education. Moreover, Self Esteem Boston is the only agency whose primary purpose is to teach self-esteem skills to substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system, the homeless, and the unemployed. Our uniqueness also comes from our hundreds of collaborations with those who provide services to these populations--essentially training trainers--so that self-esteem skills can be reinforced with their service populations. Self-esteem is therefore fostered on two levels: directly to at-risk populations and also to those who work with them. Self Esteem Boston helps women live with the confidence in the face of life's challenges, and develop the skills to become both self reliant and socially and economically successful."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Valerie Miller PhD

Substance Abuse Clinician

Term: Mar 2016 - Feb 2017

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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