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The Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center Incorporated

  • Roxbury, MA
  • http://rpcsocialimpactctr.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) is to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. SIC is the 501(c)3 affiliate of Roxbury Presbyterian Church; all services are provided without regard to religious beliefs. Using both direct service programs and a community organizing approach, SIC's goal is the long-term transformation of Roxbury.

Main Programs

  1. Project MCAS Success: Learning Out Loud
  2. Project MCAS Success: Tutor Training
  3. Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network
  4. The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project
  5. CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

02119

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2012

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Rev. Liz Walker

Keywords

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tutoring, computer education, at-risk youth employment, violence prevention advocacy, school support

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Also Known As

Social Impact Center

EIN

04-3506648

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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2014 Accomplishments: In 2014 our Learning Out Loud students earned twice as many A's in math and made 12% gains in ELA, as compared to 4% gains in the control group and our school partner, Higginson-Lewis was a top 5 most improved school on MCAS. June 19th marked the groundbreaking for the Dearborn 6-12 Early College STEM Academy; a summer community organizing campaign succeeded in keeping the Dearborn as a traditional, open-enrollment Boston Public School. The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project launched "Our Voices, Our Stories: Community Conversations on Trauma" with over 200 people taking part in monthly events and 20 connecting with support services.Community organizing efforts at Warren Gardens resulted in a functioning multi-million dollar security camera system, new management in place and ZERO gun assaults in summer 2014, compared to 23 gun assaults in summer 2013.CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace, created by and for youth and young adults brought together speakers, and created a space for performing arts and community building around peace.2014-2015 Goals:Expand the pilot "Our Voices, Our Stories" into a year-round program, training community volunteers to support survivors and engaging community members in healing. Grow participation in CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace, employing court-involved teens and providing leadership opportunities for youth and young adults to shape the program.Continue community organizing efforts to hold BPE, BPS, the City and State accountable for curriculum and programming that meets the needs of the current Dearborn students.Establish a third school partnership to engage students in Learning Out Loud Saturday tutoring program; continue the focus on young adult tutors from the community who serve as mentors and role models to students, while gaining meaningful education employment experience to further their own success.

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

Project MCAS Success: Learning Out Loud

Learning Out Loud provides an extra half-day of English Language Arts and math instruction on Saturdays to students in grades 4 though 8 from Dearborn, Higginson-Lewis and Kennedy schools. The program runs from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. throughout the fall, winter and spring. Learning Out Loud provides over 36 hours of extra tutoring for fifty students who are identified by the schools as needing extra support. The program maintains a tutor to student ratio of 1:3. Tutors are trained volunteers from the surrounding community, with a special emphasis on recruiting diverse young adult tutors who are college graduates and serve as positive, accessible role models. Based on MCAS data, the focus for Dearborn students is English Language Arts, for Higginson-Lewis students the focus is on math. All curriculum is developed in partnership with each school; Dearborn Vice Principal Stacey Edwards and Higginson-Lewis Math Teacher Colin Rose help develop the specific academic curriculum used in Learning Out Loud.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$55,000.00

Program 2

Project MCAS Success: Tutor Training

SIC reaches out to young adults from the community, as well as other faith communities and area colleges to find volunteers to serve as tutors in Learning Out Loud tutoring program. The vast majority of tutors are young adults who reflect the background of the students served. Dr. Holly Carter, Northeastern University Education Department Chair designs and delivers a six-hour Tutor Training program, in partnership with school personnel, to prepare volunteer tutors to be as effective as possible. These volunteers are then evaluated during each six-week session and given personal feedback on tactics to improve their impact. SIC will train and evaluate a total of 40 tutors over 2015, while increasing the number of younger tutors of color in order to help effectively engage students and provide role models.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network

In partnership with former University of Michigan basketball star and Dorchester native Kendric Price, SIC is running a session of his successful Big Business Network in summer 2013. Fifteen rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Higginson-Lewis and Dearborn will take part in six weeks of financial literacy, character education and basketball. Applied math and computer skills are taught through exposing students to the fundamentals of stock market investing and evaluating publicly traded companies. Character education is loosely based on Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development. Program day is 9:30 am -1:30 pm, with two hours of investment principles and seventy-five minutes of basketball. One hour each Saturday is spent on an independent study projects developed by each student. During the week students have access to SIC computers to advance their independent study projects, which they present to one another and their families at an end of session event.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

7,100

Program 4

The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project

The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project is pioneering a new, community-based approach to addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to urban violence. In recent years, research has highlighted the prevalence of PTSD among those living in low-income, high-crime urban settings such as Roxbury. The Trauma Education Project was developed through a collaboration between Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, Brigham & Women's Violence Recovery Program and Still Harbor counseling center as a way to bring services to hundreds of underserved residents. The Trauma Education Project consists of 1. ""Our Voices, Our Stories"" Monthly Community Conversations on Trauma provides a safe space for people to share their stories, build community and access further mental health supports; 2. Community Companion program trains community members to provide one-on-one support to survivors; and 3. Engagement in grief support groups, Companioning or referrals to counseling.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Victims

Budget

$55,000.00

Program 5

CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace

In response to increased violence over 2013, CommonUnity was created by and for youth and young adults; the program meets weekly during the summer and monthly during the school year. CommonUnity is a safe place where young people gather to celebrate unity, to get to know each other, to be inspired, to listen and be heard and have FUN! Each evening includes dinner, "Chillax" hip-hop yoga, an inspirational speaker, discussion, games, music and time to just hang out. There are opportunities for youth to create and perform music, dance, spoken word, rap and other art forms. An important aspect of the program is that three "proven-risk" (currently or formerly court-involved) young people are employed to help with outreach and program set-up and clean-up. Youth take an active role in shaping the program and have built in opportunities for advocacy, responses to violent incidences and planning for a longer-term project to improve the lives of youth in Roxbury and surroundings.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$16,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    RPC Social Impact aims to have the positive impact possible on the community as possible. On the micro level, we engage young adults and adults from the community in providing tutoring and mentorship to struggling students, leading to improved grades and test scores. On the macro level, through community organizing we aim to establish world-class 6-12 STEM education in Dudley Square to benefit students from the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, we aim to engage 800-1000 residents in together creating a supportive community environment in which to address the issues of exposure to violence, profound loss and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our goal is to educate the population on the impact of trauma and to teach skills for surviving and even thriving in its aftermath. Our hope is to end the silent suffering of so many and to increase the ability of community members to support one another in healing. In order to serve youth, we aim to provide them with the space and platform to create meaningful programming that responds to their needs and provides them with the support to thrive in creative, educational and employment settings. In all this work, we aim to engage people across all ages in advocacy work that pushes for long-term changes in education, gun violence, economic development and green development.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In order to maximize our impact, SIC develops strong, collaborative relationships with partner organizations such as Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Still Harbor counseling center, the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis Schools and other community entities. In addition, SIC works to develop the leadership and management skills of young adults and youth in the community by providing opportunities for them take leadership positions within SIC programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

02119

Funding Needs

2014-15 Opportunities:. Expand The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project by increasing "Our Voices, Our Stories" community conversations on trauma to twice each month, and training an additional 10 Community Companions to support those suffering from trauma and profound loss. Increase outreach and participation in CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace and expand the number of court-involved teens employed from 3 to 6. Continue to participate in the Dearborn transformation to a 6-12 Early College STEM Academy:Conduct a community organizing campaign with Dearborn parents to ensure their needs and the needs of their students are met, and that External Operator BPE is held accountable to parents and families. Continue to organize neighbors and supporters to ensure the STEM Academy Building is constructed in the three-year time frame at the Greenville location. Expand to involve as many children as possible from our partner schools and the surrounding neighborhood in tutoring and character building programming:Continue to increase the percentage of tutors who represent the socioeconomic backgrounds of our students and families; Meet specific needs identified by partner schools: e.g., providing enrichment opportunities for high school students, or in-class tutors for younger students at Higginson-Lewis.

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The Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center Incorporated

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rev. Liz Walker

BIO

Rev. Liz Walker brings years of experience in founding and running non-profit organizations; she has brought fresh energy and effective leadership to her role as President of SIC.Within her first 12 months she has added a second school partnership with Higginson-Lewis School, extended our Saturday programming to include summers, and used her high profile and contacts to ensure leaders such as Treasurer Steve Grossman, Chair Mass School Building Authority; Superintendent Johnson and others maintain their pledges to transform Dearborn School even as leadership at SIC changed. Liz Walker is an Emmy award-winning television journalist who spent two decades as anchor of WBZ Television's evening newscasts in Boston. She is also a humanitarian who co-founded My Sister's Keeper, a grassroots initiative that advocates for women and children in the war-torn country of Sudan and recently completed construction of a Girls' School for more than 500 girls in southern Sudan. Rev. Walker is a celebrated documentary film producer, an effective advocate for at-risk youth, breast cancer survivors, and many other worthy causes, and founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC, Communications Specialists, which focuses on corporate public engagement, non-profit capacity building and video production. A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister, Rev. Walker was the ideal candidate to serve as Transitional Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She assumed this post in December of 2011 and has led the church through this time of transition with a grace and power. In March 2012, she agreed to also serve as President of SIC. Rev. Walker has taken a leadership of meetings with the State Treasurer, Mayor, and Superintendent which led to their signing of the Feasibility Study Agreement. This marked the beginning of the Dearborn School Renovation, with groundbreaking scheduled for March 2014, and 9th grade beginning September 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The community we serve at the RPC Social Impact Center is a literal rainbow of humanity. They represent a variety of cultures and traditions, coming from all over the world, many struggling to master English. They face daunting challenges every day as they set out for school or work in a neighborhood considered one of the toughest in the city. Some would label them ""at risk"". The staff and volunteers at the RPC SIC consider them ""on the verge"" of achievement, success and bright futures. As a faith-based community initiative, we see in these children qualities that others might miss:* We live and work in the same neighborhood and know first hand the challenges they face.* We interact with our community: children, parents, youth, elders, building relationships and trust and engaging the community in profound change efforts.* Our goals are focused as much on dreaming the impossible--and then making it happen--as on acceptable outcomes.While there are many theories on how to improve the quality of education in Boston Public Schools, here at RPC Social Impact Center we believe in the basics; giving each child as much attention as possible one child at a time, reading with them, helping them make real life connections to numbers and most importantly, giving them permission to succeed. We believe in holding our city, our school department and our educational leaders accountable to creating programs, supports and curriculum than enables children facing a variety of challenges to succeed. We are committed to addressing the impact of trauma in our community and providing a space to people to share their stories and connect to healing. We believe in the power of those stories to bring about transformation. We believe in our young people and the importance of giving them a safe space to gather, be inspired, create art and connect with one another, while providing a platform for them to dream and launch those dreams with support and mentorship. We keep faith with the community of Roxbury and hope you will as well. Rev. Liz Walker, President RPC Social Impact Center"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Reverend Liz Walker

Transitional Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Term: Mar 2012 - Mar 2017

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