Educational Institutions

Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, Inc.

  • Hartford, CT
  • www.hysf.org

Mission Statement

The Hartford Youth Scholars is dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford schoolchildren. HYS's first initiative, The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, prepares highly motivated students for admission to and success at Connecticut's top independent high schools. By increasing educational opportunities, HYS supports the development of a vibrant and productive community, making Hartford a better place in which to live, work, and raise a family.

Main Programs

  1. The Steppingstone Academy Hartford
Service Areas

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Connecticut

The Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation serves low-income, urban youth from the city of Hartford in Connecticut.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Mr. Anthony Byers

Keywords

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educational access, college access, independent school access, educational opportunity, urban youth, Hartford youth, minority youth, minority education, urban youth

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Also Known As

HYSF

EIN

20-3495171

 Number

5080623848

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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

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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HYS is based on the premise that, regardless of
circumstance, children can achieve at high levels if they are prepared in a focused and demanding academic environment. The Steppingstone Academy Hartford emphasizes rigorous
standards to achieve meaningful results – namely, an increased number of 4-year
college graduates from the city of Hartford.

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

The Steppingstone Academy Hartford

14 Months of Academic Enrichment
The Steppingstone Academy Hartford is a 14-month academic enrichment and preparation program with a strong, gender-fair, multicultural curriculum. The program consists of classes during two six-week summer sessions as well as one academic year session. Scholars split into two classes, resulting in a 16-1 student-teacher ratio. This ensures that all students have a high level of engagement with their teachers as well as a high level of responsibility and visibility in the classroom. The Academy curriculum supplements HYSF Scholars? regular schoolwork by identifying and eliminating academic weaknesses and building on academic strengths. The program is also designed to encourage children to take greater responsibility for their learning process and helps them to take risks and challenge the world around them. Further, The Academy prepares Scholars for the social and cultural transitions they will encounter as they move from an inner-city urban environment into an elite independent school environment. The Steppingstone Academy Hartford curriculum and program design is based upon the highly successful Steppingstone Foundation model. The Steppingstone Foundation has successfully implemented this program for the past 16 years, and expanded to Philadelphia with the creation of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., which has been in operation for the past 7 years. HYSF benefits from TSA?s experience and support in all phases of administration of the program and organization.

5 Years of Scholar and Family Support Services
During the Academy, HYSF staff maintains close contact with Scholars and their families. At HYSF, we recognize that Scholars? success relies on family support. In all cases, our parents want better for their children, but do not always have the life skills or experiences to effectively advocate and support their children as they work to transform their lives through high academic achievement. To support Scholars? families, HYSF staff hold regular Family Information Meetings. These meetings include Financial Aid Workshops, social events, and Individual Placement Meetings, to name just a few. After completing the enrichment and placement component of the program, HYSF staff continues to provide support services to Scholars and their families while Scholars attend high school and as they apply for and while they attend college. Once a student is accepted by HYSF, they are our Scholars; we will continue to provide academic and other support services to them whether they are placed at an independent school or not.

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Service Areas

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Connecticut

The Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation serves low-income, urban youth from the city of Hartford in Connecticut.

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Financials

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HARTFORD YOUTH SCHOLARS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Anthony Byers

BIO

Marvin
Coote brings 6 years of Executive Director
leadership experience to HYSF. Marvin came to HYSF from New Community for Children in Washington,
D.C. Prior to working in
Washington, Marvin worked for the National Coalition of Advocates for Students,
a policy, research, and advocacy group for minority youth. Marvin’s first job out of college was
Director of Planning and Development at Youth Build in Boston, MA.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Scott J. Conners

The Keystone Companies

Term: Jan 2005 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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